Posts Tagged ‘tommyknockers’
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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- Dolores Claiborne
- Gerald’s Game
- “Home Delivery” (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
- “Jerusalem’s Lot” (Night Shift)
- The Long Walk
- “The Mist” (Skeleton Crew)
- “Rainy Season” (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
- The Regulators
- Salem’s Lot
- The Tommyknockers
- Under the Dome
- “You know they got a hell of a band” (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
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:
Or you can listen to the whole interview, which will take about an hour.
Notes and links from the episode:
- Do you have a myth or a misconception about Stephen King that drives you nuts? I want to hear about it. Share your pain!
- The Kingcast Patreon campaign is still running! If you like what you hear: support it.
- Kevin Guyer won the “Name my cuddly Cthulhu” contest. My guy will forever be known as “Cthuthbert”, and Kevin gets one of his very own. Thanks to all for sending in more than 30 entries.
- Chris Lewis’s home page at Colorado University. He is Senior Instructor at the Sewall Residential Academic Program and completed his PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota.
- Stephen King’s works mentioned and related: The Stand, Hearts in Atlantis, Firestarter, The Dead Zone, Roadwork, The Long Walk, The Tommyknockers, Dreamcatcher, Under the Dome
- Edward Abbey’s post-apocalyptic novel Good News
- Journalist Robert Parry at Consortium News
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