Originally published in the Spring 1969 edition of Ubris, the University of Maine literary magazine, "Night Surf" is best-known to King fans as the short story in Night Shift that serves as a bit of a spin-off to The Stand. The story seems to take place in the same universe as that epic novel, and tells the tale of a small group of people who are trying to continue their lucky streak of avoiding Captain Trips.
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Viewing it only as an overture to The Stand is selling "Night Surf" . . . wait, wait, hold on a second.
Fair warning: I seem to be determined to type "Night Shift" instead of "Night Surf"; I've corrected myself three times now, and suspect that eventually I'm going to make the mistake and fail to notice/correct it. So when and if that happens, my apologies; I do know the difference between the two, but my fingers apparently can't keep the difference in mind tonight.