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Kingsize

By Matt Robinson & Simon Balcon

A Stephen King podcast for obsessives, by obsessives. With Matt Robinson & Simon Balcon.
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King Through The Ages : The 90s Pt 2
King Through The Ages : The 90s Pt 2
In this episode acclaimed author Jamie Stewart and Kingsize host Matt Robinson keep their feet grounded and their hearts in their mouth as they cast their 90s lense on the domestic horror of Dolores Clairborne , Gerald’s Game, Green Mile and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. King shows us that the world really does have teeth , and more often than not in the 90s , they bite. 
01:18:35
December 05, 2022
King Through The Ages : The 90s Pt 1
King Through The Ages : The 90s Pt 1
We left the 80s in a Dark ( Half) place , and start the 90s with King in a sober & vulnerable place. We’ve got a hell of a lot of books and themes to cover. For this decade we divide the books not chronologically but into themes , and we kick off with the 90s book related to The Dark Tower.  Come walk the beam with us in that landmark decade for Sai King. All things serve the beam.
01:15:16
November 28, 2022
King Through The Ages : The 80s Pt 3
King Through The Ages : The 80s Pt 3
The final chapter in our trip down 80s memory lane sees us shacking up with Annie Wilkes , scratching our beards at the loony tunes of The Tommyknockers and wanting to hug an author when we meet that not very nice guy George Stark. Matt also gets a deep insight into the traditions and approaches of being a writer thanks to co hosting with the acclaimed horror author Jamie Stewart ! And ratings - the boys get ready to go all I'm A Celebrity and hand out the stars to the 80s cast of novels.
01:03:13
November 21, 2022
King Through The Ages :The 80s Pt 2
King Through The Ages :The 80s Pt 2
So that plan to do the 80s in one episode proved to be as ambitious as trying to remember the cast list of "Under The Dome" without a cheat sheet. Just full of meaty goodness - King is having a wild ride in the 80s and we would love you to join us as we get lost in the blizzards of that decade. We talk Thinner, Talisman, It , Skeleton Crew and The Drawing Of The Three..
01:11:20
November 14, 2022
King Through The Ages: The 80s Pt 1
King Through The Ages: The 80s Pt 1
We leave the 70s behind for a trip through the trip that is the 80s. Experimental and fearless . Some stimulants may have been involved ( Sai King , not us ) .  Join Matt and Jamie as they start to excavate the 80s through the lens of Stephen King and his masterpieces . 
01:02:49
November 07, 2022
Survivor Type- Matt Robinson
Survivor Type- Matt Robinson
This special episode hurls the other half of Kingsize - Matt Robinson - onto the sand as the Survivor Type. Check out his choice of fave King books, album, film , non King book , luxury item and which King tome he throws in the flames. First though, he has to deal with a previous castaway who is claiming squatter's rights. 
01:07:04
November 04, 2022
King Through The Ages: The 1970s
King Through The Ages: The 1970s
Join Matt and special guest host Jamie Stewart as they pull a Jake Epping and time travel back to the 70s. They discuss the decade that bought King to the world with the fiery "Carrie " right though to "The Dead Zone". They look at the themes King weaved into his stories; the books with bite ( "Salem's Lot" please rise up ) to the tricky times of "Rage". Unmissable for any King fan. 
01:09:12
October 31, 2022
Kingsize Meets Steven Weber
Kingsize Meets Steven Weber
Join us in this electric interview with Steven Weber - the man behind the voice of the audiobook of "IT". Steven takes us deep into Derry as we learn about how he bought Pennywise and The Losers to life in such a memorable way . We talk to the man who played Jack Torrance in "Stephen King's The Shining" about the leap from the page to the screen . And social media , microwaves , politicians and Pot Noodles all take a star turn in The Big Interview. 
01:11:38
September 03, 2022
IT On Screen Pt 2
IT On Screen Pt 2
The final fling with the silver screen is here . We carry on into the heart of Derry , look at the hits and misses , and get caught up in the Eddies and streams. Oh yeah , and we announce our Very Special Guest for our IT finale episode ! You will float ....
01:48:44
August 26, 2022
IT On Screen Pt 1
IT On Screen Pt 1
Matt and Simon lift their eyes from the page and shift it to the screen as we examine the It mini series Pt 1 and Andy Muschietti's "It Chapter One".  Do all things float on the screen on do they sink under the sewers? ....  Oh, and a letter from Stephen King arrives halfway through recording to put the  Thing Of Evil amonst the Pennywise pigeons. 
01:59:50
August 26, 2022
Kingsize Survivor Type - Kingsize's Simon B
Kingsize Survivor Type - Kingsize's Simon B
This special episode catapaults one half of Kingsize - Stephen King legend Simon Balcon - onto the island as the Survivor Type . Check out his cunning choices , his King lifeboats and signal flares , and a deeper dive into the craft of acting and the power of belief. 
01:10:21
July 29, 2022
Kingsize Insights With Stephen King scholar Vincent Neyt
Kingsize Insights With Stephen King scholar Vincent Neyt
Join us as Simon and Matt palaver with the Stephen King expert Vincent Neyt. He's currently writing a PhD on how King wrote "It" from first idea to first edition . His insights are revelatory ; he shares what it was like seeing the early drafts of King's works and of course , what it's like to correspond with Sai King himself ! For any King fan , this is a must listen ! 
01:25:52
July 08, 2022
Kingsize Survivor Type - Derry Public Radio
Kingsize Survivor Type - Derry Public Radio
This desert island is in for a treat - swimming from the waves are CM and Josh ( with the thoughts of Ben too !) from the Stephen King podcast bookclub Derry Public Radio. This riotous 2 hour bumper episode  - hosted by both Matt & Simon from Kingsize - dives deep & flies high . It's a regular "haunt" of Stephen King podcasters. From discussing our castaways' fascinating choices , we also palaver about meeting the great man himself ; King's hits & misses with female characters ; the virtues of short stories and doorstoppers ; Stephen King Burlesque ... Oh - and Holly Gibney, shit weasels and magic mushrooms.  Its a trip. Come bounce with us. 
02:12:36
June 17, 2022
IT Readalong Part 5 : The Ritual Of Chud
IT Readalong Part 5 : The Ritual Of Chud
Join us constant listeners as we finish our epic narrative journey through the clutches of Derry. We talk about what it means to survive ; what it costs to forget and the power of love. It's emosh for sure.  "Fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists" - SK 
01:58:01
May 30, 2022
Kingsize Survivor Type - Bowie On Mars
Kingsize Survivor Type - Bowie On Mars
Matt's Survivor Type this episode is the fascinating Constant Reader aka bowie_on_mars. As a clinical psychologist, he has a unique & thought provoking take on Stephen King's work; as a Stephen King collector he has a dedication to the beauty of books; as a guest he's an absolute riot. Articulate, passionate and beautifully irreverant in all the right places - you're not gonna want to miss this one ! 
56:38
May 05, 2022
IT Readalong Part 4 : July of 1958
IT Readalong Part 4 : July of 1958
The boys smell something fishy about King's new writing ; talk about the balance that parents need to strike in their love - the juggle is real ; pull apart what Power means and look at the history of Pennywise. It's getting floaty as we approach the final steps of the journey. 
01:45:01
April 30, 2022
Kingsize Survivor Type - Balt Immortal
Kingsize Survivor Type - Balt Immortal
Matt's Survivor Type this episode is Baltimore Horror Bookstagrammer balt_immortal aka Marshall. It's a soulful deep dive into the books which light up Marshall , and which King novel fuels the flames on the island. It's a love letter to bookstagram , a discussion on addiction & redemption and a celebration of King's darker side. It's unmissable - come join us on the island as night draws in and the lobstrosities start to emerge from the waves. 
48:05
April 11, 2022
Kingsize Survivor Type - Kelly Brocklehurst
Kingsize Survivor Type - Kelly Brocklehurst
Join us as we castaway Kelly onto the island to be this episode's Survivor Type. Kelly is a writer,  in demand beta reader , and co editor with Jamie Stewart of Welcome To The Funhouse. We have a blast chewing over her choices , get nostalgic for the 90s and celebrate the joy of the public library.  And ask - if you could edit Stephen King himself which book and why ? 
42:47
April 05, 2022
IT Readalong Part 3 : Grown Ups
IT Readalong Part 3 : Grown Ups
So its a cool coincidence that we recorded the episode on Grown Ups on Si's birthday. Or is there no such thing as coincidence ? Come and jump into Pt 3 with us as we grapple with the concept of putting more mileage on the clock, the energy of nostalgia , the roots of friendship & a Killer Clown. 
01:28:28
March 31, 2022
 Kingsize Survivor Type - Kim C Underrated SK Podcast
Kingsize Survivor Type - Kim C Underrated SK Podcast
It's a Stephen King podcast mash up folks ! I had the most soulful chat with the open hearted King aficionado extraordinaire Kim C . Kingsize Podcast met the Year Of The Underrated Stephen King Podcast and the sparks and banter flew . Join us as we discuss Kim C's choices in depth , find out which King novel would fan the flames; and why Neil Gaiman , Tori Amos and Thom Yorke would all be welcome on the desert island. 
44:42
March 27, 2022
Kingsize Insights- Sarah Pearse Interview
Kingsize Insights- Sarah Pearse Interview
"Imagine a universe where Agatha Christie and Stephen King collaborate on a book" ! Join Matt as he spends an hour in deep conversation with the global bestselling author Sarah Pearse. We talk through her smash hit debut novel "The Sanatorium " ( no spoilers - all safe here! ) ; talk about how books truly are a uniquely portable magic ; look at the divisive nature of fictional characters & the relationship between writer and constant reader . And an exclusive look forward at the next novel , "The Retreat". 
59:10
March 10, 2022
Kingsize Insights - Matt Saunders Interview
Kingsize Insights - Matt Saunders Interview
Join the two Matts as they chat ! Matt Saunders is the illustrator of the new Stephen King "Thrilling Suspense" Hodder books . We talk about what it's like to get sign off from The Ultimate Storyteller himself ; chat about how Matt got the gig and his creative process in designing these beautiful works of art . Oh, and we try and work out how the hell people can get hold of the elusive "Tom Gordon"!
50:58
March 01, 2022
IT Readalong Part 2 : June of 1958
IT Readalong Part 2 : June of 1958
Join us fellow constants in the Barrens and sewers of Derry , as we float our paper boats in the murky waters of Stephen King's masterpiece . In this second episode we focus on Part 2 and Interlude 2 . No spoilers . You'll float too . 
01:52:54
February 26, 2022
Kingsize Survivor Type - Jack Harding
Kingsize Survivor Type - Jack Harding
Are you brave enough to take the plunge ? The rules of engagement - you are shipwrecked on a desert island . You are a Survivor Type though and have some trusty items to keep insanity and the lobstrosities at bay ! 3 Stephen King novels ; 1 non King novel ; a non King novel ; an album , a film and a luxury item . Oh , and you have permission to throw one Stephen King book onto the campfire as the cold night draws in . Join the awesome Jack Harding , author of " Ripper Country",  " React " and " Driving In The Dark" to name a few  - you won't regret it !
41:04
February 13, 2022
Kingsize Survivor Type - Jamie Stewart
Kingsize Survivor Type - Jamie Stewart
Are you brave enough to take the plunge ? The rules of engagement - you are shipwrecked on a desert island . You are a Survivor Type though and have some trusty items to keep insanity and the lobstrosities at bay ! 3 Stephen King novels ;  1 non King novel ; a non King novel ; an album , a film and a luxury item . Oh , and you have permission to throw one Stephen King book onto the campfire as the cold night draws in . Join our first castaway -Jamie Stewart , author of " I Hear The Clattering Of The Keys" and " Price Manor : The House That Bleeds " - you won't regret it ! 
24:57
February 10, 2022
IT Readalong Part 1 :The Shadow Before
IT Readalong Part 1 :The Shadow Before
Join us fellow constants in the Barrens and the sewers of Derry, as we float our paper boats in the murky waters of Stephen King's masterpiece. In the opening episode we solely focus on Part 1 and Interlude 1 with no spoilers, and some amazing listener emails. You'll float too. 
01:38:45
January 30, 2022
Kingsize Insights - Interview with The Outsider Zine
Kingsize Insights - Interview with The Outsider Zine
I was lucky to have over an hour in the wonderful company of Steph McKenna, the editor of The Outsider Zine -  a Stephen King zine project with personal essays, poems & illustrations responding to King by artists of marginalised gender. It's a stunning passion project which breaths fresh insights and reframing of King's astonishing work. Join us on the inside of the Outsider as we chat about Carrie, On Writing , Christine, The Dark Tower, Misery , Cujo , IT and more.
01:14:24
December 29, 2021
13 : Dr Sleep
13 : Dr Sleep
Come and join us steamheads, as we hang out with Azzie The Cat, Doctor Danny Torrance and of course Rose The Hat. We look at the "sequel" to the classic "The Shining"; discuss why this novel is an ode to redemption & also a hidden gem prose wise, and stick two fingers up to the Itty Bitty Shitty Committee that lurks within us all. Happy holidays ! x
01:48:53
December 22, 2021
Kingsize Insights - Interview with Jamie Stewart
Kingsize Insights - Interview with Jamie Stewart
Join us for a very special "Insights" episode where Matt spends two hours in the warm & insightful company of horror author Jamie Stewart. We chat about his chronological reads of all Stephen King's work and go deep into all things King ; we discuss Jamie's new collection " I Hear The Clattering Of The Keys" and what inspires him to 'peel back the skin of normality to show that insanity & horror are only a scrap away'. Sit back & enjoy the ride -  I guarantee you will leave armed with a huge Xmas list of new indie horror books to buy ! 
01:47:52
November 25, 2021
12: The Shining
12: The Shining
Join us as we check into The Overlook Hotel. Matt has kindly allowed Simon to stay in Room 217 , but there are many other demons lurking in the lengthy corridors . Come with us as we gingerly poke the wasps' nest, go deep into the themes of anger & retribution , and ride our trikes away from the scary monsters, hedgewise & human. 
02:03:34
November 11, 2021
Kingsize Halloween Special
Kingsize Halloween Special
Join us if you dare for our Halloween Special 1 hour episode. The lunatic has taken over the asylum & the tricks - and a couple of treats - come faster than Michael Myer's blade. Test your mettle in our Mastermind Stephen King Quiz , play "The Door" - will you have the nerves to stay the night in Salem's Lot; The Overlook or cosied up to Pennywise in Derry ? It's the podcast equivalent of Squid Game - put your clown outfit on and let's get dark. x
59:58
October 30, 2021
11: Salem's Lot
11: Salem's Lot
Let the right ones in and join the boys as they poke inside the sleepy town of Salem's Lot & uncover it's terrible secrets within. We invite you to load up on garlic, put another stake on the barbie and let's go hunting for vampires... and much more. 
01:59:04
October 09, 2021
Kingsize Bonus - Thankee Sai
Kingsize Bonus - Thankee Sai
To have a celebration of the joy of doing Kingsize & the awesomeness of our listeners , join the boys for a special bonus episode ! We talk about all things King - which heroine and hero would be at your party ? What King adaptation would be playing on the telly ? Which baddie would get barred ? What's your desert island King ? And if you had to chop off a body part what ya going for first ?
31:13
October 01, 2021
10: Firestarter
10: Firestarter
Join Matt & Si as they dare to hold their hands close to the flame of this classic novel. It's a 2 hour plus bonanza episode that addresses parenthood, the need for control , the power of the feminine & Martin Sheen's hair. Burn after hearing. 
02:18:49
September 15, 2021
Kingsize Insights - Interview with Violet Castro
Kingsize Insights - Interview with Violet Castro
Join Matt in the first ever "Kingsize Insights" episode as he dives deep with the Mexican American writer Violet Castro. We talk about her work - including her latest masterpiece, "Queen Of The Cicadas". We discuss being a voice for the voiceless, the resilience needed to be a writer & full time parent, the power of eroticism & the dreams that shape us. And shape shifting jaguars. Join us if you dare. 
01:06:33
August 12, 2021
9: Cujo Pt 2
9: Cujo Pt 2
As the heat rises in the Pinto & Cujo digs his rabid heels in , we chew apart the sticky question - " What would you do ?" . It's one hell of a quandry. Si also shares the latest on his Frank Darabont "project" & we look at whether the film has any bite.
01:14:56
August 08, 2021
8: Cujo Pt 1
8: Cujo Pt 1
Stephen King wanted this book to feel like " a brick thrown through a window" It certainly has that devastating impact on the boys. In an emotionally charged two parter they explore the themes of addiction , the legacy of neglect , the cost of not following the signs and ask "who excatly is the real villain of this masterpiece" ? 
01:38:39
August 06, 2021
7: The Dark Half Pt 2
7: The Dark Half Pt 2
We move our lens to George A Romero's film adaptation , and dream big with alternative castings. The boys also have an in depth chat re the process of method acting & celebrate pipe smoking female professors.
44:14
June 24, 2021
6: The Dark Half Pt 1
6: The Dark Half Pt 1
"Can you outrun your shadow?" The boys ponder this existential question , alongside a progress report on Frank Darabont's re writing of the end of "The Mist" ! Come and spend some time with the delightful George Stark if you dare. The Sparrows are flying.
01:37:20
June 24, 2021
5: The Sun Dog
5: The Sun Dog
Welcome to the Emporium Galorium. Enter through it's doors if you dare .... Here we tackle the beast that is The Sun Dog , one of the stories in King's " Four Past Midnight". Shake it , shake it , shake it like a polaroid picture....
01:23:15
June 24, 2021
4: Cycle Of The Werewolf
4: Cycle Of The Werewolf
Time to bark at the moon as we find ourselves stuck in Tarker's Mill with some rather unsavoury hosts for company ( and we're not talkin' about Matt and Si )  Soundtrack by Stephen King and The Novelettes.  A Silver Bullet in the head as we also look at Dan Attias' film adaptation. 
01:30:54
June 24, 2021
3: Misery Pt 2
3: Misery Pt 2
The boys make the switch from the page to the screen as they go amputated toe to toe with Kathy Bates and discuss Rob Reiner's film.
58:32
June 24, 2021
2: Misery Pt 1
2: Misery Pt 1
"I'm your number one fan". Words that strike the fear into the heart of anyone. The boys hole up in the deep snowbound cabin with Paul & Annie and dive into King's seminal work. No pre op shots required thankfully.
01:25:38
June 24, 2021
 1: The Mist
1: The Mist
For the first episode of Kingsize, the boys come out of the gates strong with an in depth analysis of both the novella and the film adaptation of "The Mist" . No actual Frank Darabonts were harmed in the making of this podcast.
01:21:13
June 23, 2021