Captain Trips, a killer virus, first appeared in the short story "Night Surf" - but it's better known as the devastating disease in The Stand which kills 99% of the world's population. Fun fact: the name comes from Jerry Garcia's nickname, because The Grateful Dead's extensive tours across America served for King as an analogy for the way the Captain Trips virus travelled across America.
Captain Trips is the name of the virus that takes out 99% of the world's population in The Stand.
Roland and the gang come across evidence that they have entered the version of the world which was destroyed by Captain Trips in The Stand.
Below the newspaper’s name, taking up most of the front page’s top half, were screaming black letters:
“CAPTAIN TRIPS” SUPERFLU RAGES UNCHECKED.
Govt. Leaders May Have Fled Country Topeka Hospitals Jammed with Sick, Dying Millions Pray for Cure
- Part 1 / Chapter IV: Topeka