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Should "Rage" be back in print?

Discussion in 'Rage' started by Rrty, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    It has driven the price up, I think.

    A 1st edition, first printing hardcover of the Bachman Books goes for 200 bucks now!
    The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels: Rage; The Long Walk; Roadwork; The Running Man ---with a New Introduction By Stephen King " Why I was Bachman " by King, Stephen Writing as Richard Bachman: N.Y.: NAL / New American Library (collects the SIGNET paperback editions), 1985, 1st Edition, 1st Printing 9780453005074 Hard Cover, First Edition - Leonard Shoup (Member of IOBA)

    If the link does not come up (possibly too long?) just go to abebooks and look it up.
  2. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    It's a creators personal decision. The analogy of the story being an accelerant is most apropos.

    I feel King made the right move.
  3. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    For me, i'm just glad that i have Rage in my editoion of Bachman Books. It is Good. But i can certainly understand his reasons for withdrawing it and i respect his decision. I don't think i would have made the same decision but that is another point. It is his decision to make. I once wrote an article where i mentioned it as a good book about youth of a certain type and recommended it. I still would recommend it.
  4. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    Gotta respect ol Boy's decision to pull it from circulation, which I believe was for his own personal piece of mind, not fear of legal action. My God, in this day and age, the idea of suing somebody over a damn book is ridiculous. It'd never hold up in court--SHOULDN'T hold up. Don't wanna live in a country where such a thing could happen.

    Reminds me of something I heard Frank Miller say once, when asked about Timothy McVeigh's love of violent comics. "Of course he reads violent comics," Frank said. "What the hell do you expect psychopaths to read?"
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  5. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I would rather it staying out of circulation because it just was not that good. It was written by his young self. When he wrote this, youth still had some respect for adults and things were not this way. He may have seen a bit of it when he was a teacher but nothing like the behavior of youths during this time. I would not think of writing something like this...if I were him....it would only encourage them further.
  6. Jaime_Home

    Jaime_Home Well-Known Member

    Yes, I had a nightmare finding the audiobook for it.
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  7. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    It's certainly his story to do with as he wishes, but there's a funny thing that happens to a certain kind of person when you make the thing he wants hard to get.
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  8. dallywhitty

    dallywhitty Member

    Rage is one of my favourites so naturally, I do think it should be back in print. If certain individuals were influenced, that says a great deal more about them than it does the book itself. King shouldn't feel in any way responsible and I think it's a real shame that he felt the need to withdraw it from sale. I get that you can still find the book if you search for a second-hand copy, but it's more a matter of principle than anything else.
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  9. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    My second favorite of the Bachman books. The Long Walk is far superior to the others, but I like Rage a lot. And I've noticed it's still very easy to find the 4-book set in used bookstores, for cheap.

    I respect SK's right to not sell it; I'm just glad I've got it! Same with the "real" Gunslinger.
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  10. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I really like Rage. I even wrote an article about books about youth where i recommended it. I remember i called it something like 'not a nice story but a real good story about youth'. So i of course think it should be in print but have full understanding for Kings reasons to withdraw it.
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