Updated: Aug 21, 2019
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Stand Miniseries, today's episode of Post Mortem with Mick Garris features a conversation with the Master of Horror himself, Stephen King! The first episode of The Stand aired on ABC on May 8, 1994. I was 13 years old and had only read Pet Sematary by King at that point. But as my parents began watching The Stand, and Don't Fear The Reaper kicked in, the camera panning over a government lab full of dead bodies, I sat my butt down on the floor and was instantly hooked. After the miniseries ended, I picked up my mom's copy of The Stand, and I remember it was the 1994 paperback tie-in, with Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald gracing the cover.
One might think watching the miniseries first would have spoiled the book for me, but that would be a lie. I loved the miniseries, but the book was something else. Rich with characters and dread, The Stand grew to become my all-time favorite novel. I've reread it more times than I can remember, and it holds so many memories for me. It's the novel that made me a Constant Reader and made me appreciate horror in a way I hadn't before.
Garris and King talk about King's inspiration for The Stand, their collaboration on the set of the miniseries, the upcoming series from Josh Boone, and why King thinks The Stand still feels relevant today, both politically and culturally. There are also some fun tidbits about The Shining (he still hates Kubrick's version), Maximum Overdrive, who inspired his writing, and more. Enjoy!!