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Title row: It's pulped fiction for writer Paul Kearney

By Michelle Smyth

Published 20/04/2015

Title clash: Paul Kearney
Title clash: Paul Kearney

A Northern Irish writer's books have been destroyed after lawyers ruled its title was too similar to that of an American author's work.

Thousands of copies of Paul Kearney's fantasy novel Dark Hunters: Umbra Sumus were scrapped after publishers Black Library received a cease and desist order from lawyers for Sherrilyn Kenyon.

She said the title of Co Down man Kearney's novel was too similar to her Dark Hunter series which sold over 12 million books.

Kearney argued "there's no way there could be any confusion" as his work is science fiction, while Kenyon's is described as 'paranormal romance'. However, Kearney revealed the book could be published with a different title.

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