Rank #1: Episode 1: The Gunslinger, Chapter 1: "The Gunslinger"
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 Thorne, and Murph Murphy, talk about our introduction to Roland Deschain of Gilead and the Man in Black, and the destructive battle in the town of Tull at the edge of the Mohaine desert.
Each episode of the first season will cover one chapter of the first book. After that, things may change a little.
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Special Guests: Evan Jones Thorne, Jeremy Greer, and Murph Murphy.
Rank #2: Episode 32: Wizard and Glass, "All God's Chillun' Got Shoes"
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 into a familiar palace, inhabited by a familiar devilish interloper.
Rank #3: Episode 41: 'Salem's Lot
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.
Rank #4: Episode 44: Wolves of the Calla, "Todash" (Part 2)
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.
Rank #5: Episode 31: Wizard and Glass, "Come, Reap (Part 3)"
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 by Hambry on a burning pyre. The old ways are coming back.
Rank #6: Episode 45: Wolves of the Calla, "Telling Tales" (Part 1)
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.
Rank #7: Episode 30: Wizard and Glass, "Come, Reap (Part 2)"
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.
Rank #8: Episode 35: The Wind Through the Keyhole, "Starkblast / Skin-Man (Part 1)"
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 stranded by a Starkblast... a deadly kind of winter storm. With nothing left to do, Roland tells them about what he did after his mission to Hambry.
Rank #9: Episode 51: From a Buick 8
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.
Rank #10: Episode 2: The Gunslinger, Chapter 2: "The Way Station"
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, a young boy from New York. We're also acquainted with some of the more mysterious aspects of Roland's world... both the mystical speaking demon in a basement, and the technologically advanced atomic water pump.
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Rank #11: Episode 39: The Fall of Gilead / The Battle of Jericho Hill
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".
Rank #12: Episode 50: Bag of Bones
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.
Rank #13: Episode 3: The Gunslinger, Chapter 3: "The Oracle and the Mountains"
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.
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Rank #14: Episode 43: Wolves of the Calla, "Todash" (Part 1)
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.
Rank #15: Episode 55: The Talisman
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.