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Like The Exorcist , it involves demonic possession. Blatty based aspects of the Gemini Killer on the real life Zodiac Killer ,  who, in a January letter to the San Francisco Chronicle , had praised the original Exorcist film as "the best satirical comedy that I have ever seen". 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 storyline is a mix of horror and whodunnit , with a police detective , Lieutenant Kinderman, investigating a series of murders that have all the hallmarks of a serial killer who was shot by police but whose body was never recovered many years previously.
The slayings have a blasphemous theme to them, such as a child crucified and a priest being headless. Kinderman's investigations lead him to a mental asylum where there are a number of suspects, including a psychiatrist and one of his own patients. 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 entertains philosophical thoughts of his own, such as trying to work out how the concept of evil specifically relating to the murders fits in with God 's plans for humanity.
Kinderman frequently alludes to his favorite novel , The Brothers Karamazov , especially when he goes off on a philosophical tangent. 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. Further victims soon follow, including one of Kinderman's friends, Father Dyer from The Exorcist , who is slain in a hospital, his body drained of blood before being decapitated.
Yet again the Gemini Killer's mutilations are present. Investigations lead Kinderman to the psychiatric wing of the hospital where his friend was slain.
Here he finds a number of suspects:. He lacked any identification and was nicknamed Sunlight because he sat in the sun's rays as it passed through the window of his cell.
Upon finally gaining control of Karras' body, the Gemini occasionally left it to possess the bodies of the patients suffering from senile dementia, and as they were in an open ward with access to the outside world, he could use them to go forth and commit murders. 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.
The Gemini's motive originally was to shame his father, a preacher , whom he hated. When his father dies of natural causes the Gemini Killer feels his mission is over and he has no reason to remain in possession of Karras' body.
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.
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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Dewey Decimal. Archived from the original on 28 September Retrieved 7 April Miller In Ezra Greenspan ed.
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William Peter Blatty ‘Legion’ Review
After the events in the previous novel The Exorcist, Blatty brings Kinderman back for another well written tale: Legion. Years after the loss of Father Damien Karras, Kinderman faces another troubling case. He has to investigate a series of murders with clues that lead him to a hospital and ultimately the psych ward. Eventually, he faces a part of his past he thought was deceased. There are certainly some intense moments and plenty to enjoy in this read. Of course, the novel is more in depth and boasts more characters. A lot of the events from this story are absent from the film, making this a more explanatory version.
Legion by William Peter Blatty, Signed
What is it that you want from us? To suffer like you did on the cross? Well, we're doing it. Please don't go sleepless with worrying about this problem. Unknowingly, they made them fascinating in my mind. Long after they stopped being the forbidden fruit, I'm still watching horror movies.
Seller Rating:. Condition: Very Good. Signed by author! Pages have stains along the outside edges.