Alex Malarkey who wrote 2010’s best-selling The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven now says he made it all up to get attention.
In an open letter posted online on Jan 13, 16-year-old Alex Malarkey reveals that he made up the story contained in The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, his 2010 memoir, because he thought it would bring him attention.
“I did not die. I did not go to heaven,” Malarkey writes, referring to his fictional excursion, which allegedly happened after a 2004 car crash left him in a coma for two months. “People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough.”
Malarkey’s admission puts to rest speculation about the authenticity of the book, which he co-authored with his father, Kevin Malarkey.
The young author’s mother, Beth Malarkey, had written a blog post in April 2014 that the book was “in error” and that her son, who is paralysed from the car accident, “has not received monies from the book nor have a majority of his needs been funded by it.”
Meanwhile, the book’s publisher, Tyndale House, says it would stop selling Malarkey’s book, according to the Washington Post. Apparently, the book contract was arranged with Kevin Malarkey, and neither Alex nor Beth profited from its sale. – Reuters