JK Rowling slammed for ‘gross’ new book about cross-dressing serial killer

JK Rowling has sparked another backlash as it is revealed her latest novel features a male who wears dresses and kills women.

The author, famed for penning the Harry Potter series, appears to have ignited a fresh row following accusations of transphobia after her comments about the transgender community.

JK's latest novel, Troubled Blood, which has been written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the next instalment in her Strike detective series.

It's believed that the character, Dennis Creed, "fetishes women's clothing" and "disguises himself as a woman to trick the person he's abducting," according to The US Sun.

A review by The Telegraph states that the "meat of the book" dives into the cold case of a GP vanishing in 1974, "thought to be a victim of Dennis Creed, a transvestite serial killer."

It continues: "One wonders what critics of Rowling's stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress."

Since the news emerged, people have taken to social media to vent their frustration, with one penning: "JK Rowling really wrote a whole book being transphobic wtf."

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A second wrote: "JK Rowling scratches her brain and comes up with a storyline about a man who dresses as a woman in order to kill women."

"For someone who has said she 'loves' and 'supports' trans people, perhaps she should support them by avoiding deeply harmful tropes about our community.

"But she doesn't care – this is deliberate. It's gross," added a third.

"@jk_rowling having read the synopsis of Troubled Blood, I'm even more disgusted by you than I already was. I didn't think that was possible, but here we are," penned a fourth.

JK, whose real name is Joanne Rowling, sparked controversy earlier in the year when she used the term "people who menstruate?".

Following her statement, she tweeted: "I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

She continued: "If sex isn't real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.

"I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn't hate to speak the truth."

Daily Star Online has approached a representative for JK for comment.

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