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"Suspense that never lets up.!" -- Publishers Weekly
"Holds its readers in a vise-like grip that is worthy Poe." -- L.A. Times
"A stunning achievement!" -- The London Sunday Express
From the Author
In January 1968, I rented a cabin in Lake Tahoe, California to start
a novel about demonic possession that I'd been thinking about
for many years. I'd been driven to it, actually: I was a writer of
comic novels and farcical screenplays such as A Shot in the Dark
with almost all of my income derived from films; but because the
season for "funny" had abruptly turned dry and no studio would
hire me for anything non-comedic, I had reached James Thurber's
stage of desperation when, as he wrote in a "Preface to His Life,"
comedy writers sometimes take to "calling their home from their
office, or their office from their home, asking for themselves, and
then hanging up in hard-breathing relief upon being told they
"weren't in.'" My breaking point came, I suppose, when at the Van
Nuys, California, unemployment office I spotted my movie agent
in a line three down from mine. And so the cabin in Tahoe where I
was destined to become the caretaker in Stephen King's terrifying
The Shining, typing my version of "All work and no play makes
Jack a dull boy" hour after hour, day after day, for over six weeks as
I kept changing the date in my opening paragraph from "April 1"
to April something else, because each time I would read the page
aloud, the rhythm of the lines seemed to change, a maddening
cycle of emptiness and insecurity -- magnified, I suppose, by the
fact that I had no clear plot for the novel in mind -- that continued
until I at last gave up the cabin and hoped for better luck back
"home," a clapboard raccoon-surrounded guest house in the hills
of Encino owned by a former Hungarian opera star who had
purchased the property from the luminous film actress, Angela
Lansbury, and where I finally overcame the block by realizing that
I was starting the novel in the wrong place, namely the Georgetown
section of Washington, D.C., as opposed to northern Iraq. Almost a
year later I completed a first draft of the novel. At the request of my
editors at Harper and Row, I did make two quick changes: cleaning
up Chris MacNeil's potty mouth, and making the ending "less obvious."
But because of a dire financial circumstance, I had not another day
to devote to the manuscript, so that when I received a life-saving
offer to adapt Calder Willingham's novel Providence Island for Paul
Newman's film company, I instantly virtually shouted an acceptance
and left my novel to find its fate. For most of these past forty years I
have rued not having done a second draft, carefully polishing both
dialogue and prose while allowing for the chance of new invention.
But now, like an answer to a prayer, this fortieth anniversary of the
novel has given me not only the opportunity to do another draft, but
to do it at a time in my life -- I will be 84 this coming January -- when
it might not be totally unreasonable to hope that my abilities, such as
they are, have at least somewhat improved, and for all of this I happily
exclaim, "Deo gratias!"
-- William Peter Blatty
- File Size : 710 KB
- Publication Date : October 4, 2011
- Print Length : 403 pages
- Publisher : Harper (October 4, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B004V5180G
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
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