Just in time for the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist -- Legion, a classic tale of horror, is back in print!
A young boy is found horribly murdered in a mock crucifixion. Is the murderer the elderly woman who witnessed the crime? A neurologist who can no longer bear the pain life inflicts on its victims? A psychiatrist with a macabre sense of humor and a guilty secret? A my...more
Edit: Sorry - 'Go for it'.(less)
When Ben asked me if I wanted to buddy read this scary as f*ck story, naturally, I said,
... I think I may have ran to the wrong direction...
Commencing on the 25th of August.
*looks at Ben and mouths*
If I lose night sleepS, you're in big trouble, Stahl
POST - READ
Yes. I have indeed ran to the wrong direction.
But not because the story spooked me.
And that is why I was very disappointed and aggravated.
I was excited to read this. Very excited actually because I have read ...more
Lt. Kinderman, the homicide cop whom we had met in The Exorcist, is investigating the brutal murders of a child, two priests and a nurse. The murders bear the mark of the Gemini Killer. But, adding to Kinderman’s bafflement is the fact that the Gemini Killer had died 12 years ago.
Are the murders random ...more
A young boy is found murdered and crucified on ...more
As a coincidence, I finally re-read The Exorcist after more than 15 years in December. I followed this up in January with a re-read (been more than 10 years) of Legion, the sequel that inspired the third flick. Strangely William Peter Blatty took his last breath three days later. RIP for the author, he dished out some chilling stories.
We all remember the bizarre and relentless Lieutenant Kinderman from the original story. He kept up his friends ...more
It's written strongly and laced with undertones of an exhausted father whose children just refuse to see the light, despite all of the "facts" to the contrary. Many times the book makes a point of how "facts" confuse the truth whi ...more
This was also the basis for the movie, The Exorcist III, starring George C Scott heading an all-star cast, with an especially memorable appearance by the always creepy Brad Dourif. It has some terrifying scenes, incl ...more
William Peter Blatty is my favourite author, even though I've only read three of his books and liked merely two of them. He just has such a brilliant talent for evoking terrifying impulses whilst captivating you into believing every word of his writing. He writes like an established poet and he understands "scary" even more than Stephen King. The Exorcist is his masterpiece but Legion, the belated sequel, is still a very scary, very dark, very memorable story.
"I devoured Legion in one terrified gulp. It even manages to out spook The Exorcist."- Los Angeles Times
"Heartbeat-skipping horror. Read Legion only on a sunny day."- Cosmopolitan
"Ten times better than The Exorcist ... The suspense is breathtaking, and the ideas dark, deadly, and fascinating." The Cleveland Plain Dealer
So what the fuck was I reading? These blurbs are full of lies lies lies! Lies I say.
This book is not scary, not terrifying and didn't ...more
Studio meddling had something to do with the sloppiness of the film, but reading this novel reveals some of the faults lie in the source material. This supernatural murder mystery starts strong, but Blatty seems to rush his way through the end. The last third of the novel struck me as disjointed and less than satisfying.
That said, Blatty expertly juggles ...more
I love the character of Satan/Lucifer/The Devil in almost any work of literature, and any rumination about the nature of human or 'divine' evil, and this book delivers it. There's almost a Rust Cohle-esque feel to Ki ...more
Lieutenant Kinderman is investigated a series of grisly murders. These murders appear to be the same style of the Gemini Killer who has been declared dead for twelve years.
‘Legion’ is a slow burn in every way. Many pages are devoted to the philosophical monologue of the main character about the meani ...more
In this book, the follow up to The Exorcist, we get a much more in-depth character study of Lt. Kinderman along side an intriguing crime mystery.
I felt Blatty was quite brave and respected the readers intelligence by diving straight into Kinderman’s philosophical, existential ponderings and masterfully weaving this into the detective work and crime narrative.
Kinderman is highly eccentric, witty and humorous and has become one of my favourite literary charact ...more