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Born: 1928-01-07
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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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.

Tags: Rather, Read, Story

I'm not aware that I was consciously influenced by any director, though these things often happen unnoticed, submerged in the unconscious.

Tags: Happen, Often, Though

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.

Tags: Career, Sad, Truth

Horror does not interest me, and so I know little of its practicioners, old or current.

Tags: Horror, Interest, Old

I didn't read The Haunting of Hill House until sometime early in the 1990's.

Tags: House, Read, Until

I lived in Georgetown in the late '70s about four houses down from the steps.

Tags: Four, Late, Lived

I'd sold the book first. Actually to a paperback publisher. I had nothing. I just had the idea.

Tags: Actually, Book, Idea

Well, the research into it affected me. And the novel, it very much strengthened my faith.

Tags: Faith, Novel, Research

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.

Tags: Movie, Put, Write

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.

Tags: Chance, Movies, Time

I tried to make every bit of it as creepy as I could. And I had the same response you do. I feel the same way. The hospital scenes, that procedure was so real.

Tags: Bit, Real, Tried

I've been campaigning like anything for restoring these changes. For 27 years. I wrote a book about it, well, a portion of the book was devoted to these scenes and why they should have been in the movie.

Tags: Book, Movie, Why
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