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- has published six novels:

Rage [1977]
The Long Walk [1979]
Roadwork [1981]
The Running Man [1982]
Thinner [1984]
The Regulators [1994]
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The Bachman Books!
Richard Bachman first appeared on bookshelves in the late 1970's with the release of Rage and The Long Walk. King has said that he used the Bachman pseudonym so that he could write differently and also to see how an unknown writer would do. The Bachman books were not as successful as those penned under the King name, but he kept producing them. In the early 1980's, King used the Bachman name to write Roadwork and The Running Man. In 1984, King wrote Thinner using the Bachman name. Somehow, around the same time, Steve Brown found that Bachman was actually King. The rumor spread fast and "Thinner" began flying off the shelf.
Bookstores throughout the country began selling out of all the Bachman books of course, and King finally admitted the truth.

Fascinating, how he pulled it off for over fifteen years!
  • Rage:
    In quiet Placerville, Maine, a slightly twisted boy named Charles Decker holds the 24 other students of his algebra class at gunpoint after shooting 2 teachers.
  • The Long Walk:
    Is about a walk where the winner gets the ultimate prize - anything they want for life, and the losers get punished with death!
  • Roadwork:
    The story of 40 year old Barton Dawes is fairly normal, up to the point when the city council decide to extend the 784 Freeway. In order to do this they have to demolish a few buildings - his house and workplace are both scheduled to be torn down.
  • The Running Man:
    The future is a very dark place, where people work in dangerous jobs for low wages, but employment is still extremely hard to get. Ben Richards knows that the only way his wife and daughter can get out of the low class lifestyle is for him to try to win money on one of the many gameshows on television.

For further information on Richard Bachman, take a look at the About Bachman page...


New American Library 1985.

"First (omnibus) Printing, October 1985"
on copyright page.

Dust Jacket price: $19.95


New English Library 1995.
865 pages.
ISBN 0 450 39249 X.
"30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21" on copyright page.

Cover illustration: Paul Davies

Fiction: Horror


Why I Was Bachman
By Stephen King


The Long Walk


The Running Man


The name on the cover was Richard Bachman but the
imagination inside could only belong to one man.

Stephen King explains:

For years, readers wrote asking if Richard Bachman
was really world-bestselling Stephen King writing
under another name. Now the secret is out - and so,
brought together in one volume, are these four
spellbinding stories of future shock and suspense.

A high-school teenager becomes a gang-of-one in a
terrifying display of rebellion

A chilling look at the ultra-conservative America of the
future where a gruelling 450-mile marathon is the
ultimate sports competition

An immovable man refuses to surrender to the
irresistible force of progress

TV's future-favorite game show, where contestants are
hunted to death in the attempt to win a $ billion jackpot

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