posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 06:38 AM
The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel by American author Stephen King. It re-works the scenario in his earlier short story, Night Surf.
The novel was originally published in 1978 and was later re-released in 1990 as The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition; King restored some text
originally cut for brevity, added and revised sections, changed the setting of the story from 1980 to 1990, and updated a few pop culture references
The book is actually excellent - the filming of it was pretty dire in comparison. I dont see stephen king as prophetic in any way. A bit of research
shows that pandemics occur regularly. I think he writes his fears rather than writes to predict.
I think he is a poor writer with some fantastic ideas!
The 1918 pandemic was thought to have arisen in the trenches during the 1st world war where pigs and chickens and humans were kept in close proximity
to each other with little regard for hygiene. Very similar situation to some of the animal husbandry which goes on the 2nd and 3rd world.
Prophetic no, but a good read, yes.
Thanks for posting this...reminded me I need to read that book again!