by Richard Bachman

Once upon a time, a fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to Stephen King, who used it to write Carrie.

Bachman died in 1985 ("cancer of the pseudonym"), but this last gripping Bachman novel resurfaced after being hidden away for decades an unforgettable crime story tinged with sadness and suspense.

But there's only one problem: by the time the deal goes down, Blaze's partner in crime is dead.

Or is he?Includes a previously uncollected story, "Memory" the riveting opening to Stephen King's new Scribner hardcover novel, Duma Key.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Horror
  • Rating: 3.71
  • Pages: 285
  • Publish Date: June 12th 2007 by Scribner
  • Isbn10: 141655484X
  • Isbn13: 9781416554844

What People Think about "Blaze"

Blaze is a flawed but easy to sympathize tragic hero who doesn't really know what he is doing, but thinks he is doing it for the best.

OMG........I cannot believe how good this book is.......well, there were a couple things that bothered me in the narration sequence, particularly the final flash from the past, but I'm still surprised at the overall low ratings.This is not your typical Stephen King (Richard Bachman) read, as a matter of fact, King did not originally think it worthy of being published, but be prepared, there are scary times, a kind of horror of a different sort you might say, that caused me multiple OH NO!

King issues an apology at the beginning in a little introduction and explains how he initially thought it wasnt a great book. Blaze is great, hes just like Lennie :( All in all, one of the better Bachman books in my opinion.

Aided by the voice of his dead friend George in his head, a slow goliath named Blaze kidnaps an infant and holds him for ransom. Blaze is a straight up crime book from Stephen King, aside from the voice of George in Blaze's head, which might not even be supernatural in origin. Apparently Stephen King wrote the original draft of Blaze around the same time he was writing Carrie.

Basically a genial soul who doesn't want to hurt anyone and whose only sin was being born into a crapsack world where he never got a break, the book alternates between Blaze's childhood, growing up in an (of course) abusive orphanage and his adulthood, where he has become the sort of small-time criminal everyone predicted he'd become. Unfortunately, without George's brains to think through the plotting, Blaze's plan can't possibly end well. But King, in his marvelous way when he's focusing on characterization and writing relatively economically, sketches out the life and personality of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. for us, until we see him as a human being, a good guy in a bad place who made bad choices through little fault of his own, but mostly was just kicked around by a harsh, unfeeling world.

Of course, I wouldn't say DON'T READ THIS BOOK, because I haven't read the whole thing (Because I was impatient), and I can't judge it as a whole (because it might indeed turn out to be worth the read, but like I said 'I was impatient'), only from what I so far read . Anyway, I need to say that this is my first Stephen King book that I am not putting hold for a future reading (just because I couldn't get into it at this reading) ...

Iako ovdje nema prtenja ideja na sve strane i iako je pria poprilino banalna, ima ono neto, a to je karakterizacija.

The dent in his forehead might make him look scary, but we soon learn that Blaze isn't much of a threat -- except when he's really angry. When he meets George Rackley, Blaze learns the art of the con. What follows is a mixture of present day mystery/thriller as Blaze carries out the kidnapping of little Joey, mixed with the flashbacks of his life that show how Blaze ends up where he's at.

In "Blaze," which was originally written at a very young age, sat on the back burner for 25+ years, and fortunately revisited the author after his "retirement," King is - in my opinion - at his best creating a situational plot line that follows two amazing characters blurring the lines of ethical/unethical, right/wrong, and nature/nuture.

We know that Blaze has done some bad things throughout his life, and that he's about to do something even worse, but King makes him a sympathetic character from the very start, and then increases the reader's sympathy with each subsequent flashback chapter.

King provided biographical details for Bachman, initially in the "about the author" blurbs in the early novels. Other "facts" about the author were revealed in publicity dispatches from Bachman's publishers: the Bachmans had one child, a boy, who died in an unfortunate, Stephen King-ish type accident at the age of six, when he fell through a well and drowned. After Bachman's true identity was revealed, later publicity dispatches (and about the author blurbs) revealed that Bachman died suddenly in late 1985 of "cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia". Brown located publisher's records at the Library of Congress which included a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman's novels. King has taken full ownership of the Bachman name on numerous occasions, as with the republication of the first four Bachman titles as The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Stephen King in 1985.