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If There were Demons Then Perhaps There Were Angels: William Peter Blatty's Own Story Of The Exorcist Paperback – 28 Oct 1999

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: ScreenPress Books (28 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901680347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901680348
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 0.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An authorized account of how William Peter Blatty came to write both the novel and the screenplay of "The Exorcist". Excited by an article he read as a student, Blatty describes the work he put into researching his novel and the frustractions he encountered in turning the book into the screenplay. Blatty's fascination with the subject was born out of an interest in showing that the existence of God, in contemporary America, could be proved, as he says, "If there were demons, then perhaps there were angels and probably God and a life everlasting". His research eventually led him to tracking down priests who had participated in actual exorcisms. In doing so, Batty gathered enough evidence to write a novel that incorporated many of his factual findings. Fully annotated with footnotes, this book puts "The Exorcist" into context, from the inception of the novel to the hiring of William Friedkin as Director.

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By jon de bolt on 5 Feb. 2013
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It's really only a pamphlet, fleshing out the origins and views on 'The Exorcist', by Blatty himself.
But worth it for the price.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The story of a classic novel 14 Dec. 2001
By "271172" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great book by william peter blatty explains in great detail the process from the authors first touch with a case of demonic possession to his fantastic novel the exorcist.
Very well written plus some nice scene drawings . Just 58. pages thick but a must for every serious fan of the novel and the movie.
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