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Hear this and hear it well… a Dark Tower podcast.
51: From a Buick 8
Nov 13 • 96 min
Jim Stormdancer (of Frog Fractions and Video Games Hot Dog fame) joins me to talk about another Tower-related novel, "From a Buick 8". A strange man abandons an even stranger car at a gas station in western Pennsylvania, and it ends up in the custody of a…
50: Bag of Bones
Nov 6 • 72 min
Autumn Greer joins me to talk about Bag of Bones, a novel about a writer who loses his wife under mysterious circumstances… which starts him on a collision course against a conspiracy of old racists in a small Maine lake town.
49: Wolves of the Calla, “The Wolves” (Part 2)
Oct 9 • 78 min
Evan Thorne joins me for the last chapters of Wolves of the Calla, where we say goodbye to the Wolves, goodbye to the Calla, and goodbye to any feeling of existential certainty. Things go thoroughly 19 as the preparations come to a close and we get more…
48: The Wolves of the Calla, “The Wolves” (Part 1)
Sep 18 • 69 min
Two is one and one is none. That's what we learn in this week's episode, as Autumn Greer joins me to talk about the beginning of the end of Wolves of the Calla. We learn why the older Slightman is cooperating with the Wolves, and we also get closer to…
47: Wolves of the Calla, “Telling Tales” (Part 3)
Sep 4 • 88 min
Somebody saved Donald Callahan's life tonight. Jeremy Greer joins me to learn who, and how. As the ka tet settles into the Calla and tries to learn more about the impending conflict, the Father settles in and shares the remainder of his story… talking…
46: Wolves of the Calla, “Telling Tales” (Part 2)
Aug 21 • 78 min
Evan Thorne joins me for a history lesson in Calla folkways and close calls, as we learn the tale of Lady Oriza and Gray Dick, and hear from Granpere Jaffords about the time he saw a dead wolf. The ka-tet learns about a potential ace in the hole: the…
45: Wolves of the Calla, “Telling Tales” (Part 1)
Aug 7 • 66 min
Welcome Home. Autumn Greer joins me to talk about a section of the book that focuses very heavily on Father Callahan, and his journey from 'Salem's Lot, across America's hidden todash highways, and finally to End-World. But we must also make a stop at…
44: Wolves of the Calla, “Todash” (Part 2)
Jul 24 • 77 min
Let's go back to the vacant lot, because the Rose is in danger. Zack Johnson joins me once again to talk about the remainder of the Todash portion of the book. Our ka-tet begins to understand the nature of their nocturnal travels, while Father Callahan…
43: Wolves of the Calla, “Todash” (Part 1)
Jul 10 • 57 min
Time has resumed. Zack Johnson joins me to talk about the opening of Wolves of the Calla, which finds our ka-tet approaching civilization once more. The Wolves are about to return to Calla Bryn Sturgis. Their goal is to steal half of the children and…
42: The Regulators
Jun 26 • 80 min
TV's gonna rot your brain, even if you're a demon. Autumn Greer joins me to talk about this absolutely bonkers companion to Desperation. Writing as Richard Bachman, King takes major characters from Desperation and plants them in suburban Ohio, where the…
41: ‘Salem’s Lot
Jun 12 • 102 min
Here comes Mister Flip, to chase you out of Jerusalem's Lot. Autumn Greer joins me to talk about this seminal retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, as mysterious men named Barlowe and Straker move into town and children seem to be rising from the dead. The…
40: The Little Sisters of Eluria
May 29 • 82 min
The hospital isn't always the place you go to get better. Roland learns this the hard way after a run-in at the dead town of Eluria. Autumn and Jeremy Greer join me to talk about this short story, most readily available in the collection called…
39: The Fall of Gilead / The Battle of Jericho Hill
Apr 25 • 101 min
We know the "what" of Gilead's fall, but now we know the "how". Bryan May and Murph Murphy join me to continue the journey of Young Roland, as we watches the seeds of Farson and Marten's treachery take root in Gilead and tear it to pieces. This episode…
38: The Wind Through the Keyhole, “Skin-Man (Part 2) / Storm’s Over”
Apr 18 • 77 min
The wild west werewolf mystery is solved, and I'm joined by Evan and Chase to talk through the gory conclusion to this strange book. With the fairy tale told, Roland sets out to identify which of the salt miners is gruesomely murdering the inhabitants of…
37: The Wind Through the Keyhole, “The Wind Through the Keyhole (Part 2)”
Apr 3 • 85 min
Deeper into the endless woods we go, to find a tiger and almost certain death. Evan joins me to talk about the second half of the fairy tale that makes up the core of this book. Tim Ross is following the Covenant Man's directions, headed on a fool's…
36: The Wind Through the Keyhole, “The Wind Through the Keyhole (Part 1)”
Mar 20 • 62 min
Sean Wagoner joins me to get to know the Covenant Man, the In-World tax collector who menaces young Tim Ross. All of this happens in the fairy tale that gives this book its name. Tim's dad dies, his mom falls in with an abusive drunk, and the Covenant Man…
35: The Wind Through the Keyhole, “Starkblast / Skin-Man (Part 1)”
Mar 6 • 93 min
A new old story, within the story, within the story. Evan joins me to talk about the opening movements of The Wind Through the Keyhole. After surviving the events in Lud and their encounter with the wizard Randal Flagg, the ka-tet finds themselves…
34: The Long Road Home / Treachery
Feb 20 • 113 min
What happened during Roland's return to Gilead from Mejis, and how exactly did Gilead fall? Murph joins me to talk about two story arcs from the Dark Tower comics: The Long Road Home and Treachery. These give us a little more time in Gilead that was…
33: Desperation
Feb 6 • 116 min
Nevada is home to a lot of intense people, and Autumn Greer joins me to talk about one of the most extreme: Collie Entragian. Desperation is the chronicle of what happens to several travelers who are captured by a small town sheriff in the abandoned burg…
32: Wizard and Glass, “All God’s Chillun’ Got Shoes”
Jan 23 • 98 min
We're off to see the wizard… the wonderful Wizard of lots of places. With the flashback done, Autumn and Jeremy Greer join me to talk about the conclusion of book four. Roland and his Ka Tet venture forth into Kansas until their road leads them directly…
31: Wizard and Glass, “Come, Reap (Part 3)”
Jan 9 • 94 min
Charyou tree. Charyou tree. Evan joins me to talk about the upsetting conclusion of the flashback portion of Wizard and Glass. As Roland and the others experience the joy of victory on the battlefield, Susan is swept up in the winds of Ka and sacrificed…
30: Wizard and Glass, “Come, Reap (Part 2)”
Dec 27, 2017 • 84 min
It was never about the gas, it was about the ball. Murph joins me to talk about the continuation of "Come, Reap", as the boys are captured and it seems all hope is lost. However, Susan and Sheemie are ready to come to the rescue.
29: Wizard and Glass, “Come, Reap (Part 1)”
Dec 12, 2017 • 94 min
Bird and bear and hare and fish, bring me Evan Thorne to talk about this section of Wizard and Glass. Roland and Susan have taken the plunge, and the conspiracy reveals itself to be about a very western object of desire… oil.
28: Wizard and Glass, “Susan (Part 2)”
Nov 28, 2017 • 76 min
Chase Greenlee and Jeremy Greer join me for the second portion of "Susan", where Roland finally gives in to his temptation and gets the entire ka-tet into profound danger. Meanwhile, Rhea watches and gets stranger.
27: Wizard and Glass, “Susan (Part 1)”
Nov 14, 2017 • 122 min
Autumn and Jeremy Greer join me for an episode that begins a flashback to Roland's first adventure as a gunslinger. He, Alain, and Cuthbert venture to the town of Hambry in the eastern barony of Mejis for protection… but instead find themselves in the…
26: Wizard and Glass, “Riddles”
Oct 31, 2017 • 83 min
Evan Jones Thorne joins me to talk about the resolution to the cliffhanger from the Waste Lands, as we learn how the ka-tet escapes from the clutches of the mad train Blaine the Mono. But what they find outside his careening hull isn't much better. Did…
25: The Stand (Part 2)
Oct 17, 2017 • 162 min
It's a battle between good and evil in the desert (minus the crocodile man). Murph Murphy joins me to discuss the back half of The Stand, all the way through the end. Though we speak only in broad strokes, we also talk about the Stand miniseries. Next…
24: The Stand (Part 1)
Oct 3, 2017 • 144 min
This week I'm joined by Autumn Greer and Evan Jones Thorne to talk about the first part of Stephen King's original magnum opus: The Stand. It's a massive sprawling book, so we can only introduce characters and talk about the early days of their journey.…
23: It (The Movie)
Sep 19, 2017 • 122 min
A movie so good your heart will soar. Or float, at least. Jeremy Greer and Bryan May come along to talk about a movie so good it almost makes up for how disappointing the Dark Tower adaptation was.Links:Stephen King's It: Sequel details revealedIT…
22: The Mist
Sep 5, 2017 • 91 min
Gary Buttefield joins the show to talk about Stephen King's novella (and the associated movie) that's all about what we become when the fear sets in. An otherworldly fog containing hideous monsters has descended on a small town, and perhaps the only…
21: The Dark Tower Movie
Aug 22, 2017 • 172 min
Go home, there probably won't be other films like these. I'm joined by Jeremy Greer and Evan Jones Thorne to talk about the recent Dark Tower film adaptation. The episode is nearly twice as long as the movie itself, but there's a lot to talk about here.…
20: The Waste Lands, “Riddles and Wastelands”
Aug 8, 2017 • 64 min
This train doesn't stop. Autumn and Paddy join the show to discuss the thrilling, anxiety-inducing conclusion to the Waste Lands. With Lud rapidly decaying behind them and nothing but cracked land and horrible monsters below, our Ka-Tet are left to deal…
19: The Waste Lands, “Bridge and City (Part 2)”
Jul 25, 2017 • 113 min
Tick tock, Blaine is waiting. The horrors of Lud have come to bear, as Chase Greenlee, Murph Murphy, and Evan Jones Thorne come along to talk about the Tick Tock Man and the first appearance of Blaine (who is both a pain and a train). Listen to find out…
18: The Waste Lands, “Bridge and City (Part 1)
Jul 11, 2017 • 93 min
Got any Gushers for Gasher? This week, Autumn Greer and Paddy Smith stop by to talk about the first portion of the climax of The Waste Lands. Instead of finding wise elves and dune buggies in the city of Lud, our ka-tet instead find teeming masses of…
17: The Waste Lands, “Town and Ka-Tet”
Jun 27, 2017 • 91 min
Let's take a breather and get to know each other. This week, Jeremy Greer and Paddy Smith come along to talk about what happens when a full ka-tet is formed. Jake is firmly in Mid-World, and he's even attracted a furry friend. This chapter is a…
16: The Waste Lands, “Door and Demon”
Jun 13, 2017 • 98 min
This is what it's like when worlds collide. This week, the Greer family (Jeremy and Autumn) tag along to talk about the convergence of Jake and Roland's realities. As Roland's crew crosses into Mid-World, Jake follows Eddie in the past to a haunted…
15: The Waste Lands, “Key and Rose”
May 30, 2017 • 109 min
Alive and dead at the same time, Jake Chambers finds comfort. This week, Kole is joined by Jeremy Greer and Paddy Smith to talk about "Key and Rose", the chapter that looks at Jake's fate after the events of The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three.…
14: The Waste Lands, “Bear and Bone”
May 16, 2017 • 113 min
A brief period of calm gives way to action, insanity, and direction. This week, I'm joined by Autumn Greer and Evan Jones Thorne to talk about the first chapter of The Waste Lands. After a whole book of sickness and struggles, Roland, Eddie, and Susannah…
13: Rose Madder
May 2, 2017 • 151 min
She is Rosie, Rosie Real. This week we take a small break from the Dark Tower series to look at Stephen King's Rose Madder, published in 1994. Autumn Greer and Evan Jones Thorne join me to talk about Rosie's flight from the terrifying and abusive Norman…
12: The Drawing of the Three, “The Pusher (Part 2)”
Apr 18, 2017 • 82 min
The Drawing of the Three comes to a close as Roland gets the three things he needs: bullets, pills, and revenge. This week, I'm joined by Jeremy Greer and Sean Wagoner to discuss the climax and conclusion of the second book in the series. Eddie is in…
11: The Drawing of the Three, “The Pusher (Part 1)”
Apr 4, 2017 • 71 min
Threads of fate converge as Roland enters the mind of Jack Mort, the wildcard. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Autumn Greer and Paddy Smith to get into the head of Roland's third, his "Death, but not for you." After struggling up the beach with Detta…
10: The Drawing of the Three, “The Lady of Shadows (Part 2)”
Mar 21, 2017 • 69 min
Detta proves to be much more difficult to deal with than her nicer half, as Roland pushes her (and himself) to the very edge. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Autumn Greer, Chase Greenlee, and Paddy Smith to take a long look at how Roland and Eddie cope…
9: The Drawing of the Three, “The Lady of Shadows Part 1”
Mar 7, 2017 • 77 min
The march up the beach only gets worse when the second of the Three turns out to be real trouble. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Chase Greenlee, Evan Jones Thorne, and Paddy Smith to introduce the second of The Three… an unassuming woman from the Civil…
8: The Drawing of the Three: “The Prisoner (Part 2)”
Feb 21, 2017 • 72 min
Roland brings a little firepower to our side of the door, and learns to appreciate Pepsi Cola and popkins. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Autumn Greer and Evan Jones Thorne to continue the story of Eddie Dean, the heroin addicted drug mule that fate…
7: The Drawing of the Three: “The Prisoner (Part 1)”
Feb 7, 2017 • 79 min
Let's find out what's next for Roland, and meet the first of many new friends. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Evan Jones Thorne, Jeremy Greer, and Stephen Veilleux to kick off season 2 of the show, "The Drawing of the Three". We rejoin Roland as he…
6: The Eyes of the Dragon
Jan 24, 2017 • 92 min
Stephen King's most fascinating character gets a little more screen time in this inter-season break. What happens when King breaks from horror to write a young adult fantasy novel? A lot of people complain, but we don't. Autumn Greer and Zack Johnson come…
5: The Gunslinger, Chapter 5: “The Gunslinger and the Man in Black”
Jan 10, 2017 • 100 min
It's time to meet the Man in Black. But how many of his answers are lies? This week, Kole Ross is joined by Evan Jones Thorne, Jeremy Greer, and Murph Murphy to talk about the final chapter of The Gunslinger, where Roland finally gets what he bargained…
4: The Gunslinger, Chapter 4: “The Slow Mutants”
Dec 27, 2016 • 85 min
Follow us through these dark tunnels, where we learn of betrayals both past and present. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Brayton Cameron, Bryan May, and Stephen Veilleux to talk about the fourth chapter of The Gunslinger, where Roland and Jake follow…
3: The Gunslinger, Chapter 3: “The Oracle and the Mountains”
Dec 13, 2016 • 78 min
Roland and Jake climb higher, and the weight of prophecy starts to become kind of a drag. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Autumn Greer, Murph Murphy, and Stephen Veilleux to talk about chapter 3 of The Gunslinger, which details Roland and Jake's rise…
2: The Gunslinger, Chapter 2: “The Way Station”
Nov 29, 2016 • 63 min
Delirious and on the edge of death, the Gunslinger meets a boy who has already died. This week, Kole Ross is joined by Autumn Greer, Chase Greenlee, and Paddy Smith to discuss the second chapter of The Gunslinger, where we are introduced to Jake Chambers,…
1: The Gunslinger, Chapter 1: “The Gunslinger”
Nov 15, 2016 • 87 min
Hear this and hear it well: the man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. This inaugural episode covers the first chapter of the first Dark Tower book, both of which are called "The Gunslinger". Kole Ross, Jeremy Greer, Evan Jones…