R.I.P.: The Exorcist Author William Peter Blatty Has Passed Away

William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty, author of the 1971 novel The Exorcist passed away January 12, 2017 at the age of 89. The news came down from director William Friedkin who collaborated with William Peter Blatty on the cinematic version of The Exorcist.

In addition to The Exorcist, Blatty’s writing career included an autobiography, three nonfiction books, eleven other novels and novellas, and multiple screenplays.

Blatty also tried his hand at directing, making his feature directorial debut with the 1980 horror film The Ninth Configuration, which was based on his 1978 novel of the same name (which was a reworking of his 1966 novel Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane).