Stephen King

Stephen King Has Changed Parts Of His New Book Due To The Coronavirus

With the coronavirus pandemic drawing associations with his epic story of a flu-like virus in The Stand, Stephen King has been regularly sharing his takes on the current situation. Over the last month, King has both moved to reassure people that COVID-19 is nowhere near as deadly as The Stand's Captain Trips, as well as sharing some humorous takes on how the lockdown would affect his characters. While the author's latest book, If It Bleeds, is getting an early publication this month, King is already working on his next effort. However, it seems that the impact of the coronavirus has changed his original plans for the novel.

With the coronavirus pandemic drawing associations with his epic story of a flu-like virus in The Stand, Stephen King has been regularly sharing his takes on the current situation. Over the last month, King has both moved to reassure people that COVID-19 is nowhere near as deadly as The Stand‘s Captain Trips, as well as sharing some humorous takes on how the lockdown would affect his characters. While the author’s latest book, If It Bleeds, is getting an early publication this month, King is already working on his next effort. However, it seems that the impact of the coronavirus has changed his original plans for the novel.

Recommended Videos

More specifically, he’d intended his latest book to take place in 2020, but is now revising the plot due to the overwhelming effect of COVID-19 on daily life. Speaking to NPR, King had this to say about the difficulty of writing around the pandemic:

“I set [the novel I’m currently writing] in the year 2020 because I thought, ‘Okay, when I publish it, if it’s in 2021, it will be like in the past, safely in the past.’ And then this thing came along, and I immediately looked back through the copy that I’d written and I saw that one of the things that was going on was that two of my characters had gone on a cruise.. and I thought, ‘Well, no, I don’t think anybody’s going on cruise ships this year.'”

Instead, King has chosen to push the time period of the book back to 2019, where people gathering in groups and going on cruises is more plausible than the present-day reality we’re all living through. Aside from that, we don’t know much about what King has in store for us, although given the speed by which he writes, we’d expect more rough details to come out during 2020.

If It Bleeds, which will be available from April 28th, is a set of four novellas that echoes previous King collections such as Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight. The stories include “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” “Rat” and “If It Bleeds”, which will bring back regular King characters Holly Gibney, as well as Ralph Anderson from The Outsider. With King currently promoting the release, expect him to have to field more questions about the relevance of The Stand, especially with a new CBS All Access miniseries adaptation of the novel currently underway.

Let’s hope that people will have recovered enough by then not to find The Stand‘s super-flu plot an unwelcome reminder of how 2020 has so far echoed some of Stephen King‘s more apocalyptic works.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
related content
Read Article ‘This might bite me in the butt’: Pixar boss ‘bothered’ by Disney’s main mantra, shoots down a future of even considering it
Toy Story
Toy Story
Toy Story
Read Article ‘It’s hilarious how sad this is’: Star Wars ‘The Acolyte’ finds its savior in a 2008 film as it shields the Disney creation from a burning fire
Amandla Stenberg as Mae in 'The Acolyte'
Amandla Stenberg as Mae in 'The Acolyte'
Amandla Stenberg as Mae in 'The Acolyte'
Read Article Is DCU’s new ‘Blue Beetle’ animated series a sequel to the film, or a spin-off?
Blue Beetle
Blue Beetle
Blue Beetle
Read Article Review: ‘Inside Out 2’ is, like a teenager, noticeably awkward and very deserving of love
3.5 stars
Read Article ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ leak earns Marvel’s ire by revealing 3 more multiversal variants we can expect to cause havoc
Screengrab of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in the upcoming 'Deadpool & Wolverine' movie.
Screengrab of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in the upcoming 'Deadpool & Wolverine' movie.
Screengrab of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in the upcoming 'Deadpool & Wolverine' movie.
Related Content
Read Article ‘This might bite me in the butt’: Pixar boss ‘bothered’ by Disney’s main mantra, shoots down a future of even considering it
Toy Story
Read Article ‘It’s hilarious how sad this is’: Star Wars ‘The Acolyte’ finds its savior in a 2008 film as it shields the Disney creation from a burning fire
Amandla Stenberg as Mae in 'The Acolyte'
Read Article Is DCU’s new ‘Blue Beetle’ animated series a sequel to the film, or a spin-off?
Blue Beetle
Read Article Review: ‘Inside Out 2’ is, like a teenager, noticeably awkward and very deserving of love
3.5 stars
Read Article ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ leak earns Marvel’s ire by revealing 3 more multiversal variants we can expect to cause havoc
Screengrab of Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman in the upcoming 'Deadpool & Wolverine' movie.