NEW YORK (AP) _ Dear Mr. King, thank you for your interest in ``The X-Files.'' You may be the dean of horror fiction, but we regret that we cannot use your script at this time. Good luck with it elsewhere.

The rejection didn't quite happen that way, but Stephen King did work up a script for an episode of the creepy Fox television show that was first sent back by producer Chris Carter for revisions, then was rewritten completely.

``Chris is a real gentleman, but basically he came back to me and said `This isn't what we wanted,''' King says in the Feb. 7-13 TV Guide.

The rewritten episode is scheduled for broadcast Feb. 8. King admits he liked his version better, but granted that Carter's was fine work as well. Despite the editing disagreement, King plans to write another script for ``The X-Files'' this year.