The Excorcist Author:William Peter Blatty T — he terror began so unobtrusively they might have forgotten all about it. Noises in Regan's room, an odd smell, misplaced furniture, an icy chill. Small annoyances for which Chris MacNeil, Regan's actress mother, easily found plausible explanations. — The changes in eleven-year-old Regan were so gradual, too, that Chris, busy filming a new pict... more »ure, did not recognize for some time how much her daughter's behavior had altered. And even when she did, the endless medical tests that followed shed no light on Regan's symptoms, which grew increasingly severe and frightening. It was almost as if a different personality had invaded the little girl.
Desperate, Chris turned from the doctors to Father Damien Karras, a Jesuit priest who was trained as a psychiatrist and had also a deep knowledge of such phenomena as satanism and pos?session. Was it possible that a demonic force was at large? If psychiatry could not help, might exorcism be the answer?
Damien Karras resisted the idea. In its long history the Church had been profoundly skeptical of possession. But, finally, it came down to a matter of Regan's life or death. And that meant the time had come for that solemn and implacable rite that binds exorcist and demon in literally mortal combat.« less