An accident occurs in an Army lab doing research on biological warfare. A virus breaks through the isolation barrier, and rapidly causes the death of nearly everyone working in the plant. One survivor races home to his wife and child, bundles them into a car and makes it to a gas station in Texas, where his wife and daughter die a horrible death. Others at the gas station are also contaminated, and like a chain letter, the gruesome plague spreads from Texas to Maine, Los Angeles to New York, killing almost 100 percent of the population. By truck, foot, bicycle, motorcycle, feet, the survivors tramp across America in search of life and some place to start over. They converge in Boulder, Colorado.
But THE STAND is not only an apocalyptic tale about the end of civilzation as we know it. The master of horror, Stephen King, creates in Randall Flagg a character of epic evil, able to inhabit dreams with unspeakable nightmares. Flagg and his minons are based in Las Vegas, plotting the final annihilation. It is against this satanic force that the few survivors must make a stand for the continuation of life, the rebirth of America.Double Day - 5th Printing May 1990
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides—or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail—and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.Signet - Uncut - 12th Printing
Imagine America devastated by a vast killer plague that moves from coast to coast. Imagine the countryside destroyed and great cities decimated as the entire population desperately and futilely seeks safety. Imagine then an even greater evil rising to threaten the survivors—and a last embattled group of men and women coming together to make a last stand against it.Signet - Cut - 26th Printing
A novel of ultimate horror
Epic terror to chill your dreams
June 16, 1985. That is when the horror began—the evil that started in a laboratory and took over America.
Those who died quickly were the lucky ones. For the scattered survivors, wandering through a country turned into a gigantic graveyard, life has become a nightmare struggle. They escaped death but now something even more terrifying is waiting to claim them—the most fiendish force ever to seek all humanity as slaves and victims. A strange, faceless, clairvoyant figure that is reaching for their very souls...
They were humanity's last hope
A handsome, arrogant rock star... a pill-popping New York socialite... a tough but compassionate Texan... a sex-starved, teen-aged genius... a pregnant, unwed young woman terrified about her child's future... a convicted, amoral murderer... a young man who can neither hear nor speak.
They had courage. They had brains. They were willing to use every weapon from savage strength to seductive sex. Yet day by day and defeat by defeat their chances grew ever slimmer and the moment of unspeakable surrender drew ever closer...
Few books in the history of publishing can rightfully be called a 'phenomenon,' but certainly that would applies to one of the most unique and remarkable novels of all time, THE STAND. First published in 1978 to extraordinary critical and commercial acclaim, an expanded version with black and white line illustrations came out in 1990 to similar critical and commercial success. Both editions have worldwide sales of 4 million copies, and translation into 12 languages.
Stephen King is an international household name, a brilliantly gifted storyteller whose ability to enthrall readers is without equal. In THE STAND, he created a horrific epic depicting the end of civilization; a classic about the battle between good and evil. With its moral complexity; awesome depth and variety of characters; and compelling readability, THE STAND is a timeless work that rightfully takes its place as a Modern Classic—for new readers to discover, and old fans to cherish anew.
In 1978, THE STAND was first published, but it lacked over 150,000 words that had been cut from the original manuscript. In 1990, THE STAND was restored to its entirety, with more than 500 additional pages, along with new material, new characters, 12 illustrations by Bernie Wrightson that eerily depict the action, as well as a new beginning and a new ending. What emerged is a true Modern Classic.
"This is the book that has everything—adventure, romance, prophecy, allegory, satire, fantasy, realism... great moments..." —The New York Times Book ReviewDouble Day - 5th Printing May 1990
In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.
Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition includes more than 500 pages of material deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of true epic.
For the hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.Signet - Uncut - 12th Printing
Here is Stephen King's most terrifying vision, his most stirring story, his most magnificent cast of characters, his ultimate tale of good versus evil, his supreme triumph, published at last in its complete, uncut version.
"The Stand, complete and uncut... is a book for the 1990s... the book that has everything... adventure, romance, prophecy, allegory, satire, fantasy, realism, apocalypse... great!" —New York Times Book Review
"Strong, intense... A haunting vision given its greatest life." —Kirkus Reviews
"Extra pages of subplots, character development, conversation, interior dialogue, spiritual soulsearching, blood, bone and gristle makes King's best novel better still." —Publishers WeeklySignet - Cut - 26th Printing
"Truly monstrous evil... by a modern master of the horror novel!" —Cleveland Press
"A spine-chiller... the author of Carrie and The Shining outdoes himself!" —Publishers Weekly
"Potent... pure dynamite all the way!" —Chicagoland
"Epic, apocalyptic, masterful... Read it!" —Best Sellers
"An enormous novel of terror!" —Savannah News-Press
"King's most sweeping horror novel!" —Kirkus Reviews
"One of the year's most remarkable novels!" —San Diego Union
"King sized reading... Grrrrrreat!" —Houston Post
"A compulsive page-turner!" —Seattle Times
"Holds you in a trance from the beginning!" —Newsday
"Keeps you reading spell bound far into the night!" —Charlotte NewsSignet - Uncut - 7th Printing
The Epic #1 Bestseller
Now an ABC - TV MiniseriesSignet - Uncut - 36th Printing
"As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this century." —The Palm Beach Post
"For the legions of King fans who read the book in its original form and wished it would never end." —The Macon Telegraph & News