The original version of The Stand was 823 pages long. King's original draft was 1152, but King's publisher at the time, Doubleday, forced him to "trim" the book, because they thought the book would not sell well if it was that long. King agreed, and trimmed it by 500 pages (around 150,000 words). The full edition is the longest book by Stephen King, both in page and word count as it nears 500,000 words.
In 1990, King revealed that he had kept the material, and was allowed to turn The Stand into an uncut version, as well as correcting time mistakes and adding popular culture references from the 80s and 90s, as the book took place in the future.
The original publication of the uncut version contained new illustrations by Bernie Wrightsonm and was titled The Stand; for the First Time Complete and Uncut. In June 2011, Anchor released a mass market paperback with smaller print, therefore totaling to 1472 pages. The illustrations were cut out.