Captain Trips is also a main plot element in "Night Surf", a short story in King’s Night Shift. There are a few differences from The Stand therein, however.
The story centers on a group of superflu survivors on a New England beach. They are teenagers who appear to have rather sinister natures and seem to be sort of partying at first. Later, though, they become frightened when one of them gets sick and they realize it may only be a matter of time until they are all dead.
In "Night Surf", Captain Trips is also known as “A6” and was said to have originated in East Asia rather than in California. It was not said if the disease was man-made or a natural mutation. A story circulates after A6/Trips crops up that a person who has contracted Hong Kong flu will be immune to the new virus. However, this appears to have been a falsehood by the end of the story, Hong Kong flu merely stalling the disease.
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