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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)


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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What? You’re still here? Episode 29.

I know. I KNOW. It’s been way too long. But when life is tough, some of the more enjoyable parts of it can fall away.

But I’m back. And I promise to be back soon.

Richard Dawson and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the adaptation of “The Running Man.” Read the book instead, willya? You’ll thank me.

This time, I’m taking a flying tour through the Stephen King bibliography to look at how he deals with politics, and what this might tell us about King the man.

In this episode, I talk about Hearts in Atlantis, Firestarter, The Dark Tower series, the story “Everything’s Eventual”, and the Bachman books: Rage, Roadwork, The Running Man, and The Long Walk.

Next time, I’m going to continue the look at politics with a discussion of The TommyknockersUnder the Dome and 11/22/63.

Enjoy the episode in all of its hour-long glory. Download it here!

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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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