Origin[ edit ] 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 Booksto print these novels under a pseudonym. 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.
It was originally titled Getting It On. In fact, King attempted to get this novel published prior to Carrie, but it was rejected. It would later see the light in under the pen-name Richard Bachman.
King would later release several more novels under this pseudonym. I used to be an avid fan of Stephen King in my teens and twenties, but somewhere along the line I got tired of all the huge tomes of plus pages. Notoriety like that inststantly piques my curiosity. The subject matter of this page novella concerns a high school boy, Charles Decker, who shoots two teachers in his school then holds his classmates hostage.
School shootings, as we know, occasionally happen in real life, Columbine being the most famous example. Unfortunately, after one such real-life incident, the perpetrator was found to have a copy of Rage in his locker.
King, and his publishers, agreed that it was best to remove the book from sale indefinitely. The novel is written in the first person and Decker is the protagonist.
One prominent theme of the novel is the abuse that adults to do children — specifically parents and teachers. This abuse is sometimes unconscious and even well-intentioned in a warped sort of way. Decker tells of an occasion when he was younger and his mother forced him to attend a birthday party dressed up in his Sunday best, when he knew that all the other kids would be in casual clothes and he would look foolish.
But no amount of protesting would change her mind. The story is set in a time period when the education system allowed teachers to get away with way too much. I went to school at a time when the system was starting to emerge out of this, to put teachers on a shorter leash.
I could tell you some stories. I recall my junior high mathematics teacher walking up behind me and whacking me across the back of the head hard. All I had done to deserve this was skip a line of my sums because I had been smart enough to work it out in my head. I recall botching a question on my biology examination.
Then there was my high school PE teacher, the man who made me hate PE. Do the slightest thing wrong and you were ordered to do ten push-ups in front of everyone. I get a little angry even now, thinking back. He begins by recounting tales from his childhood, and soon his classmates are joining in, supplying stories of their own.
A strange rapport ensues between captor and captives. But the class have come to realise that Decker has no intention of harming them.
Most of them sense that something important is happening; they are all undergoing a transition, where pent up emotions can finally be released and healed. This was not an easy book to read, because it was filled with so much pain.
But identification with that pain made it impossible to leave the story unfinished. The plot suffers a little bit from melodrama in a couple of places, but for something written by one so young, it is surprisingly honest about life.A list of Stephen King's Bachman Novels, organized alphabetically.
Here is the list of Stephen King’s books we’re reading as part of Stephen King Revisited, along with links to the essays and other content we have posted for each book. Frequently asked questions about Stephen King and his work.
Official answers from the official website. With King’s permission, NAL began circulating Thinner with a credit that read, “Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman.” The following year, they reissued the previous Bachman titles in a. King dedicated his book The Dark Half, about a pseudonym turning on a writer, to "the deceased Richard Bachman", and in , when the Stephen King novel Desperation was released, the companion novel The Regulators carried the "Bachman" byline.
Master storyteller Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) presents this gripping and remarkable New York Times bestselling crime novel about a damaged young man who embarks on an ill-advised kidnapping plot—a work as taut and riveting as anything he has ever written.
Once upon a time, a fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to.