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The B&N Podcast

Aug 23, 2019

Welcome back to King of the Dark, our special summer series on the B&N Podcast exploring the strange alternate reality that is Stephen King's fiction. Louis Peizman, Liz Braswell and Bill Tipper started with Carrie and have been reading their way up to the present day, but this is something of an unusual episode, because today they're talking about some books that didn't have Stephen King's name on them when they were published — and one that did. Around the same time that King's career was taking off, several potent works appeared by a writer named Richard Bachman, including the novels The Running Man, Thinner, and The Long Walk. As shrewd readers later discovered, the connections between King and Bachman were close — and it was a connection that King would explore fully in his 1989 novel The Dark Half. So today on King of the Dark: the strange case of Richard Bachman, and the question of what happens when a writer imagines his own double.