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Title[ edit ] The title is derived from The Bible , particularly The Gospel of Luke , which describes Jesus traveling in the land of Gadarenes where he encounters a man possessed by demons: Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name? Luke Or the more common quote on the incident, sometimes called the Gerasene Demoniac , from The Gospel of Mark : And he asked him, "What is thy name?

The slayings have a blasphemous theme to them, such as a child crucified and a priest being headless. There, Kinderman begins to find links between the victims and events in the previous novel, the exorcism of the twelve-year-old girl, Regan.

Kinderman frequently alludes to his favorite novel , The Brothers Karamazov , especially when he goes off on a philosophical tangent.

Plot summary[ edit ] The story opens with the discovery of a twelve-year-old boy who has been murdered and crucified on a pair of rowing oars.

Kinderman already sees that the boy is mutilated in a way identical to the victims of a serial killer known as the Gemini Killer, who was apparently shot to death by police twelve years previously while climbing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

A priest is later murdered in a confessional , once again bearing the mutilations distinctive of the apparently-deceased killer. The fingerprints at the two crime scenes differ, however. Investigations lead Kinderman to the psychiatric wing of the hospital where his friend was slain. Here he finds a number of suspects: Dr. Freeman Temple - a psychiatrist who has a dismissive and even contemptuous attitude towards his patients.

Vincent Amfortas - another doctor at the hospital. He is very mysterious and not very talkative, and is seemingly apathetic toward everything since the recent death of his wife. Amfortas, like his literary and operatic namesakes, is a type of the Wounded King or Maimed King, a role traditionally occupied by the character of the Fisher King in medieval romances related to the Holy Grail legend, whose literary and mythological roles are discussed in detail by Jessie L. Weston in her examination of the Grail tradition, From Ritual to Romance.

Patients - there are a number of elderly people at the hospital suffering from senile dementia. The fingerprints of different senile patients are found at murder scenes, but interviews with the patients make it clear they are seemingly incapable of carrying out the elaborate killings and mutilations.

Tommy Sunlight - a mysterious patient, found wandering aimlessly eleven years ago dressed as a priest, who brags of being the Gemini Killer reincarnated and who claims to have carried out the recent murders, even though he logically could not have done so, being secured in a locked cell in a straitjacket. At one point he claims the doctors and nurses let him out to kill.

He also looks identical to Damien Karras, a priest who supposedly died in The Exorcist by falling down a flight of stairs. James Vennamun - the actual Gemini Killer himself. His body was never found, suggesting he may have survived and is resuming his crimes. This is why the fingerprints of several senility patients were found at the crime scenes; their bodies carried out the murders but the Gemini Killer was in control of them. Feeling compelled to explain everything to Kinderman, he summons the detective, explains all of this, successfully demands that Kinderman tells him he believes that he Sunlight really is the Gemini Killer, and then effectively wills himself to die from heart failure.

Temple suffers a stroke and ends up mentally disabled. Amfortas dies in a home accident after being repeatedly terrorized by a possible evil doppelganger of himself although he was terminally ill anyway, suffering from a disease he refused to treat so he could join his deceased wife.

The final chapter of the novel, an epilogue , has Kinderman at a burger-bar with his faithful partner, Atkins. Kinderman explains to Atkins his thoughts and musings of the whole case and how it relates to his problem of the concept of evil.

Kinderman ends by concluding that he believes the Big Bang was Lucifer falling from heaven, and that the entire Universe, including humanity, are the broken parts of Lucifer, and that evolution is the process of Lucifer putting himself back together as an angel.

New York Times best-seller list court case[ edit ] In , author William Peter Blatty sued the New York Times for 6 million dollars claiming that Legion had not been included in The New York Times Best Seller list due to either negligence or intentional falsehood, saying it should have been included based on sales figures.

Blatty appealed it to the Supreme Court which declined to hear the case; thus the lower court ruling stood that the list was editorial content, not objective factual content - and the Times had the right to exclude books from the list.

Scott as Lieutenant Kinderman and Brad Dourif and Jason Miller alternating as Sunlight although the name Sunlight is not actually given to the character in the film; he is referred to as simply "the man in Cell 11" or "Patient X".

Both the novel and film ignore the events of the film Exorcist II: The Heretic , a theatrical sequel with which Blatty had no involvement who also panned the film as well. It was directed by Anne Adams and adapted by Charley Sherman. Archived from the original on 28 September Retrieved 7 April


Legion by William Peter Blatty (1983, Hardcover)

Roosevelt when the President was cutting the ribbon for the Queens—Midtown Tunnel , telling him, "For when you have company. Movie critic Jerry Stein called it a "masterpiece" in The Cincinnati Post, and Peter Travers described it as "the finest large-scale American surrealist film ever made" in People magazine. Blatty directed the film. The first sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic , was disappointing both critically and commercially. As described by Blatty, this new, updated edition features new and revised material. The 40th Anniversary Edition of The Exorcist will have a touch of new material in it as part of an all-around polish of the dialogue and prose.


William Peter Blatty


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