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Kingcast 2.12 — Confinement and isolation, part 1.

Photo CC-licenced by, the podcast is late. Would you believe… I was locked in a portapotty? Handcuffed to a bed? Trapped in a house with a psychotic nurse?

This episode is about confinement and isolation. From Carrie White’s closet to Under the Dome, there’s a LOOONG list of works that use the concept of physical, geographical, or psychological isolation as a fundamental factor in the characters and action of King’s fiction.  Enjoy! There will be more next week.

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Works mentioned:

  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Desperation
  • Gerald’s Game 
  • “Home Delivery” (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
  • “Jerusalem’s Lot” (Night Shift)
  • The Long Walk
  • Misery  
  • “The Mist” (Skeleton Crew)
  • Rage
  • “Rainy Season”  (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
  • The Regulators  
  • Roadwork
  • Salem’s Lot 
  • The Tommyknockers 
  • Under the Dome
  • “You know they got a hell of a band”  (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)


Episode 21: Bag of Bones hits the screen

This is a bit long for a Kingcast, but I hope you’ll indulge me.

Bag of Bones (1998) is one of my favorite King novels. The story of Mike Noonan, a novelist who loses his wife Jo and discovers starnge events at their vacation home in rural Maine, is passionate, erotic, romantic, and a first-rate thriller.

The book treads some of the same ground that King later visits in Lisey’s Story (2006) — the act of creation, grief, loss, and what comes after death — but the two novels in some ways are mirror images, with Bag of Bones hinging on the death of a novelist’s wife as seen through the eyes of the novelist, and Lisey’s Story looking at the death of the novelist Scott Landon through the eyes of his wife.

A&E Network in the US has been spending a LOT of money promoting their two-night miniseries treatment of Bag of Bones, which airs December 11 and 12. The film stars Pierce Brosnan as Noonan, Annabeth Gish as his wife Jo, Melissa George as Mattie Devore, and Anika Noni Rose as Sara Tidwell, the blues singer whose name graces Noonan’s house and whose spirit remains to haunt Noonan’s soul. The miniseries was directed by Mick Garris from a script by Matt Venne.

As part of their promotion of the miniseries, A&E developed a fantastic website called “Dark Score Stories.” The site is a tremendously well-executed “photojournalism” project. It’s chock-full of Easter eggs and in-jokes that King fans will get great fun out of spotting. And A&E was also kind enough to send me a very well-produced DVD screener kit and a copy of the “Dark Score Stories” book, as well as get me an interview with Mick Garris, who (to his own incredulity) has made more films based on King than anyone else.

I was also able to speak with Annabeth Gish, who’s worked with Garris before on the miniseries treatment of Desperation. I’ve been a fan of Gish since her days on The X-Files and The West Wing, so this was far from the hardest job I’ve ever had.

So check out episode 21, which is 1:21 of audio spookiness. Hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think.

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Episode 18: Part one of “The Stand”, with TrashCan Man

Matt Frewer as TrashCan Man

Matt Frewer as Trashcan Man

Here’s the first of a two-parter.

I was lucky enough to speak with Matt Frewer a little while ago.

Matt Frewer has had a tremendously prolific career. Since his first movie role in The Lords of Discipline in 1983, he’s racked up roles in 40 features, and 69 roles in television projects. Some may remember him as Max Headroom, Stephen King fans will undoubtely think of him first as TrashCan Man, one of the most compelling characters in Mick Garris’s 1994 miniseries treatment of The Stand.

Matt has continued to work on Stephen King projects throughout his career (Desperation, Quicksilver Highway, Riding the Bullet…) most recently in the miniseries treatment of Bag of Bones, airing on A&E in December 2011.

Here’s the interview. In the next instalment, I’ll talk a bit about how The Stand deals with issues of faith.

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