During the years
1966-1973, Stephen King was actually two men. Stephen King wrote
(and sold) horror stories to magazines such as Cavalier and Adam,
while Richard Bachman wrote a series of novels that would not be
published until the early 1980s and were then collected as THE
BACHMAN BOOKS. Bachman died of pseudonym cancer in 1985, shortly
after another of his novels, THINNER, was attributed to Stephen
King; but a sixth Bachman novel, THE REGULATORS, surfaced in 1995
and was published simultaneously with Stephen King's DESPERATION,
to which it bore a weird resemblance. BLAZE -- both brutal and
sensitive -- was the last novel written during Bachman's early
period. It is his legacy.
King's proceeds from BLAZE will be donated to The Haven Foundation,
which supports freelance artists.