Throwback Thursday: The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by book blogger extraordinaire, Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favourites and read books that have already been published.

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This week, I decided to focus on a book that had been in my TBR pile for a while, The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.   I don’t even think this book needs a synopsis or any other introduction; it is pretty much infamous.

I had kind of forgotten all about this book until I came across a Buzzfeed article a few weeks ago (right before Halloween) that discussed books that are ACTUALLY scary.  At this point, I was looking for something to really get me into the Halloween mood so, I picked up a copy and started reading. I figured I had seen the movie, it was scary, of course, but how bad could the book be, especially since I already know what happens?


The answer is bad.

I had to read this one in the daylight and after a certain point, I would have to put it down.  It totally creeped me out! Between the imagery and the obscene depictions, there were points in time I wanted to give up completely.  Because of this, it took me over two weeks to get through the book- practically a lifetime- and I am sure it will take me even longer to get over it.  This one gets under your skin.

A creepy Halloween read?  Absolutely.  It did the role it was meant to do.  Would I read it again?  Nope.  Never.

Has anyone else ever read this one?  Am I the only one who had their pants scared off??!!

8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)

  1. I remember reading this book during college. When I was not reading it, I didn’t want the books anywhere near me. It creeped me out so badly! I was somehow convinced that the devil literally resided in between the pages.

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  2. I own the original hardback I read it and loved it! I also have an updated anniversary kindle edition . I’ve never seen the movie although I think I might own it. I want to see it at some point. The book is one of my favorites .

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