The Running Man: A Novel

By Stephen King

A determined guy makes an attempt to win a fact television video game the place the single goal is to stick alive during this number 1 nationwide bestseller from Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman.

It was once the last word loss of life video game in a nightmare destiny the USA. The 12 months is 2025 and truth television has grown to the purpose the place individuals are keen to guess their lives for an opportunity at a billion-dollar jackpot. Ben Richards is desperate—he wishes funds to regard his daughter’s ailment. His final probability is getting into a online game exhibit referred to as The operating Man the place the aim is to prevent catch by means of Hunters who're hired to kill him. Surviving this month-long chase is one other factor whilst each person else on this planet is watching—and keen to show him in for the reward.

With an advent through Stephen King on “The significance of Being Bachman.”

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Mrs. Jenner crept up softly and twitched the apron. “Dearie,” she whispered, “I can positioned you onto black industry penicillin while the cash will get here…real cheap…good quality—” “Get out! ” she screamed at her. Mrs. Jenner recoiled, her higher lip emerging instinctively clear of the blackened stumps of her tooth. “Just attempting to help,” she muttered, and scurried again to her room. slightly muffled by way of the skinny plastiwood, Cathy’s wails persevered. Mrs. Jenner’s Free-Vee blared and hooted. The contestant on Treadmill to greenbacks had simply overlooked an advantage query and had had a middle assault at the same time. He was once being carried off on a rubber stretcher whereas the viewers applauded. higher lip bobbing up and falling metronomically, Mrs. Jenner wrote Sheila Richards’s identify down in her laptop. “We’ll see,” she stated to not anyone. “We’ll simply see, Mrs. Smell-So-Sweet. ” She closed the workstation with a vicious snap and settled right down to watch the following online game. …Minus 099 and COUNTING… The drizzle had deepened right into a regular rain by the point Richards hit the road. the large Smoke Dokes for Hallucinogenic Jokes thermometer around the highway stood at fifty-one levels. (Just the ideal Temp to Stoke Up a Doke—High to the Nth measure! ) that may make it sixty of their condominium. And Cathy had the flu. A rat trotted lazily, lousily, around the cracked and blistered cement of the road. around the manner, the traditional and rusted skeleton of a 2013 Humber stood on decayed axles. It have been thoroughly stripped, even to the wheel bearings and motor mounts, however the law enforcement officials didn’t take it away. The police officers hardly ventured south of the Canal anymore. Co-Op urban stood in a radiating rat warren of parking plenty, abandoned outlets, city facilities, and paved playgrounds. The cycle gangs have been the legislation right here, and all these newsie goods concerning the intrepid Block Police of South urban have been not anything yet a pile of hot crap. The streets have been ghostly, silent. when you went out, you took the pneumo bus otherwise you carried a fuel cylinder. He walked quickly, now not having a look round, no longer considering. The air was once sulphurous and thick. 4 cycles roared earlier and an individual threw a ragged hunk of asphalt paving. Richards ducked simply. pneumo buses handed him, buffeting him with air, yet he didn't flag them. The week’s twenty-dollar unemployment allotment (oldbucks) were spent. there has been no funds to shop for a token. He meant the roving packs may perhaps experience his poverty. He used to be no longer molested. Highrises, advancements, chain-link fences, parking plenty empty apart from stripped derelicts, obscenities scrawled at the pavement in tender chalk and now blurring with the rain. Crashed-out home windows, rats, rainy luggage of rubbish splashed over the sidewalks and into the gutters. Graffiti written jaggedly on crumbling grey partitions: HONKY DON’T enable THE solar SET ON YOU listen. domestic parents BLOW DOKES. YOUR MOMMY ITCHES. pores and skin YOUR BANANA. TOMMY’S PUSHING. HITLER used to be COOL. MARY. SID. KILL ALL KIKES. The previous G. A. sodium lighting post within the 70s busted with rocks and hunks of paving. No technico used to be going to switch them down right here; they have been at the New credits greenback.

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