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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. 

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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)


Kingcast 2.11: Reelin’ in the Years — King chronologically part 1.

Listener and commenter Tom Leroux was kind enough to put an idea in my head. Why not go through the King bibliography chronologically. So here we go. This is not the first time someone has done this: the folks at Cemetery Dance have been carrying on with Stephen King Revisited for almost a year now, led by Richard Chizmar.

In any case, here’s my first cut at the chronology: my take on Carrie, the first novel King published. Hope you enjoy.

There won’t be a fresh Kingcast next week — I’m taking a little time off. But I’ll upload something from the archives and be back with 2.12 in two weeks.

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Kingcast 2.10: Collecting (my thoughts) with Kevin Waters

Episode 2.10 is the first of a periodic series I hope to have on the show that I’ll call “The Collectors.” I’m interested in the phenomenon of collecting, and particularly of Stephen King collectors. My first guest on this segment is Kevin Waters, who has what is to my mind a pretty awesome collection of Kingiana. We chatted for about 30 minutes, and you’ll find some of his favourite items in the photo gallery. Enjoy!

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The Stephen King Message Board is part of Stephen Click here to browse, and hope to see you there.

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The Library Policeman ain’t what he used to be.

"The Library Policeman", by illustrator "The House of Ideas" on Deviantart

“The Library Policeman”, by illustrator “The House of Ideas” on Deviantart

Apparently, Stephen King books are not only bestsellers, but best-stealers too. At least that’s what a Toronto Star report about the Toronto Public Library would have us believe.

The Star uncovered numbers about books that get borrowed but never returned to the Toronto Public Library, North America’s largest library system.

The good news for lovers of books and of libraries is that the 100,000 items not returned make up a tiny percentage of the books owned and circulated —  99.84 per cent of the books loaned are returned.

And it’s probably not surprising that children’s authors are at the top of the list, with the top three being Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, and Geronimo Stilton (who I have never heard of).

Our own Uncle Stevie ends up in fifth place. Only James Patterson disappears more frequently from the Toronto library system than King. After King come Eric Jerome Dickey (Wanted Woman), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mashashi Kishimoto (Naruto), and Shakespeare. Danielle Steel is last on the top-10 list. One fervently hopes that her books are being stolen to spare other readers from the experience.

Apparently, the Library Policeman must still be trying to get the better of that ball of Twizzlers.


Kingcast 2.8: Stephen King’s 1970s and the “real” 1970s

This time on the Kingcast, we delve into the political history of the decade that forged Stephen King’s career as a writer: the 1970s.

From Three Mile Island to The Stand to Watergate to  Firestarter to George Wallace to The Dead Zone, there’s a rich thread of political and cultural subtexts in King’s 1970s writing. Professor of American Studies Chris Lewis of Colorado University joined me for a discussion of everything from biological weapons to Richard Nixon to survival and morality after an apocalypse.

You can listen to episode 2.8, which runs around 36 minutes with housekeeping and an edited interview:


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Or you can listen to the whole interview, which will take about an hour.

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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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Eclectic Goods on the Web, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

The Stephen King Podcast with Hans and Lou

Drunken Fireworks news 


Kingcast 2.6: “Roadwork” and postmodernism with David Obuchowski


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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