Rest in Peace: Author William Peter Blatty

The beginning of 2017 isn’t looking any brighter than last year as another beloved member of the horror community has passed away… multiple outlets are reporting that The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty died this week at the age of 89.

The news was confirmed on Twitter by director William Friedkin:

Per Variety, Blatty died Thursday, January 12, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland. Along with writing 1971’s The Exorcist, Blatty also penned works such as The Ninth Configuration (1978), Legion (1983), Crazy (2010), and The Exorcist for the 21st Century (2016). He also directed the films The Ninth Configuration (1980) and The Exorcist III (1990) and wrote numerous screenplays during the course of his career.

Blatty is survived by his wife, Julie Alicia Witbrodt.

We here at Dread Central would like to take a moment to remember Mr. Blatty and send our condolences to his many friends and family members.  Thanks for the memories, sir – you will not be forgotten!

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