Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Feature
The Secrets Behind Pop Culture's Most Mysterious Pseudonyms
J. K. Rowling, Stephen King and other covert authors

submit to reddit

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Back 2 of 11 Next
The Secrets Behind Pop Culture's Most Mysterious Pseudonyms | Stephen King
Stephen King

Pseudonym: Richard Bachman

Early in his career Stephen King was contractually unable to publish more than one book a year. Given his success even then, you might think that would be enough, but since he was as prolific then as he is now, he created the ‘Bachman’ brand. It was partly to get more books out there, but also as an experiment to see if his success under his own name had been down to talent or luck. Thinner sold five times as many copies when outed as a King novel than it had as a Bachman, but King says the plan didn’t get enough time to play out.

Along with Thinner, the novels written as Bachman before he was discovered were Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man. Misery would have been Bachman’s sixth had he not been found out. The first four were collected as omnibus edition The Bachman Books, but modern editions no longer include Rage, which King took out of print when it was implicated in a school shooting. King has occasionally returned to the Bachman name for shits and giggles in subsequent years: for The Regulators (a companion to the King novel Desperation) and Blaze. He later used the Bachman experience for the novel The Dark Half, in which an author’s angry killed-off pseudonym gains a life of its own. He also dropped some Bachman shenanigans into the Dark Tower series, and played a character called ‘Bachman’ on Sons of Anarchy.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Back
2 of 11
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Magazine's 300th Issue: Guest-Editted By The World's Greatest Directors!
Spielberg, Abrams, Mann, Whedon, Fincher, Coppola and many, many more!

Video: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann And Kate Upton Talk The Other Woman
Prepare your mind for the concept of 'dog ball plumage'

The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)