The Stand

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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.

Soon to be a television series
 
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 StandThe Complete And Uncut Edition.)
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Anchor
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Published on
Jun 24, 2008
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Pages
1200
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ISBN
9780385528856
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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William Todd Rose reinvents the zombie story with a thrilling novella of a post-apocalyptic America where saviors are heroes . . . and heroes are killers.
 
A fatal virus—a biowarfare experiment unleashed on an unsuspecting world—has reduced the once-mighty United States to a smattering of tribes dueling for survival in the lawless wilderness. The disease-free folk known as Settlers barricade themselves in small villages, determined to keep out the highly contagious Spewers—infected humans who cannot die from the virus but spread the seeds of death from the festering blisters that cover their bodies.
 
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PRAISE FOR RAY GARTON

"Scary. . .involving. . .mature and thoughtful." —Stephen King on Dark Channel

"Gripping, original, and sly." —Dean Koontz on Live Girls

"Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators." –F. Paul Wilson

"Garton never fails to go for the throat!" –Richard Laymon

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