Kingcast 2.11: Reelin’ in the Years — King chronologically part 1.

Listener and commenter Tom Leroux was kind enough to put an idea in my head. Why not go through the King bibliography chronologically. So here we go. This is not the first time someone has done this: the folks at Cemetery Dance have been carrying on with Stephen King Revisited for almost a year now, led by Richard Chizmar.

In any case, here’s my first cut at the chronology: my take on Carrie, the first novel King published. Hope you enjoy.

There won’t be a fresh Kingcast next week — I’m taking a little time off. But I’ll upload something from the archives and be back with 2.12 in two weeks.

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Kingcast 2.10: Collecting (my thoughts) with Kevin Waters

Episode 2.10 is the first of a periodic series I hope to have on the show that I’ll call “The Collectors.” I’m interested in the phenomenon of collecting, and particularly of Stephen King collectors. My first guest on this segment is Kevin Waters, who has what is to my mind a pretty awesome collection of Kingiana. We chatted for about 30 minutes, and you’ll find some of his favourite items in the photo gallery. Enjoy!

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Show notes:

The Stephen King Message Board is part of Stephen King.com. Click here to browse, and hope to see you there.

The Kingcast is sponsored by Audible, the company that unleashes the power of the spoken word. Click on www.audibletrial.com/TheKingCast to get a free 30-day trial from Audible.

And don’t forget about the Kingcast’s Patreon campaign. Every donation helps!

The Library Policeman ain’t what he used to be.

"The Library Policeman", by illustrator "The House of Ideas" on Deviantart

“The Library Policeman”, by illustrator “The House of Ideas” on Deviantart

Apparently, Stephen King books are not only bestsellers, but best-stealers too. At least that’s what a Toronto Star report about the Toronto Public Library would have us believe.

The Star uncovered numbers about books that get borrowed but never returned to the Toronto Public Library, North America’s largest library system.

The good news for lovers of books and of libraries is that the 100,000 items not returned make up a tiny percentage of the books owned and circulated —  99.84 per cent of the books loaned are returned.

And it’s probably not surprising that children’s authors are at the top of the list, with the top three being Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, and Geronimo Stilton (who I have never heard of).

Our own Uncle Stevie ends up in fifth place. Only James Patterson disappears more frequently from the Toronto library system than King. After King come Eric Jerome Dickey (Wanted Woman), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mashashi Kishimoto (Naruto), and Shakespeare. Danielle Steel is last on the top-10 list. One fervently hopes that her books are being stolen to spare other readers from the experience.

Apparently, the Library Policeman must still be trying to get the better of that ball of Twizzlers.

 

Episode 2.9: Stephen King and the error-prone ourobouros

"Ourobouros, a CC-licenced image from Flickr user  hackerfriendly

Episode 2.9 of The Kingcast takes a look at two things that people comment on frequently when it comes to Stephen King’s fiction: errors or anachronisms that pop up, and the fact that he frequently writes about characters in circumstances quite similar to his own.

From his early short stories to his most recent novel, Stephen King has always taken the circumstances of his own life and thrown them into the mixing bowl. But perhaps a more useful question to ask is what lessons can King’s writing teach us from the elements of his life and what he observes of life? 

When it comes to errors, I have two simple pieces of advice:

  1. Don’t pop up in an online community out of nowhere and announce triumphantly that on page 455 of “The Drawing of the Three” King says Susannah is STANDING BEHIND ROLAND HOW IN THE NAME OF GOD CAN PEOPLE BE SO STUPID. It’s the equivalent of walking into a dinner party and letting out a loud and odoriferous fart.
  2. If the error derails your enjoyment, there’s definitely blame to be laid on the author / editor / publisher. But not every error should destroy the spell a book can cast over a reader, wouldn’t you agree?
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Show notes:

The Stephen King Message Board is part of Stephen King.com. Click here to browse, and hope to see you there.

Friend of the podcast Bryant Burnette’s blog is: “The Truth Inside The Lie.

The Kingcast is sponsored by Audible, the company that unleashes the power of the spoken word. Click on www.audibletrial.com/TheKingCast to get a free 30-day trial from Audible.

And don’t forget about the Kingcast’s Patreon campaign. Every donation helps!

Kingcast 2.8: Stephen King’s 1970s and the “real” 1970s

This time on the Kingcast, we delve into the political history of the decade that forged Stephen King’s career as a writer: the 1970s.

From Three Mile Island to The Stand to Watergate to  Firestarter to George Wallace to The Dead Zone, there’s a rich thread of political and cultural subtexts in King’s 1970s writing. Professor of American Studies Chris Lewis of Colorado University joined me for a discussion of everything from biological weapons to Richard Nixon to survival and morality after an apocalypse.

You can listen to episode 2.8, which runs around 36 minutes with housekeeping and an edited interview:

 

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Or you can listen to the whole interview, which will take about an hour.

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Stephen King misconceptions!

ANOTHER NEW FEATURE! The question of the month!

This feature was prompted by a truly moronic web list: “9 Geniuses That Success Can Come Over Night.” One of the geniuses is Stephen King, because he supposedly wrote “The Running Man” in three days.

I plan on addressing that in a July episode, but it got me thinking — what do you think are the biggest misunderstandings or misconceptions or myths about King? Tell me, and I’ll use your comments in an upcoming episode.

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In the meantime, enjoy some music. Here’s Genesis with… misunderstanding.

Cuddly Cthulhu contest closes Sunday night!

I’ve been getting great entries to my “Name my Cuddly Cthulhu mascot” contest.

But time is drawing near. I’ll consider entries received up until 11:59:59 Eastern Time Sunday night, July 5, and then announce the winner in Kingcast 2.8 on Monday, July 6.

Don’t miss out! Click on the link, fill out the form, and leave me an email and I’ll get in touch with the winner.

Kingcast 2.7: Eclectic Goods makes art for your feet

Jaquan and Nicole Robinson of Eclectic Goods with Sheriff Alan Pangborn himself, Michael Rooker.

Jaquan and Nicole Robinson of Eclectic Goods with Sheriff Alan Pangborn himself, Michael Rooker.

Episode 2.7 of the Kingcast is here, with an interview with Jaquan and Nicole Robinson of Eclectic Goods. This couple make fantastic wearable art that could show your love of Uncle Stevie to the whole wide world. Check this out:

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Nicole and Jaquan are big science-fiction and horror fans, and Nicole has taken it on herself to make Jaquan a  Stephen King fan too.

There’s also news about fellow podcasters Hans Lilja and Lou Systma, a reminder about the Cuddly Cthulhu contest and the Kingcast’s crowdfunding campaign, and don’t forget “Drunken Fireworks!” Enjoy the episode.

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Links: 

Eclectic Goods on the Web, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

The Stephen King Podcast with Hans and Lou

Drunken Fireworks news 

 

Kingcast 2.6: “Roadwork” and postmodernism with David Obuchowski

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Writer and Musician David Obuchowski (photo: Scott Colby)

Earlier this month, a thoughtful essay on Stephen King’s Richard Bachman novel Roadwork appeared on the Gawker Review of Books.

It’s a bit unusual to find a thoughtful essay on King, and doubly unusual to find it on Gawker, a site more known for snark than seriousness. But appear it did, and it’s well worth the time it will take to read its 2600 words.

The author of the essay, David Obuchowski, joined me recently for a chat about the Bachman books and his thoughts about King. Here’s an edited version that fits in the new Kingcast weekly 30-minute format.

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But … if you want the whole 68-minute conversation, here it is. And while the Kingcast has never claimed to be lily-white, just a note that there are some dirty words in the chat. But if you can’t handle a dirty word or two, how are you reading Stephen King anyway?

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Cuddly little Cthulu (UPDATE: Contest closes July 5!)

We here at The Kingcast world headquarters keep a variety of far-flung correspondents, in places as unusual as Derry, Jerusalem’s Lot, Sidewinder, CO, and Crouch End. But one of our longest-serving correspondents is writer and friend Mickey Gomez.

If being one of the funniest writers I know of — seriously, you should read her post on her business trip to Chicago — isn’t enough, Mickey is also a lover of Stephen King from way back. Her original contribution to The Kingcast was to scoop the world on a King talk in 2011.

Well, her latest contribution required a lot less legwork and is equal parts horrifying and cute. Meet the new Kingcast mascot. I plan on getting one of these little Cthulhus ASAP. And if you have a name idea for it, maybe I’ll figure out a prize and run a contest!

Here’s the picture that Mickey sent along to me that has inspired me to get a mascot:

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