BRIDGTON — Famed Maine horror author Stephen King has nixed a plan by the town of Bridgton to hold a festival to celebrate what town officials consider to be his literary genius.

Bridgton economic development Director Alan Manoian had wanted to hold the festival to highlight King’s connections to the area and include tours of areas featured in some of King’s books.

After hearing of King’s opposition to the idea, Bridgton officials scuttled the plan.

King once lived in the western Maine town. He now has a home in Bangor.