Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 1200 pages, 7.93 × 5.19 × 1.97 in
Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307947300
ISBN - 13: 9780307947307
Read from the Book
CHAPTER 1 Hapscomb''s Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston. Tonight the regulars were there, sitting by the cash register, drinking beer, talking idly, watching the bugs fly into the big lighted sign. It was Bill Hapscomb''s station, so the others deferred to him even though he was a pure fool. They would have expected the same deferral if they had been gathered together in one of their business establishments. Except they had none. In Arnette, it was hard times. In 1980 the town had had two industries, a factory that made paper products (for picnics and barbecues, mostly) and a plant that made electronic calculators. Now the paper factory was shut down and the calculator plant was ailing—they could make them a lot cheaper in Taiwan, it turned out, just like those portable TVs and transistor radios. Norman Bruett and Tommy Wannamaker, who had both worked in the paper factory, were on relief, having run out of unemployment some time ago. Henry Carmichael and Stu Redman both worked at the calculator plant but rarely got more than thirty hours a week. Victor Palfrey was retired and smoked stinking home-rolled cigarettes, which were all he could afford. "Now what I say is this," Hap told them, putting his hands on his knees and leaning forward. "They just gotta say screw this inflation shit. Screw this national debt shit. We got the presses and we got the paper. We''re gonna run off fifty mi
From the Publisher
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.
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
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them
worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63;
Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just
After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey's Story;
Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower
saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah,
and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction
book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the
recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for
Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he
received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of
America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha
"A master storyteller."
--Los Angeles Times
"[The Stand] has everything. Adventure. Roman. Prophecy.
Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!"
--The New York Times Book Review
"As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this
--Palm Beach Post
"An undisputed master of suspense and terror."
-The Washington Post
"King is one of the most powerful storytellers we have. His
work satisfies on first reading and is even better the second time
"Crackling . . . with explosive climaxes."
-The Boston Globe
"[For] those who like their horror on a humongous scale."
-Los Angeles Times
-The Observer (London)