The Stand

By Stephen King

The Stand - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 1978-10-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 4,432 Ratings


#1 BESTSELLER • NOW A PARAMOUNT+ LIMITED SERIES • 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.

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years! This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition.

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.

"A master storyteller."—Los Angeles Times


  • The Stand

    By lkhcby
    Stephen King at his finest. This book is epic! The end of our world. Good vs. Evil The good moving toward a savior. This book will always be my favorite tome as only Stephen King could write it.
  • Stephen’s Books are my hero’s Sorry Stephen is my hero

    By VegasVada
    One of my top favorite books by Stephen King I couldn’t resist getting it!!! - I’m obsessed with Stephen King😉
  • My favorite book of all time!

    By makscorpio
    This story of a virus wiping out most of humanity struck me as truth and possibility years ago when I first read it. And then came COVID and the most hideous so-called leader the US has ever known. So the battle between good and evil continues. Don’t let the number of pages keep you from reading this book. It is amazing writing and a joy to read.
  • Good book but so long

    By wonderkick11
    This book burns you out. It’s long and sensual and I’m a fan of his work. I’m happy I read it but golly it’s just so so long. Some parts could be way shorter and I know it’s the longer version but wow. I recommend reading the shorter version because this one fries your brain.
  • Still his best

    By Ghm54
    Re-reading in a post-Covid world gives even greater pause. Besides, it still is a remarkable page-turner epic!
  • Pretty Much Defines “Epic”

    By M_Lubo
    Amazing, exhaustive character development makes one build a relationship with these people over the long time it takes to read this book. Reading this book is a lived experience that is very unique and probably life-changing in subtle ways.
  • Great novel

    By NJKnight
    Read this a while ago but such a great book and well worth a read.
  • Loved it !

    By Ffkkfsrhbb
    I was obsessed with this book! Couldn’t put it down! It’s definitely a classic
  • Slow Burn, Great Read!

    By KllSlasher
    It took me awhile to get into this book. But once I did, it was hard to put down! Great read. Well thought out characters. I will probably read this one again in a few years.
  • Excellent Book

    By Conan's Friend
    Although I have only read three Stephen King books, this one was definitely my favorite. The book was long but could have been even longer. The character development was so good that Stephen could have made this a trilogy at least. This is definitely worth a read in my opinion. I wasn’t a huge fan of Stephen King’s work before I read this one.