The Running Man by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King [FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING] 1982
The Running Man by Richard Bachman [a.k.a. Stephen King]
FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING  SIGNET / NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
Mega rare and highly coveted first printing of this King classic with cover price of $2.50. His last published "Bachman book" before the secret was out, all published in limited quantities as mass market paperback exclusives.
Vintage paperback in very good condition.
Cover is in relatively nice shape with visible wear, two creased corners and read-wear to spine.
Slight lean to spine. Text block is tight, and interior pages read beautifully. First page initialed by orig. owner [see last photo]
The name on the cover was "Richard Bachman," but the imagination inside could only belong to one man--Stephen King. For years readers of Bachman's novels wrote to him, asking if the author was really Stephen King writing under a pseudonym. They were right.
The Running Man is set within a dystopian future in which the poor are seen more by the government as worrisome rodents than actual human beings. The protagonist of The Running Man, Ben Richards, is quick to realize this as he watches his daughter, Cathy, grow more sick by the day and tread closer and closer to death. Desperate for money to pay Cathy’s medical bills, Ben enlists himself in a true reality style game show where the objective is to merely stay alive.