Originally published in 1971, this story has the staying power for the past 36 years! The movie and the re-released movie were scary, but this book expounds all of the horror, the supernatural, the demonic doings that the films could not show. Great character development. Shocking graphic details include blasphemy and inappropriate sexual content. A classic to be read by all horror fans!
very scary, but I must warn you that it does get really in depth at times
scarier than the movie, gave me nightmares
The book is certainly much more frightening than the movie was. It can be a bit of a slog at some points, but I really enjoyed it.
The Exorcist has been my favorite movie for years, so I looked forward to reading this eagerly. It didn't disappoint. The only "issue" I had was the way that Detective Kinderman rambles. It almost made the book stutter. There's also more information on the beginning, in the desert, which seems really out of place in the movie. It makes much more sense in the book.
I have never read a scarier book. This classic story plays on the struggles between good and evil, stepping beyond the boundaries of our realm to reveal a darker side of life. William Peter Blatty captures the essence of demonic possession with such vivid clarity and tension, making every page turned an apprehensive moment for the reader. The story concludes on a scale that is beyond epic. I couldn't put this book down. A recommended read for anyone with an interest in the occult and spirituality.