Maya is a Stephen King superfan who's been reading his books and noting connections between them for 20 years (casually, at first, then obsessively). Join her and her startled friends as they wade through the endless King universe and how it's alllll connected.
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Maya sits down with her buddy Matt Hartman, who does not like dark or upsetting things, to discuss The Running Man, one of Stephen King's most dark and upsetting novels. Listen to learn all about the origin of King's alter ego Richard Bachman, the different kinds of horror, and whether audio books or physical books are better for humanity. There was also a lot of president talk in this episode, which thankfully got mostly cut out. Sorry if we accidentally left in anything about presidents.
Links you might want after listening:
The difference between inevitable, inexorable, and ineluctable: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-inevitable-inexorable-and-ineluctable
Matt's podcast, TLDR Daily: https://anchor.fm/tldrdaily
You've probably noticed that there's kind of a lot of Stephen King movies happening right now... but this is the one you should actually watch. Join Maya, her husband, and special guest The Wolfman as they discuss The Flanopticon (that's what we call the cinematic universe of director Mike Flanagan), the many connections Doctor Sleep has to The Shining (both movies AND both books), and all the reasons why if you think this wasn't a good movie you are wrong.
Some more things for you:
Proof that Maya's mom invented slash fiction: fanlore.org/wiki/The_Halkan_Council
Love Erik? Check out his podcast at anchor.fm/frankanderik.
Love The Wolfman? You can find his movie reviews at thewolfmancometh.com.
It's unclear whose idea it was to read this particular book, but Maya and her pals Ana (a writer, and also a Stephen King first-timer!) and Duncan (a normally reasonable person who unforgivably quit The Dark Tower halfway through) read it, and now you have the chance to learn a lot about everything from baseball to shit weasels. Plus, as it turns out, this story is much more than a coming-of-age story about a little girl lost in the woods... or is it?
Sidenote: duh, tragic endings, how could I forget about Running Man!!! Let me know if you can think of any other good ones! You can always email me or send in a voice message at anchor.fm/derry-connection.
Buzzfeed's Louis Peitzman recently decided to watch EVERY single Stephen King adaptation and rank them all in order of worst to best. He patiently explains his strategy and defends his decisions to Maya, who has a lot of questions and, predictably, some unsolicited and uneducated opinions. Look, if nothing else we can all agree that Shawshank is the greatest movie ever made. Right? WE CAN'T?!
All 60 Stephen King adaptations ranked: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/louispeitzman/stephen-king-movie-adaptation-ranking
The Stephen King musical: http://www.ghostbrothersofdarklandcounty.com/
Louis's interview with Stephen King earlier this year: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/louispeitzman/stephen-king-the-outsider-donald-trump-resistance-twitter
Maya gets to watch a few episodes of the new Hulu series CASTLE ROCK early and review them with her pal John, a Stephen King megafan and editor at Den of Geek. Listen to find out about the many, many connections hidden in this show – and why you should stick it out through the first couple episodes to get to the good stuff.
You can read John's review at http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/castle-rock/274797/castle-rock-episode-1-review-severance-spoiler-free!
Maya and her friend Joe discuss the Stephen King short story collection Night Shift, which includes such gems as The Lawnmower Man and The Mangler. Joe tries to wrap his head around how Stephen King was writing connections into his stories before he wrote any of his books, and Maya spreads some Stephen King propaganda, and makes up some lies about Owen King's childhood. Also, lots of rats. 🐭