William Peter Blatty is best known for his novel The Exorcist, a work widely
credited with sparking the explosion of the horror genre in the 1980s. While
the cultural impact of Blatty's seminal novel is undeniable, analysis of his
work from a critical and literary perspective has until now been lacking.
These 13 essays examining The Exorcist and other novels by Blatty mark the
first attempt to chart his growth from an author of mediocre comic novels to
one of the premier authors of novels about the supernatural. The volume
analyzes not only his craft, but also the many layers of psychological,
philosophical, literary, historical, theological and autobiographical
elements fueling and expressed by the imagination behind a half a century of
About The Author
Benjamin Szumskyj, a private high school teacher and qualified library
technician, has edited anthologies and essay collections on such authors as
Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Thomas Harris and William Peter Blatty. He
is also the editor of Studies in Fantasy Literature and Studies in
Australian Weird Fiction. He lives in Melville, Western Australia.