“We’re gonna wipe this town off the map.”

Published “posthumously”, (since Bachman died of cancer soon after his true identity was revealed) The Regulators tells “the other side of the story” in Desperation. Some characters are basically the same, others have switched names, the evil is the same but the setting is quite the opposite. One could argue that Desperation is the more serious of the two, but your perception of the books hinge a lot on which one you read first. The Regulators is, like Carrie, a blend of regular writing and fake newspaper articles, diary entries and letters, managing through the talent of King to read like story, rather than an experiment.