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Kingcast 2.13: Confinement and isolation part 2

3581398184_ea3fc1f51b_zIn Part 2 of my thoughts about the role of isolation and confinement, I take a slightly deeper dive into a few of King’s works that center on isolation and confinement: Gerald’s Game, Misery, and The Long Walk.

These three works, perhaps more than anything else in the King canon, use isolation — mostly physical, but really psychological and spiritual — as the mechanism of character development and to drive the action.


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Works that I mentioned or at least thought about in the two parts of this series:
Gerald’s Game 
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 
Long Walk 
Eyes of the Dragon 
Dolores Claiborne
Dark Tower
Green Mile 
Under the Dome
The Shining
Short fiction: 
Different Seasons: 
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Everything’s Eventual: 
Autopsy Room Four
In the Deathroom
Lunch at the Gotham Café
That feeling, you can only say what it is in French
Night Shift: 
The Ledge
Children of the Corn
The Woman in the Room
Jerusalem’s Lot
Skeleton Crew: 
The Mist
The Raft
Survivor Type
Just After Sunset: 
Rest Stop
Stationary Bike
A Very Tight Place
Nighmares & Dreamscapes: 
Dolan’s Cadillac
You know they got a hell of a band
Rainy Sesason
Sorry Right Number
Crouch End
The House on Maple Street
Home Delivery
(Image: “The Long Walk”, CC-licenced by Flickr user Stuart Pilbrow)

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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Show notes:

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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)


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.

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:



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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Kingcast 2.5 — movie news, crowdfunding, and a little more Finders Keepers

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.

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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?

Right here:


And here are Jackie’s photos from the set. Looking pretty good!





Show notes:

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.

Websites mentioned:

Jackie Lawrence on Twitter

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!



Patreon campaign update! Somebody hates me!

Don’t tell anyone, but I think I might have a secret admirer. Glen, you call me anytime, sugar.


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

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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Kingcast episode 19: “11/22/63” quick review

11/22/63 Cover I hadn’t planned on this, but thanks to Scribner getting me a review copy of 11/22/63 and a loooong travel day, I was able to read the new novel last weekend, and I wanted to quickly record my audio review of it.

In short: it’s great work by King. Possibly Bag of Bones good, and for me that’s high praise.

Take a listen, and then I’ll get back to “The Stand” next episode.

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Episode 17: Lucas Bryant of “Haven”

Lucas Bryant of "Haven" Here’s episode 17 of the ‘cast, featuring an interview with Lucas Bryant, who plays Sheriff Nathan Wuornos on the Showcase / Syfy show Haven.

We held onto this episode for a little while, because there was some question about support for a third season of Haven on the Canadian Showcase network. Once they announced the third season, it was time to get the interview up.

Lucas is a native of Elmira, Ontario, and studied theatre at Sheridan College in Toronto.

Enjoy the episode. And if you do, then check out Episode 15’s interview with Shawn Piller.

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