The Kingcast

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One fan's attempt to do some analysis of Stephen King's fiction, non-fiction and poetry. From Carrie to the top of the Dark Tower, King is a huge presence in the marketplace. But what does his work tell us about ourselves? And what will last of his work?

A promotional picture from the to-be-released movie adaptation of "Cell", starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson This episode delves into a question I recently saw on a Stephen King Facebook group. The question was: "Has Stephen King written anything about zombies other than Cell?" That question got me thinking, and the results are what make up this episode, and some great thoughts on Salem's Lot _and _Haven from Constant Listener Moe! 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 …

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This time around, a review of Joyland, the new Hard Case Crime paperback I previewed last episode, and also review the first two episodes of the CBS television production of Under the Dome. Would love to know your thoughts on either or both of these new K
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Episode 28: Fathers Aug. 30, 2012
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Episode 27: Secrets. July 6, 2012
Hi folks: 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 th
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