Just King Things

JUST KING THINGS is a monthly podcast about reading the books of Stephen King in publication order. Join hosts Michael and Cameron, two cultural critics and horror fans who literally grew up reading this stuff, as they embark upon a quest to revisit and review a vast body of work spanning five decades, reading one book a month for… only ten years or so. Another decade won’t hurt, right? Whether fiction, nonfiction, novels, short story collections, or screenplays, they’re going to cover it and you, Dear Reader, can listen to them talk it out afterward.

In each episode Michael and Cameron engage in fun, appreciative, and critical discussions about all things King, scrutinizing his writerly craft and aesthetic ambitions, cataloguing his favorite topics and recurring character-types, contemplating how the movie adaptations stack up (or don’t), and considering the changing political and social contexts of his work. Along the way they also make plenty of time to debate King’s best and worst prose, his scariest villains, his most disappointing endings, which books fit into the Dark Tower universe and how, and what they think of his taste in music.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a longtime King fan or if you’re only curious about the man and his work: JUST KING THINGS is one part book club, one part primer that will help you appreciate the indelible impression Stephen King has left on pop culture over the past fifty years.

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  1. Carrie (1974)
  2. ‘Salem’s Lot (1975)
  3. The Shining (1977)
  4. Rage (1977)
  5. Night Shift (1978)
  6. The Stand (1978)
  7. The Long Walk (1979)
  8. The Dead Zone (1979)
  9. Firestarter (1980)
  10. Roadwork (1981)
  11. Danse Macabre (1981)
  12. Cujo (1981)
  13. The Running Man (1982)
  14. The Gunslinger (1982)
  15. Question Sewer #1
  16. Creepshow (1982)
  17. Different Seasons (1982)
  18. Christine (1983)
  19. Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)
  20. Pet Sematary (1983)
  21. The Eyes of the Dragon (1984)
  22. The Talisman (1984)
  23. Thinner (1985)
  24. Skeleton Crew (1985)
  25. IT (1986)
  26. The Drawing of the Three (1987)
  27. Misery (1987)
  28. Question Sewer #2
  29. The Tommyknockers (1987)
  30. The Dark Half (1980)
  31. The Stand: Complete and Uncut (1990)
  32. Four Past Midnight (1990)
  33. The Waste Lands (1991)
  34. Needful Things (1991)
  35. Gerald’s Game (1992)
  36. Dolores Claiborne (1992)
  37. Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993)
  38. Insomnia (1994)