I’m sad today. William Peter Blatty has gone into the Unseen realm. As the writer of The Exorcist, he blazed a trail for us modern sacramental weird fiction writers. He is a big influence on my own philosophy of writing and story telling.
“It’s an argument for God,” he says today of the novel more often considered an entertainment. “I intended it to be an apostolic work, to help people in their faith. Because I thoroughly believed in the authenticity and validity of that particular event.”
“I’ve never read horror nor do I consider The Exorcist to be such, but rather as a suspenseful supernatural detective story, or paranormal police police procedural.”
William Peter Blatty, Pray for us.