Friday, December 18, 2009

Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books

I really have to recommend Patricia Abbott's blog for being as great as it is. And, her Friday's Forgotten Book series is a real standout among all of the fun and creative posts (covering books, movies, writing, etc.) this writer comes up with. I was very much honored when last month she asked me if I'd like to submit an entry for her book series. Since it had been on my mind for the last few months, my choice was easy and I accepted. Corey Wilde wrote a great and thoughtful review of my choice a short while back - hopefully, this won't be considered cheating. My selection was William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration, something I read and cherished a long time ago. My piece was added today to that series. You can find it here. And thanks much, Patricia, for asking me to contribute.

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  1. Congratulations! You've developed quite a cyber-presence when you've got Patti Abbott to take notice.

    And thanks for the shout out but we both know all the credit goes to you. I would never have known about The Ninth Configuration without you kindly providing me a copy.

  2. Thank you for the kind words, Corey. if I have any kind of cyber-presence, I owe it to the friends I found online.

  3. Between the two of yez I've developed a near-urge to read this book. I never read The Exorcist but the movie scared the you know what out of me, and that's even though I was accompanied to the theater by two young men who were studying to become priests at the Josephinum! They kept yammering theological stuff at me, trying to calm me down, but it had no effect.

    The library has a VHS version of the movie; if you two can promise me that I'll be able to sleep at night after seeing it, I'll do so.

  4. I'm glad you're interested in the book, Naomi. I'd also encourage you to see the movie, too. And, it's not going to give you nightmares. But, there were 5 versions of it (I've seen 3 of them). The VHS tape is one of those versions (I used to own it), and it has an ending that's slightly different than the book's and the final director's cut on DVD. I really you hope you seen the one on the DVD, instead. I think it's the more powerful one. I, or Corey, can lend you the disc, if you'd like. Just let us know. Thanks for your comment, and interest.

  5. Blatty fans might well be interested in CEMETERY DANCE magazine #62, the most recent issue, the Blatty special including apparently previously unpublished material.

    Issue #62: The William Peter Blatty Special Issue

    Cover Artist: Les Edwards
    Interior Artists: Glenn Chadbourne, Steven C. Gilberts, Dan Grant, Chris Hill, Alex McVey, Keith Minnion, Russell Morgan, Nick Tripiciano
    Page Count: 128

    • "Sacrifice" by Gary Raisor
    •"The Innocents at the Museum of Antiquities" by Douglas Clegg (part two of an original novella)
    • "Dead Image" by David Morrell
    • "The Curious Odyssey of James Deacon (AKA James Dean) & Where Darkness is the Only Light" by David Morrell
    • "Wasted on the Young" by Cody Goodfellow
    • "The Message" by Nate Southard

    Special Features
    • "Epilogue: The Exorcist" by William Peter Blatty
    • "Prologue to Exorcist III: Legion" by William Peter Blatty
    • "Terry and the Werewolf" by William Peter Blatty
    • "An Invitation To The Dance, Legion: Exorcist III" by Kealan Patrick Burke

  6. Todd, I'm in your debt for this. I am very interested in the issue, and its content. Thanks for stopping by and sending me word of this.