Welcome to Radio Free Mid-World, a podcast examination of the Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King. Every other week, a panel of hosts will discuss these books that merge fantasy, sci-fi, and western themes... outlining the quest of the last Gunslinger to reach the Dark Tower.
Episode 58: Everything's Eventual
Even joins me to talk about the short story "Everything's Eventual", which introduces the unwitting psychic assassin Dinky Earnshaw. Some bad dialogue aside, this Dark Tower side story is tightly written, and does a great job at inducing both paranoia and impostor syndrome.
Episode 57: It: Chapter 2
This week, Gwen joins me to talk about the sequel to the 2017 "It" film. This continues the story with an all new cast of grown up Losers returning to Derry to stop Pennywise once and for all. While we have some problems with the pacing, there are some really neat ideas going on here, along with some inspired casting.
Episode 56: The Dark Tower, "The Little Red King"
Jeremy Greer joins me to observe the birth of Mordred Deschain, and the deaths of Mother Mia and Father Callahan. This section of the book feels like the proper end to Song of Susannah, as our diminished ka-tet risks everything to reunite back in All-World.
Episode 55: The Talisman
Zack Johnson joins me to talk about The Talisman, Stephen King's 1984 collaboration with Peter Straub that acts as a rough draft for many concepts in The Dark Tower saga. Jack is a young boy learns that the world has a dual nature. He's given a mission to venture to California, shifting back and forth between America and the Territories, to retrieve the Talisman and save his mother's life. To bad his uncle is standing in his way.
Episode 54: Song of Susannah, Stanzas 11-13
Autumn Greer joins me once more to finish out this book, which climaxes with Eddie and Roland wandering into the Maine home of Stephen King himself to learn about the cosmic stakes of the novel they star in. Meanwhile, Jake and Callahan accidentally cause 9/11 and Susannah is carted into the Dixie Pig to give birth.
It's a weird book.
Episode 53: Song of Susannah, Stanzas 7-10
Autumn Greer joins me once more to talk about the middle portion of Song of Susannah, which follows the adventures of Eddie and Roland in Maine in 1977. They arrive in the middle of an ambush organized by the forces of the Crimson King, and face down a completely contemptible Calvin Tower, who is more than ready to renege on his deal. Meanwhile, Susannah and Detta squeeze more answers out of a reticent Mia who is also in denial.
Great companion to the Dark Tower if you are reading them along with the podcast. Also good if you read it before like me and just want a refresher without reading all the books again.
Listen my ka-tet
Hello, I’m late to these podcasts but they are awesome. A coworker steered me to them when he saw my “All things serve the Beam” lunch bag. My only criticism is that you all need
to stop apologizing for the dated language from the 60s 70s 80s. We all know it’s not you guys saying these things. Al in all keep up the great work. Thank ye Sai.
Late to the party.
I think this is great. New to the duck feed stuff but I’m loving it