However, Stephen King wrote one of my all time favorites, a book I re-read every second or third year, despite the fact that there are SO many other books waiting to be read and despite the fact that it is huge and despite the fact that I thought my fascination with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature was long gone. I have read both the original (and cut) version and the uncut version, which is about 300 pages longer than the original first print. The book was first published in 1978 and is thus one of the earliest of King's works.
Imagine the 99% of the world's population wiped out by a flu virus and only inhabited by a few, scattered survivors. The book's location is "just" USA, but that is definitely large enough to make you really feel the chilling atmosphere of an almost empty world. Inhabited by scared
and shell shocked people, trying to come to terms with this new "situation". SK manages to paint a large picture with a lot of great character development both pre- and post apocalypse.
It is not just interesting - it is fascinating, chilling and thrilling to follow the characters as they come to terms with their new world and not to forget their new world order. Because it pretty soon becomes clear that the real horror was not the flu wiping out the world's population. The real horror is still looming in the horizon after survivors begin to gather in Boulder, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Its been a year and a half since I read The Stand, so I am not about to read it again just yet. But maybe in a year I will.