Stephen King reveals killer Friday the 13th novel to be his 'best idea ever'

Stephen King says his unwritten Friday the 13th novel is the best idea he's ever had.
Stephen King; Jason Voorhees. Photo credit: Getty; Paramount Pictures

Horror author Stephen King has declared a concept he had for a Friday the 13th book as his best novel idea ever.

The It writer wants to pen a book from the perspective of Jason Voorhees, the undead hockey mask wearing killer from most of the hit slasher franchise's sequels.

King revealed the idea on Twitter, but also acknowledged that licensing rights over Friday the 13th would likely make it impossible.

"The best novel idea I never wrote (and probably never will) is I JASON, the first-person narrative of Jason Voohees, and his hellish fate: killed over and over again at Camp Crystal Lake. What a hellish, existential fate!" he said.

"Just thinking about the legal thicket one would have to go through to get permissions makes my head ache. And my heart, that too. But gosh, shouldn't someone tell Jason's side of the story?"

King's tweets quickly amassed a frenzy of replies from excited horror fans, including the likes of actor Patton Oswalt and fellow author Joe Lansdale.

The original Friday the 13th featured Jason's mother as the killer after he drowned at a camp due to his teen counsellors being more interested in sex than looking after him.

In the second and all subsequent films, however, it was Jason himself who was the killer, usually being killed himself at the end of each film after murdering a group of amorous teens.

Several of King's novels have been adapted into hugely successful films including It, The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, Misery and Stand By Me.

After his tweets announcing his I JASON idea, he also suggested horror movie production company Blumhouse could shoot a film based on the idea.

Blumhouse is behind many of the genre's hits from the last decade including Get Out, The Invisible Man and Halloween.

The Friday the 13th franchise has been embroiled in a messy legal battle in recent years between Victor Miller - writer of the original 1980 film - and producers, which has made plans for a reboot or new sequel seemingly impossible.