Stephen King Compares the Coronavirus to the Fictional Plague in ‘The Stand’

One of the things that scares a lot of people about the coronavirus is how much it resembles the world-wide plagues that take place in science fiction and horror movies.

The opening scene is a news report of a spike in some kind of previous unknown illness, but with government officials reassuring one and all that there is nothing to worry about. Then, six months later, the hero, played by Will Smith or maybe Brad Pitt, is standing in the middle of an empty Times Square at noon, wondering how he became the last man alive on Earth.

So, it may come as some comfort that the venerable Stephen King, once the master of horror, has taken to Twitter, not to frighten people, but to calm their fears.

“No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s an eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.”

For those who have never heard of Stephen King or has read any of his novels, “The Stand,” which first came out in 1978 with an unabridged version released in 1990. The premise of the novel is that a genetically engineered superflu, called “Captain Trips,” escaped from a top-secret government facility and went on to kill 99 percent of the human race. The first part of the book lovingly and in great detail depicts these mass deaths and the accompanying collapse of civilization.

Then, after the apocalypse, the story gets into a weird final battle of good against evil as the survivors do battle with one another in the ruin of the world left behind.

The book has been adapted into a television miniseries by ABC. A new series based on “The Stand” is being filmed for the CBS All Access Network.

The New York Post notes that several respondents on Twitter have not taken King’s reassurances too kindly.

One person tweeted, “Only a narcissist could relate this back to himself.”

Someone else noted, “OMG kids, this is the first non-bats–t crazy tweet King has ever sent. Mark your calendars.”

Several respondents, under the impression that they were being clever, called the current contagion, “Captain Trumps.”

King, who has been active in leftwing politics ever since he came out in support of Gary Hart in 1984 and compared then-President Ronald Reagan to one of the more evil characters he imagined in his stories, could not help himself from making some political snarks related to the coronavirus.

King tweeted, echoing something that Bernie Sanders has often said, “Republicans are talking about bailing out the airlines and oil companies. How about a bail-out for middle-class and poor folks who can’t pay their medical bills?”

It should be noted that President Trump has already persuaded the health insurance companies to waive copayments on coronavirus tests and the eventual treatment and vaccines when they become available.

King is not very impressed with the current president, needless to say. “Donald Trump: the man is an idiot. That’s who we have in charge during this crisis: an idiot.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom has praised the Trump administration’s responsiveness in dealing with the coronavirus. Newsom is no slouch where it comes to leftwing politics or his ire toward Trump personally.

In another tweet, King agrees with a fan that it is too bad that Elizabeth Warren is not going to be President of the United States.

Cinemablend notes that the latest TV series based on “The Stand” has been a somewhat crazy experience for those shooting scene in British Columbia in Canada. James Marsden, who plays one of the main characters, was especially awestruck about filming a story about a pandemic during a real pandemic.

“There are scenes at the beginning of The Stand where as soon as you see someone who looks normal sneeze or cough into their arm, everyone’s eyes in the room darts towards them. I see that in public now, and everyone kind of takes a few steps away from the person. It’s crazy. We’re in full panic mode right now.”

Stephen King is saying that there is no need to panic. One should remain aware, to be sure, but not do anything out of panic, like buying up every last roll of toilet paper or cases of bottled water.

Comments (23)

  1. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the last part 🙂 I care for such information much. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  2. Swan Song was much much better than the stand
    Author is Robert McCammon


    He does not know what he is talking about.

  4. Stephen King is so FULL of HIMSELF….. HE STINKS!!!!!

  5. See Steven told you so………………………………….

  6. Exactly what I was thinking.

  7. Yep,,,,,, I know of this book..

  8. !!!!!!!!!!!!! WRONG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. There was another movie out called “VIRUS”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 1980.. It killed everybody except the ones @ Antarctica & in submarines.. MM88

  10. Coronavirus is a terrorist attack and should find out the terrorists in Medical who created this radical socialist cholera

  11. Stephen King is a great writer but is an idiot himself when it comes to politics. I think President Trump has been the best president since Franklin D Roosevelt. He combines the business acument to deal with countries that have been screwing America for years like China, Mexico, and Canada (25% tarriff on dairy products!), and the guts to fire missiles from Navy warships at Assad in Syria for gassing his own people. King has so much money he ought to donate some of it to the poor people and missle class “people who can’t pay their bills” instead of throwing stones at President Trump.

  12. Awww poor wittle Stephan King. He feels left out because Deen Koontz is getting all the attention with his book “Ther Eyes of Darkness” which actually mentions a virus created out of Wuhan . Poor wittle fella. Someone go give mr. King a hug, and a puppy to cuddle with.

  13. Great, the insurance companies are picking up the cost for their customers. What are the millions of Americans who do not have health insurance do? If they can’t afford health insurance, they sure the hell can’t afford the bills to cover testing, etc. Short-sighted government response is going to keep this “Captain Trumps” going on forever.

  14. I was a big Stephen King fan since the 70’s No more ,he is blithering piece of garbage, and truly insane. That accident he had years ago jarred whatever shit for brains he had left.

  15. Didn’t know that not only was he an author but was also a medical scientist. Wow success at one career makes you all knowing, who would have thought..

  16. Donald J. Trump is far from being an idiot…but he knows more than a few and tries to work with them. I think we call them Democrats…

  17. You are 100 percent correct. It goes to show the truth in the adage that everything we need to survive we learned in Kindergarten. But I guess some of us forgot…

  18. I thought he still lived in Maine, which is a shame, really. At least, whether you’re eating a lobster roll from Red’s Eats in Wiscasset (strongly recommended), strolling through Camden or simply Bar Harboring at Acadia, you never think about that particular piece of Bat S**t that lives in an otherwise wonderful and beautiful State.

  19. Steve king publishes a lie on Twitter. Said Trump only had white men at the podium. This guy is as sick as his books, why we all do not stop buying King books I do not know. Perhaps we are as stupid as king is.

  20. Stephen King is the Idiot not Donald Trump. President Trump has made all the right calls but the media is so biased that they never report all the good things he has accomplished. Get your head out of the clouds and look around Mr. King. You Californians are
    the most mixed up people in the U. S.

  21. In my younger days I used to read every Stephen King novel as it came out – these days I’m afraid Kings’ output gets ignored by me – far too hypocritical for my liking – just another self-consumed Kalifornistani style publisher – too bad !

    King is probably correct about the COVID-19 pandemic though – this is NOT the world-killer of his novels. There again, there’s nothing like a good scary story to help ring the cash-strapped Tills of todays’ Crappy Media and keep the NewsBarons happy.

    Don’t worry though – their leftist tendencies will always surface again eventually ” You may trust in God – We insist on Payment Up Front” – What goes around will surely reappear…..

  22. You do know that tap water is chlorinated, right? Bottled water is handled by many people before you pick it up. A kind of rational solution is to drink more tap water (unless you live in Flint, MI) from a sterilized glass out of your dishwasher. I noticed the bare shelves in the water aisle, and it really makes me laugh. We are fine bathing with it, cooking with it, washing our hands and face with it, but drink it, perish the thought.

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