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Welcome to Radio Free Mid-World, a podcast examination of the Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King. Every other week, a panel of hosts will discuss these books that merge fantasy, sci-fi, and western themes... outlining the quest of the last Gunslinger to reach the Dark Tower.

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Welcome to Radio Free Mid-World, a podcast examination of the Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King. Every other week, a panel of hosts will discuss these books that merge fantasy, sci-fi, and western themes... outlining the quest of the last Gunslinger to reach the Dark Tower.

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Late to the party.

By Gamecockfan1001 - Aug 21 2019
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I think this is great. New to the duck feed stuff but I’m loving it

Good analysis, pleasant listening

By Oody F. - Jun 04 2019
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Nice way to absorb the series without the time-sink of picking the books back up.

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73 Ratings
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Late to the party.

By Gamecockfan1001 - Aug 21 2019
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I think this is great. New to the duck feed stuff but I’m loving it

Good analysis, pleasant listening

By Oody F. - Jun 04 2019
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Nice way to absorb the series without the time-sink of picking the books back up.

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Radio Free Mid-World

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Welcome to Radio Free Mid-World, a podcast examination of the Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King. Every other week, a panel of hosts will discuss these books that merge fantasy, sci-fi, and western themes... outlining the quest of the last Gunslinger to reach the Dark Tower.

Episode 26: Wizard and Glass, "Riddles"

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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 you really expect it to be?

Special Guest: Evan Jones Thorne.

Oct 31 2017

1hr 23mins

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Episode 3: The Gunslinger, Chapter 3: "The Oracle and the Mountains"

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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 out of the desert and into the mountains. There, in the decadent greenery, we see Jake and Roland get closer, but we also see the beginning of the cracks in their partnership... as Roland learns from a succubus oracle that Jake's sacrifice is his key to the Tower.

Thank you so much for listening. I encourage you to check out the previous episodes if you haven't. Also, please rate and review this show on iTunes. It's very important that we get a ground swell, so the show will come to more peoples' attention.

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Dec 13 2016

1hr 18mins

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Episode 14: The Waste Lands, "Bear and Bone"

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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 have had a chance to recuperate and train in the woods. But there are two problems: Roland is losing his mind, and there's someone in the forest who wants them out.

May 16 2017

1hr 53mins

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Episode 24: The Stand (Part 1)

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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. Come along with us to hear about the superflu, survival in a world devoid of people, and the nascent stages of a battle between good and evil.

Oct 03 2017

2hr 24mins

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Episode 4: The Gunslinger, Chapter 4: "The Slow Mutants"

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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 the Man in Black into the tunnels beneath the mountains. What waits for them is weeks of darkness, rusted remnants of the world that was, and a railroad push-car that just won't shut up. Oh, also a look into Roland's past, and the climax of this very book.

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Dec 27 2016

1hr 25mins

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Episode 5: The Gunslinger, Chapter 5: "The Gunslinger and the Man in Black"

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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 Jake's life for. In a Golgotha that faces the sea, over a night that lasts for years, we get a taste of the tower, and a sense for what a son-of-a-bitch Walter is.

Thank you so much for listening to this season of the show. After a small interlude to talk about The Eyes of the Dragon, we will return with discussion about The Drawing of the Three.

Special Guests: Evan Jones Thorne, Jeremy Greer, and Murph Murphy.

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Jan 10 2017

1hr 40mins

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Episode 7: The Drawing of the Three: "The Prisoner (Part 1)"

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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 sits on the beach, dreaming in a daze about the words of the Man in Black as a Lobstrosity bites his fingers off. And that's just the start of Roland's no good very bad day, as he sets out to find his door into the mind of Eddie Dean, one of the best characters in the series.

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Feb 07 2017

1hr 19mins

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Episode 45: Wolves of the Calla, "Telling Tales" (Part 1)

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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 Calla Bryn Sturgis to talk about Roland's weird rice cum dance. It's an eventful episode.

Aug 07 2018

1hr 6mins

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Episode 21: The Dark Tower Movie

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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. So grab some popcorn and hear us lament the death of opportunity.

Aug 22 2017

2hr 52mins

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Episode 28: Wizard and Glass, "Susan (Part 2)"

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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.

Nov 29 2017

1hr 16mins

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Episode 43: Wolves of the Calla, "Todash" (Part 1)

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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 return them Roont, or ruined. And among the simple farmers is a remarkable man, another castaway from Earth. Someone we've met before.

Jul 11 2018

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Episode 38: The Wind Through the Keyhole, "Skin-Man (Part 2) / Storm's Over"

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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 Debaria. As for where that Skin-Man came from? Well, that's another mystery.

Apr 18 2018

1hr 17mins

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Episode 15: The Waste Lands, "Key and Rose"

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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. He's an ordinary boy living his life in Manhattan in 1977, but he's also a living paradox. Driven insane by the memories of events that never were, he leaves school to find a very, very important abandoned lot.

May 31 2017

1hr 49mins

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Episode 39: The Fall of Gilead / The Battle of Jericho Hill

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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 covers the trade paperbacks "The Fall of Gilead" and "The Battle of Jericho Hill".

Apr 26 2018

1hr 41mins

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Episode 6: The Eyes of the Dragon

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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 along to talk about Prince Peter's escape from the Needle, and the machinations of In-World's least favorite magician in residence.

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Jan 24 2017

1hr 32mins

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Episode 16: The Waste Lands, "Door and Demon"

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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 mansion. One heightened and violent scene later, our Ka-Tet is that much closer to completion.

Jun 13 2017

1hr 38mins

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Episode 44: Wolves of the Calla, "Todash" (Part 2)

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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 makes his introductions. Roland and company learn more specifics about the Wolves, and decide that it's their duty to protect this town, even if they don't want protection.

Jul 24 2018

1hr 17mins

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Episode 8: The Drawing of the Three: "The Prisoner (Part 2)"

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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 paired with our Gunslinger. Fresh out of a nail-biting jam with customs, Eddie must now figure out what happened to his brother and deal with Enrico Balazar, all while keeping Roland alive.

Feb 21 2017

1hr 12mins

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Episode 27: Wizard and Glass, "Susan (Part 1)"

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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 grips of a larger plot and greater danger. This chapter introduces us to Susan, Rhea, and the Big Coffin Hunters.

Nov 15 2017

2hr 2mins

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Episode 46: Wolves of the Calla, "Telling Tales" (Part 2)

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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 women of the Calla know how to throw sharpened titanium plates. But things start going wrong when Jake witnesses Susannah's nightly fugue states.

Aug 21 2018

1hr 18mins

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Episode 58: Everything's Eventual

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Even joins me to talk about the short story "Everything's Eventual", which introduces the unwitting psychic assassin Dinky Earnshaw. Some bad dialogue aside, this Dark Tower side story is tightly written, and does a great job at inducing both paranoia and impostor syndrome.

Oct 29 2019

1hr 20mins

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Episode 57: It: Chapter 2

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This week, Gwen joins me to talk about the sequel to the 2017 "It" film. This continues the story with an all new cast of grown up Losers returning to Derry to stop Pennywise once and for all. While we have some problems with the pacing, there are some really neat ideas going on here, along with some inspired casting.

Sep 27 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 56: The Dark Tower, "The Little Red King"

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Jeremy Greer joins me to observe the birth of Mordred Deschain, and the deaths of Mother Mia and Father Callahan. This section of the book feels like the proper end to Song of Susannah, as our diminished ka-tet risks everything to reunite back in All-World.

Sep 03 2019

1hr 39mins

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Episode 55: The Talisman

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Zack Johnson joins me to talk about The Talisman, Stephen King's 1984 collaboration with Peter Straub that acts as a rough draft for many concepts in The Dark Tower saga. Jack is a young boy learns that the world has a dual nature. He's given a mission to venture to California, shifting back and forth between America and the Territories, to retrieve the Talisman and save his mother's life. To bad his uncle is standing in his way.

Jul 10 2019

1hr 59mins

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Episode 54: Song of Susannah, Stanzas 11-13

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Autumn Greer joins me once more to finish out this book, which climaxes with Eddie and Roland wandering into the Maine home of Stephen King himself to learn about the cosmic stakes of the novel they star in. Meanwhile, Jake and Callahan accidentally cause 9/11 and Susannah is carted into the Dixie Pig to give birth.

It's a weird book.

Jun 25 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode 53: Song of Susannah, Stanzas 7-10

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Autumn Greer joins me once more to talk about the middle portion of Song of Susannah, which follows the adventures of Eddie and Roland in Maine in 1977. They arrive in the middle of an ambush organized by the forces of the Crimson King, and face down a completely contemptible Calvin Tower, who is more than ready to renege on his deal. Meanwhile, Susannah and Detta squeeze more answers out of a reticent Mia who is also in denial.

Jun 11 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode 52: Song of Susannah, Stanzas 1-6

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Autumn Greer joins me to talk about Song of Susannah, which is nobody's favorite Dark Tower book. However, it sets the stage for what happens next, so it's important to get the discussion right. Susannah has fled to New York with Black 13, piloted by Mia, Daughter of None. She is being directed to a place where she can give birth to a very dangerous child. Meanwhile, the rest of the ka-tet gets their rescue plan royally boned.

May 29 2019

1hr 40mins

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Episode 51: From a Buick 8

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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 state police barracks nearby. The novel, through flashbacks, tells the story of how a rookie led the charge to investigate the otherworldly happenings spurred on by the car's presence, in what's probably King's most Lovecraftian book to date.

Nov 14 2018

1hr 36mins

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Episode 50: Bag of Bones

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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.

Nov 07 2018

1hr 12mins

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Episode 49: Wolves of the Calla, "The Wolves" (Part 2)

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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 answers about what exactly the Wolves are doing with those twins they abduct.

Oct 10 2018

1hr 18mins

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Episode 48: The Wolves of the Calla, "The Wolves" (Part 1)

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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 figuring out how to protect the Rose. However, it involves Eddie taking a brief jaunt into is old, strange home of Manhattan.

Sep 19 2018

1hr 9mins

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Episode 47: Wolves of the Calla, "Telling Tales" (Part 3)

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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 about how he hit rock bottom, was attacked by the Hitler Brothers, and saved by some very familiar people.

Sep 04 2018

1hr 28mins

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Episode 46: Wolves of the Calla, "Telling Tales" (Part 2)

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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 women of the Calla know how to throw sharpened titanium plates. But things start going wrong when Jake witnesses Susannah's nightly fugue states.

Aug 21 2018

1hr 18mins

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Episode 45: Wolves of the Calla, "Telling Tales" (Part 1)

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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 Calla Bryn Sturgis to talk about Roland's weird rice cum dance. It's an eventful episode.

Aug 07 2018

1hr 6mins

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Episode 44: Wolves of the Calla, "Todash" (Part 2)

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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 makes his introductions. Roland and company learn more specifics about the Wolves, and decide that it's their duty to protect this town, even if they don't want protection.

Jul 24 2018

1hr 17mins

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Episode 43: Wolves of the Calla, "Todash" (Part 1)

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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 return them Roont, or ruined. And among the simple farmers is a remarkable man, another castaway from Earth. Someone we've met before.

Jul 11 2018

57mins

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Episode 42: The Regulators

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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 demon Tak uses a child's mind and obsession with westerns and cartoons to turn a neighborhood into a killing floor.

Jun 26 2018

1hr 20mins

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Episode 41: 'Salem's Lot

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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 events of this book have a great bearing on the final Dark Tower titles, so I'd encourage you to listen in.

Jun 13 2018

1hr 42mins

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Episode 40: The Little Sisters of Eluria

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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 Everything's Eventual. This tale concerns Roland's discovery of a coterie of vampires masquerading as nuns, and it will serve as a good primer for the Wolves of the Calla and the following books.

Thank you for being understanding about our short absence.

May 29 2018

1hr 22mins

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Episode 39: The Fall of Gilead / The Battle of Jericho Hill

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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 covers the trade paperbacks "The Fall of Gilead" and "The Battle of Jericho Hill".

Apr 26 2018

1hr 41mins

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