Stephen King is polarizing. Some people love him; some people call him a hack. I believe his work will survive, much like Shakespeare’s did, when authors with more literary acclaim will fade into antiquity because no one captures the essence of a period in time the way this man does. In any case, love him or hate him, The Stand is a masterpiece — the ultimate showdown between good and evil. The United States military releases a superflu that wipes out the majority of mankind. Those few remaining have dreams, dreams that drive them either to the good side, embodied by 108-year-old Mother Abigail in Nebraska and then Boulder, Colorado, or the bad side, embodied by Randall Flagg in, where else, Las Vegas. Eventually, the good must confront the evil or be destroyed themselves, they must … make their stand.