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Richard Bachman is a pen name used by horror fiction author Stephen King.wikipedia
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Richard Bachman is a pen name used by horror fiction author Stephen King.
King has published 61 novels (including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman) and six non-fiction books.

Thinner (novel)

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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.
Thinner is a 1984 novel by Stephen King, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Pen name

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Richard Bachman is a pen name used by horror fiction author Stephen King. 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.
Stephen King published four novels under the name Richard Bachman because publishers didn't feel the public would buy more than one novel per year from a single author.

The Bachman Books

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.
The Bachman Books is a collection of short novels by Stephen King published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman between 1977 and 1982.

Pseudonym

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He convinced his publisher, Signet Books, to print these novels under a pseudonym.
Some prolific authors adopt a pseudonym to disguise the extent of their published output, e. g. Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman.

Rage (King novel)

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King dedicated Bachman's early books—Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), and The Running Man (1982)—to people close to him.
Rage (written as Getting It On; the title was changed before publication) is a psychological thriller novel by American writer Stephen King, the first he published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

The Long Walk

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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 Long Walk is a novel by American writer Stephen King, published in 1979, under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

The Dark Half

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(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.
Stephen King wrote several books under a pseudonym, Richard Bachman, during the 1970s and 1980s.

Roadwork

King dedicated Bachman's early books—Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), and The Running Man (1982)—to people close to him.
Roadwork is a novel by American writer Stephen King, published in 1981 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman as a paperback original.

The Running Man (novel)

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King dedicated Bachman's early books—Rage (1977), The Long Walk (1979), Roadwork (1981), and The Running Man (1982)—to people close to him. In 1987, the Bachman novel The Running Man inspired the Paul Michael Glaser film of the same name.
The Running Man is a science fiction thriller novel by American writer Stephen King, first published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1982 as a paperback original.

Misery (novel)

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At the time of the announcement in 1985, King was working on Misery, which he had planned to release as a Bachman book.
King planned the book to be released under the pseudonym Richard Bachman but his identity was discovered before the book's release.

The Running Man (1987 film)

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In 1987, the Bachman novel The Running Man inspired the Paul Michael Glaser film of the same name.
It is very loosely based on the 1982 novel of the same title written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Desperation (novel)

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It was released as a companion novel with King's Desperation; the two novels took place in different universes but featured many of the same characters.
It was published in 1996 at the same time as its "mirror" novel, The Regulators, itself published under King's Richard Bachman pseudonym.

The Regulators (novel)

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In 1996, Bachman's The Regulators came out, with the publishers claiming the book's manuscript was found among Bachman's leftover papers by his widow.
The Regulators is a novel by American author Stephen King, writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Blaze (novel)

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The next Bachman book to be "discovered" was Blaze. Blaze was, in fact, an unpublished novel of King's written before Carrie or the creation of Richard Bachman.
Blaze is a novel by American writer Stephen King, published under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

Bachman–Turner Overdrive

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(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.
Stephen King derived his Richard Bachman pen name from Bachman–Turner Overdrive when he was listening to the band's song "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot.

Heath High School shooting

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After the Heath High School shooting, King announced that he would allow Rage to go out of print, fearing that it might inspire similar tragedies.
Carneal had in his locker at the time a copy of Stephen King's novel Rage (first published in 1977 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman).

Horror fiction

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Richard Bachman is a pen name used by horror fiction author Stephen King.

New American Library

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He convinced his publisher, Signet Books, to print these novels under a pseudonym.

Donald E. Westlake

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Richard is a tribute to crime author Donald E. Westlake's long-running pseudonym Richard Stark.

Library of Congress

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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.

Paul Michael Glaser

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In 1987, the Bachman novel The Running Man inspired the Paul Michael Glaser film of the same name.

The Dark Tower (series)

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Richard Bachman was also referred to in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of books.

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

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In the fifth book, Wolves of the Calla, the sinister children's book Charlie the Choo Choo is revealed to be written by "Claudia y Inez Bachman."

Deus ex machina

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The spelling discrepancy of the added 'y' was later explained as a deus ex machina on the part of "The White" (a force of good throughout King's Tower series) to bring the total number of letters in her name to nineteen, a number prominent in King's series.