The Stand turns 25: Stephen King to make rare podcast appearance

Stephen King making a podcast appearance? Yes, it’s happening! Thanks to the 25th anniversary of The Stand miniseries.

Stephen King is a character himself. You know it, I know it, everyone does, so every time he makes it to the headlines we can’t help but pay attention. Although he is an active Twitter user, sharing his thoughts on all types of events around the globe (and pics of his very evil dog, Molly), his public appearances are rare.

If there is a trick to having him appear on a podcast, Mick Garris must have found it because he nabbed Stephen King for Post Mortem. The reason? The 25th anniversary of The Stand miniseries, which was directed by Garris with a screenplay by King himself. They must have some interesting stories to share, don’t you think?

According to EW, Stephen King shared on the podcast that he almost gave up writing The Stand due to the amount of characters he was adding. Completely understandable, but it’s exactly the amount of characters involved that make the story so rich. Plus, it’s Stephen King – we know he can handle it.

King shared:

“I said, ‘This is getting too big, this is unwieldy’. I almost ended the book right there, I almost left it in a drawer, because I said, ‘I don’t know what to do with all these people, I’ve spread the thing too wide’”.

Based on the book of the same name, The Stand is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy story in which a strange virus that leaked from a lab kills a big part of the population, and those who survived end up involved in a battle between good and evil. The series was divided in four parts (The Plague, The Dreams, The Betrayal, and The Stand) and the cast included Molly Ringwald, Adam Storke, Rob Lowe, Sam Raimi, John Landis, and Ed Harris, among many others.

Back in January, CBS All Access greenlit a 10-hour limited series of The Stand, and even though there’s no tentative release date yet, with a list of characters as big as the one in this story, we should probably start getting some details soon. It’s probably a long-shot to expect the man himself to drop some news or hints on this new adaptation at the podcast, but you know what they say: hope dies last. Until then, let those “dream casts” lists roll.

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The episode of Post Mortem featuring Stephen King will be available to hear via the Fangoria Podcast Network on May 8, coinciding with the anniversary of the premiere of the miniseries. Ah, nostalgia.

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