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Website last updated: December 22, 2009

:: Merry Christmas, News

I hope all those who frequent this website have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe 2010. I set off abroad to Hawaii tomorrow evening, and will not be back until the new year. Here is a quick bit of news in the meantime, from Cemetery Dance:

The Exorcist and Legion by Wiliam Peter Blatty
Lettered Edition Already Almost Sold Out!

Collectors take note! Both editions of our brand new signed special edition of The Exorcist and Legion by William Peter Blatty are selling very well and the LETTERED EDITION is nearly sold out!

If you want a copy of this beautiful deluxe Lettered Edition for your collection, this could be your last chance to order! Don't wait!

Featuring these two classic novels in one collectible volume for the first-time ever, this oversized deluxe special edition will be a must-have for any collector of horror!

This special signed Limited Edition also includes a bonus career-spanning interview conducted by Cemetery Dance Managing Editor Brian Freeman, covering Blatty's life and career from the 1950s to the present.

An excerpt of this interview appeared in Cemetery Dance #62, the William Peter Blatty special issue, but that was just a small taste of all of the great topics Blatty discussed in the epic interview.

This 500+ page special edition is ready for the printer and will be published next year. Don't wait to place your order!


Posted on December 22, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Special Edition of The Exorcist & Legion

Taken directly from

Today we're very pleased to announce a brand new special edition of The Exorcist and Legion by William Peter Blatty!

Featuring these two classic novels in one beautiful volume for the first-time ever, this oversized deluxe special edition will be a must-have for any collector of horror! This special signed Limited Edition also includes a career-spanning interview conducted by Cemetery Dance Managing Editor Brian Freeman, covering Blatty's life and career from the 1950s to the present.

This 500+ page special edition is ready for the printer and will be published next year.

Available in two states:

• Limited Edition of 750 signed and numbered copies bound in a fine cloth and issued without a dust jacket ($75)

• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with satin ribbon page marker ($400)

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Posted on November 28, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane Stage Production

From January 15 - 31, 2010, Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane will make its stage debut at the Santa Paula Theater Centre in Ventura County, California. Please click on the banner below for further information.

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Posted on November 19, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Extremely BIG News

Friday the 13th has proven to be a day full of revelations.

To be concise: Cemetery Dance Magazine issue #62 has arrived.

Here are the contents:

- LOST scenes from The Exorcist & Legion
- The CONTROVERSIAL Short Story that never saw print
- Kealan Patrick Burke returns to Legion
- A NEW epic Interview

This latter "epic interview" is indeed very epic. Here are a few excerpts:

CD: Looking back, is there anything you would change about the film now if you could?

WPB: Yes and no. I would love to have been able to include the subplot involving Karl and his daughter Elvira, which I did in my first draft, but that script ran to 172 pages, much, much too long. But I might have it my way in the near future, inasmuch as I've written an Exorcist miniseries script that not only faithfully includes all the main elements of the novel, but also some rather spooky new material and scenes, as well as a totally new (and perhaps much more satisfying) ending. I've also updated it. Billy Friedkin has agreed to direct.


CD: How did Samuel L. Jackson end up in the movie [The Exorcist III]?

WPB: Sam Jackson's appearance in Legion was unknown to me until the day when we were shooting the dream sequence and someone pointed to him and said, "Hey, did you know that's Sam Jackson over there?" He was pointing to an actor wearing dark glasses who played a blind man and had only one line, "The living are deaf." "Why in the world is he doing this?" I asked, and the answer was, "He just wanted to be in it." In later years I wrote an Exorcist mini-series script with an African American as Karras and talked to Jackson about it but he didn't want to do television.


CD: Do you have interest in directing again?

WPB: George told me when we were filming Legion, "Nobody directs anybody!" But, yes, there's some interest in Germany in my film script of Elsewhere which, if it gets off the ground, I would in all likelihood be directing. It's good to get out and have a tiger by the tail now and then. Stimulating.

You may view scans of the entire sections devoted to Bill in the William Peter Blatty > Articles section:

It should be noted that the entire, full-length interview will be available in an upcoming new special edition of The Exorcist and Legion being released soon through Cemetery Dance Publications.


Posted on November 13, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: TNC Re-Release (2010)

On June 1, 2010, both Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane (1966) and the republished/reworked The Ninth Configuration (1978) novels will be re-released in a single volume, according to The set will be available in both hardcover and paperback formats, featuring a long essay (afterward) by Mark Kermode.

The set will be released through Centipede Press:

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Posted on November 12, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty: 3 Years

On November 7, 2006, Bill's son Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty passed away at the age of nineteen. Please take a quiet moment to think about Peter. If you are unaware of his life, you can read comments made by Bill and his wife, Julie Blatty, on the following memorial page:

Bill's long-awaited theological thriller, Dimiter, will hit stores on March 16, 2010 and is dedicated to Peter. Please see previous posts for ordering information.


Posted on November 7, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Happy Halloween / More "Dimiter"

First and foremost, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

As with "Elsewhere," ARC (advance reading copies) of "Dimiter" are now beginning to appear, utilizing the more elaborate and attractive cover art that was talked about in the previous update. Provided below is an image of the dustcover I received directly from Bill, coupled with the slightly different cover art applied to the ARC.

Cemetery Dance issue #62 is now available, but it won't be for a few weeks until I receive my order placed with them. If anyone reading this has a copy and wishes to provide scans of the sections devoted to Blatty, please contact me.

"Dimiter" - Advance Reading Copy

"Dimiter" - Dustcover (Front)

"Dimiter" - Dustcover (Back)


Posted on October 31, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Dimiter

Just a quick update while we wait for issue #62 of Cemetery Dance magazine to arrive (it is currently at the printer). Bill's long-awaited novel called "Dimiter" will finally hit shelves on March 16, 2010. From what he has told me, Bill has been working on it since as far back as 1974, and it was not until a short time ago, when he experienced a spiritual revelation, that he was able to complete it. "Dimiter" is dedicated to Bill's late son, Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty.

The novel will be available in hardcover and audio CD (audiobook) formats. You can read several pages from if you click on "search inside this book" at the following location:

Bill was kind enough to send me a preview of the hardcover version's dust jacket in the mail, and it differs significantly from the cover currently presented on the page. The design I have seen is absolutely stunning, and will be posted here in due time.

"Dimiter" will be released through Forge Books:

As a side note, here is an old interview of Bill discussing "What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?".



Posted on September 19, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Cemetery Dance Issue #62

Firstly, it must be acknowledged that "Elsewhere" has been selected as book of the month by "Book of the Month Club", and has sold out of the first shipment, requiring the book to go back to the presses. Be sure to order through now if you are after any remaining first edition copies! Congratulations, Bill.

Furthermore, we have yet more exciting information from regarding the upcoming magazine issue #62:

"Cemetery Dance #62, the William Peter Blatty special issue, is currently being proofread and will be ready for the printer at the end of July, right on schedule for the September release date. We haven't posted the contents on our website just yet, but if you look to the right, you'll see a small preview of the amazing Les Edwards cover artwork for the issue. And if you subscribe today, you won't have to worry about picking up the issue on your local newsstand when it comes out!"


Posted on July 1, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Forthcoming Updates

In order to bring full circle, I will (within the next week or so) re-launch the forum, add the "image" galleries to both the TNC and Legion sections, compile the "quotes" pages, and fill in the remaining blanks that have said "under construction" since the site was launched. Ironically, these are things I would normally do first with a website (as I have done in the past), but I have focused primarily on relevant updates and rare images/videos for the most part here.

In any case, look out for all of this and more in the coming weeks! I will also finally create the "My Personal Collection" page (located in "Other" in the above menu), just in time for the arrival of the numbered and lettered editions of Elsewhere, along with a couple of other extra goodies I have on the way.

Stay tuned!


Posted on June 29, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: More Info From Cemetery Dance

Mr. Brian Freeman from Cemetery Dance has once again supplied with a nice little bit of insight regarding upcoming Blatty-related material:

"Our next Blatty book is not DIMITER, but instead a special edition of a previously published book. (I actually interviewed Bill for this special edition and it turned into a 10,000 word marathon covering everything from his early days through DIMITER and other upcoming projects. Part of that will appear in CD [Cemetery Dance Magazine] #62.)

For the special issue of the magazine, we have two previously unpublished "lost" sections of Blatty scripts and an old short story of his that has never been published. All very good stuff! :)"

I am unsure at this stage whether these latter "lost" sections are the same ones that will appear in the "SMOKE AND MIRRORS" release mentioned below in the April 15 update. As soon as it is determined, it will be added to this entry. Plenty of good stuff to look forward to in the future, Blatty fans!

Update: They are previously unseen sections from Bill's scripts for The Exorcist and Legion.


Posted on June 17, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Rarities Galore!

I would first like to preface this update with another posting made by Cemetery Dance:

"And finally, if you’re a big William Peter Blatty fan like we are, keep watching your inbox for the Cemetery Dance newsletter because we have a surprise project to announce later this summer — and it’s going to sellout VERY quickly once the news gets around!"

Sounds exciting! Now, on to the main news...

Simon Mordue has been kind enough to pass along a plethora of rare promotional images and lobby cards to, which have been added (in addition to the recent Mexican lobby cards) to the TNC > Film > Rare Images / Video, Etc. section.

His contributions range from "Lobby Card (4)" to "Promo Photo (18)":

Lobby Card (4)

Lobby Card (5)

Lobby Card (6)

Lobby Card (7)


Promo Photo (1)

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Promo Photo (4)


Promo Photo (5)

Promo Photo (6)

Promo Photo (7)

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Promo Photo (18)



Posted on June 11, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: A very special contribution to from Mr. Blatty himself!

This morning I received a very thoughtful e-mail from Bill, providing me with some very exclusive content for I will here post what Bill had to say, and provide the images he sent along below. Enjoy!

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"When my son Paul told me he was studying German film at the University of Maryland, mentioning "M" and Fritz Lang, it sent me into recall of something I've never told anyone and that might interest your site, and it's that at a time before The Exorcist, I met with the elderly Fritz Lang at a coffee shop somewhere in Beverly Hills with a view to him standing behind me as a directorial mentor should I ever get The Ninth Configuration financed, as at that time I couldn't imagine even directing my grandmother across the street. Fritz agreed to do it but passed away before I ever got the funding. My impression of him was that of a very sweet-natured old world gentleman.

What an incredible opportunity missed! I also have a couple of photos for your site should you ever want to use them. One is of a Man named Gerald Lankester Harding, whom I knew when I was stationed in Beirut. He was formerly Curator of Antiquities in Jerusalem at which time he was instrumental in bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls into
view of the public: an old Bedouin led him to the cave containing the scrolls. Anyway, Gerald was the physical model in my mind when I created the character of Father Merrin [from The Exorcist], whose first name, please note, is Lankester. Another is a photo of me and Linda Blair at the preview of "The Version You've Never Seen." Also an oddball photo of me in Air Force OCS. Still searching for a Ninth C. photo on the set in Budapest. One day I'll find and send."

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Listed below are the images of Gerald Lankester Harding, who Bill based Fr. Lankester Merrin on from The Exorcist novel and film. Additionally, here are the images of Bill with Linda Blair from the "TVYNS" screening in 2000, along with Bill's photo from his time in the Air Force OCS. Please click on the thumbnails to view the full-sized images.

With any luck, he will also be able to locate the shot from Budapest on the set of The Ninth Configuration! We will keep you updated, should anything else be located.

Thank you very much to Bill for providing this excellent insight to!





Posted on June 3, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Miscellaneous Additions

As mentioned in the recent post from May 23, here is the "miscellaneous" TNC content that I have had sitting around. Alternatively, you can find the Legion miscellanea/updates in the Legion section of the website.

Firstly, a new photo of Bill can be located in the William Peter Blatty > Photos section:

Furthermore, seven Mexican lobby cards from The Ninth Configuration (all of which I have puchased!) can be located in the TNC > Film > Rare Images / Video, Etc. section of the website, plus two other obscure images I managed to locate: one advertising Bill and Mark Kermode's book signing session at "The Cinema Store" back in 1999, and another image of Kermode and William Friedkin signing a few different Blatty-related texts. Those two can be located in the TNC > Film > Variations section.

Mexican Lobby Card (1)

Mexican Lobby Card (2)

Mexican Lobby Card (3)

Mexican Lobby Card (4)


Mexican Lobby Card (5)

Mexican Lobby Card (6)

Mexican Lobby Card (7)

"The Cinema Store" Advertisement



Mark Kermode + Friedkin Signing


Posted on June 3, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: "Elsewhere" Out Now! + Cemetery Dance Magazine

The first edition hardcover of "Elsewhere" is out now (officially as of May 15, 2009).

Cemetery Dance are currently putting the finishing touches on the numbered and lettered editions, and they should be sent out soon!

Incidentally, I will be updating the main site shortly (when I get a free moment!) with some other miscellaneous content to do with both TNC and Legion that I have had sitting around for a while now. I will also begin re-compiling the forum.

Also, be sure to keep your eyes on this...

“The always popular Special Issues are coming back this summer and the first two will be dedicated to two of the biggest names in the genre, Peter Straub and William Peter Blatty. We’ll be posting more about the incredible contents of these special issues in the coming months, but we think readers are going to be thrilled with the rarities these authors are making available here for the first time ever.”


Posted on May 23, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: "Smoke And Mirrors"

It has come to my attention that William Peter Blatty will be featured in the "Smoke And Mirrors" publication, due out in 2009. The Cemetery Dance website excerpt states:

"Just a few of the highlights include a never before seen comic script from Joe Hill; two rare teleplays from Frank Darabont; an original, never filmed full-length screenplay by Mick Garris; a rare teleplay and treatment by William Peter Blatty; Neil Gaiman's original take on an H.G. Wells' short story; Joe R. Lansdale's stage adaptation of one of his legendary short stories; and much, much more!"

More can be read about the release here:

It is available in three different states, ranging from $40 to $400. When I receive more information about Blatty's own contribution to the anthology it will be posted here.

Update: Bill has let me know the following about his particular contribution:

"The teleplay is called FAITH, a modern-day fantasy Easter story I wrote for the old Insight series. Lou Gossett was wonderful as the Christ figure. As for the treatment, at the moment I can't recall what it was!!"

Further Update: Brian Freeman from Cemetery Dance has confirmed the treatment to be "Hell Hospital" -

"I believe they're older pieces from the 1970s and I'm not aware of these pieces being published anywhere else."


Posted on April 15, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Forum Downtime

Unfortunately, my web host recently had a horrible catastrophe happen with their sever, and a lot of people have lost the content for their websites. All of had fortunately been backed up, but I am going to have to re-create the forum, as none of the databases were saved. Please be patient.


Posted on March 16, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Rare Bar Scene Discovered

Sitting in my drawer are countless editions of The Ninth Configuration on DVD, VHS and BETA VHS tapes, none of which I have paid particularly close attention to of late. Today, however, I decided to investigate a couple of them, and in doing so noticed a brief scene that is not featured on the definitive DVD release that most people have in their possession. I have recorded the (semi-explicit) scene and embedded it below. It takes place inside the bar that Cutshaw and the bikers inhabit: two women carelessly displaying their breasts.

The scene can be viewed on the VHS 'guild' amaray case release of The Ninth Configuration from the UK.


Posted on February 2, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Mark Kermode talks about the lost Legion footage

Mark Kermode, another fellow Blatty, Ninth Configuration and Legion enthusiast, recently spoke once again about the "lost" Exorcist III (Legion) footage, which can be read about in more detail at the following links:

Mark claims that the quest for the missing footage is "ongoing". Don't forget to keep an eye on the upcoming book by my dear friend, Erik Myers, which will detail this continuing debacle from its very inception to the present day quest for the long lost footage. Here is the link to the video, which I have also embedded below:


Posted on January 27, 2009 | Discuss This Post

:: Elsewhere ARC Scans; New TNC Poster

As promised, here are images of the Elsewhere advance reading copy, along with a note from Cemetery Dance Publications:

Front Cover

Back Cover

Publisher's Note

Additionally, another TNC poster variation has been located which can be found here:

(Poster #8)


Posted on January 12, 2009 | Discuss This Post

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