With the coronavirus pandemic drawing associations together with his epic story of a flu-like virus in The Stand, Stephen King has been repeatedly sharing his takes on the present scenario. During the last month, King has each moved to reassure people who COVID-19 is nowhere close to as lethal as The Stand‘s Captain Journeys, in addition to sharing some humorous takes on how the lockdown would have an effect on his characters. Whereas the writer’s newest e book, If It Bleeds, is getting an early publication this month, King is already engaged on his subsequent effort. Nonetheless, evidently the impression of the coronavirus has modified his authentic plans for the novel.
Extra particularly, he’d supposed his newest e book to happen in 2020, however is now revising the plot because of the overwhelming impact of COVID-19 on every day life. Talking to NPR, King had this to say concerning the problem of writing across the pandemic:
“I set [the novel I’m currently writing] within the 12 months 2020 as a result of I assumed, ‘Okay, after I publish it, if it’s in 2021, it will likely be like prior to now, safely prior to now.’ After which this factor got here alongside, and I instantly appeared again via the copy that I’d written and I noticed that one of many issues that was happening was that two of my characters had gone on a cruise.. and I assumed, ‘Effectively, no, I don’t suppose anyone’s happening cruise ships this 12 months.’”
As a substitute, King has chosen to push the time interval of the e book again to 2019, the place folks gathering in teams and happening cruises is extra believable than the present-day actuality we’re all residing via. Except for that, we don’t know a lot about what King has in retailer for us, though given the velocity by which he writes, we’d count on extra tough particulars to return out throughout 2020.
If It Bleeds, which can be accessible from April 28th, is a set of 4 novellas that echoes earlier King collections corresponding to Totally different Seasons and 4 Previous Midnight. The tales embrace “Mr. Harrigan’s Cellphone,” “The Lifetime of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds”, which is able to convey again common King characters Holly Gibney, in addition to Ralph Anderson from The Outsider. With King at the moment selling the discharge, count on him to need to area extra questions concerning the relevance of The Stand, particularly with a brand new CBS All Entry miniseries adaptation of the novel at the moment underway.
Let’s hope that individuals could have recovered sufficient by then to not discover The Stand‘s super-flu plot an unwelcome reminder of how 2020 has up to now echoed a few of Stephen King‘s extra apocalyptic works.