The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty - Artist Edition
PUBLICATION: Summer 2021
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this iconic masterpiece of horror and paranormal suspense, Suntup Editions is delighted to announce a fine press limited edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. One of the most controversial novels ever written, The Exorcist was first published in June 1971, and would go on to become a cultural phenomenon. The book spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at #1. Five decades later, the novel retains its power to possess readers with its raw and visceral prose.
Inspired by a 1949 article in The Washington Post in which a Catholic priest recounts his experience performing the ritual of exorcism on a young child, William Peter Blatty's groundbreaking novel details the demonic possession of eleven-year-old Regan MacNeil. When neither medical professionals nor psychiatrists can come to Regan's aid, her mother enlists the assistance of two priests. Overwhelmed but determined, they endeavor to rescue Regan from an unspeakable fate. To do so, they must face a series of terrifying moments that will test not only their strength, but the very core of their faith.
Two years after its publication, The Exorcist, was adapted for the screen by Blatty. The film, directed by William Friedkin, who has penned an exclusive introduction for this edition of the novel, would become a wildly successful motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations.
On September 27, 2011, The Exorcist was re-released as a 40th Anniversary Edition in hardcover, paperback and audiobook featuring new and revised material. Of this edition, Blatty wrote: "This will have a touch of new material in it as part of an all-around polish of the dialogue and prose. First time around I never had the time (meaning the funds) to do a second draft, and this, finally, is it. With forty years to think about it, a few little changes were inevitable — plus one new character in a totally new, very spooky scene. This is the version I would like to be remembered for." We are very pleased to publish this version; the author’s preferred text in our fine press edition of The Exorcist.
ARTIST GIFT EDITION
- 6” x 9” trim size.
- 400 Pages.
- Limited to 1000 copies.
- Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
- Two-hits foil stamping.
- Exclusive introduction by Academy Award winning director, William Friedkin.
- Six full color illustrations by Marc Potts.
- Dust jacket with stunning wrap-around artwork by Marc Potts (the only edition featuring the dust jacket.)
- Signed by Marc Potts.
- Housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.
- Bookmark with all pre-orders.
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2021 by Marc Potts.
What a beautiful edition. I love everything about it!! The design fits the story so well. Another home run Suntup!
I really loved how this book was crafted. It is probably tied as my favourite gift edition that's been done so far. The case, the boards, the endpapers, everything was so beautifully done.
I was, however, quite disappointed with the art for this book. For me the best art is what you can look at and be reminded of the characters, main events, and progression of a story. You can follow and re experience your reading of the book through the pictures as you are reminded of how things happened. The Exorcist only had dark pictures of demonic images that gave no sense of any characters or events in the book, outside of the actual possession. It is a big theme of the book, but for me these pictures were not pleasing to look at, and it wasn't so interesting because they all look the same.
This is one of my favourite books, and I am glad to own this beautifully crafted edition, but I wish the art was more representative of the story itself, more than just one theme and were more aesthetically pleasing than just dark demonic images
Fabulous edition as always, the case is possible my favourite of all the AE's, the extra attention to detail Suntup put into their releases are the reason I continue to buy them. Gorgeous production of an amazing book. Worth every penny, thank you to Paul and the amazing team. Keep them coming..!
This book is beautiful. Every detail about it is perfect. It's definitely scarier to read.
While I have five different signed limited versions of this title, the quality of this production is the most impressive. The final product is 'art' to match the timeliness of Blatty's 'art'. This is why people collect books.
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