James Pat­ter­son scraps The Mur­der of Stephen King novel

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Au­thor James Pat­ter­son has scrapped the pub­li­ca­tion of a new novel ti­tled The Mur­der of Stephen King be­cause he does not want to cause “dis­com­fort” to King. The book is about a fic­tional ob­sessed fan hunt­ing down King, the au­thor of Mis­ery, The Shin­ing and Car­rie. But Pat­ter­son said he had learned in the run-up to the planned Novem­ber pub­li­ca­tion that fans had “dis­rupted” King’s home in real life. King has had noth­ing to do with the novel, Pat­ter­son has stressed. Be­fore de­cid­ing to scrap the book, he 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.” How­ever, in a state­ment re­leased by his pub­lisher on Thurs­day, Pat­ter­son - who co-wrote the book with Derek Nik­i­tas - said: “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.” King de­clined to com­ment on the book when asked about it last week by the As­so­ci­ated Press. Pat­ter­son, ranked as the world’s high­est-earn­ing au­thor for the last three years, told the news agency the pair do not know each other. In 2009, King called Pat­ter­son a suc­cess­ful yet “ter­ri­ble” writer. Crime writer Pat­ter­son de­scribed that re­mark as “hy­per­bole” when speak­ing to AP. Pat­ter­son is re­leas­ing the novel Tak­ing the Ti­tanic in­stead of the planned King book.

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