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Founded in 2017, The Losers’ Club® is a bi-weekly podcast for Constant Readers of Stephen King to dig deep into his oeuvre and the myriad TV, film, print, and stage adaptations of his work. The series is hosted by pop culture writers Randall Colburn, Justin Gerber, Dan Caffrey, McKenzie Gerber, Mel Kassel, Aiysha Gatson, Dan Pfleegor, Rachel Reeves, Jenn Adams, and Michael Roffman, who gather together to read between the pages.

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    • 4.6 • 846 Ratings

Founded in 2017, The Losers’ Club® is a bi-weekly podcast for Constant Readers of Stephen King to dig deep into his oeuvre and the myriad TV, film, print, and stage adaptations of his work. The series is hosted by pop culture writers Randall Colburn, Justin Gerber, Dan Caffrey, McKenzie Gerber, Mel Kassel, Aiysha Gatson, Dan Pfleegor, Rachel Reeves, Jenn Adams, and Michael Roffman, who gather together to read between the pages.

    Chelsea Stardust on The Losers Book Club (Patreon Clip)

    Chelsea Stardust on The Losers Book Club (Patreon Clip)

    Here's a preview of our all-new Patreon exclusive episode that finds the Losers speaking to filmmaker and producer Chelsea Stardust (Satanic Panic, Into the Dark), who weighs in on her own book club: The Losers Book Club. She also discusses her newfound love for the Master of Horror, tips on how to start your own book club, and stacks of horror recommendations to watch. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content.


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    • 6 min
    Mick Garris' Desperation Miniseries

    Mick Garris' Desperation Miniseries

    The Losers grab some popcorn, turn on ABC, and revisit Mick Garris' 2006 miniseries adaptation of Desperation. Together, they discuss Ron Perlman’s scene-stealing performance, the defanging of God, a child actor tasked with an impossible role, and arguably the most baffling epilogue of all time. Fun fact: The three-hour television event features a number of familiar faces in King's Dominion, particularly Tom Skerritt (The Dead Zone), Steven Weber (The Shining), Matt Frewer (The Stand), and Henry Thomas (Doctor Sleep).


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    • 2 hr 5 min
    Needful Things Director Fraser C. Heston Returns to Castle Rock (Patreon Clip)

    Needful Things Director Fraser C. Heston Returns to Castle Rock (Patreon Clip)

    Here's a preview of our all-new Patreon exclusive episode that finds the Losers speaking to Needful Things director Fraser C. Heston about the 1993 adaptation of Stephen King's Castle Rock epic. Together, they discuss the majesty of British Columbia, the star-studded cast, the fine folks of Castle Rock Entertainment, and whether or not the story deserves a new miniseries. What's more, Heston is currently promoting the 65th anniversary 4K release of The Ten Commandments and shares some stories of his father. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content.

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    • 10 min
    Later

    Later

    Check it, there's a dead guy over there. He's talking to us. His mouth and his words don't match up entirely, but if you just listen, he's not hard to follow. Get used to it. They're everywhere. The dead. And they have a lot to say before they're gone forever.

    The Losers have left the West and have returned to the East Coast as they make their way back to Maine. Along the way, they visit New York City and stop by The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind to pick up Stephen King's new hardboiled crime novel, Later. 

    Join Losers Randall Colburn, Michael Roffman, McKenzie Gerber, and Rachel Reeves as they discuss the new rules of the dead, the book's ties to King's Dominion, and whether or not the twist works or flops. Note: This was first released three weeks ago via Patreon.

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    • 2 hr 51 min
    The Ties That Bind Desperation and The Regulators

    The Ties That Bind Desperation and The Regulators

    The sun is setting and the Losers make one last stop to examine Stephen King's Desperation and Richard Bachman's The Regulators. Already, we've mined themes of religion, addiction, and authority in the Nevada desert and powered through cathartic writing, television, and violence in the suburbs of Ohio. What a long, strange trip it's been, and it's about to get even stranger, if you can believe that.

    Join Losers Randall Colburn, Jenn Adams, Dan Pfleegor, and Ana Marie Cox as they conclude their series on King's great twinning experiment. They'll discuss the benefits to writing as Bachman and the emotional core of this darker style. Is King funny? Would we read his published laundry list? Why is Richard Bachman so mad? All these questions and more will be answered as we discuss the author and his pseudonym.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Regulators

    The Regulators

    It’s summertime in suburbia and the Losers find themselves on an idyllic street in Wentworth, Ohio. But there’s a storm on the way. And an ominous van at the corner. The neighbors seem alright, maybe a little mean, ut we have the strangest feeling we’ve met them before. 

    In another world?

    Join Losers Randall Colburn, Jenn Adams, Dan Pfleegor, and Ana Marie Cox as they sort through Richard Bachman’s take on tragedy, religion, and TV in 1996's The Regulators. Together, they’ll discuss King’s angry pseudonym, problematic prose, cartoon monsters, and the scariest thing to ever happen while eating honey. 

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    • 2 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
846 Ratings

846 Ratings

DominickDominick ,

Good Podcast For King Fans

The Loser’s Club Podcast is a very laid back informative look at King’s work. The cast is great and the conversation is light hearted but also interesting and critical. Definitely recommend to all King fans.

My one criticism would be that they can sometimes get off track. In the “Bag of Bones” episodes they sometimes answer questions that are not King related, which is fine because it’s only one or two an episode. But they spend to long on a non-King related subject every so often.

A thing that I see people point to as to why they dislike this podcast is that the cast is too negative about King’s new work / some of his older work, which doesn’t make sense to me. Criticizing things you love doesn’t come out of a place of hate but of wanting it to be better and the best it can be. What is the point in talking about things you like if you can’t look at it with a critical eye?

grammarphone ,

A Great Pod, a Good Time.

I've listened off and on almost since the start of the podcast. All the hosts bring unique perspectives to King's work, and they have an easy rapport that keeps me coming back. While some of the hosts present critiques of the books and movies through various lenses, this isn't an academic podcast, and is ultimately a group of folks getting together to talk about all the good, the bad, and the terrifying found in the work of Stephen King. If you can truck with that, then throw on your headphones, grab a slice of pound cake, and let The Losers take you on a tour of King's Dominion.

CubeFlexin ,

So much potential

So much potential for this podcast. There is so much to like and love about it but unfortunately they often let their political views alienate half of their audience. They all believe the same thing so they sit around congratulating each other on their political and religious views anytime there is a slight thread to The works of King. Specifically I can remember really looking forward to listening to the Dead Zone episode. I should have known better with the political background of the book. I couldn’t get through the first 5 minutes before giving up. If you are going to use this podcast as a political platform at least have someone with a differing viewpoint.

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