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How Stephen King Became 'Richard Bachman' And Why He Let Him Die

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Even if you aren't an avid reader, odds are, you know the name Stephen King. His books have become a household staple, and his legacy as an author is one of America's greatest.

He is known for simply writing all the time, and producing amazing - albeit horrifying - story lines. After reading several of Kings many, many books, you may even be able to pick up on his signature style.

By 1977, his fame was already growing, and with his next book, The Stand, slated to be released, all signs pointed towards happy days for King. But he had ran into a snag with his publisher.

You wouldn't think that a critically acclaimed writer with several popular bestsellers out would have a problem publishing his books. As it turns out, that's exactly what King was struggling with even after the wide success of his first three novels, Carrie, Salem's Lot, and The Shining.

To solve his problem, King was going to do more than write a story, he was going to create a character, and then make him real.

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