Stephen King’s – The Stand

By | Jul 8, 2011

In 1978 Doubleday Books publishes Stephen Kings fourth novel The Stand.  King believes that this fulfills a contract obligation and believes it would be his last at the publishing house.  Later Doubleday would publish Pet Sematary.

Synopsis: After an accident happens at a miltary biological weapon facility a guard escapes infected with adeadly virus known as Captain Tripps, a rapidly mutating flu that.  The flu wipes out most of the world’s population and  the survivors choose between following an elderly black woman to Boulder or the dark man, Randall Flagg, in Las Vegas. The two factions prepare for a confrontation between the forces of good and evil.

For accounting reasons and not editorial ones, King was forced to delete 400 manuscript pages from his original draft.  The reason was that Doubleday wanted to publish a book with the cover price of $12.95, they felt that was all the market could handle.

The novel was re-released as The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition in 1990. King restored some text originally cut for brevity, added and revised sections. He changed the setting of the novel from 1980 to 1990, and updated a few pop culture references.

In 1994 ABC television produces an 8 hour mini-series  of The Stand.  It was scripted by Stephen King, based more on the original 1978 version than the updated 1990 one.

It is considered by many (including me) to be his best novel and it is also one of his most popular.


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