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Kingcast 2.15: #Chronoread 2 — Salem’s Lot

IMG_0401The second in my chronological reading of King’s work is up, with apologies for the delay due to a little family stuff that needed my attention. 

Hope you enjoy my thoughts about Salem’s Lot, one of King’s most clear-eyed portraits of a small town in decay and his retelling of Dracula. 

As always, the podcast is sponsored by Audible, which offers you a 30-day trial with a free audiobook download from their HUGE selection, and by listeners like you, through Patreon.

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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 28: Fathers

I’m back with a bit of a survey through the worlds of fatherhood in Stephen King, prompted by the death of my dad on August 11.

Also have some tidbits on the Dark Tower movie project, the new production of Carrie, and a little bragging. Enjoy!

Chloe Moretz in "Carrie"

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Episode 27: Secrets.

Hi folks:

My fallen-apart copy of Salem's Lot (1975)

RIP Salem’s Lot, 1975-2012.
Fondly remembered.

I’m back with episode 27 of The Kingcast, featuring some thoughts about the power of secrets in Stephen King’s work. In other news… there was a death in the family last week. I’m a little broken up about it, but I know that with your support I’ll get over it.

In addition to some meandering about secrets, there’s always Stephen King news to be shared. For example:

  • Justin Long is booked to star in “The Ten O’Clock People”, an adaptation of the story which appeared in 1992’s “Nightmares and Dreamscapes.” The adaptation will be written and directed by Tom Holland, who previously adapted “The Langoliers” for TV and “Thinner”  for the big screen. (He also played Carl Hough in “The Stand”). Here’s a little glamour shot of a younger Mr. Holland:

Tom Holland

  • The Rock Bottom Remainders recently played their last show. The band, which has featured tons of authors but has had a core membership including Dave Barry, King, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan, has been playing benefits and fun shows for nearly 20 years. Dave Barry claims they’ve quit because nobody can get through a show without a pee break anymore.
  • Haven starts season three in September. A primer on the series will catch new viewers up on the action.
  • My fellow Stephen King podcaster and fan Matt Jacobs recently nailed a remarkable guest to interview– physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. You can read about the encounter on his site.
  • Via the Stephen King forum, I got a chuckle or two out of “The King’s Road,” a series by Mind Circus Comics featuring SK in some wacky (and possibly NSFW) adventures.

In any case, here’s the episode. Enjoy. As always, your comments are welcomed.

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Episode 7: “Bag of Bones” and “Barn Dance”

Nicole Christian Episode Eight is here, with a discussion of some of King’s doomed romances and a feature interview with singer-songwriter Nicole Christian.

Nicole Christian’s excellent music is available to sample at her Myspace page, and to purchase via in MP3 or old-fashioned CD format at CD Baby.

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Episode 8 of the Kingcast:

0:00 – Intro

2:30 – Nicole Christian interview

30:00 – “Doomed romance” discussion

48:00 – Extro

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