I have been rereading The Stand and that made me think of the story in Night Shift called Night Surf. I went back and read Night Surf, and I can clearly see that it has much to do with the events that unfold in The Stand, although written prior to The Stand itself. In Night Surf the characters seem not to know that the epidemic was caused by an experiment that got loose (if this short story is even happening on the same level of existence that the events of The Stand unfold on) , they just attribute it to "the flu" and they call it A 6, and mention that it came out of Southeast Asia and covered the world. They do call it "Captain Trips" at one point though. I read that Night Surf was originally published in 1969, I think that predates the beginning of the writing of The Stand. Did SK write Night Surf prior to when The Stand took off in his imagination in the grand and glorious way that it eventually did? Is it just another example of there being "other world than this"? I look at what I have written and realize it's rhetorical questions for the most part. Any thoughts or rhetorical questions in response to my own would be welcome.