The Stand is a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel written by American author Stephen King. The plot centers on a pandemic of a weaponized strain of influenza that kills almost the entire world population. King sought to create an epic in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings that was set in contemporary America. A self-titled miniseries based on the novel was broadcast on ABC in 1994.
About The Stand in brief
The Stand is a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel written by American author Stephen King and first published in 1978 by Doubleday. The plot centers on a pandemic of a weaponized strain of influenza that kills almost the entire world population. In writing the book, King sought to create an epic in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings that was set in contemporary America. A self-titled miniseries based on the novel was broadcast on ABC in 1994. From 2008 to 2012, Marvel Comics published a series of comics written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Mike Perkins. The Complete and Uncut Edition of The Stand is considered to be King’s longest stand-alone work with its 1,152 pages, surpassing King’s 1,138-page novel It. The Stand was highly appreciated by reviewers and is considered one of King’s best novels. It has been included in lists of the best books of all time by Rolling Stone, Time, the Modern Library, Amazon and the BBC. Some of the few who are immune also die, unable either to accept the loss of their loved ones or to survive in a world where they must fend for themselves. People also dream of a terrifying man who calls himself Randall Flagg, among other things. People seek out one or the other of the survivors and eventually meet Mother Abagail, who is convinced God has chosen her to do his will. As the survivors continue to trickle in, the group starts organizing their community. They establish a new social system and engage in confrontation with each other.
The group travels to Boulder, Colorado, along with hundreds of other survivors as they try to continue to survive. They eventually meet a group of survivors in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, who are also survivors of the pandemic. They are drawn to each other and eventually fall in love, then enter a marital relationship. In one of their dreams, a friendly 108-year-old black woman living in Hemerford Home invites them to her farm, where they meet a man who is terrifying among them. They also meet a deaf-mute man; Tom Cullen, a kind-hearted, mentally disabled man; Nadine Cross, a teacher in her 30s who is still a virgin; and Ralph Brentner, a good-natured farmer in his 40s. The book has sold 4. 5 million copies. It was reprinted as a Complete and uncut Edition in 1990, with some fragments of texts that were initially reduced, revised the order of the chapters, shifted the novel’s setting from 1980 to 10 years forward, and accordingly corrected a number of cultural references. The United States Army attempts to isolate Arnette, Texas, going so far as to execute civilians attempting to flee, but in vain; the virus, christened the \”superflu\” or \”Captain Trips\”, spreads across the country. The government then has its agents release the virus in the USSR, its satellite countries and China to guarantee their destruction as well.