Stephen King - The Stand

Biography

Stephen King (born September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine) is an American novelist and short story writer and master story teller. He is known as the  "King of Horror" and over a long career has sold over 350 Million books.

In total, Stephen King has written over 64 novels  and over 200 short stories. He has also written a number of books on writing and being a writer. The book that launched him onto the world stage though was his 4th novel, 'Carrie', which was published in 1974 and became a movie in 1976.

Literary Awards

Among his many literary awards, Stephen King has been given the following over the last few years: Bram Stoker Awards World Fantasy Awards British Fantasy Society awards Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (National Book Foundation) World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004)

The Stand

Was first published in 1978. The plot of The Stand is based around life in a post-apocalyptic world that has been hot by a deadly plague that has wiped out most of humanity. This is like a scary foretelling of Covid which hit us all 30+ years later. In this desert world, humans form groups based on their values, both good and evil. This book literally is a fight to the end of human morality.

I first read The Stand as a teenager and remember finishing the whole thing in one weekend, I literally could not put it down. It did however lead me to the conclusion that we are both cursed and blessed by our human intelligence and base lizard like values and desires. Ultimately, the world may change out of all recognition, but give us long enough and we will remake it back how we want it to be, that is we will always mess it up.

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