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:
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.
The Stephen King Podcast with Hans and Lou
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.
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?
- White Noise by Don Delillo
- A postmodernism primer by Martin Irvine of Georgetown University
- The book Stephen King as a postmodern author by Clotilde Landais of Purdue University
- Facebook page for PublicistUK, David’s band
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:
[powr-poll label=”Name the Cthulhu”]
Episode 2.5 of the Kingcast has news about the new production of IT, filming on 11/22/63, some mail from Denmark, and the second part of my capsule review of Finders Keepers.
Jackie Lawrence of Kitchener, ON sent me some pictures from the set of 11/22/63, currently filming in Southern Ontario. Where is that, you ask?
And here are Jackie’s photos from the set. Looking pretty good!
2:00 — feedback from Mikkel Birkegaard in Denmark
6:00 — talk of adaptations of It and 11/22/63, one production troubled and one production underway.
18:00 — don’t forget about the Patreon campaign! A dollar or two from you and there’s nothing we can’t do!
20:00 — Part two analyzing Finders Keepers.
We got it covered on It
11/22/63 news from Deadline Hollywood (after recording, I see that character actor Nick Searcy — most recently in Justified — has been cast as Deke Simmons. GOOD CHOICE.)
Patreon crowdfunding campaign for The Kingcast!
I’ve decided that it’s time to launch a crowdfunding campaign for the podcast, and I’m hoping you’ll help.
You can learn more by listening to the podcast, or by visiting the campaign page.
What can you do?
- You can contribute. A small amount per month is all it takes to make a big difference in the podcast. You can learn more about what the money can do, and patrons will be able to see exactly where their money is going.
- You can spread the word. If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, etc., and you like this idea, please pass it on. The more people who hear about it the better.
As happy as I am to talk in front of a microphone, I think the best type of audio is when two or more people have intelligent discussion and debate about a topic they love. That’s why I love doing interviews for the Kingcast. I’ve done a bunch of interviews that were wonderful experiences for me: Marsha DeFilippo, SK’s assistant has to be at the top of that list; “Trash Can Man” Matt Frewer; Bev Vincent; Mick Garris; author Matthew Kirschenbaum; Annabeth Gish (Desperation); Shawn Piller (executive producer of “Haven”)…
I’ve already got a couple in the hopper for upcoming episodes, and a bunch of other requests out. But I’d like to know who you would like to hear on the podcast. If you have a moment, check out this survey and give me some feedback! I’ll do my best to get your suggestions into the Kingcast ASAP.
Episode 2.3 of the Kingcast is live, with a fairly short essay about the just-released second novel in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, Finders Keepers.
Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson are back, as is villain Brady Hartsfield, but there’s a lot more going on, centering on a reclusive writer, his lost notebooks, and the obsessive love that someone can develop for words on a page.
Take a listen, then tell me what YOU think of the latest, here in the comments or in an email to TheKingCast@gmail.com.
Episodes coming up include an interview with writer David Obuchoski on his essay about the Bachman novel Roadwork and with academic Chris Lewis on the political and social turmoil of the 1970s, how it may have affected King’s writing then — and still may today!
And very soon, there will be some exciting news about this podcast — at least for me, and hopefully for you too.
Kingcast 2.3 is 18 minutes of audio goodness.
With the 2015 publication of Revival, Stephen King released perhaps the most explicitly Lovecraftian work since the short story “Crouch End” in 2000.
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?
- 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
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?
Works discussed in-depth in this episode
- Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
- Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower
- Duma Key
- The Regulators
- Rose Madder
- “The Mist”
- “The Library Policeman”
- “The Road Virus Heads North”
- “Stationary Bike”
- “The Sun Dog”
You can always find more information on these works at the Stephen King website, and jump into more discussions on their message board.