Richard Bachman's author portrait, as seen on the back cover of THINNER.

Richard Bachman
(1977 - 1985) was an author of horror fiction, and the husband of Claudia y Inez Bachman. He is the pseudonym fashioned by Stephen King to circumvent the conventional wisdom of the 1970's and 1980's that claimed genre authors could release no more than one book per year.


He was quite nearly named Gus Pillsbury after King's mother's father, but was ultimately named after Donald Westlake's pseudonym "Richard Stark" and the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Having published five novels, Bachman "died" in 1985 of "cancer of the pseudonym" after he was discovered, and his death served as the inspiraton for King's 1989 novel The Dark Half. Two further "trunk novels," written by Bachman, were "discovered" by Claudia in the attic of their New Hamsphire home and subsequently published; the first of them, The Regulators, was released in conjunction with Desperation, as the two books presented different versions of the same story and cast of characters.

The second "trunk novel" was, in fact, a reworked manuscript that had been turned down by Doubleday in order to publish `Salem's Lot.


  1. Rage (1977)
  2. The Long Walk (1979)
  3. Roadwork (1981)
  4. The Running Man (1982)
  5. Thinner (1984)
  6. The Regulators (1996), posthumous
  7. Blaze (2007), posthumous


  • The novel Misery was originally going to be published as a Bachman book, but the public found out Bachman was in fact Stephen King while he was writing it, so Misery instead was released under King's real name.