Best-selling author James Patterson was certain that his new thriller “The Murder of Stephen King” would have flew off the shelves, but he decided against publishing it in order to respect the privacy of his fellow author.
“My book is a positive portrayal of a fictional character, and, spoiler alert, the main character is not actually murdered,” said Patterson in a statement released to Entertainment Weekly. “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.’”
The book, which was co-written by Derek Nikitas, has also been pulled after die-hard fans have started visiting King’s home without his permission. For his part, King has remained silent regarding these incidents.
Patterson even wrote on his website that King did not have anything to do with the thriller. “I’m a Stephen King fan, but Stephen King did not participate in the making of this novel, nor is he affiliated in any way,” said Patterson. “I hope he likes it.”
The story, according to The Boston Globe, is all about a crazy-obsessed killer described as “all of Stephen King’s greatest villains, rolled into one.”
The stalker is painstakingly reenacting all of the horror scenes found from King’s novels, and he refuses to stop unless King himself intervenes.
Some of King’s most notable titles include “Carrie,” “The Shining,” “Misery,” and “The Green Mile.” He has published 55 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman.
As for Patterson, he is known for his “Alex Cross” novels, which have been translated to film. He also wrote several thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels including “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas,” “Miracle On the 17th Green,” “Along Came A Spider,” “Kiss the Girls,” and “Sundays at Tiffanys.”