The Folio Society re-releases the previously limited edition 40th anniversary collector’s edition of The Exorcist

By ·October 6, 2017 7:42 am

With Halloween looming, The Folio Society have re-released their 40th Anniversary edition of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist.

Folio’s anniversary edition of the classic horror was once limited to just 250 copies but has now been re-released to the masses ahead of the story of the The Exorcist hitting the theatre district later this month.

This edition is bound in cloth and spans 368 pages. It features a colour title-page spread and chapter openings along side 13 integrated colour illustrations (such as the one below). Finally, this edition comes with a spot UV slipcase and measures 9½”x 6¼”.

This 40th anniversary edition of The Exorcist is available to purchase exclusively from The Folio Society and costs £39.95 / $59.95 USD / $81.95 CAD / $79.95 AUD. You can read the press below alongside a picture of the bound book and a sample illustration from the edition.

Illustration by Jeremy Caniglia from The Folio Society edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty ©Jeremy Caniglia

For many, the sounds of Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” conjures up just one thing; the opening scenes of The Exorcist. But before there was a film, there was a novel that had many readers only opening the pages during the day and others puzzled how such a jaw-dropping novel even saw the light of day. And now due to open in London West End’s theatre district on 20th October 2017, comes the play.

Few novels have shocked the world like The Exorcist. William Peter Blatty’s gripping tale of a young girl thought possessed, and the small group of determined individuals who race against time to save her, is as iconic as it is horrifying. But it is also a satisfyingly complex exploration of Catholic notions of suffering, guilt and redemption, and The Folio Society edition is a fitting tribute to an unforgettable work of psychological horror. This iconic title – a milestone of the genre – has often been requested by The Folio Society readers.

Writing in the tradition of horror’s past masters, Blatty enlists the grotesque to conceal a more profound truth. As they battle the growing malevolence inside 11-year-old Regan McNeil, each character must confront their own self-doubt: manifestations of darkness as real as those consuming the mind and body of Regan. Chief among these is Father Karras, the troubled Jesuit priest plagued by a crisis of faith, now locked in an infernal battle of wits with Regan’s tormentor. To win, he must choose between science and the catechism, and decide if the horror growing inside Regan is a product of her mind or part of a war an eternity in the making, between good and absolute evil … or is the true reckoning still to come?

The blurred lines between the sacred and the supernatural permeate Caniglia’s 13 brooding, photographic artworks. Each appears like a document of a past horror, their surfaces scratched by a ghoulish nail trying to cover its tracks. The text follows that of the 40th anniversary edition, with amendments and additions from Blatty which he considered lacking in his original, including a new character now thought by the author to be ‘the most hauntingly chilling in the book’.

Originally released to a limited 250 copies, The Folio Society edition brings this psychological thriller to the masses.

The Exorcist – The Folio Society edition 2017

The Folio Society edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is available exclusively from

Lead image credit: Illustration by Jeremy Caniglia from The Folio Society edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty ©Jeremy Caniglia

Written by Michael James Ilett


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