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.)
'Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat' (Guardian) - Stephen King is an American Dickens of our time
'His work plumbs with unnerving accuracy, the hopes and fears of an entire nation' -- Observer 'As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class.' -- The Times 'A writer of excellence ... King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel' -- The Sunday Times
Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.