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Max Booth III and Lori Michelle talk about Stephen King. Every episode covers an individual novel, short story, movie, or television show.

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Max Booth III and Lori Michelle talk about Stephen King. Every episode covers an individual novel, short story, movie, or television show.

    109 - The Stand (Chapters 43-44)

    109 - The Stand (Chapters 43-44)

    In the latest installment of our exploration through Stephen King's The Stand, we unfortunately find ourselves facing another edition of Stephen King Attempts to Write About Women. Also, she did WHAT with an ouija board???
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    GHOULISH RERUN: Alternate Reality Stephen King Novels

    GHOULISH RERUN: Alternate Reality Stephen King Novels

    Jay Wilburn has dipped his toes into an alternate reality and returned to tell us all about the Stephen King books published on The Other Side, where I Jason turned out to be a little more than just a tweet that went viral.
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    108 - The Stand (Chapters 36-42)

    108 - The Stand (Chapters 36-42)

    In the latest installment of our exploration through Stephen King's The Stand, we ask ourselves one important question: Do magicians give hand jobs?
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    107 - The Stand (Chapters 31-35)

    107 - The Stand (Chapters 31-35)

    In this week's episode, we continue our journey into Stephen King's The Stand.
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    106 - The Life of Chuck

    106 - The Life of Chuck

    In this week's episode of Castle Rock Radio, we took a look at one of the novellas from Stephen King's If It Bleeds: "The Life of Chuck." This sure would have made an excellent short story! It's a shame he stretched it out into a novella for some baffling reason. Also, why isn't this about a Jimmy Johns sandwich artist? Did somebody hack Max's brain?
     

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    105 - The Stand (Chapters 26-30)

    105 - The Stand (Chapters 26-30)

    In the latest installment of our THE STAND reading marathon, we tune in to a TV news station going rogue and the National Guard attempting to prevent looters. This purely fictional novel sure is a blast, isn't it, folks?
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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

cooper275 ,

This podcast is okay, but...

This podcast is pretty good, but the way one of the host talks drives me me nuts. Why the hell can’t he pronounce his “R”s? He talks like five year old. This is very distracting.

Natasha69thunderstruck ,

Y’all funny as hell

The intro always cracks me up. I love it. Listening to the episodes on the Stand as I’m currently reading it has helped me want to read more and more. Thanks! Would recommend!

wheels23skidooo ,

Useless

I wanted to like this podcast. I’ve listened to some full episodes, and had to leave even more episodes. Just couldn’t take all the bs. I’m saying this specifically after their episode about “Chuck”, one of King’s newest novellas.

my time is too valuable to waste listening to this juvenile gibberish about the work of a very original writer, who, while he isn’t always excellent and is far from perfect, understands the way the world works, history, and multiple points of view with nuance and humor , not to mention real terror.
Granted , I have had to stop reading or listening to at least 1/4 of Stephen King’s books that I attempt. I doubt I’m alone in that. There’s gruesome, and then there’s torture (e.g. Gerald’s Game). But the remaining 3/4 is deserving of comprehension and intelligence discussion, imho.

This podcast demonstrates little understand of character development, of the career arc of the master story teller at hand, of the literary devices which the author employs... nearly 80% of the worthwhile content, allusions, and symbolism simply goes over the heads of these two podcasters who are more interested in grooming one another’s egos and attempting to feel superior to a great writer who will never (one would hope) give the time of day to this pod-fodder.

There are themes that matter and insights into real issues such as addiction and relationships... even in the “imagined world” of the first section which may simply exist inside chuck’s head/“universe”.... nuanced treatment of the delicate back and forth of a couple who has divorced but still cares bout one another. These key elements are lost on the podcasters, who seem to exhibit no empathy or compassion , possibly due to a limited life experience which is all too often in front of a screen or ... well, not another living thing- just a guess?

I might add - I loved the second section of this story- drumming and dancing. I’ve rarely if ever seen expressed this detail of the diversity of human experience- so cavalierly written off as unimportant by the podcasters. King loves music and gets the significance of a person that can let go of their convictions enough to fall into the rhythm with a full body expression, regardless of who may be watching. Section two of this novella tells a story of joy, the true opposite of horror; King offers this story to give more weight and poignancy to the terror of a world (chuck) coming to an end.

Maybe I’m a snob, but I treat King as literature worthy of real literary analysis. These podsters give a shallow and harsh look at a defenseless artist whom they bash as a means to prop themselves up to feel better about their own ignominious subsistence. Critical analysis is always welcome, but the vapid, self-indulgent, threadbare hot air found herein... no, thank you.

Dearest podcasters: If all you’re looking for is shock value, just read the tabloids. King is offering an evolving point of view and inquiry into what reality may be.

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