17 episodes

Join author Allison Dickson as she puts her fascination with the weird, morbid, and macabre out on the airwaves with a wide array of topics ranging from art to true crime. Each season represents a deep dive into a particular subject, meaning the sky is the limit, so long as it's dark. Featuring some of her favorite people as recurring cohosts, there will be no shortage of information and fun.

Ding Dong Darkness Time Allison Dickson

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Join author Allison Dickson as she puts her fascination with the weird, morbid, and macabre out on the airwaves with a wide array of topics ranging from art to true crime. Each season represents a deep dive into a particular subject, meaning the sky is the limit, so long as it's dark. Featuring some of her favorite people as recurring cohosts, there will be no shortage of information and fun.

    S2E9: The Stand -- Reading and Writing About A Pandemic During One

    S2E9: The Stand -- Reading and Writing About A Pandemic During One

    This week Allison sits down with post-apocalyptic fiction author David Kazzie to discuss what is largely considered Stephen King's most epic and consequential work, The Stand. Apart from talking about the story's origins, we consider how it holds up in the current era. What's it like lining up a fictional pandemic against a real one? How does King manage to make such a story originally crafted in 1978 (and revised and expanded in 1990) feel so relatable to the tumultuous events of today?

    Additional Info:
    David Kazzie's Website: https://davidkazzie.com/
    David Kazzie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidkazzieauthor/
    The Stand Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stand

    Credits:
    Show Art -- Nathaniel Dickson http://ndickson.com
    Music -- Spencer Morelock

    Ding Dong Darkness Time Media:
    Twitter: @dddarknesstime
    Instagram: dddarknesstime
    Gmail: dddarknesstime@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 30 min
    S2E8: The Shawshank Redemption -- This is a Global Tel Link Prepaid Call From...Andy Dufresne

    S2E8: The Shawshank Redemption -- This is a Global Tel Link Prepaid Call From...Andy Dufresne

    This week's Stephen King discussion intersects with our love of true crime. And because our special guest, Kate Jenkins, happens to be a lawyer, we wasted no opportunity to discuss one of our favorite novellas and movies in the realm of an actual murder case. Would Andy Dufresne have actually been convicted of the double murder that sent him to Shawshank State Prison? Could he have ever had his conviction overturned on appeal?

    Not only that, but we also use this amazing novella and film to discuss how it forces us to reflect on aspects of criminal justice, prisoner rehabilitation and institutionalization, compassion, and what it says about the Judeo-Christian values that shape our society.

    Okay, also we pick which of our celebrity crushes would be on the poster that covers the tunnel we'd be digging out of our prison cells. Really, we run the full gamut here.

    Additional Information:

    Chris's Podcast, 80s High: https://the80shigh.podbean.com/
    Ear Hustle Podcast -- Stories of prison life: https://www.earhustlesq.com/
    Shawshank Redemption Movie Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shawshank_Redemption
    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Novella Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Hayworth_and_Shawshank_Redemption

    Show Credits:

    Artwork: Nathaniel Dickson http://ndickson.com
    Music: Spencer Morelock

    • 1 hr 55 min
    S2E7: The Body Part 2 -- Big Goocher Energy

    S2E7: The Body Part 2 -- Big Goocher Energy

    In the second part of our episode on The Body and Stand By Me, Allison, Chris, and Kate dive to the depths of the emotional core of this tale and all its characters, as well as rehash some of its best moments and how they resonated with us on a personal level.

    How did Rob Reiner get such great performances out of his young actors? How can it be that a parent who completely ignores you is almost worse than one who hits you? What is Emotional Carbonation? Wait... Kiefer Sutherland is how tall?

    All those answers and more await you in this episode!

    Additional Info:

    Chris's Podcast, 80s High:  https://the80shigh.podbean.com/
    Stand by Me IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092005/
    Different Seasons Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Different_Seasons

    Credits:

    Show Art: Nathaniel Dickson http://ndickson.com
    Show Music: Spencer Morelock

    • 55 min
    S2E6: The Body Part 1 -- I Brought the Comb!

    S2E6: The Body Part 1 -- I Brought the Comb!

    This week, Allison, Chris, and special guest Kate Jenkins set out on a journey to explore Stephen King's best known coming of age tale, The Body, as well as the Rob Reiner film adaptation, Stand By Me.

    Although it's set in 1959 rural Maine, a very different world from today, this story seems to resonate through the ages, and we're here to pick apart all the reasons why. This is part one of a two part discussion, so be sure to come back for the conclusion!

    “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”

    Additional Info:

    Chris's Podcast, 80s High:  https://the80shigh.podbean.com/
    Stand by Me IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092005/
    Different Seasons Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Different_Seasons

    Credits:

    Show Art: Nathaniel Dickson http://ndickson.com
    Show Music: Spencer Morelock

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S2E5: Pet Sematary Part 2 -- Sometimes Dead is Better

    S2E5: Pet Sematary Part 2 -- Sometimes Dead is Better

    Picking right back up where we left off in Part 1 (please listen to that one first if you haven't!), Allison and James D.F. Hannah delve into the darkest and most horrific parts of Stephen King's novel, Pet Sematary. And then things lighten up a tad when they discuss Mary Lambert's 1989 film adaptation, which gets about as much wrong as it does right. We're not saying James has it out for Dale Midkiff, but we're also not NOT saying it...

    James DF Hannah on Amazon -- https://www.amazon.com/James-D.F.-Hannah/e/B01A9QHA84%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

    Pet Sematary Wiki -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Sematary

    The Monkey's Paw -- https://americanliterature.com/author/w-w-jacobs/short-story/the-monkeys-paw

    Credits:

    Show Graphics -- Nathaniel Dickson http://ndickson.com
    Show Music -- Spencer Morelock

    • 1 hr 32 min
    S2E4: Pet Sematary Part 1 -- The Soil of a Man's Heart is Stonier

    S2E4: Pet Sematary Part 1 -- The Soil of a Man's Heart is Stonier

    This week, crime author James D.F. Hannah comes on to discuss Stephen King's most terrifying novel, Pet Sematary, a book that King himself thinks was too dark, even for him.

    We introduce the Creed family, and their friendly neighbors across the very dangerous road, and we discuss King's overall meditation on family, secrets, death, and grief. And much like the book itself, we dose you with a small spoonful of the unimaginable darkness to come in the second half. But nothing will compare to the full journey to the end of this harrowing beast of a tale.

    Part 2 will be up very soon after, so you won't have to wait too long!

    Additional Info:

    James DF Hannah on Amazon -- https://www.amazon.com/James-D.F.-Hannah/e/B01A9QHA84%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

    Pet Sematary Wiki -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Sematary

    The Monkey's Paw -- https://americanliterature.com/author/w-w-jacobs/short-story/the-monkeys-paw

    Credits:

    Show Graphics -- Nathaniel Dickson http://ndickson.com
    Show Music -- Spencer Morelock

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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Prosecutors Podcast ,

Premier podcast for the strange and unusual

If like me you are interested in deep dive discussions into supernatural legends surrounding the arts, this is the place to go. You'll learn a lot and you'll laugh the whole time. Season 1 was a wonderful dive into architecture, music, painting and the mysteries that surround some of the more esoteric examples thereof. Season 2 is a deep dive into the work of Stephen King. It's the best new podcast out there, and I tell everyone I know to listen.

Annmarie3146 ,

This has become a new favorite podcast of mine

I love the deep dives this podcast does on the topics in each episode. I love the guest podcasters and the additional depth they bring to the show. I am especially loving the deep dives into Stephen King works. Allison has a soothing voice that draws the listener in. I’m looking forward to future episodes!

Nunya43 ,

Great podcast for fans of the spooky and dark

Listened to three episodes so far, and even when the content is dark and disturbing, Allison and her co-hosts make it entertaining and fun to listen to. Some episodes aren’t that disturbing - the architecture one, for example is more informative in my book!- but the element of darkness is there and makes you want to dive into researching more of what could be included in future episodes.

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