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William Peter Blatty

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William Peter Blatty was born in 1928 in New York City. His parents were Lebanese and his very religious mother sent him to Catholic schools. He got his first degree at Georgetown University and his M.A. in English literature at George Washington University. Afterward, he went into the Air Force; it was during his time that he began his career as a writer.

He is perhaps best known as the author of The Exorcist and the writer/producer of the 1973 film based on that novel (he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay). An accomplished screenwriter and novelist, he authored books such as The Ninth Configuration, Legion, and Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing. He also directed the film versions of Legion (aka "Exorcist III") and The Ninth Configuration.

Genres: Horror
   1. The Exorcist (1971)
   2. Legion (1983)
   Exorcist and Legion, The Screenplays (1998)
   Which Way to Mecca, Jack? (1959)
   John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1963)
   Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane (1966)
   The Ninth Configuration (1978)
   Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing (1996)
   Dimiter (2010)
     aka The Redemption
   Crazy (2010)
   Finding Peter (2015)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Elsewhere (2009)
William Peter Blatty recommends
Walking with Ghosts (2018)
Brian James Freeman
"His writing will leave you both chilled and deeply moved."
The Relic of Perilous Falls (2016)
(Will Wilder, book 1)
Raymond Arroyo
"Laugh-out-loud humor, palpitation-inducing suspense, and cliffhangers galore await readers young and old. Who knew the battle between good and evil could be so much fun?"
Cast a Cold Eye (1984)
Alan Ryan
"The writing is beautiful, haunting, hypnotic... the ghosts of Cast a Cold Eye have not left me."

Anthologies containing stories by William Peter Blatty
Demons (2011)
Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed
edited by
John M Skipp
999 (1999)
Twenty-nine Original Tales of Horror and Suspense
edited by
Al Sarrantonio

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