by Richard Bachman / Stephen King
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Richard Bachman is really Stephen King, and The Regulators is a kind of companion novel to
Desperation, which was published simultaneously. These books mark the return of the Stephen King of old; the Stephen King of
The Stand and Pet
Sematary, where good and evil were at war and blood and gore flowed through the pages. The companion novels center around a new personification of evil
that goes by the name of Tak, unearthed by an evil mining company that's destroying the earth in the name of profit. In each, the
characters and situations are altered as King plays with questions of identity and form. But the real point here is what's on Tak's mind?
Does it want to "Eat pork rinds? . . . Screw some NFL cheerleaders? . . . Rule the earth?"
On The Flap
Author of the bestselling novel Thinner
and four thrillers that have sold millions in an omnibus edition entitled The
Bachman Books, the late Richard Bachman has been described as
"Stephen King without a conscience." Now he performs an eerie
encore with the posthumous release of The Regulators, a harrowing story of
a suburban neighborhood in the grip of surreal terror.
It's a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar
Street everything's normal. The paper boy is making his rounds; the
Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is
flying on the Reeds' lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard
barbecue. The only thing that doesn't quite fit is the red van
idling just up the hill. Soon it will begin to roll, and the killing
will begin. A quiet slice of American suburbia is about to turn to
The mayhem rages around a seemingly still point, a
darkened house lit fitfully from within by a flickering television
screen. Inside, where things haven't been normal for a long time,
are Audrey Wyler and the autistic nephew she cares for, eight-year-old
Seth Garin. They're fighting their own battle, and its intensity has
turned 247 Poplar Street into a prisonhouse.
By the time night falls on Poplar Street, the surviving
residents will find themselves in another world, one where anything, no
matter how terrible, is possible...and where the regulators are on their
way. By what power they have come, how far they will go, and how
they can be stopped--these are the desperate questions. The answers
are absolutely terrifying.
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