The Bachman Books

The Bachman Books Written under the nom de plume Richard Bachman here are four early novels by bestselling author Stephen King RAGE a story of stunning psychological horror THE LONG WALK the tale of a macabre marat

  • Title: The Bachman Books
  • Author: Richard Bachman Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9780452277755
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written under the nom de plume Richard Bachman , here are four early novels by bestselling author Stephen King RAGE, a story of stunning psychological horror THE LONG WALK, the tale of a macabre marathon ROADWORK, a variation on the theme of Home Sweet Home and THE RUNNING MAN, a nightmare vision of a ghoulish game show in which you bet your life literally.

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  • Richard Bachman Stephen King

    This is a Stephen King pseudonym.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 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.Source enpedia wiki Richard


  • 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 likeedicted the future of humanity. The book takes place in America's future, with The Long Walk becoming th [...]

  • It's been a good 10-12 years since I've read this one, and it was long overdue for a re-read. Especially considering the fact that the only story I could really even remember in even the vaguest way was "The Long Walk". So I picked it up to give it another whirl. Not disappointed at all, but of course, that's no surprise."Rage" slipped through the cracks in my mind, big-time. I was browsing around online, and seen an article about this book of SK's about a school shooting that was no longer bein [...]

  • Rage: One of King’s earliest works, Rage wasn’t published until he had established himself and when it was, it was published under the author name Richard Bachman. This novel is definitely raw in many aspects, but I think that is what helps to give it its charm.The story centers on a student who kills his teacher in front of his class and holds the class hostage for most of the day. He and the class then discuss a variety of issues, but the main conversation revolves around what has led him [...]

  • These four novellas are almost as good as their cousins from Different Seasons. It's a shame that the Columbine Shootings have directly proceeded to the best of the four stories—Rage, with its everyone-can-find-some-angle-to-relate-to protagonist Charlie Decker, he who thrashed in his sleep whilst in the marescape of The Cherokee Nose Job—being consigned to the ashbin of publishing history. No more shall the intrepid young reader experience the thrilling fractured-mirror empathic pulses from [...]

  • Every time I re-read this, with my old, ragged copy that's falling apart at the seams with masking tape and hope keeping it from completely collapsing into a pile of loose pages, I fall a little bit more in love with it. I'm going to take it a novel at a time, because I love each and every one of them, even if it did take me a while to enjoy Roadwork as much as I do now, or at all, really, so let's get started.Rage, first of all - I've always loved Rage, and I love that it's the first one in the [...]

  • What a mixed bag. I loved The Long Walk with its imaginative plot and great character study. Who would have thought that a book about walking can be so intense and gruesome? Hunger Games has nothing on this bad boy. Roadwork, on the other hand, kind of bored me. I could see what it was trying to do - mainly a slow unraveling of the main character into madness, - but I just couldn't focus on the story. What is the motivation? Why the stubbornness? I understand that the house represented more than [...]

  • Road Work is the only weak link in this book, although legend has it that Rage is out of print finally (probably to King's great relief). Rage - 20 years before high school massacres started in America, King wrote this story of a misunderstood and clearly mentally ill kid going apeshit and holding his classroom hostage. The Long Walk - Once a year, one representative from each state, all boys around 18, set off walking at 4 MPH. If they slow down, they get warned. After the 3rd warninglet's just [...]

  • Three-stars is what the whole volume averages out to. I'll rate the four novels individually:Rage: 1 star. It's puerile and terrible. Textbook teen angst and resultant school shooting. A yawner considering the quality of the next oneThe Long Walk: 4-5 stars? Hard to say. It is inventive, nerve-wracking and weird. Whereas the dialogue sometimes fumbles (what teenager calls anyone 'whoreson'? wonders the main character himself) and some of the characters are wafer thin, it's very original and rip- [...]

  • This is a collection of four novels. As I finish them, I will write mini-reviews for them.Rage: While unrealistic in many senses, this has been among the most interesting and gripping Stephen King story I've read yet. The mob mentality that is created and the twist that makes this horror instead of just a thriller is something that could have come off as amaturish, but works really well under King's hand. The horror in this story is namely in that in underminds all the classical stereotypes of w [...]

  • Stephen King created the alter ego of Richard Bachman just to prove that he can make it once again by himself, he says: an enterprise in which he was moderately successful before somebody ferreted out the real identity of this elusive author. (This "multiple personality syndrome" that occurs with writers is explored by King in the story "Secret Window, Secret Garden" and the novel The Dark Half.) However, after Bachman was 'outed' as Steve King, the sales soared (naturally) and this book was pub [...]

  • Without a doubt one of my favourite books, the Bachman Books proves that horror is not about vampires, werewolves and blood but rather about human nature, depravity and circumstance. The Long Walk, Rage, Roadwork and the Running Man were included in my copy, with Thinner and the Regulators being read seperately. Out of them all I would have to say that the Long Walk was my favourite for its intensity and bitter comprehension. I used these stories as examples whenever people feel it necessary to [...]

  • I hate to rate this 3.5 stars, but the story Roadwork really pulled it down a lot. The other 3 stories in this book were pretty decent, The Long Walk being my favorite. You can find seperate reviews that I have wrote for each one. King did a great job with creating different writing styles between King and Bachman. I applaud him on that. So it was refreshing to read something a little diferent.

  • This is a great collection of early Bachman stories written by Stephen King: Rage, The Long Walk, The Running Man, and Roadwork. I've reviewed them all separately, and some I've liked more than others, but still, in my profession and expert opinion, it's hard to go wrong with King. ;)

  • Reason for Reading: I'm in the process of of re/reading all of Stephen King's works in chronological order. I'm reading these books individually in the order they were published between his other works. After having read through the entire book over the time period of a few years I've concluded that "The Long Walk" is my favourite novel here, which I do remember enjoying a lot the first time around also. My least favourite was "Roadwork", though I'll say I didn't not like any of them. Taken toge [...]

  • I read these back in 2015. These stories make me think of Stephen King's short story, UR. Imagine another universe where SK chose to write literary fiction instead of horror. I love his literary fiction, especially The Long Walk. I enjoy his genius in literary contrast. In his controversial book, Rage, I found myself laughing at the killer's dark humor and trying to stop myself, because it felt wrong to laugh.

  • This is a book of two halves. Or rather, one third and two thirds. I loved both The Long Walk and The Running Man,, but found Roadwork a bit bland. It's a good thing they stuck it in the middle, because I may have just given up on it if it had been the last of the three stories included in this book. But, as they say, two out of three ain't bad.The Long Walk sees teenage boys doing just what it says on the tin: walking. And walking. And walking. The last one standing - walking - wins everything [...]

  • I think this was my second or third King book. It collects all but Thinner of the original five Bachman novellas."The Running Man" I already reviewed. Better than (and WAY different from) than the movie"The Long Walk" I also already reviewed. it's one of my favorite stories of all time. Love it."Roadwork" I don't remember all that well, but I know I liked it."Rage" was the controversial one. It's about a student who took his high school class hostage, killing the teacher in the process. The rest [...]

  • This is a collection of four early Stephen King novels which were originally published under his now famous Richard Bachman pseudonym. The Long Walk and The Running Man are arguably in the ball park of science fiction, Roadwork is a very interesting character study, and Rage is a chilling and foreshadowing vision of Columbine and such subsequent incidents. The novels are all substantially shorter than almost all of his later works, and have a pure and exhilarating full-speed-ahead-and-damn-the-t [...]

  • This is the omnibus that is no longer sold commercially, thanks to the lead novella "Rage," which was found in the locker of one of the school shooters of the late '90s. You will now find editions of the other three novellas sold separately. Luckily for me, I bought this before SK took this one off the market.Looking back 10+ years later, I think most of these stories hold up very well (especially since some of them were among the first things King ever wrote); "The Running Man" is the only clun [...]

  • Just finished the Bachman books, I skipped through the long walk because I already read it. I found rage and the running man both fascinating in their own way but hit a slump with roadwork, I can almost say I hated it hahaha. If you go for rage and running man, i totally recommend this.

  • I reviewed each story separately.Go check out my reviews.The Long Walk: 4*My Review: The Long WalkRoadwork: 3*My Review: Roadwork The Running Man: 5*My Review: The Running Man

  • The original version of "The Running Man" would have made a much better movie than the one Arnold starred in, but with the 9/11 attacks and the protagonist's obvious racial views and language, it couldn't have been done by a Jewish owned Hollywood movie studio. King had a more realistic worldview before he got hit by that car and totally cucked.

  • I actually like a lot of what Stephen King has written although some of it, like The Gunslinger, seems too hastily written and lengthy. This one of the better collections. I liked The Long Walk (1979) especially.

  • I read Rage and The Long Walk. Very violent and depressing. I didn't care for them. They were well-written but as any who know me, I don't do depressing pleasure reading. I'm glad that King's style has changed.

  • Stephen King.oops Richard Bachman is a master of short stories and I really loved this collection. Mind you, I read this years ago but I still remember how good it was.

  • I picked up this book used on after reading King's recent long essay, On Guns, which is where I learned he had taken the first novel in this collection, Rage, out of circulation due to its popularity with school shooters. The collection actually includes four early King novels under his Richard Bachman pseudonym: Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man. And they are all worth reading. First, they are all really well written, including the most adolescent and anti social of the group, [...]

  • Rage: Simplified Plot… The Long Walk: Entertaining…. Roadwork: Underrated…. The Running Man: Dystopian Suspense…. That simply sums up each novel within The Bachman Books. And since there ARE four novels included, I provided an individual review of each one and then an overall review at the end of The Bachman Books. But, the review for each of these four novels should not be considered a review comparing the four.…. It should be considered a review based on as if it were an individual b [...]

  • I've read the first four Bachman books a few times now and these are how I'd rank the stories contained herein:#1: "The Running Man" (4.5 stars, standalone review) - this one bears very little similarity to the movie starring Arnie, including the ending which is totally spoiled by the introduction by Stephen King in the standalone version of this book (don't read the introduction first!). Ben Richards is much darker and angrier than in the movie, too. This is really a tie with the second book fo [...]

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