The world as we know it ended in September 1978. That was the month when Doubleday published Stephen King’s sixth novel, The Stand. This wildly popular story may be the most definitive writing about the end of the world since John the Revelator etched the book of Revelation onto a scroll. In the past forty years, horror fans have reveled in and obsessed over The Stand‘s deftly woven storylines and unforgettable characters. Now, Cemetery Dance Publications is delivering the ultimate companion to King’s vision.
This Dark Chest of Wonders: 40 Years of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ by Andy Burns [Editor’s Note: Andy Burns is the founder and publisher of Biff Bam Pop, the website upon which this article appears] gives King fans the behind-the-scenes story of how the book came to be. Readers will also learn about the adaptation George Romero never filmed, the Marvel Comics version, the audiobook, and the classic 1994 ABC mini-series. Also included are an introduction from Skybound’s Chris Ryall, along with interviews with King experts and luminaries such as Mick Garris, WG Snuffy Walden, and the Walkin’ Dude himself, Jamey Sheridan.
”I’ve been reading Stephen King since I was a pre-teen,” says Burns. “The Stand has long been my favourite novel of his, and writing This Dark Chest of Wonders was an amazing opportunity to tell the story of this seminal piece of King’s work, from its beginnings through all of its adaptations. I hope King’s Constant Readers enjoy it.”
Cemetery Dance Publications is offering This Dark Chest of Wonders: 40 Years of ‘The Stand’ as a hardcover limited edition. Only 1000 copies will be printed, all signed by author Andy Burns (Wrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks). With custom endsheets and a high-end binding, this book is destined to be a collectors item.