The Regulators

The Regulators

by Stephen King


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Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic, terrifying New York Times bestseller of those caught between the surreal forces of good versus evil in a small suburban Ohio town.

“The red van rolls past…humming and glinting. …Things are happening fast now, although no one on Poplar Street realizes it yet.”

It’s a gorgeous midsummer afternoon along Poplar Street in the peaceful suburbia of Wentwort, Ohio, where life is as pleasant as you ever dreamed it could be. But that’s all about to end in blaze of gunfire and sudden violence, forever shattering the tranquility and the good times here. For the physical makeup of Poplar Street itself is now being transformed into a surreal landscape straight out of the active imagination of the innocent and vulnerable Seth Garin—an autistic boy who’s been exposed to and possessed by a horrific, otherworldly force of evil, one with sadistic and murderous intent and who is willing to use whatever means necessary to grow ever stronger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501144271
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 177,076
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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The Regulators

  • Postcard from William Garin to his sister, Audrey Wyler:

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    Regulators 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely my favorite KING book so far. Its difficult to read the news clippings and stuff on the nook, but still. I would suggest going to buy the actual book.
    Mirk More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book, like I love almost all of Stephen Kings writing. I just got the B&N nook and love it to death, but this book was not made for the nook. Scattered through out are newspaper clippings and journal entries of one of the characters that are SO small they are almost impossible to read, even with a magnifying glass! It was SO frustrating!
    Bachman More than 1 year ago
    I am currently reading this book, about 3/4 of the way through. It is a great read, pure macabre, though. I will try to make this as little of a spoiler as possible. It is about a suburban neighborhood in the fictional town of Wentworth, Ohio. A typical afternoon, about a week after Independence Day; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; Gary's firing up the backyard grill; the paperboy is making his rounds; a Frisbee is flying over the Reeds' lawn. The only thing that just doesn't seem to fit the almost perfect picture is the red van with the weird radar doohickey thing on the top, idling just up the hill. Soon it will begin to roll, and the killing will begin..... Don't miss the companion novel, Desperation.
    Scott Fenlon More than 1 year ago
    I preferred Desperation over the Regulators, but that aside this was still an enjoyable and fast paced read. There's a lot of action, but never felt any significant connection to the characters (which is something I can't say for any of the other SK books I've read up to now). The backstory is also cleverly tied in. On a side note, the ebook is riddled with typos. In some of Audrey's journals I wonder if they were purposely included seeing the situation she was in while she was writing them.
    DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
    This is a very engaging novel. Stephen King does a great job building up the story and characters. It's very original and thrilling. It's classic in the sense that it isn't all huge twists and turns. It's just a great thriller. Good old fashioned story telling by the horror master.
    It's one if King's more gory novels. So if gore isn't your thing you might not want to read The Regulators.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This book is tied into Steven King's book Desperation. So if you liked Desperation, this book will keep the story alive. Instead of taking place in the middle of nowhere, The Regulators takes place in the middle of a nice normal suburb neighborhood. But things start to happen that are far from the norm. Watch as things go from odd to worse in this weird tale. I thought it was a great book, but hey, why don't you judge for yourself? :)
    StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Bachman¿s been referred to as King without a conscience. The Regulators certainly fits this description. Released concurrently with King¿s Desperation, Regulators deals with the same cast of characters in an alternate reality. The entire book is essentially one big blood-bath.The fast-paced excitement is also the problem with this book. With only one chapter of character development to set up the story, you¿re taken on a thrill-ride with one-dimensional people you just can¿t seem to care about.The story¿s redeeming value for me was the tie-in with the Dark Tower myth. The villain, Tak, is clearly a creature from the space between worlds (although it¿s not made clear in the text). The alternate version in King¿s Desperation supports the Dark Tower¿s multiple universes idea.The book¿s exciting, but the day after I finished it, I¿m already forgetting the characters. Hopefully Desperation will prove to be a little more substantial.
    Stacers1973 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Desperation was the better half of the coin, or story, so to speak.
    andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    One of the Bachman books originally, this story is tied in with Desperation as King later. Tak!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not a bad book, but I highly reccomend reading Desperation ( the companion book ) first. It' s not supposed to matter which order you read them in, but I personally feel you'll be left with a lot of questions if you choose this one first, I know I would be! The characters have different personalities which made me almost not want to read this one ( I get really deep into my reading!) So I waited a couple of weeks between books, I would recommend that as well! This is almost like an alternate plane from what happened in Desperation.....same people, only they live in Ohio, all on the same street. Johnny has a much different personality and the Carver's are all flip flopped around. There is not much of a detailed explaination for what Tak is or why this is happening, all that comes from the other book. That being said, I did enjoy it and do reccomend it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good ideas, but the book could have been 100 pages shorter. It felt repetitive, like I just wanted to skip to the next section (while still knowing what was happening). Physically, the story mostly takes place in a pretty small place, so I felt kinda trapped mentally for the few days that I spent reading this. Like I said, interesting ideas but I felt they got beat to death over the course of the book, kinda predictable really. It seemed to start out with a lot more promise than it wound up with, like King was on a roll for 50 pages and then started getting bogged down in his own imagery. I didn't get clearly defined senses of about half of the characters, and it focused way too much on Audrey and Seth. Just not expansive enough for such a long book, which is something I normally like about King's stories. Instead, everyone is mostly packed together like sardines the whole time. Also it was unusually gory, and I didn't feel like this helped make the story more gripping; it actually made it more tedious. I'm planning on reading Desperation, the companion book, though.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not one of his best but definitely worth it
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    First novel by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) that I read. Made me a solid fan.
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