While most modern conspiracy theories center around politics and deflated footballs, it seems the literary world has attracted its share of nuttery.
What Culture has put together an entertaining package of 10 literary conspiracy theories. They are wild, they are crazy, and maybe some of them are true. (Though we wouldn't bet on that.)
Here are a few of them, with thumbnail descriptions. You should check out all of them at What Culture, though, because we command you.
The CIA killed "gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson because he was getting ready to blow the lid off of 9/11!
Reclusive novelist Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow) was the Unabomber. (He wasn't; it was Ted Kaczynski.)
There was Illuminati symbolism in the Lord of the Rings trilogy because there are Illuminati symbols everywhere!
But here's our choice the most stark-raving insane theory: Horror novelist Stephen King assassinated former Beatle John Lennon! You know, because after publishing "Carrie" and "The Shining," King still needed some extra cash and hit-man work always pays well.
This story, "Stephen King murdered John Lennon and other insane literary conspiracy theories" was originally published by Fritterati.