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Stephen King – The Bachman Books

Posted by demonik on June 16, 2009

Stephen King – The Bachman Books (New English Library, 1986) [Hardback]

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Blurb

The name on the cover was ‘Richard Bachman’. But the imagination  inside could only belong to one man. Stephen King.

For years, readers of these four novels wrote to ‘Richard Bachman’, asking if the  author was really the world-bestselling Stephen King writing under a pseudonym. Now the secret is out – and so are these four spellbinding tales of future shock and suspense, available for the first time in one volume.

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

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

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

THE RUNNING MAN. A macabre tale of the future’s favourite TV game show, where contestants risk death at the hands of hunters to win a  billion‑dollar jackpot.

With an introduction by the author; Why I Was Bachman

 

Nel 1987 paperback edition

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Richard Bachman – Rage

Posted by demonik on June 15, 2009

‘Richard Bachman’ [Stephen King] – Rage (New English Library, 1983)

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“I’ve written a lot of books about teenagers who are pushed to violent acts. But with Rage, it’s almost a blueprint in terms of saying, “This is how it could be done”. And when it started to happen … particularly, there was a shooting thing in Paducah, Kansas, where three kids were killed in a prayer group… and the kid who did it, that book was in his locker. And I said, that’s it for me; that book’s off the market. Not that they won’t find something else … I don’t think that any kid was driven to an act of violence by a Metallica record, or by a Mariliyn Manson CD, or by a Stephen King novel, but I do think those things can act as accelerants.”

Stephen King on withdrawing his ‘Richard Bachman’ novel Rage from sale in the wake of the Columbine High School massacre, April 1999. (quoted in Stephen J. Spignesi, The Essential Stephen King, New Page, 2001)

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