I've always wondered why King moved the year in which the novel is set, from 1985 to 1990. Did he ever give an official explanation?
In the original, published in 1978, the plague is set 7 years in the future. The uncut version, published in 1990, is set in 1990. Not wanting the plague to be set in the past would be unavoidable without updating the book every year. Anyone buying The Stand now reads the plague happening 22 years ago (so to speak). It seems like moving the date created a lot of work in updating all the cultural references, etc. Why not just keep the plague in 1985 and add the material he added?