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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:
Novels: 
Gerald’s Game 
Misery 
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 
Long Walk 
Eyes of the Dragon 
Dolores Claiborne
Dark Tower
Green Mile 
Under the Dome
Tommyknockers
Regulators
The Shining
Rage 
Short fiction: 
Different Seasons: 
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Everything’s Eventual: 
Autopsy Room Four
In the Deathroom
Lunch at the Gotham Café
1408
That feeling, you can only say what it is in French
Night Shift: 
Battleground
Trucks
The Ledge
Children of the Corn
The Woman in the Room
Jerusalem’s Lot
Skeleton Crew: 
The Mist
The Raft
Beachworld
Survivor Type
Just After Sunset: 
Rest Stop
Stationary Bike
N.
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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/brownpau/Yes, 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)

 

Kingcast 2.6: “Roadwork” and postmodernism with David Obuchowski

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Writer and Musician David Obuchowski (photo: Scott Colby)

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.

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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?

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Kingcast episode 14: Rage

Rage is one of Stephen King’s most mysterious books. Written the summer after he graduated from high school, it was published 11 years later as a book under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, and removed from publication two decades later by the author himself.

He spoke to a library conference about that in 1999:

I can’t say for sure that Michael Carneal, the boy from Kentucky who shot three of his classmates dead as they prayed before school, had read my novel, Rage, but news stories following the incident reported that a copy of it had been found in his locker. It seems likely to me that he did. Rage had been mentioned in at least one other school shooting, and in the wake of that one an FBI agent asked if he could interview me on the subject, with an eye to setting up a computer profile that would help identify potentially dangerous adolescents. The Carneal incident was enough for me. I asked my publisher to take the damned thing out of print. They concurred. Are there still copies of Rage available? Yes, of course, some in libraries where you ladies and gentlemen ply your trade. Because, like the guns and the explosives and the Ninja throwing-stars you can buy over the Internet, all that stuff is just lying around and waiting for someone to pick it up. 

This book of adolescence — in terms of the author and the protagonist, took on a mystique for me, and when I finally had the chance to get a copy, thanks to a trivia contest on the Stephen King Message Board, I leapt at the chance to read it.

Episode 14 of the Kingcast is 20 minutes of my thoughts on reading Rage, as well as some teasers about upcoming episodes. Enjoy.

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As always, your comments are welcome. If you send me a comment at thekingcast@gmail.com, I’d love to include it in a future episode.


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