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Book Title: The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Stephen King|
The author of the book: Richard Bachman
Date of issue: March 24th 2001
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While I do love all 4 of these works, currently, I have just re-read THE LONG WALK, a bok I re-read every single year- yes, it is THAT good. I never tire of it. I always think new thoughts when I get to that ending, even if I do think the ending happens rather abruptly and is left open to interpretation on purpose. King is a genius. I think this story was written in 1979 or so, and yet he like...predicted the future of humanity. The book takes place in America's future, with The Long Walk becoming the new national TV sensation, game show sensation, reality show sensation and BETTING sensation, with a whole economy wrapped up in a game of death. 100 boys are chosen (after applying and going through a series of tests) to...walk. Starting in Maine, they walk until only one is left standing. The Prize? Anything you want for the rest of your life. A pretty good reason to enter, although there is also that 99% chance that this walk will kill you. Walkers must continuously walk at a pace of 4 miles an hour, dropping speed will give you a Warning. (There are other Rules you can creak, like interfering with another walker, for ex, that will also get you a Warning) 3 Warnings and you 'buy your ticket'- you're shot dead on the road, as the crowds watch in person and live on TV- the very ultimate in reality shows. King wrote this before reality TV even existed, and in the book it is also clear that America has become an unstable, militaristic, recession facing country. Going against the Long Walk (or a number of other offenses) will have you taken off by the government 'Squads' and killed. The Walk is a way for people to hope for better things- many of these boys are dirt poor and have nothing to lose, nor do the people betting, as betting on The Long Walk is the biggest money maker in the country. The 'game' is run by The Major, a military figure who is revered and a giant celebrity. Ray Garrity is our main character, and he is 'Maine's Own', the lone Walker from Maine this particular year, so he gets the unusual experience of walking through his home state with the Crowd on his side, and has his moments of fame. King does so many subtle things so brilliantly in this book- it is not only a means to discuss important issues like death, fame, politics, money, etc as the boys in the Walk talk the hours (and days) away, but to have them talk about these things in THIS situation makes it feel normal, and not preachy. Also, simply doing things like always capitalizing various words and phrases(The Long Walk, Crowd, Warning, Ticket, Squads, Cheer, etc) make you yourself begin to question the 'big questions'. I have owned this book 3 times, and given it to friends every time, as it is THAT good. I still have it in my Bachman collection though, and this is one collection I will NEVER allow to 'Get a Ticket'. (Especially because it still includes the old story 'Rage' which most editions do not carry any longer). This book is short and brutal and amazing. -Jen from Quebec :0)
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At the beginning of Stephen King's career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing more would be unacceptable to the public. King therefore wanted to write under another name, in order to increase his publication without over-saturating the market for the King "brand". He convinced his publisher, Signet Books, to print these novels under a pseudonym.
In his introduction to The Bachman Books, King states that adopting the nom de plume Bachman was also an attempt to make sense out of his career and try to answer the question of whether his success was due to talent or luck. He says he deliberately released the Bachman novels with as little marketing presence as possible and did his best to "load the dice against" Bachman. King concludes that he has yet to find an answer to the "talent versus luck" question, as he felt he was outed as Bachman too early to know. The Bachman book Thinner (1984) sold 28,000 copies during its initial run—and then ten times as many when it was revealed that Bachman was, in fact, King.
The pseudonym King originally selected (Gus Pillsbury) is King's maternal grandfather's name, but at the last moment King changed it to Richard Bachman. Richard is a tribute to crime author Donald E. Westlake's long-running pseudonym Richard Stark. (The surname Stark was later used in King's novel The Dark Half, in which an author's malevolent pseudonym, "George Stark", comes to life.) Bachman was inspired by Bachman–Turner Overdrive, a rock and roll band King was listening to at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot.
King provided biographical details for Bachman, initially in the "about the author" blurbs in the early novels. Known "facts" about Bachman were that he was born in New York, served a four-year stint in the Coast Guard, which he then followed with ten years in the merchant marine. Bachman finally settled down in rural central New Hampshire, where he ran a medium-sized dairy farm, writing at night. His fifth novel was dedicated to his wife, Claudia Inez Bachman, who also received credit for the bogus author photo on the book jacket. Other "facts" about the author were revealed in publicity dispatches from Bachman's publishers: the Bachmans had one child, a boy, who died in an unfortunate, Stephen King-ish type accident at the age of six, when he fell through a well and drowned. In 1982, a brain tumour was discovered near the base of Bachman's brain; tricky surgery removed it. After Bachman's true identity was revealed, later publicity dispatches (and about the author blurbs) revealed that Bachman died suddenly in late 1985 of "cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia".
King dedicated Bachman's early books—Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), and The Running Man (1982)—to people close to him. The link between King and his shadow writer was exposed after a Washington, D.C. bookstore clerk, Steve Brown, noted similarities between the writing styles of King and Bachman. Brown located publisher's records at the Library of Congress which included a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman's novels. Brown wrote to King's publishers with a copy of the documents he had uncovered, and asked them what to do. Two weeks later, King telephoned Brown personally and suggested he write an article about how he discovered the truth, allowing himself to be interviewed. King has taken full ownership of the Bachman name on numerous occasions, as with the republication of the first four Bachman titles as The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Stephen King in 1985. The introduction, titled "Why I Was Bachman," details the whole Bachman/King story.
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