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Website last updated: December 19, 2007

:: William Peter Blatty talking about The Exorcist
 


Located at this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXnHeauSHEk

And also embedded below. I am unsure which documentary this particular clip is taken from:



 
     

Posted on December 19, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: A Tribute To Colonel Vincent Kane
 

 
     

Posted on December 16, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: More "Elsewhere" News
 


Elaborating on the October 5 news post found below, Cemetery Dance Publications have the following information posted on their website:

https://www.cemeterydance.com/sh/blatty01.html

About This Title:

Elsewhere
by William Peter Blatty

An incredible haunted house novel from William Peter Blatty, the legendary author of The Exorcist! Disturbing, unsettling, chilling, and laced with a nasty streak of dark humor, Elsewhere is a must-have for all fans of dark fiction! Sure to become a time-honored classic in the genre!

Available in three states:

- Trade Edition bound in full-cloth with full-color dust jacket artwork ($25)

- Slipcased Limited Edition of 350 signed and numbered copies ($75)

- Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with satin ribbon page marker ($250)

Production Status:

This title is currently in preproduction.

 
     

Posted on December 11, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: Requests
 


I am currently looking to purchase two pieces of Blatty-related memorabilia. The first is the only remaining promotional poster from The Ninth Configuration film that I do not yet own, along with a black and white Legion lobby card that I do not seem to be able to track down anywhere:

If you are in possession of either of these and are willing to part with them, or are able to point me in the right direction of acquiring them, please click the "Contact" link in the menu above and let me know.

Update: I have since located the poster. I am, however, still after that lobby card!

 
     

Posted on December 3, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: William Peter Blatty on Mel Gibson: God's Lethal Weapon Documentary (2004)
 


   

 
     

Posted on November 27, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: Legion Call Sheet / TheNinthConfiguration.com on MySpace!
 


First and foremost, be sure to head over to the Legion section of the website for brand new, exclusive images directly from William Peter Blatty's home.

If you are a MySpace member, click here to check out TNC.com's profile. Don't forget to add us!

A MySpace profile has also been created for Legion.

Additionally, the remaining TNC out-takes have been uploaded (1, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8).

You can find them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNxLDP8uHIg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K4WmDEMeRA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYumHSV7XAw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH3WfF3BIqc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMWwXZceN3o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QRtL0E9fE0

 
     

Posted on November 24, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: "Elsewhere" - December 28, 2007? / Blatty 1958 and 1985 Articles
 


Update: Bill's wife let me know that he looked into it, but it isn't true. However, she did also state the following: "It IS a shame....don't know why it's listed. Maybe if there are enough pre-orders, they really will re-release it..."

Here's hoping!

According to Barnes & Noble (bn.com), Blatty's "Elsewhere" short story from the 999 Anthology is set to be published on December 28, 2007:

Product Details

  • ISBN: 1587670836
    ISBN-13: 9781587670831
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
  • Pub. Date: December 28, 2007


Also, an 'Articles' section has been added to the website, featuring magazines from 1958 and 1985.

They are excellent reads!

 
     

Posted on October 5, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: Legion.TheNinthConfiguration.com Updates
 


Many new additions have been made to the Legion section of the website. Head on over!

Additionally, I have come across a fourth TNC promotional poster on eBay:

https://www.theninthconfiguration.com/tnc/film/variations/

 
     

Posted on September 24, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: TheNinthConfiguration.com Forum - Now Active!
 


As the title states, the TNC.com forum is now active. Access it here, and do not hesitate to register!

 
     

Posted on September 14, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: YouTube Clips - Featurette
 


The TNC 'featurette' has now been uploaded.

It can be located at this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itB1iFU-8Xk

I have also embedded it below:



 
     

Posted on September 8, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: YouTube Clips - Out-Take #2
 


The second TNC out-take has now been uploaded.

It can be located at this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgXHNGuZmWs

I have also embedded it below:



"The Outrageous Mr. Groper"



During the filming of the exterior castle scenes, William Peter Blatty decided to deepen the character of Groper by allowing him to verbalize his disgust at the cowardly 'play acting' in which he believes the inmates are indulging. Actor Neville Brand was America's second most decorated veteran of World War II and a man whose bravery and forthrightness impressed the author greatly. Following conversations with Brand, Blatty penned an impressive outburst in which Groper berates the men for their perceived weakness as he assembles them for inspection. This elongated version of Groper's address was considered successful on set, but in the editing room, Blatty accepted that it was, if anything, too powerful for its own good; the force of Groper's words jarred with the comic tone of the surrounding material. Thus the speech was cut, although its exclusion still causes Blatty some regret.

 
     

Posted on July 26, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: YouTube Clips - Out-Takes
 


Last night, I uploaded #4 of the 8 available out-takes found on The Ninth Configuration DVD.

Keep an eye on my channel (https://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ryandashsdotorg) for future additions.

#4 can be located at this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkAw1ebBmi4

I have also embedded it below:



"Green Soaked Caterpillar Torturing Bastards"



One of the most significant abbreviations of all released versions of The Ninth Configuration is the shortening of Cutshaw's late-night encounter with Kane in which the astronaut talks specifically about the problem of evil and his resultant disbelief in God. In its original form, the scene (which immediately follows Kane's discussion with Krebs) finds Cutshaw expanding upon his belief that evil is an inherent, rather than a learned, trait. Using a mocking example of Jack the Ripper, he parodies the platitudes of psychiatry, before concluding that wicked men started out life as wicked children, heartless souls who would torture caterpillars for amusement.

Although the shortening of this scene may have helped the dramatic pace of the film, it also removed the explanation of why Cutshaw [Kane] would later use the phrase "green soaked caterpillar torturing bastard." The original, lengthier version of this key scene also contains an explanation of Cutshaw's eccentric substitution of the word 'Foot' for 'God', a habit which is left bafflingly unexplained in the released version.

 
     

Posted on July 11, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: William Peter Blatty Section Launched
 


The William Peter Blatty section is now active.

Comprehensive image galleries of The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III are next on the list, along with an extensive list of correspondences and links between Blatty's films, the actors in his films, and recurring themes that appear throughout his written works.

JUNE 24 & 28 UPDATES:

The Correspondences & Themes section has now been added.

An archived memorial to Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty can be found here.

 
     

Posted on June 16, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: Film & Novels
 


Both the TNC (Film) and Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane / TNC (Novels) pages have been updated.

Enjoy, and please feel free to contribute to them!

 
     

Posted on May 21, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane - Film Script
 


If you have always been wondering what the original opening sequence to "The Ninth Configuration" would have looked like, had WPB stuck with his initial ideas, you can now read it on this website. Click here!

 
     

Posted on May 20, 2007 | Discuss This Post



 
:: Other > The Roman Ritual
 


A few images of my own personal copy of The Roman Ritual have been posted in the 'Other' link.

They can be found here.

 
     

Posted on May 8, 2007 | Discuss This Post



 
:: R.I.P. Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty: 1987 - 2006
 


On November 7, 2006, William Peter Blatty's son, Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty, passed away.

Peter's death, among a variety of other things, was what prompted me to re-launch a website such as this. I had previously run a variety of sites pertaining to Blatty's own work as a writer and director (apart from the world-renowned The Exorcist), but, to my dismay, they quickly began to dwindle (see the about page). In any case, this new website will be incessantly updated and filled to the brim with content.

I also wish to publicly declare my belated condolences to the Blatty family. A tribute can be found here.

 
     

Posted on April 18, 2007 | Discuss This Post




:: Welcome!
 


Welcome to TheNinthConfiguration.com.

This website is currently being (re)constructed, and much of its content will be online and available within the following weeks. Please do not hesitate to bookmark this page and check back occasionally.

Meanwhile, be sure to visit an old affiliate - www.CaptainHowdy.com.

 
     

Posted on April 17, 2007 | Discuss This Post



 

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