Signet Book, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451161345, 320pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1985
Billy Halleck, good husband, loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American Good Life: he has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer. But he is also fifty pounds overweight and, as his doctor keeps reminding him, heading into heart attack country.
Then, in a moment of carelessness, Billy sideswipes an old gypsy woman as she is crossing the street and her ancient father passes a bizarre and terrible judgment on him.
Thinner, the old gypsy man whispers, and caresses his cheeks like a lover. Just one word but six weeks later and ninety-three pounds lighter, Billy Halleck is more than worried. He's terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.
During the years 1966-1973, Stephen King was actually two men. Stephen King wrote (and sold) horror stories to magazines such as "Cavalier" and "Adam, " while Richard Bachman wrote a series of novels that would not be published until the early 1980s and were then collected as "The Bachman Books." Bachman died of pseudonym cancer in 1985, shortly after another of his novels, "Thinner, " was attributed to Stephen King; but a sixth Bachman novel, "The Regulators, " surfaced in 1995 and was published simultaneously with Stephen King's "Desperation, " to which it bore a weird resemblance. "Blaze" -- both brutal and sensitive -- was the last novel written during Bachman's early period. It is his legacy.
King's proceeds from "Blaze" will be donated to The Haven Foundation, which supports freelance artists.
“Undeniable suspense.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Pulsating with evil…will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Publishers Weekly
“Genuine chills.”—Kirkus Reviews