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James Patterson calls off ‘Murder of Stephen King’

Patterson said he did not want to cause ‘discomfort’ to King, who had nothing to do with the novel. — Reuters picPatterson said he did not want to cause ‘discomfort’ to King, who had nothing to do with the novel. — Reuters picNEW YORK, Sept 24 — Author James Patterson has decided against publishing The Murder of Stephen King.

In a statement released by his publisher on Thursday, and sighted by the BBC, Patterson said he did not want to cause “discomfort” to King, who had nothing to do with the novel.

He also said that he had learned fans had “disrupted” King’s home in real life.

“My book is a positive portrayal of a fictional character, and, spoiler alert, the main character is not actually murdered,” Patterson said.

“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 plot centred on the tale of a fictional obsessed fan hunting down King, not unlike the author’s classic book, Misery, which was later made into an Oscar-winning film starring Kathy Bates and James Caan.

Patterson added that he will be releasing another book, Taking the Titanic, instead.

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