Writing and release
Stephen King was inspired to write Desperation as a result of a cross-country drive in 1991, during which he visited the small desert community of Ruth, Nevada, near U.S. 50. His first thought was that the town's inhabitants were all dead. He then wondered who had killed them, and the idea occurred to him that the town's sheriff had done so. Desperation was released simultaneously with the novel The Regulators , which was published under King's famous pen-name Richard Bachman.