My apologies, but I’ve been a little busy lately, and I am running out of time to finish my current review of the fourth Magi Charter novel, The Elf Accord by Jordan David, for the Online Book Club. It has been a real struggle to read and has taken up almost the entire month, so unfortunately no new review this week.
Instead, since it is almost Halloween and time for scary horror novels I am republishing my review of The Exorcist. I’m sure most people are already familiar with The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty’s famous tale of demonic possession, but in case you’re not:
Father Damien Karras of The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is beginning to harbour doubts about his faith, and after his mother passes away, he finds himself relieved of his duties as counsellor and relocated to the Georgetown University to act as a Psychiatry Lecturer at the Medical School, as a form of rest and recuperation.
Unbeknown to Karras however, a twelve year old girl called Regan MacNeil resides just across the street from the University and when she begins to show signs of psychiatric difficulties, the distraught mother, Chris MacNeil calls in the Priest to examine her, and it soon becomes apparent that there are far more sinister forces at work.
The poor child is believed to be suffering from demonic possession and after ruling out mental health conditions, an exorcism is deemed the only course of treatment. With express permission from the Church, Damien Karras must put his faith to the test and perform an Exorcism on Regan MacNeil. Karras and his associate Lankester Merrin attempt to cast out the demon and save the poor girl from death, but will they be successful?
For the most part The Exorcist is a fantastic novel, full of suspense and terror as the demon gradually takes over the little girl and the two Priests attempt to cast it out and save the girl’s life. However, the novel takes it’s time to get the story started with rather a lot of unnecessary details at the beginning and Detective Kinderman’s dialogue tends to be somewhat garbled and confusing to understand. As a result I can only rate The Exorcist at 4 out of 5 stars.
However, if you enjoy demonic possession stories and are familiar with the film and/or the more recent TV series, then I would highly recommend that you check it out.
Usually I tend to prefer a novel to a movie, as there is normally much more depth and descriptive emotion contained within the pages of a book that cannot be expressed cinematically. But in the case of The Exorcist I lean more towards the visual aspects, and it is really the film which scares me the most. It has also been rated the ‘scariest movie of ALL time’.