The Exorcist and Legion (Special Edition)
- Author: William Peter Blatty
- Artist: Keith Minnion (interiors)
- Page Count: 552
- Pub. Date: December 22, 2010
- ISBN: 978-1-58767-211-8
- Status: Out of Print
The Exorcist and Legion Special Edition
by William Peter Blatty
Interior artwork by: Keith Minnion
A Note For Collectors:
The signed Limited Edition and Lettered Edition both sold out pre-publication.
About this Special Edition:
Featuring two classic William Peter Blatty 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 incredible collector's edition also includes original B&W artwork by acclaimed artist Keith Minnion and a career spanning interview conducted by Cemetery Dance Managing Editor Brian James Freeman, covering Blatty's life and career from the 1950s to the present. Both the Limited Edition and the Lettered Edition are signed by William Peter Blatty and there are no plans at this time to publish a trade edition of this special volume.
A Note From the Author:
"I have for many years envisioned The Exorcist and Legion to be one continuous read, even though the former is a fact-based, clearly 'religious thriller,' while the story of Legion delivers more excitingly on the level of a pure 'entertain-ment.' Never-the-less, it is Legion and not The Exorcist that is by far the more ambitious work in that the demonic homicides that police Lt. Kinderman is investigating are of much lesser concern to him than solving that case of cosmic homicide that for eons, and for so many and for so long, has been the foremost stumbling block to belief in a benevolent Creator, namely the so-called 'Problem of Evil,' to which Legion brazenly offers a solution."
Praise for The Exorcist:
"Read the book! It's an experience you will never forget."
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"You will read it, if you're wise, with every light on in the house and every light on in your brain."
— Los Angeles magazine
"There are not many readers who will be unmoved."
— The New York Times Book Review
"A powerful, astonishing book."
Praise for Legion:
"I devoured Legion in one terrified gulp. Infinitely more suspenseful than The Exorcist, it even manages to outspook it."
— Los Angeles Times
"Ten times better than The Exorcist…The suspense is breathtaking, and the ideas dark, deadly and fascinating."
— Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Blatty has returned to repossess us!"
— New York Daily News
"Heartbeat-skipping horror. Read Legion only on a sunny day."
"Tooth-grinding suspense and several terrific scares."
— Seattle Times
"A real hair-raiser."
"Mesmerizing and horrifying at the same time."
— USA Today
William Peter Blatty is the author of The Exorcist, The Ninth Configuration, Legion, Elsewhere, many other books and numerous screenplays.
In 2009, Cemetery Dance published a special hardcover edition of his classic haunted house novella, Elsewhere. The signed editions are sold out, but the trade edition is now in its second printing.
Cemetery Dance #62 was a William Peter Blatty special issue and it featured three original contributions by Blatty: "Epilogue: The Exorcist" and "Prologue to Exorcist III: Legion", which were "lost" sections of the screenplays of those movies, and "Terry and the Werewolf", an original short story Blatty wrote in the 1960s that never saw print. Also in the issue was an excerpt of a career spanning interview conducted by Cemetery Dance Managing Editor Brian James Freeman and "An Invitation To The Dance, Legion: Exorcist III" by Kealan Patrick Burke. The cover artwork was painted by Les Edwards.
In 2010, Cemetery Dance published The Exorcist and Legion in one special volume. Featuring two classic William Peter Blatty novels in one beautiful volume for the first-time ever, this oversized deluxe special edition is a must-have for any collector of horror. This incredible collector's edition included original B&W artwork by acclaimed artist Keith Minnion and the entire career spanning interview conducted by Cemetery Dance Managing Editor Brian James Freeman, covering Blatty's life and career from the 1950s to the present.
Published in two states:
• Deluxe Oversized Hardcover Limited Edition of 750 signed and numbered copies bound in full-cloth, Smyth sewn, and issued without a dust jacket to resemble an old world volume ($75)
• Deluxe Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather and Smyth sewn with satin ribbon page marker ($400)