The Constant Reader Podcast - The Canon of Stephen King

The Constant Reader Podcast - The Canon of Stephen King

By Richard Sheppard
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, academics, superfans and anyone with a passion for the work of Stephen King.
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Episode Four - Pet Sematary w/Edward Parnell

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Episode Four - Pet Sematary w/Edward Parnell
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 new house in the country, complete with cursed Micmac burial ground and stalking Wendigos.  Pet Sematary remains one of Stephen King's most personal and terrifying novel, as well as a raw depiction of grief and the vulnerability of the family unit. We cover these themes, King's Gothic sensibilities, the difficulties about breaking taboos and Edward Parnell's own work, as well as the classic ghost stories that shaped the genre. Info on Edward Parnell can be found here and you can buy Ghostland direct from the publisher here. This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com
1:08:51
May 4, 2020
Episode Three Extra - The Shining Miniseries & Room 237 w/Craig Appleby - "Don’t worry, Mom, I know everything about cannibalism. I saw a program on it on TV."
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 Torrance and a feminist take on his wife Wendy. Is it enough to save this adaptation? After that, we take a brief look at the 2012 documentary Room 237, which fills the empty hallways of the Overlook with enough theories, ideas and waffle to overload the boilers.  This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard and Craig Appleby, whose Beer-Soaked Popcorn film reviews can be found on instagram @beersoakedpopxorn. Research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com
41:29
April 6, 2020
Episode Three Extra - It's Kubrickian! The Shining (1980) w/Vincent M. Gaine
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 Flanagan's 2019 adaptation of The Shining's sequel continues the story of the Torrance family. This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com Vincent can be found here:- https://vincentmgaine.wordpress.com/, here https://twitter.com/DrGaine
1:08:17
February 24, 2020
Episode Three - The Shining w/Professor Richard J Hand
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 century. We discuss Jack Torrance, wasp nests, Gothic roots and plenty more besides.  This episode was hosted by Richard Sheppard, with research and support from Dr Linda Sheppard, and technical and sound production by Stephen L. Parkes. Please like, subscribe, rate, review and recommend this podcast, and feel free to get in contact with us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com The Poe Theatre On Air can be found here
55:36
January 29, 2020
Episode Two Extra - Whole Lotta Salem w/Craig Appleby
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
52:52
December 16, 2019
Episode Two - Salem's Lot w/Steph McKenna of the National Centre for Writing
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 for calling the National Centre for Writing the Norwich Centre for Writing two times, she was kind enough not to mention it during the interview. More about the good work of NWC can be found here:- https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ Follow The Thirst Podcast here:- https://soundcloud.com/thethirstpod And feel free to write to the Constant Reader Podcast at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com
41:18
November 7, 2019
Episode One Extra - Carrie On Filming w/Craig Appleby
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@gmail.com 
1:06:20
October 7, 2019
Episode One - Carrie w/Professor Mark Jancovich
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 best selling writer. Mark Jancovich is the author of Horror (Batsford 1992), one of the best books written on the genre, and has been published extensively in film journals, books and anything else you care to mention. His blog is here http://fantasticfilmtv.com/ Write to us at theconstantreaderpodcast@gmail.com. We would love to hear any feedback, or if you would like to be a guest on the show, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
1:16:00
September 1, 2019