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The Best Idea Stephen King Never Wrote Was An Existential Novel About Jason Voorhees

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There might be no mind more adept at writing horror than Stephen King, having penned over a dozen classic novels, many of which went on to successful big screen adaptations.  His ability to effortlessly write compelling books has been virtually unmatched in the genre, though there’s likely been plenty of scrapped ideas over the years, like writing an existential novel about Jason Voorhees.

Earlier this week, the 72-year-old tweeted that he once had a novel idea focusing around the star of the Friday the 13th film franchise, one that flips the story on its head.  Following the trend of films like Joker and Maleficent, instead of getting the perspective of Voorhees’ victims, like we’ve seen, King wanted to focus the story on the immortal killer and, as he describes, “his hellish fate: killed over and over again at Camp Crystal Lake.”

The idea for King’s novel, which he dubbed I Jason, probably stemmed from some of the franchise’s later films, when Voorhees wasn’t really dying because the following film would resurrect him from the dead to kill more campers and, even eventually, fight fellow horror icon Freddy Krueger.  He was more or less a punching bag. In the first few films of the franchise, which has seen 12 releases since the original film in 1980, Voorhees was either overshadowed by his mother or simply left for dead, without audiences seeing for certain that he’d been killed, as opposed to later when writers looked for new and unique ways to consistently “kill off” the hockey mask-wearing murderer, like the over-the-top New York City (or Vancouver) toxic sludge in Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.  

King went on to follow-up that tweet, which quickly garnered the attention of the horror community, noting that the legal ramifications to get permission to pen a new Voorhees story would likely be a nightmare, though he did suggest that Blumhouse, the studio behind recent cult-classics like Paranormal Activity, Get Out and Happy Death Day, could make a film. The likelihood of King writing an I Jason novel is slim-to-none.

An existential look at one of horror’s most iconic characters?  Count us in on that.