As the coronavirus sweeps the world, many horror fans can’t help but see the parallels between the outbreak and Stephen King’s magnum opus The Stand.
And today King talked about the pandemic a bit more, telling Reliable Sources: “People are saying to me ‘we’re living in a Stephen King world,’ and all I can say is, boy, I wish we weren’t. This is just been waiting to happen…The fact that nobody really seemed prepared still mystifies me.”
Check out the tweet below.
Earlier this month King tweeted: “No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.”
Stephen King’s The Stand follows this synopsis:
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg.