Mike Flanagan, Tananarive Due, and Anthony Breznican To Take Part in Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Podcast

by Nick Banks

If you’ve ever wanted to be in a book club with Mike Flanagan, Tananarive Due, Anthony Breznican, and host Jason Sechrest, now is your chance!

All four talented creators will take part in The Company of the Mad: The Stand Podcast a 6-episode limited series discussing Stephen King’s epic novel, The Stand.  The exclusive book chat will debut on Friday, May 29, 2020 at TheStandPodcast.com.

Sechrest, horror author and writer of the popular column What I Learned from Stephen King, said that “The idea is that the four of us will read 200 pages a month, and then meet up on the podcast to discuss what we just read. Sort of like a virtual book club, but one the whole world can join in.”  Sechrest is also “…encouraging listeners to join us in #TheStandChallenge, committing to reading 200 pages a month and letting us know their thoughts. We’ll also be encouraging them to donate to The EMS FDNY HelpFund, benefiting first responders of New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Sechrest also sees the novel as a topical examination of how people react in a pandemic, saying that “The Stand is a book everyone should read, and if you’ve read it before, there is no better time to re-read it.  There’s this great quote from the book that reads, ‘Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn’t grow very well in a place where it was always dark.’ For all the scares King packs with a punch into his stories, there are equal parts wisdom, spirituality, and life lessons to be found – perhaps more in The Stand than ever. King doesn’t just write horror, he writes about people. He writes about the nature of the human condition, and that is what makes the horror work. That’s a big part of what we’ll be exploring in the podcast.”

And just in case you want to read along with the panel, they will be reading the unabridged one, “…as this is the version that exists predominantly today. It’s the version you’ll find on Kindle. It’s the one you’ll hear the wonderfully talented Grover Gardener reading to you on Audible, and it’s the one you’re most likely to find in paperback today.”

The Company of the Mad: The Stand Podcast will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and other apps where podcasts can be found. Video of the round table discussion will also be available exclusively at TheStandPodcast.com.

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