Published by New American Library in 1985. Signed by Stephen King on the front free end paper with a contemporary signature. This book consists of an introduction, explaining why King called himself the Bachman, followed by four stories; Rage, Long Walk, Road Work, The Running man.A rare book that is difficult to obtain. The story of Rage was apparently mimicked in a US shooting incident at a school and because of this Stephen King decided not to make any further publication of Rage. As this book contains this story it makes this book an extremely rare first edition.
The book is in very good condition, the spine is square, though there is very early foxing (typical of books of this age). The cover is in very good condition and benefits from a Mylar protector and back slip case for extra protection. This is a large book of 692 pages. The Bachman Books is a collection of short novels by Stephen King. Upon its release in 1985.The book was released in 1985 after the publication of the first hardcover. In order to introduce Bachman to fans who did not know about King's work under this pseudonym (little of which was still in circulation at the time).
This omnibus also collected these early novels in hardcover. For the first time, as they were all originally published in paperback. It opens with an introduction by King called "Why I Was Bachman", explaining how and why he took on the persona of Richard Bachman, as well as how it was found out by the public.
Another version with a new introduction "The Importance of Being Bachman" was published in 1996 to coincide with the release of a new Bachman novel. The US editions of this collection and the novel Rage were allowed to go out of print by the author and publisher because of the Heath High School shooting. A school shooting incident involving Michael Carneal. The remaining three novels are still in print and are published as separate books.The Bachman Books is still in print in the United Kingdom although it no longer contains Rage. In a footnote to the preface of the more recent Bachman book Blaze. (dated 30 January 2007) King wrote of Rage : Now out of print, and a good thing. Stephen King begins the book with a seven page essay of self analysis and revelation - an important understanding of his psychology and motivation for the Stephen King connisseur.
Will post only to UK postcodes. The item "The Bachman Books Four Novels by Stephen King (Hardback signed first edition)" is in sale since Thursday, September 07, 2017. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Fiction\Horror & Ghost Stories". The seller is "roburas" and is located in Derby.This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.