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Everything Stephen King, from Carrie to The Institute, from the novels to the short stories, from the small screen to the big screen. Each month we take a deep dive into one book from the bibliography of the King of horror fiction, while also charting the byways of King's forays into other genres (The Dark Tower series, On Writing etc) and also casting an eye on the many TV and film adaptations of King's work.

Recorded live from the UEA media suite, Richard Sheppard interviews writers, academics, superfans and anyone with a passion for the work of Stephen King.

The Constant Reader Podcast - The Canon of Stephen King Richard Sheppard

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Everything Stephen King, from Carrie to The Institute, from the novels to the short stories, from the small screen to the big screen. Each month we take a deep dive into one book from the bibliography of the King of horror fiction, while also charting the byways of King's forays into other genres (The Dark Tower series, On Writing etc) and also casting an eye on the many TV and film adaptations of King's work.

Recorded live from the UEA media suite, Richard Sheppard interviews writers, academics, superfans and anyone with a passion for the work of Stephen King.

    Episode 19 - Doctor Sleep w/Alex Grass

    Episode 19 - Doctor Sleep w/Alex Grass

    Apologies for the wait on this one, thanks for your patience. We will be returning to our celebration of Epix TV's Chapelwaite soon, but for now I was luck enough to sit down with Alex Grass, author of Dreck, about addiction, the writing life, and Stephen King's novel Doctor Sleep. 

    Alex is a fascinating chap, and a fine writer, and I urge you to seek out his work here.

    Thanks to Goran Grmusa at the Dickinson Publishing Group for facilitating this interview.

    Back to Chapelwaite soon, and in the coming weeks I will be talking to Evan Lampe of the Hundred Pages podcast about the original short story, as well as talking to Steph Mckenna (The Thirst, Evolution of Horror) about the TV series.

    This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by "The Mad Professor" Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com or find us on instagram at /the_constant_reader_podcast/


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    Episode 18 - Chapelwaite Special w/Peter Filardi

    Episode 18 - Chapelwaite Special w/Peter Filardi

    We begin a month long appreciation of the newest Stephen King adaptation, EPIX TV's Chapelwaite. Based on the short story Jerusalem's Lot from the Night Shift anthology, Chapelwaite stars Adrien Brody, Emily Hampshire and genre favorite Julian Richings. Mixing in elements of the short story with mythology established in the novel Salem's Lot, this is a gothic treat for all fans of haunted houses, period drama and well made television.

    I was lucky enough to sit down and talk with series co-creator Peter Filardi about the show, how it came to be, and what might be the future for Chapelwaite.

    https://www.epix.com/series/chapelwaite

    In the coming weeks I will be talking to Evan Lampe of the Hundred Pages podcast about the original short story, as well as talking to Steph Mckenna (The Thirst, Evolution of Horror) about the TV series. 

    This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by "The Mad Professor" Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com or find us on instagram at /the_constant_reader_podcast/


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    Episode Seventeen - Pennywise's Revenge and the Return to Derry w/Andy Stanton

    Episode Seventeen - Pennywise's Revenge and the Return to Derry w/Andy Stanton

    A book as big as 'It' can't be covered in just one episode, and the response we had to the last episode, and my guest Andy Stanton, was so positive that we have decided to make the return trip to Derry. One correspondent asked why we hadn't covered Pennywise much, or Bill Denborough, which sounded like a valid critique. So, Andy kindly agreed to come back and discuss Maine's scariest clown and Stuttering Bill, as well as a bunch of other loose ends.

    Andy Stanton is an author who lives in North London. He studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. This stroke of good luck put him on the road to fame and fortune as the creator of Mr Gum, an anarchic curmudgeon in a series of best-selling children's books. Very apt that he would choose to talk about King’s best book about children, growing up and facing monsters,



    This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by "The Mad Professor" Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com or find us on instagram at /the_constant_reader_podcast/


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    Episode Sixteen - The Dark Half w/James Smythe

    Episode Sixteen - The Dark Half w/James Smythe

    James Smythe is the winner of the Wales Fiction Book of the Year 2013, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014. He is the author of, amongst other things, The Machine, The Explorer, No Harm Can Come To A Good Man, and the Australia trilogy, a series for Young Adult readers. More importantly for us at The Constant Reader Podcast, he is also a huge Stephen King fan, and his column in the Guardian detailing his epic journey to re-read and review King's back catalogue was a constant source of debate and interest. You can find more about it here, and you can buy his books here. 

    I really enjoyed talking to James, he's as passionate about King as you could hope for, and his dissection of The Dark Half is very perceptive. As a writer himself, James has an interesting take on what he believes is one of King's most personal novels.

    This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by "The Mad Professor" Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com or find us on instagram at /the_constant_reader_podcast/


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    Episode Fifteen - It w/Andy Stanton

    Episode Fifteen - It w/Andy Stanton

    Hi, welcome back to the Constant Reader Podcast, with me your host, Richard Sheppard. 

    Last month’s guest, the mighty Paul Tremblay has recently re-released two of his earlier novels, The Little Sleep and No Sleep Til Wonderland through Titan publishing. They’re wonderful stuff, very offbeat, and will that great Titan design that I love.

    The Firestarter film will officially commencing filming in Ontario next month, with Zac Efron in the lead. Stephen King has sent them a message of love, so we’ll see how it turns out. There is certainly a great film somewhere in the novel.

    Other than that, not much news. Later has come out from Hard Case Crime, and we’re looking forward to discussing that on the show soon. Lisey’s Story is still coming out at the beginning of June on apple TV, and I’m definitely going to be talking about that adaptation of one of my least favourite king novels over the Summer.

    But now, to today’s guest. Andy Stanton is an author who lives in North London. He studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. This stroke of good luck put him on the road to fame and fortune as the creator of Mr Gum, an anarchic curmudgeon in a series of best-selling children's books. Apt that we should talk about King’s best book about children, growing up and facing monsters, I suppose.

    As you can probably tell from the running time, Andy is passionate, verbose, funny and incisive, so I took the opportunity to speak to him a little longer than usual. This is a real deep dive, so take out hands as we explore the darker side of Derry Maine.

    A massive thank you to Stephen L Parkes, who was responsible for editing this behemoth. He’s the best in the business.

    This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by Professor Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com or find us on instagram at /the_constant_reader_podcast/


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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Episode Fourteen - The Dead Zone w/Paul Tremblay

    Episode Fourteen - The Dead Zone w/Paul Tremblay

    Very excited to speaking to one of the most exciting writers of fiction in this episode. Paul Tremblay is the author of A Head Full of Ghosts, Disappearance at Devil's Rock, Survivor Song and many others. His new book, an omnibus edition of The Little Sleep and No Sleep til Wonderland is out on the 6th April, and available here from Titan Books.

    He's also a fan of Stephen Kings, and he and discuss King's 1979 novel The Dead Zone, a piece of work that resonates with us both, and has fascinating connections to King's other work and our current political world.  

    This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by Professor Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com or find us on instagram at /the_constant_reader_podcast/


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    • 40 min

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Good podcast delving into the King

While in it’s infant stage, the podcast is aimed at towards higher grounds. If you like Stephen King, his work, and the militia of adaptations, you’ll want to check this podcast out.

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