The Stand was originally written in 1978 and updated in 1990, but even in 2016, King's vision depicting a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions caused by an escaped biological weapon is as eerily compelling as it was 30 years ago. Over 99% of the U.S. succumbs to the lethally engineered virus, but for a select few, what seems to be the end is only the beginning. The survivors begin to experience intense dreams; one of a 108-year-old woman who radiates righteous goodness, the other of the 'dark man'-- a malevolent entity who may not be human at all. It becomes clear that those who are left in the aftermath are expected to choose a side and make their stand to see what fate will ultimately befall the human race. There are plenty of bone-chilling moments here to satiate any horror fan, but with its darkly religious themes, profoundly complex characters, and masterful depiction of the struggle between good and evil, this book is nothing short of an epic.
Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world's population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them--and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity. (This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand The Complete And Uncut Edition.)