His father, Donald Edwin King, was a merchant seaman. Donald was born under the surname Pollock, but as an adult, used the surname King. When King was 11, his family returned to Durham, Mainewhere his mother cared for her parents until their deaths. She then became a caregiver in a local residential facility for the mentally challenged.
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. 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 sold 28, 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 due to the pseudonym being ousted 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 Halfin which an author's malevolent pseudonym, "George Stark", comes to life. Bachman was inspired by Bachman—Turner Overdrivea rock and roll band King was listening to at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot.
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 marines. 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: Ina 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 of "cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia".
The link between King and his shadow writer was exposed after a Washington, D. 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 insisted that his name not be on the credits, and the screen credit for the film went to Richard Bachman.
King used the "relationship" between himself and Bachman as a concept in his book The Dark Half. In the novel a writer's darker pseudonym takes on a life of its own. 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.
The two book covers were designed to be placed together to form a single picture. In the foreword by King included with Desperation he said that there may be another Bachman novel left to be "found.
Blaze was, in fact, an unpublished novel of King's written before Carrie or the creation of Richard Bachman. For its publication King rewrote, edited, and updated the entire novel.
|Known Alias: How Stephen King Was Outed as Richard Bachman | Mental Floss||The answer to that is fairly simple—there was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to write stories.|
It was published in under the Bachman pseudonym, with a foreword by King under his own name. 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 After the Heath High School shootingKing announced that he would allow Rage to go out of print, fearing that it might inspire similar tragedies.
Rage for a time continued to be available in the United Kingdom in The Bachman Books collection, although the collection now no longer contains Rage.A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a .
Richard Bachman is a pen name used by horror fiction author Stephen King. Elevation Release Date: October 30th, The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, ) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and caninariojana.com books have sold more than million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books.
King has published 58 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. 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 Reviews: Blaze: A Posthumous Novel by Stephen King, Richard Bachman 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/5().