PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Author James Patterson has canceled the release of his fan fiction-style book, The Murder of Stephen King, "out of respect" for King and his family, Patterson said in a statement.
"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."
According to Patterson's website, King was not involved with the book.
"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," Patterson said of the book.
King has not spoken about the novel, or the reported incidents of fans visiting his home, which reportedly influenced Patterson's decision to scrap the release.
Patterson's Taking the Titanic will be released in Nov., in place of The Murder of Stephen King.