Posts Tagged ‘under the dome’
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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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.
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.
Enjoy the episode in all of its hour-long glory. Download it here!
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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:
- 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.