Monday, September 26, 2016

James Patterson Writes a Ton of Novels - The Murder of Stephen King Is One Too Many


This is just crazy. James Patterson just cancelled a novel on the eve of its release. This would be a tragedy for most writers, but Patterson has some slack in his rope. It would have been his 14th book of the year (10 have been co-written):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Patterson_bibliography

The book's title?
The Murder of Stephen King
Here's the story:
https://electricliterature.com/james-patterson-calls-off-the-murder-of-stephen-king-a9d8cf2f3f2a#.s0sdt0ikt

The promo page now brings up a 404:
http://www.jamespatterson.com/bookshots-books/murder-of-stephen-king

Why would he do that? I mean... come on. It's a lot of work to write a novel. Look how much of your life you pour into it. Do you really want to be associated with a book that inspires some Annie Wilkes to take matters into her own hand?
Anyway, I found this old interview where Stephen King gives opinions about best-selling stalwarts like James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, and Dean Koontz:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/feb/05/stephenking-fiction

It's something less than a ringing endorsement.
For what it's worth Patterson considers himself a fan of King. Patterson has written (or co-written) 147 novels since 1976. 114 have been New York Times best sellers.
He writes... wait for it... IN PENCIL:

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