Author James Patterson has abandoned plans to publish a new book titled The Murder of Stephen King because he doesn't want to upset his literary peer.
Patterson, whose new book revolves around an obsessed fan hunting thriller and mystery writer King, scrapped plans for a November (16) release after learning the Misery author really was a target of over-zealous fans, who had "disrupted" his private life.
Announcing the news in a statement via his publisher on Thursday (22Sep16), Patterson writes: "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 and Patterson have never met and they are far from close - in 2009, King called Patterson a successful yet "terrible" writer.
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