I couldn’t think of a better book to kick off October than Stephen King’s horror classic The Stand. Pandemic, anyone? This isn’t necessarily a review. It’s more my happy memories of reading The Stand several times, both in its original published form and in the later released uncut version.
The first time I read The Stand I was about 13. I went in not really knowing too much about it, other than my brother, my mother, and I were huge Stephen King fans. Nobody thought to warn me that reading it while nursing a horrific head cold was a good idea. I spent a few fraught hours convinced I had Captain Tripps. Not fun.
I think The Stand has endured and stood the test of time because it is a classic tale of the battle between good and evil. Even my friends who don’t particularly care for Mr. King (?) liked this tome.
The plot in short is a super virus dubbed Captain Tripps escapes from a government research facility. It quickly becomes a pandemic, virtually wiping out mankind. The few who do survive find themselves drawn to one of two places: Colorado via Mother Abigail’s in Nebraska or Las Vegas and The Walking Dude. I would have chosen the Colorado crowd if for no other reason than the meal served by Mother Abigail. I had several elderly relatives who would throw out a spread like that. Delicious homemade food made from ingredients picked fresh from the garden. I am highly motivated by food.
My favorite characters were Tom, Nick, and Stu, my daughter Katherine’s was Nick, and my warped older brother loved Trashcan Man. Katherine quit reading The Stand when Nick died. She never picked it, or any other Stephen King book, up again. My brother makes a pretty darn good argument that Trashcan Man was the true hero of the tale. My opinion is that Tom is the hero. The takeaway here is that I am the better sibling.
I really don’t know how to begin to review The Stand with out writing a dissertation. I’m just say if you’ve read it you know what I mean; if you haven’t read it, then what are you waiting for?
Seriously, stop what you are doing and go get a copy.
Spooky reading y’all,
Really, start reading!