Born in New York, Richard Bachman's early years are somewhat of a mystery. As a young man, Bachman served a four-year stint in the Coast Guard, which he then followed with ten years in the merchant marines.
Bachman finally settled down in rural central New Hampshire, where he ran a medium-sized dairy farm. He did his writing at night (he suffered from chronic insomnia), after the cows came home.
Bachman and his wife, Claudia Inez Bachman, had one child, a boy, who died in an unfortunate, Stephen King-ish type accident at the age of six. He apparently fell through a well and drowned. In 1982, a brain tumor was discovered near the base of Bachman's brain; tricky surgery removed it.
Bachman died suddenly in late 1985, of cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia.