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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, acade ...
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Our fever for The Stand has gone full blown this month, as we finish our epic conversation with Andy Stanton. We discuss the mutations of The Stand, from the graphic novels to the miniseries and touching on the forthcoming The End of the World as We Know It, a collection of short stories set in the world of Captain Trips with contributions from pas…
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Lindsey Anderson Beer's 2023 prequel to the 2019 reboot of Pet Sematary got something of a kicking by most critics on its release. There are the bones of a good film in their somewhere though, and the look and the soundtrack of the film, plus an eclectic cast, make it an interesting curio if nothing else. Joining me to discuss it is N.P. Cunniffe, …
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We're back (again) after a long hiatus, but what a return. One of the most listened to episodes of this podcast were the two-part epic discussions between me and Andy Stanton a few years ago. We both kicked around the idea of a rematch, and what other book could we cover but the 1990 edition of Stephen King's The Stand? Whilst other podcasts displa…
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We unearth a real curio in the King canon today, as the teleplay for Sorry, Right Number gets a good grilling. Originally filmed as part of the Tales From The Darkside television series, the teleplay was then reproduced in the 1993 short story collection, Nightmares and Dreamscapes. My guest and I discuss how much of this is autobiography, how much…
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It should be unsurprising that Stephen King, as the world's most popular writer, should have such a pervasive presence online. More than any other author, the number of his fan-sites is in the thousands. However, only one fan-site has achieved the kind of dominance that Lilja's Library has. Indeed, it is a resource in producing this podcast every m…
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Daphné Baiwir is the writer and director of a new documentary, Stephen King on Screen. When I read the description of the documentary, I knew I had to talk to her. She has assembled not only a list of filmmakers and fans (including previous guest Tom Holland) that promise real insight, but it opens with an easter-egg filled introduction that will h…
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I had the pleasure of being a guest on Kim C's podcast, The Year of Underrated Stephen King, a few months ago. It was such a fun, lively conversation, and Kim C was such a knowledgeable, charming host that I took the liberty of inviting her to come on the Constant Reader Podcast to discuss the monolithic 11.22.63. It was a pleasure to dive back int…
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I am joined by Ally Wilkes on an expedition very few Stephen King fans will forget - into the heart of darkness and autocannibalism in Survivor Type. This grisly morsel was the grossout highlight of King's collection Skeleton Crew. It was recently turned into an animated episode of Shudder's Creepshow to pretty good effect. Once read, this one isn'…
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This month we take a look at the torments of the writing process through the lens of Rob Reiner's 1990 adaptation of 1987 King novel Misery. Like last month's Shawshank Redemption it was a favourite of critics and audiences alike, mainly due to the bravura performances of James Caan and Kathy Bates. Joining me to talk about it is screenwriter and f…
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Apologies for the hiatus, now back at full strength and we have a full slate of episodes for 2023 lined up, including some TBC guests making their own Stephen King adaptations, as well as some of the geniuses behind some big-name books and TV shows, plus fellow podcasters from within the Stephen King podcasting community. James Michels is a great g…
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Isaac Thorne is a man with a serious imagination. Hell Spring, his most recent novel contains (amongst much else) a killer Marilyn Monroe, cataclysmic floods, self-mutilation, time travel and monstrous phalluses. Who better to investigate one of King's more off-kilter, leftfield novels, the fantasy epic The Eyes of the Dragon? We discuss this charm…
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PLEASE LIKE, RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS FROM Please note that we discuss the publication of Lauren's new book Death Lines at length, as well as its original publication date. That date has now been pushed back, but I urge you all to go here and pre-order a copy now! In this episode we venture into S…
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Still having a few issues with Zencastr, so this is another Skype special. Audio quality doesn't dictate guest quality, however, and talking to Sean Hogan was a blast. We discuss King's old-school ghost story, Bag of Bones, and how the gothic and the modern turn into an underrated King tour-de-force. I was a huge fan of Sean's book England's Scream…
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Back after a brief sabbatical, we pick up our deep-diving trawl through Stephen King's oeuvre with one of my new favourite writers, Matt Wesolowski. Here's some blurb: - "Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror f…
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Much gratitude to Julia Marchese of the Horror Movie Survival Guide and the director and guiding light behind the forthcoming 'Dollar Baby' adaptation of Stephen King's shot story I Know What You Need. Together Julia and I battled technical difficulties (after my interview with Stewart O Nan I think I might be jinxed, or at least have gremlins in t…
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Duma Key, an epic of recovery, talent, murderous secrets and the Florida Keys gets a deep dive today. I was recently a guest on the SFF Chrons podcast hosted by fan of the show Dan Jones and co-hosted by today's guest, Christopher Bean. Duma Key hits hard for Christopher, in ways that we discuss in depth on this episode. Thanks to Christopher for c…
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Stewart O'Nan's new book, Ocean State, has recently been released in the United States to wide acclaim. However, today we are going to look at one of his earlier books - 2001's The Speed Queen. In a change from our usual format, this isn't a book or an adaptation of a Stephen King text, but instead a novel that uses Stephen King as a character. Kin…
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The return of author, columnist, minister and podcaster Peter Laws to the podcast, taking a dive into the George Romero/Stephen King collaboration Creepshow (1982). We take part each episode of this mixed bag of gory tales, touching upon George Romero's career, soundtrack obsessives, the beast within and the cockroaches in the wall. Peter can be fo…
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Buyer beware in Castle Rock, as Leland Gaunt only wants a little of your money, and all of your soul. Stephen King's 1994 novel Needful Things gets a dismantling with returning guest Dan Jones. One of our mutual favourites, and one of the stories that signposted the interesting development King's work would take in the 1990s, as he starts to leave …
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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 se…
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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 …
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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 co…
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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 …
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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 Firesta…
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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…
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Very excited to talk to author, producer, editor and all round good-egg Richard Chizmar for this episode. We got to ask him not only about working with Stephen King on Gwendy's Button Box, but also his own formidable body of work, which includes the sequel Gwendy's Magic Feather and the forthcoming Chasing the Boogeyman. We also talk about the next…
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Today's guest, Helena Bacon, is an academic, a teacher and a writer. We discuss Stephen King's 2014 novel Revival, one of (in my opinion) King's most beautifully written stories, with one of the nastiest endings. How does it relate to Arthur Machen, HP Lovecraft and the Old Gods of weird fiction? Find out in this conversation..... This episode was …
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Mike Muncer is a guest we have wanted to get on the podcast for a while. His podcast, the long-running The Evolution of Horror, was a major inspiration on The Constant Reader Podcast, and it remains a constant source of erudition and joy to a lot of horror fans. We chose to talk about David Cronenberg's 1983 adaptation of the Dead Zone, dovetailing…
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A deep dive into John Carpenter's 1983 adaptation of Stephen King's Christine, with the wonderful Lee Gambin. Like ghost stories? Our sister podcast, Hallowed Histories, is hosting an online screening of A Pleasant Terror: The Life and Ghost of M.R. James, a documentary profiling the life and career of England's master of the ghost story. The scree…
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A departure for us this month, as we take a look at a thoroughly modern King novel, 2016's The Outsider. Also, our guest, Adam De Collibus is a newcomer to Stephen King. What did he make of his first foray into the world of the master? And is The Outsider the best or worst place to start?? We talk it all through, and discuss Adam's fascinating nove…
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Very excited to speak to Peter Laws this month, covering the 1983 novella Cycle of the Werewolf and the 1985 adaptation Silver Bullet. As a Baptist minister, part-time werewolf hunter and full-time horror genre fan, Peter is ideally placed to discuss this genuine oddity in the King canon. We cover Bernie Wrightson's beautiful illustrations, the dif…
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Host Richard Sheppard and guest Dan Jones look under the hood of Stephen King's 1983 novel, Christine. On the surface a rip-roaring, high-octane story about a killer Plymouth Fury, yet underneath the flashy paint job is a meditation on first love, high school politics, busted family dynamics and friendship. Dan Jones is the author of Man o' War, pu…
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Very happy to have the legendary Tom Holland on the podcast, speaking to us from the United States. We discuss his new book The Notch (links below, buy it, it's a corker), the controversial ending of Thinner, and his life in the film industry including how his first job was to write a sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Plus, Tom gives us some gre…
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We take our first steps down the long and winding road that leads us to Stephen King's magnum opus, The Dark Tower. Joining Dark Tower-sceptic Richard Sheppard is our special guest, archivist and guide Ben Craske. We talk Roland, Walter O'Dim, gunslinging in the USA and barely talk about the film adaptation at all. Promise. Ben's project, Local Rec…
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We continue our look at all things Pet Sematary with an interview with author, academic and festival organiser Dr Linda Sheppard. Wooden acting, cheesy visual FX and blundered writing aside, there's a lot to enjoy about these two films, as we find out. We look at how the shift from Gage to Ellie in the 2019 version puts a very different spin on the…
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Edward Parnell is the author of The Listeners (2014 Rethink New Novels Prize Winner) and 2019's Ghostland (‘a wonderfully evocative book, creating a sense of place and invoking the power of literature and nature.’ The Guardian). He joins host Richard Sheppard in the studio to discuss the haunted world of Louis Creed, a young doctor who has bought a…
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This episode we check out of the Overlook Hotel with a look at 1997's The Shining Miniseries and 2012's Room 237. Joining host Richard Sheppard is film critic and scholar Craig Appleby, and together they discuss sometimes interesting, often misfiring epic TV version of Stephen King's novel. Lime-green CGI animals meet a likeable version of Jack Tor…
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The Constant Viewer podcast turns its eyes on Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of The Shining. This is one of the icons of the horror cinema, and to do it justice we got in film reviewer and genre expert Vincent M. Gaine to wield the scalpel as we dissect this masterpiece. We also take time to check Dr Sleep's temperature, and look how Mike Flanag…
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This month we are joined by academic, writer, actor and broadcaster Richard J Hand. Richard is the lead writer on The Poe Radio Theatre out of Baltimore, episodes of which can be found on NPR or through apple podcasts. Today he joins to to discuss The Shining, King's third novel which the set the bar for haunted house stories in the twentieth centu…
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A trio of Salem’s Lot adaptations to trawl through, from Tobe Hooper’s iconic miniseries all the way to 2004’s mood-laden TV series. Co-hosted by UEA’s Bad Film Society’s Craig Appleby. Contact us on theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com--- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/theconstantreaderpodcast/message…
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Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, not only conquered the 'difficult second book' syndrome with style, it went down in culture as THE modern vampire novel. I was lucky enough to sit down with Steph McKenna from the Thirst Podcast and the National Writer's Centre, as we sink our teeth into the Middlemarch of horror fiction.Apologies to Steph …
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Richard Sheppard is joined by UEA's Bad Film Society's Craig Appleby to take a look at four different adaptations of Stephen King's Carrie. From Spacek to Grace-Moretz, and all points in between, we cover the highs and lows (looking at you, The Rage: Carrie 2) of bringing King's debut novel to the screen. Contact us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmai…
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We kick off the Constant Reader Podcast with an in-depth look at Stephen King's bloodstained debut, 1974's Carrie. We look at the Gothic roots of a very modern tale, the sexual politics and the political paranoia of the time that turned Carrie into a worldwide hit and sent Stephen King on a career trajectory that would see him become the world's be…
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