Tag Archives: Stephen King

Supercontext: Stephen King’s The Gunslinger

A novel that took Stephen King 12.5 years to write is now a major franchise. But what was it like when fans (and retailers) were rabid for more? Did King have a “responsibility” to them? And why didn’t he plot his fantasy world… instead of writing it by the seat of his pants? 

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Supercontext: The Shining — All the Way

Together with guest Jack Bennett we compare and contrast all 3 versions of The Shining: Stephen King’s novel, Stanley Kubrick’s film and ABC’s television mini-series. What does this horror tale of alcoholism and domestic violence say about redemption and narcissism?

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Supercontext: M.R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

In our 2016 holiday episode we look at the forgotten Christmas Eve tradition of telling ghost stories. M.R. James’ work from over a hundred years ago best represents this Victorian trend, so in his honor we bring horror to academia and safe spaces.

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Supercontext: John Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy”

Filmmaker John Carpenter describes The Thing, Prince of Darkness, and In the Mouth of Madness as his “Apocalypse Trilogy.” With the expertise of special guest Jack Bennett, we aim to find out why. It may have something to do with cosmic horror, nihilism, misanthropy and the futility of human existence.

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