The author chose to withdraw the crime novel upon hearing King's home had been 'disrupted' by fans in the past
Thriller author James Patterson has decided not to publish his upcoming novel, The Murder Of Stephen King following the realization that King fans had “disrupted” the writer’s home in the past.
Patterson issued a statement withdrawing The Murder Of Stephen King from publication, stating: “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.”
Patterson had previously emphasised that King had nothing to do with the scheduled novel, writing 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.” The post now appears to be removed.
The Murder Of Stephen King, which had been due out in November, told the story of an over-enthusiastic fan who copied the homicides from King’s novels, culminating in the murder of the author himself. Detective ‘Jamie Peterson’ assists King against the crazed fan.
Patterson and King have never met, but have made comments about each other in the past. In 2009, King remarked that Patterson is, “a terrible writer, but he’s very successful.” Patterson, the world’s highest-paid author for the past three years according to Forbes, hit back at King. He retorted: “He’s taken shots at me for years. It’s fine, but my approach is to do the opposite with him – to heap praise.”
Patterson will instead release Taking The Titanic on November 3rd, a novel about thieves who board the ship dressed as newlyweds.