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James Frey's Thousand Pen Names

You might have read a James Frey book without even knowing it. The A Million Little Pieces author, whom Oprah famously excoriated for fibbing in parts of that memoir, is working on at least nine projects with collaborators that will be published under pseudonyms, the New York Post reports. It's rumored that Frey is John Twelve Hawks, the author behind the bestselling sci-fi series the Fourth Realm Trilogy, although James Patterson, Stephen King, and Michael Chabon have also been suggested as the series' author. Frey may also be Pittacus Lore, the author of I Am Number Four, due out in August, a story of teenage aliens on the planet Lorien. For the moment, Frey has been coy about the whole thing, saying, "I will neither confirm nor deny that I am John Twelve Hawks, Pittacus Lore, or anyone else," noting that he is working on projects that will come out with various pen names.