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Traumafessions :: Reader DK on William Peter Blatty’s ‘The Exorcist’

September 22nd, 2010 by aunt john · 6 Comments

Hi, I really enjoy your site, so I figured I should contribute…

One of many things that scared me as a kid was one of the early covers for THE EXORCIST novel by WILLIAM PETER BLATTY.

I was a friend’s house and spotted it on a shelf and found the image of the girl so scary it gave me nightmares for days. Yet every time I would go to his place I would find some excuse to have a peek, compelled to face my fear.

Compelled or not, I did not want to be left alone in that room with the book, no matter how many lights were on.

Even now, I find that image more frightening than LINDA BLAIR in the DICK SMITH makeup (with no disrespect intended).



P.S.: I have another story to tell about a show that scared me as a kid, but I’ll save that story for next time.

UNK SEZ:: Thanks DK, I’ve always been fascinated by that book cover too. Have you ever heard THIS HERE tidbit before?

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Billy VNo Gravatar // Sep 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Brrrrrrr! I got that super creepy cover on my paperback when I was 11 or so (I was a weird kid, ok?). Thanks for the link, Unk. I think I’ll revisit Joel Delaney this weekened. But he ain’t invited to the beach house, no sir!

  • 2 JergyNo Gravatar // Sep 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    This reminds me of a conversation I had with my aunt on scariest books we ever read.  She said she was reading The Exorcist and got to a particularly scary part. At the point she got so frightened she ran to the kitchen and stuck the book in the freezer. Why the freezer?  Well, why not the freezer?

  • 3 Missy.JokerNo Gravatar // Sep 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Man so from what I hear this is a really scary cover. I personally never read the book but I have only watched the movie…with a friend…alone…with the lights off…at midnight…and that gaping hole of a closet just staring me as I would wait for Linda Blair to get me. Sadly this was just a couple months ago and im fourteen…

  • 4 Billy VNo Gravatar // Sep 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Well, I’m not going to pretend to know what’s good for ya Missy. But I was a bit younger than you when I first saw The Exorcist and I turned out okay. Good to see you’re already classy enough to be reading sites like this one. You are on your way!

  • 5 ApocalypsejunkieNo Gravatar // Sep 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

    For some reason it never registered to me that was the Regan on the cover. As a child I thought that was the demon with ‘a panty on his head’.

  • 6 Amanda MullinsNo Gravatar // Mar 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I have that book in paperback. The cover is awesome :D. Sadly I’m gonna have to get a new one someday. I bought the book back when I was a prude and whited out all the swearing. Totally defaced the book. Now I need a new one. I still have the old one, though.

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