Regulators, The - S/L

Title: The Regulators
Author: Richard Bachman
Artist: Toy Box cover: Alan M. Clark Book interior: Stephen Gervais
Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: 0-525-94224-6
Publication Year: 1996
State: Signed Numbered 1/500
Issue Price: $325
Comments:500 Numbered, 52 lettered, at least 2 prototypes (one lettered, one numbered), and approximately 51 “Presentation” copies were produced.

Sold by Penguin books (subsidiary of Dutton) via telephone, on a first come first serve basis on 10/08/1996, with a limit of 1 per person. Few knew that you could not only order a numbered copy, but a lettered copy via phone also. Lettered copies had 30-30 cartridges which protruded from the front and back book covers.
Peter Schneider-engineer for the limited edition of The Stand, was the principal architect for this edition, aided by Joe Stefko (of Charnel House, a small press).
Well into the project Schneider brought up the matter of the limitation sheets with King. King responded: “Bachman was dead, so how could he sign books?”
The solution was elegantly simple: Insert dummy checks signed by the writer, which in Bachman’s case meant Stephen King as Bachman. King signed all the checks and on at least one occasion signed as Stephen King instead of Bachman.
Checks 1-399 were written by Schneider himself and featured various amounts and reference notes. Notes referred to characters, businesses etc. in previous King books. Starting at check 400, Peter’s wide assisted. Some amounts and notes were duplicated.
A review of the list of Lettered copies reveals real life publishers, book stores, authors etc. EX: JJ-Betts Bookstore, PP-Harlan Ellison.
For information on Numbered editions:

Promo blurb for the book:
Like its evil twin, The Regulators was released in a limited edition as well. The book, spawned in the heart of the unformed, was "boxed" in fake Motokops 2000 toy box and limited to 500 numbered copies and 52 lettered (A-ZZ) copies.

Publisher's Description:
The text has been printed on Mohawk Vellum and the illustrations on Lustro Dull. The "late Richard Bachman’s" signature (as signed by Stephen King) is on a fictitious canceled check which has been mounted on the first page of the book. Each check has been individually numbered or lettered and made out to a different fictional recipient referred to in a Stephen King story. [Five hundred] numbered copies have been hand bound in red German Iris linen with a silver stamped black Morocco leather inlay on the front board. The book is housed in a custom made toy box bound in black German Iris linen with a mounted full color illustrated top and a black silk pull.

Text and images provided by Randall Flagg

List of Lettered and PC Checks:

(Thanks to George Beahm’s Phantasmagoria #4!)


TypeDesignationMade out toAmountMemoNotes
Lettered 188 Barton Detective Services $200 Search for Billy Signed as "Stephen King" not "Richard Bachman."
Numbered PC Captain Hollister $2500.00 Holiday spa for Claudia Signed by Bachman. It says Prototype Book and Box 1 of 1 at the top

DesignationMade out toAmountMemo
ACarrie White$125.00Prom Dress
BBen Mears$22.50Leftover baseball bats
CDanny Torrance$10.00Tour through topiary
DGuiding Grace Baptist Church$20.00Corn dollys for Claudia
EGlen Bateman$100.00$ to play in Vegas
FJohn Smith$100.00Tutoring
GAndrew McGee$150.00Help in Vegas
HJoe Camber$25.00St. Bernard pup for Claudia
IRoland$50.00Old 6 shooter
JArnie Cunningham$10.00Acne cream
KRoland LeBay$50.00Body work
LLouis Creed$25.00New clothes for Gage
MJack Sawyer$25.00Book idea
NWilliam Halleck$20.00Diet advice
OTaduz Lemke$35.00Pie for Claudia
PReverend Lester Lowe$50.00Counselling for Claudia
QPennywise Party Entertainment$100.00Balloons for Claudia
RCenter Street Appliances$275.00Amana for Claudia
SAnnie Wilkes$250.00Nursing care for Claudia
THaven Toys n'Things$15.00Magic set for Claudia
UCastle Rock Wings 'n Claws Pet Store$85.00Sparrows cage for Claudia
VJunction City Public Library$5.00Library card for Claudia
WTwin City Camera & Video$69.95Polaroid Sun 660 for Claudia
XNeedful Things$6.98Geegaw for Claudia
YWentworth Ben Franklin$14.95MotoKop for Claudia
ZDesperation Stationary Nook$65.00Postcards for Claudia
AAEwen High School$24.00Prom tickets for Claudia
BBBarlow & Straker Antiques$900.00Hepplewhite for Claudia
CCOverlook Hotel$50.00Tkt. to Masked Ball for Claudia
DDProject Blue$100.00Holiday spa for Claudia
EEMajor Stebbins$100.00Registration fee for Claudia
FFCathy's Roadhouse$65.00Party for Claudia
GGCaptain Hollister$3,000.00Holiday spa for Claudia
HHMount Hope Cemetary$300.00Plot for Claudia
IIArrowhead Project$100.00Holiday for Claudia
JJBetts Bookstore$325.00Ltd. ed. of The Regulators
KKThe Overlook Connection$200.001st edition Small World
LLWeinberg Books$150.00Bound galley of One on One
MMDr. Armitage$300.00Photos for Antarctic expedition
NNWilber Whateley$20.00Yardwork
OOStephenie Leonard$25.00Sub. to Castle Rock
PPHarlan Ellison$25.00Copy of Last Dangerous Visions
QQWilliam G. Thompson$500.00Editorial work
RRPhantasia Press$300.00Asbestos Firestarter
SSMadam Marie$30.00Fortune telling
TTInnsmouth Sporting Goods$225.00Scuba gear/breakwater
UUDouglas Winter$200.00Ltd. ed. of Prime Evil
VVMiskatonic University$4,000.00Old books
WWMr. Nyarlathotep$175.0011 of the thousand young
XXRobert Block$25.00Jar w/heart
YYChris Chesley$500.00Shares of Triad
ZZRobert Weinberg$1,000.00Keeping a secret

All checks bear the letters "PC"

Made out toAmountMemo
Carrie White$137.00Prom Dress
Ben Mears$18.00Leftover baseball bats
Danny Torrance]$15.00Tour through topiary
Guiding Grace Baptist Church$15.00Corn dollys for Claudia
Glen Bateman$150.00$ to play in Vegas
John Smith$80.00Tutoring
Andrew McGee$200.00Help in Vegas
Joe Camber$37.00St. Bernard pup for Claudia
Roland$60.00Old 6-shooter
Arnie Cunningham$7.75Acne cream
Roland LeBay$75.00Body work
Louis Creed$32.00New clothes for Gage
Jack Sawyer$30.00Book idea
William Halleck$25.00Diet advice
Taduz Lemke$28.00Pie for Claudia
Reverend Lester Lowe$55.00Counselling for Claudia
Pennywise Party Entertainment$90.00Balloons for Claudia
Center Street Appliances$300.00Amana for Claudia
Annie Wilkes$275.00Nursing care for Claudia
Haven Toys n'Things$17.50Magic set for Claudia
Castle Rock Wings 'n Claws Pet Store$75.00Sparrows cage for Claudia
Junction City Public Library$8.00Library card for Claudia
Twin City Camera & Video$67.89Polaroid Sun 660 for Claudia
Needful Things$8.45Geegaw for Claudia
Wentworth Ben Franklin$16.25MotoKop for Claudia
Desperation Stationary Nook$60.00Postcards for Claudia
Ewen High School$30.00Prom tickets for Claudia
Barlow & Straker Antiques$1,000.00Hepplewhite for Claudia
Overlook Hotel$45.00Tkt. to Masked Ball for Claudia
Project Blue$125.00Holiday spa for Claudia
Major Stebbins$85.00Registration fee for Claudia
Cathy's Roadhouse$75.00Party for Claudia
Captain Hollister$2,500.00Holiday spa for Claudia
Mount Hope Cemetary$450.00Plot for Claudia
Arrowhead Project$150.00Holiday for Claudia
Betts Bookstore$325.00Ltd. ed. of The Regulators
Dr. Michael Houston$65.00Checkup
Taduz Lemke$60.00Take off curse
Frank Quiqley$175.00Keep quiet!
Head's Up$7.50Haircut
John Tree$75.00Information
Blue Moon Court & Lodge$45.00One night stay
Ellsworth$75.00Camping Permit
Fairview Country Club$900.00Dues
Good Luck Paint Copy$67.00Xeroxing
Hastur Lounge$19.75Bar bill
Henry Glassman Clinic$175.00Metabolic tests
King in Yellow$18.99Jeans
Sheepscot Motel$28.00One night stay
Richard Ginelli$20.00Recipe for Pit Bull Cocktail
Cary Russington$27.95Case of Nivea

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