Author and columnist Jason Sechrest has put together one hell of a panel for a six-episode podcast taking a deep dive into Stephen King’s epic pandemic novel, The Stand titled The Company of the Mad: The Stand Podcast.
Sechrest will be joined by Mike Flanagan, Tananarive Due, and Anthony Breznican to discuss the novel in a book-club style format that is sure to be interesting for fans of King.
“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,” says Sechrest, horror author and writer of the popular column What I Learned from Stephen King. “We’ll be 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.”
It’s a timely choice of reading material as the world continues to come together in efforts to squash the spread of Covid-19.
The Stand centers on the survivors of a super-flu called Captain Trips that wiped out over 90% of the world’s population. As the survivors reel over the loss of loved ones and their way of life, they find themselves drawn to two factions and the ultimate showdown between good and evil.
The novel is currently being adapted as a limited series for CBS All Access with an all-star cast.
Flanagan has adapted multiple King novels for the big and small screen including Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep, and we recently shared the news the he is adapting the author’s novel, Revival. The writer/director is also finishing up The Haunting of Bly Manor for Netflix, an adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
Tananarive Due is an award-winning novelist and professor who teaches courses on black horror and afrofuturism at UCLA. She served as an executive producer on Shudder’s documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and has also played onstage with King in the band The Rock Bottom Remainders.
Breznican is an author and journalist who is currently a correspondent with Vanity Fair. King, himself, provided a quote for the dust-jacket of the writer’s debut novel, Brutal Youth.
It’s an all-star line-up that fans of King and The Stand are sure to love.
To learn more about The Company of the Mad: The Stand Podcast visit their official website and mark your calendars for May 29, 2020 for their debut episode!