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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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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 23: Casting director Jane Jenkins on casting King (and the Dark Tower!)

Casting Director Jane Jenkins

Casting Director Jane Jenkins (r) with partner Janet Hirshenson

Happy New Year, all. Episode 23 of the podcast and the first of 2012 must begin on a sad note of condolence to the family and friends of John Dalglish. John was a leading contributor to the Stephen King Message Board and was one of Stephen King’s Constant Readers. He passed away recently, or in King-parlance “reached the clearing at the end of the path”, leaving behind a loving family and many friends both virtual and real. This episode is dedicated to his memory.

In any case, some news of Wind Through the Keyhole, a look forward to upcoming Kingcasts, and then an interview with Jane Jenkins, partner in The Casting Company.

From their site (emphasis mine):

Since 1981, Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson of The Casting Company have cast over 100 feature films, including the Academy Award winning “A Beautiful Mind” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” “Something’s Gotta Give” ” Airforce One” “Jurassic Park” “The American President” “Apollo 13″ ” The Lost World” “A Few Good Men” “Backdraft” “Misery” “Ghost” “When Harry Met Sally” “Mystic Pizza” “Beetlejuice” “Stand By Me” “Home Alone” “The Outsiders” and more recently “Transformers” “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code.”

Jane began her career in entertainment as an actress in New York City. She entered the casting profession while working in film production. Her first project was “On The Nickel” an independent film written, produced and starring her friend Ralph Waite. She soon began working with other casting directors, including Jennifer Shull, who would later connect her with Janet Hirshenson. 

…Today, they are established as two of the premier casting directors in the entertainment industry.” 

Jane joined me last month to talk about what casting directors do, and some of her experiences working on Stephen King — and non-Stephen King too — projects. I’ll bet you’ll have a hard time trying to imagine who the original choice for Paul Sheldon in Misery was!

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SK News roundup for September 16

The week in King-related news continues to focus on three main areas: 11/22/63, Mile 81, and TV productions.


  • Simon & Schuster whetted the appetite of many with an excerpt from 11/22/63 released on their site. The excerpt contains the line “I came awake with a jerk”, which always creates a vivid — and likely unintended — image in my mind. A browse through Amazon also shows a “special signed edition” (no price), an audio version read by Craig Wasson (who you may remember as Don Wanderley in Ghost Story), and I read at “The Noob News” that an e-book version will include a special short film written and directed by King.
  • Both the US and UK covers have been released now. Which do you prefer?

    US cover

    US Cover

UK cover for 11/22/63

UK cover for 11/22/63

  • The official “book trailer” for 11/22/63 was released last Saturday. Take a look:

Stephen King 11.22.63 – Book Trailer from Jamie Childs on Vimeo.

  • As time ticks down to the November 8 release of 11/22/63, it now appears that a production deal for a movie version has already been signed, with Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) as director.

Mile 81

  • The release of Mile 81 wasn’t the only thing new about the King bibliography. The e-book was also pitched as a “Klout perk.” Klout is a tool that attempts to measure someone’s influence in social networks like Twitter or Facebook, and companies are more frequently providing “perks” to those with big enough Klout numbers. This was the first e-book perk to my knowledge. The “Ology” website reviewed the Mile 81 release with particular attention to the 11/22/63 preview.
TV, etc. 
  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, the SyFy / Showcase / Global TV show Haven is in some trouble after Showcase put it in danger of cancellation on that channel. The Kingcast will be speaking to actor Lucas Bryant, who plays Nathan Wuornos, soon. Hopefully, there won’t be bad news to share.
  • You may be thinking that Atlanta next spring is the only place to enjoy some Stephen King-related theatre. But I say NO! The Bournemouth International Centre in the United Kingdom has a production of Misery opening October 5. The play was scripted by Emmy-winning writer Simon Moore and toured the UK in its initial production in 2002.
  • The pilot episode of “Locke & Key”, based on the book by Joe Hill, is making the rounds in Hollywood, and Huffington Post entertainment blogger Kris LoPresto wants to start a movement to get it a network placement. By all accounts, a screening at ComicCon got a great response.
  • Ron Howard has apparently signed to direct a movie version of Davis Guggenheim‘s comic book 364, about a man with superpowers one day of each year. No news on a Dark Tower resurrection.
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