Kingcast #2.2: King and Lovecraft

With the 2015 publication of Revival, Stephen King released perhaps the most explicitly Lovecraftian work since the short story “Crouch End” in 2000.

Portrait of H.P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Stephen King

But what does “Lovecraftian” mean, anyway? Well, H.P. Lovecraft (yes, that was his real name) may have died 10 years before King was even born, but his writing casts a long, dark shadow over everyone who’s come after as a horror writer.

In episode 2.2 of The Kingcast, we take a look at some of the characteristics that  have made Lovecraft so influential, and go through some of King’s bibliography to see where his Lovecraftian side pops up.

What do you think? Did I miss an intersection between Lovecraft and King? Do you think I’m wrong about something? Or do you have another idea you’d like me to tackle on the podcast?

Leave us a comment here, or get in touch by email or on Twitter.

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Show notes:

  • 0:00-23:00: an introduction to Lovecraft
  • 23:00: Revival
  • 30:30: “Crouch End”
  • 32:30: “N”
  • 34:30: “Jerusalem’s Lot”
  • 40:00: The Dark Tower
  • 42:00: It and The Tommyknockers
  • 44:00: Black House
  • 46:00: Other works

I’m back! The Kingcast returns

A still from  "The Road Virus Heads North

A still from “The Road Virus Heads North”, an episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Tom Berenger plays an ill-fated Richard Kinnell, who may not know much about art, but knows what will kill him. (Image:


Wow, almost a year-and-a-half has past, and much has changed in my life, but … I’m comin’ back. The Kingcast has been asleep, not dead.

And here’s the first episode of its new life, an examination of visual art and visual artists in the King Canon. Thoughts?


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Works discussed in-depth in this episode

  • Cell
  • Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
  • Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
  • Duma Key
  • The Regulators
  • Rose Madder
Shorter works:
  • “The Mist”
  • “The Library Policeman”
  • “The Road Virus Heads North”
  • “Stationary Bike”
  • “N.”
  • “The Sun Dog”
Other links:

You can always find more information on these works at the Stephen King website, and jump into more discussions on their message board.

Episode 34: Happy Hallowe’en – spooky poem edition

Effigy of John Donne in his burial shroud, St. Paul's Cathedral

Effigy of John Donne in his burial shroud, St. Paul’s Cathedral

I love digging up a spooky poem to read every Hallowe’en. This year, a short poem by metaphysical poet John Donne, published in the posthumous collection Songs and Sonnets in 1633.

Hope you enjoy “The Apparition”. Happy Hallowe’en to all Stephen King and horror fans everywhere.


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Image from the “A clerk of Oxford” blog

Episode 33: Dr. Sleep, film/tv and romans a clef

Episode 33 is LIVE. Next week, Episode 34 will be my annual creepy poetry episode. Any requests are welcome.

This time, I talk about the overview of King-related film projects from Studio System News, and the interview Stephen and Owen King did with Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio’s “Q” this week.

I wrote an op-ed piece for the Ottawa Citizen about the “CURSE OF THE ADAPTATION.”

I also talk a little bit about Dr. Sleep and the difference between a work of fiction and a roman a clef. 



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Episode #32: Joyland and Under the Dome

This time around, a review of Joyland, the new Hard Case Crime paperback I previewed last episode, and also review the first two episodes of the CBS television production of Under the Dome.

Would love to know your thoughts on either or both of these new King releases. Tell me, either in a comment here or by email:



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Episode 31: Ode (?) to Joyland?

June 4 is the launch date for King’s second Hard Case Crime novel, Joyland. His first was The Colorado Kid, inspiration for the SyFy show Haven, which has been covered previously here.

There’s an interesting debate about King and Hard Case’s decision to publish in paperback only (with a hardcover collector’s edition later, but no ebook plans), so far with contributions from UK literary agent Jonny Geller in The Guardian and from Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai in Boing Boing.

If you want more on Joyland as we await its release, there’s an excerpt in The Huffington Post, and a NPR interview with Terry Gross that includes a reading from the book.

I go over the debate, then throw my own two cents in, in 20:30 of audio goodness. Hope you like the episode, and I really want to know what YOU think of the decision. Tell me!



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Episode 30, Politics Part 2: Under The Dome, Tommyknockers, and 11/22/63

I told you I wouldn’t be away for so long this time. So here’s part two of my look at Stephen King and politics, wrapped up with a shiny “Episode 30″ bow on it.

This episode has discussions of Under the Dome, The Tommyknockers, and 11/22/63, as well as news about movie  adaptations of Joyland and “A Good Marriage,” as well as a fond farewell to Ray Harryhausen.

Hope you like it.



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Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013

Sad news today for those of us who love and loved the great monster movies of the past. Ray Harryhausen, the man behind the special effects for countless films, has passed away at the age of 92.

Here’s a letter from Ray Harryhausen, read at a tribute to Famous Monsters of Filmland’s Forrest J. Ackerman:

There was a 2011 documentary, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, that I haven’t seen but desperately want to RIGHT NOW.

There are many clips on Youtube, for example this one, showing the direct line from Harryhausen to Jurassic Park:

And the UK newspaper The Telegraph has a wonderful obituary. The Tely obituary notes his long frienship with Ray Bradbury, who fictionalized their work together in the 1950s in his novel A Graveyard For Lunatics.

Take some time to remember Ray Harryhausen, and to appreciate his work whenever you can.



What? You’re still here? Episode 29.

I know. I KNOW. It’s been way too long. But when life is tough, some of the more enjoyable parts of it can fall away.

But I’m back. And I promise to be back soon.

Richard Dawson and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the adaptation of “The Running Man.” Read the book instead, willya? You’ll thank me.

This time, I’m taking a flying tour through the Stephen King bibliography to look at how he deals with politics, and what this might tell us about King the man.

In this episode, I talk about Hearts in Atlantis, Firestarter, The Dark Tower series, the story “Everything’s Eventual”, and the Bachman books: Rage, Roadwork, The Running Man, and The Long Walk.

Next time, I’m going to continue the look at politics with a discussion of The TommyknockersUnder the Dome and 11/22/63.

Enjoy the episode in all of its hour-long glory. Download it here!

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Small world, Kingcast version

Kingcast host Bob has a life outside the world of King — such as it is.

Nicole Christian playing lap slide guitar

And this weekend, I’m at the Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s conference, with 700 or so of Canada’s and the world’s best roots and folk musicians and presenters.

And who do I meet at a showcase performance but … Kingcast guest Nicole Christian!

It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise to get to meet the cowriter of “Barn Dance” and hear her live. Thanks to friend James Dean for the photo.



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