The Stand''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 deadly pandemic of weaponized influenza and its aftermath, in which the few surviving humans gather into factions that are each led by a personification of either good or evil and seem fated to clash with each other. King started writing the story in February 1975, seeking to create an epic in the spirit of ''The Lord of the Rings''. The book was difficult for him to write because of the large number of characters and storylines.
In 1990, ''The Stand'' was reprinted as a ''Complete and Uncut Edition''. King restored over 400 pages from texts that were initially reduced from his original manuscript, 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 ''Complete and Uncut Edition'' of ''The Stand'' is Stephen King's longest stand-alone work at 1,152 pages, surpassing his 1,138-page novel ''It''. The book has sold 4.5 million copies.
''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. Reviewers praised the believability of the story, the relevance of the issues raised and the liveliness of the characters, but criticized the protractedness of individual episodes, the plot dualism, and the deliberate denouement. An eponymous 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. Another miniseries debuted on CBS All Access in December 2020, and finished airing in February 2021.
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