Bury­ing the hatchet

> James Pat­ter­son de­cides to end his years-long feud with fel­low au­thor Stephen King by scrap­ping his lat­est book, The Mur­der of Stephen King

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ - JACK SHEP­HERD

DUR­ING a now-in­fa­mous in­ter­view in 2009, Stephen King ( far right) re­ferred to fel­low au­thor James Pat­ter­son ( right) as “a ter­ri­ble writer”, but later ad­mit­ting “he’s very suc­cess­ful”. De­spite this, the Alex Cross writer re­sponded by prais­ing King, telling the Wall Street Jour­nal: “He’s taken shots at me for years. It’s fine, but my ap­proach is to do the op­po­site with him – to heap praise.”

How­ever, the rift didn’t end there, and Pat­ter­son even­tu­ally co-au­thored a novel called The Mur­der of Stephen King, the story of a psy­chotic fan re-en­act­ing the mur­ders from King’s book with the goal of even­tu­ally killing King him­self.

With just weeks un­til the book’s re­lease, Pat­ter­son has sud­denly re­alised the book may not be such a good idea af­ter all.

Hav­ing learnt that fans had “dis­rupted” King’s home in real life, Pat­ter­son is­sued a state­ment on the nov­els with­drawal.

It read: “My book is a pos­i­tive por­trayal of a fic­tional char­ac­ter, and, spoiler alert, the main char­ac­ter is not ac­tu­ally mur­dered.

“Nev­er­the­less, I do not want to cause Stephen King or his fam­ily any dis­com­fort. Out of re­spect for them, I have de­cided not to pub­lish The Mur­der of Stephen King.”

Be­fore the re­lease, Pat­ter­son wrote on his web­site: “I’m a Stephen King fan, but Stephen King did not par­tic­i­pate in the mak­ing of this novel, nor is he af­fil­i­ated with it in any way. I hope he likes it.” King has yet to com­ment on the book’s with­drawal. Mean­while, Pat­ter­son an­nounced that his next book, Tak­ing the Ti­tanic, will take The Mur­der of Stephen King’s re­lease spot on Nov 1. Mean­while, King’s novella Hearts in At­lantis has been an­nounced to be re­ceiv­ing an on-screen adap­ta­tion. The cel­e­brated au­thor has given his per­sonal ap­proval to the adap­ta­tion, which is based on his own time in col­lege.

The story cen­tres on a group of poor fresh­men, sur­viv­ing off schol­ar­ships and aid pack­ages, who be­come ob­sessed with the highly-ad­dic­tive – and highly-vin­dic­tive – card game Hearts, and find their world starts to slowly un­ravel.

Their grades be­gin to fall, and one by one they flunk out at a time when life out­side col­lege meant the draft and the jun­gles of Viet­nam. – The In­de­pen­dent 2 3 4 5 6 7 – Cheem­ing Boey – Kanyin Pub­li­ca­tion – Dr Siti Has­mah Mohd Ali – Tun Musa Hi­tam – Tan Yen Fong – Edi­tion Di­dier Mil­let

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