Something I found very fitting to discuss during these times is novel known as The Stand. Originally published in 1978, then the uncut version was released in 1990, this was Stephen King's post apocalyptic tale of a virus known as Captain Tripps that eradicates most of the Earth's population. The survivors are tasked with rebuilding what is left of society, and subsequently drawn into a battle between good and evil.
The uncut version of the novel is Stephen King's longest book to date, as it is over 1000 pages long. It also contains illustrations here and there as well. This is also the first appearance of the villain named Randall Flagg who will go on to appear in other novels, as well as factoring into the Dark Tower universe. He is the man who is pulling the strings of everything, and as powerful as he made out to be, when it comes to the final confrontation, well let's just say it is disappointing how they he is eventually dispatched. But villains like Randall Flagg always manage to find a way to come back
When it all boils down to it, this novel is about the ultimate battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. The people who survived the virus, they survived for a reason, and you get to see their struggles as they attempt to rebuild society in their own way. The apocalypse brings out the worse in some of them, who easily fall under the power of Flagg. He essentially just wants to see everything go to hell, literally, always sowing the seeds for disorder. He is described as the Dark Man, and while he may resemble a man, he is anything but human. He will take advantage of anyone, and that eventually ends up being his downfall
The virus itself is described as a superflu, and is deadly, it kills 99% of the population. There are some very icky scenes later in the novel where people encounter bodies of people who died from the virus, some of them can be quite stomach churning. But the way the novel starts, let's say it will seem very familiar to us who are experiencing a pandemic as we speak. Not nearly on the level as the one in the novel, but still The Stand was adapted into a 4 part TV series, which it is watchable, but in my opinion,, it is nothing special. There is talk of remaking it into a 10 episode series, which has not come into fruition as of yet. But I would say, since we seem to have all the time in the world to do so, I would definitely recommend giving this a read. It definitely relates a lot to what we are experiencing.
Till next time, stay safe and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-