Why Stephen King Is Saying ‘Sorry’ to Some of His Fans

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Stephen King is a horror guru, and he’s recognized for his writing among the most terrifying tales in trendy literature. But now, because the world faces the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, some can’t assist however examine it to his 1978 novel, The Stand.  Now, to those that really feel like they’re dwelling in a King story, the creator says he’s “sorry.” 

Stephen King on 'Good Morning America'
Stephen King on ‘Good Morning America’ | Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television by way of Getty Images

What is Stephen King’s The Stand about?

The Stand is a post-apocalyptic story that begins out with the unfold of a lethal virus referred to as Project Blue, the superflu, or  “Captain Trips.” The pandemic begins when safety protocols at a secret navy lab fail, and an contaminated soldier carries the bug off base into the world.

The extremely contagious and lethal virus spreads all over the world and kills 99.four p.c of the inhabitants, together with animals. The few that survive are pulled by opposing psychic connections and so they type two separate teams. Through their goals, one group is led to search out and be part of a candy, God-fearing, 108-year-old lady named Mother Abigail.

Through their nightmares, the opposite group is drawn to Randall Flagg, aka The Walking Man. He is an evil being with a darkish face, pink eyes, and a maniacal grin. Mother Abigail says God is guiding her to assist her followers defend themselves towards Flagg. Eventually, the 2 sides battle an epic battle between good and evil, and the survivors are left to restart human civilization. 

Why are folks evaluating present occasions to ‘The Stand’?

Films like Outbreak and Contagion have seen a resurgence for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started spreading. And due to its virus-centered storyline, folks have been evaluating the present scenario to King’s The Stand.

“Trips anyone?!? Feels like the beginning of the novel “the stand,’” one Twitter user wrote.

For enjoyable, some are calling the brand new coronavirus by the title it’s referred to in King’s novel.  “Is it too early to start calling COVID-19 Captain Trips,” a Twitter user wrote. “I still like calling it Captain Trips for Spooky Reasons,” another Twitter user joked.

But Stephen King says he’s ‘sorry’ should you really feel such as you’re dwelling in his horror story

In an interview with NPR, Stephen King mentioned he understands why persons are evaluating his books to the present scenario. “I keep having people say, ‘Gee, it’s like we’re living in a Stephen King story,’ ” he mentioned. “And my solely response to that’s, ‘I’m sorry.’ “

The creator additionally mentioned {that a} pandemic like this was “bound to happen” ultimately.  But he steered that in a time that’s so horrifying, good horror tales can really feel like a “dream.”

“You’re able to go into a world that you know is not real,” King informed the outlet. “But if the artist is good — the filmmaker or the novelist or maybe even the painter — for a little while, you’re able to believe that world, because the picture of it and the depiction of it is so real that you can go in there. And yet there’s always a part of your mind that understands that it’s not real, that it’s make-believe.”

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