William Peter Blatty
And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy. The Exorcist not only ended that career, it expunged all memory of its existence.
Bantam Press. And they commissioned me to write it. And when that was completed, they sold it to Harper and Row. And then I put it out to every movie studio in town. And they all turned it down.
Horror does not interest me, and so I know little of its practitioners, old or current.
I get cassettes near Academy Award time of every movie that's made that thinks it has some kind of chance for a nomination—that's when I watch my movies.
I have never read horror, nor do I consider The Exorcist to be such, but rather as a suspenseful supernatural detective story, or paranormal police procedural.
I'm not aware that I was consciously influenced by any director, though these things often happen unnoticed, submerged in the unconscious.
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