The Best Book Stephen King Will Never Write

Stephen King revealed on Twitter what he was convinced was his greatest novel idea: a first person narrative of the machete-wielding Jason Vorhees.

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Earlier this week, Stephen King revealed on Twitter what he was convinced was his greatest novel idea: a first person narrative of the machete-wielding Jason Vorhees. Called I Jason, King said the idea is for the book to follow the Friday the 13th star as he’s killed over and over again at Camp Crystal Lake:

In the following tweet, he lamented the loss of such a grand idea, claiming that it would far too difficult for him to manage to acquire the rights to the character:

Unfortunately, it seems like such a legal battle over the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise will probably prevent I Jason from ever being penned, which I find really disappointing, because there are so many questions about the character that such a novel could have answered. What is Jason? Is he a zombie? Is he is a physical manifestation of his mother’s wrath? How does he keep resurrecting himself? Does he teleport, or is he just very swift on his feet, despite looking to be 6’5 and 200+ pounds?  While I’m not a particularly big fan of the classic slasher films from the 70’s and 80’s, I can’t deny that they haven’t created iconic horror characters. Freddy Krueger, Michael Meyers, Leatherface, and, of course, Jason Vorhees, have all become arguably the most recognizable monsters and madmen in cinematic history, which is why retelling their stories but from their perspectives would be such a commercial and critical success, and I’m far from the only one in support of this idea, as not only have hundreds of his fans begged him to tell Jason’s tale, but so have a few celebrities, such as comedian Patton Oswald, who said in response to King’s tweet: “Aaaaaaaand…I want this novel RIGHT NOW.”

 

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The Friday the 13th series has explored Jason’s more human side in the past, for example, when he’s discovered in Friday the 13th Part 2 to have built a shrine around the decapitated head of his mother (okay, he’s not the most mentally stable of individuals, but despite being a pretty morbid act, it still shows that he experiences real emotions, and isn’t just some malevolent spirit killing horny teens for the sake of it), so it’s not as if King wouldn’t have anything to work with. We could see Jason’s relationship with his mother, see him the day that he drowned, maybe even what force is responsible for resurrecting him (we do know that Hell exists in the Friday the 13th universe, so maybe he could incorporate that somehow). If written well (which we know would happen, as it is Stephen King we’re talking about, after all), I Jason could tell a tragic tale about a young boy who drowns at summer camp and is damned to keep experiencing being killed in the most gruesome of ways. What a hellish, existential fate, indeed!

 

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