Books William Peter Blatty Books by William Peter Blatty William Peter Blatty has written books about: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about William Peter Blatty PG-13: Risky Reads Possessed By 'The Exorcist': Are You Terrified Yet? October 31, 2012 The classic horror novel The Exorcist inspired an even creepier movie, but author Mark Danielewski says after he saw the film, it changed the book in his mind forever. Has a movie ever overtaken its literary counterpart in your imagination? Tell us in the comments. Author Interviews After 40 Years, Grisly 'Exorcist' Book Gets A Rewrite October 29, 2011 In 1971, William Peter Blatty told the spine-chilling story of a little girl who becomes possessed by a malevolent demon in Washington, D.C. It was called the The Exorcist — and it was only his first draft. Now, Blatty has revised and polished his landmark novel for its 40th-anniversary re-release. After 40 Years, Grisly 'Exorcist' Book Gets A Rewrite Listen· 6:41 6:41 Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/141683620/141823828" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript iStockphoto.com Three Books... Devilishly Good Books Terrify ... And Delight October 30, 2009 How long has it been since you felt the needle jab of panic or were startled to glimpse a pale face in the window? Nothing makes you feel more alive — or cherish the relative safety and normalcy of life — than dangling your foot over the edge of a cliff and then withdrawing it. These books will do just that.