The Complete & Uncut Edition

As we consider about the original publication of The Stand by Stephen King, it was first released in the year 1978 but later it was again re-released in the year 1990 as The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition. In this edition of the novel; the author reconstructed some text originally edited for brevity. King further added and alters the setting of the story of the novel from 1980 to 1990. Stephen King also however updated a few pop culture references accordingly. The novel was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Furthermore, Stephen King’s The Stand was also adapted into both a television miniseries for ABC as well as a graphic novel published by Marvel Comics.

As mentioned above certain changes were made in the second edition i.e. The Complete & Uncut Edition, however the time change of this edition from 1980 to 1990 produced different anachronisms which basically resulted from careless as well as thoughtless editing. For instance in The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition by Stephen King, characters are being paid in dollars for a morning’s babysitting, one of the character being pictured as having been ‘in the war’, despite very young for his service, 45 pistols even though the military switched to the 9 mm M9 in the early '80s and many more.

We can say that there are a lot of typos in The Complete & Uncut Edition which have not been even corrected in any consequent printing of the book, for instance "Arrowsmith" for Aerosmith. Another example would be "On the Boarder" for "On the Border" in the title of the Book II. It usually seems that various inconsistencies as well as mistakes and errors in The Complete & Uncut Edition, however were the survivals from the previous edition and not anachronisms.

In the second edition of The Stand, the author usually denotes many times to Army troops carrying "recoilless rifles" firing "gas-tipped rounds 70 times per second" - a cyclic rate of fire higher than that of the M61 Vulcan mini-gun. In The Complete & Uncut Edition, King also has character referring to the earlier President of the United States as having been in office since January 20, 1959, which was not a regular inaugural year nor a year when a President was sworn in due to execution or other cause of succession. Besides, there are also minor hiccups such as characters dying at different times in different places in the text.