Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: June 24, 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 038552885X
ISBN - 13: 9780385528856
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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year.