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Founded in 2017, The Losers’ Club® is a bi-weekly podcast for Constant Readers of Stephen King to dig deep into his oeuvre and the myriad TV, film, print, and stage adaptations of his work. The series is hosted by pop-culture writers Randall Colburn, Dan Caffrey, McKenzie Gerber, Mel Kassel, Ahse Digg, Dan Pfleegor, Jenn Adams, and Michael Roffman, who gather together to read between the pages.
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The Green Mile Pt. 2

The Green Mile Pt. 2

2020-11-2701:40:29

The Losers are still roaming around the halls of Georgia Pines. They've had their eggs, they've eaten their toast, and they're still listening to Paul Edgecombe as he tells his story over a warm glass of orange juice. The end is near, though. Join Dan Caffrey, Jenn Adams, Dan Pfleegor, and Michael Roffman as they reach the last pages of Stephen King's 1996 serialized novel, The Green Mile. In the second of two episodes dedicated to the book, they discuss its blemishes, its beauties, and its bones. They also discuss the loose connections to King's other works (there is one intriguing tie to The Dark Tower), the many, many slices of poundcake within, and eventually how many bright-red Pennywise clown noses this novel deserves. Stay tuned for the film adaptation in December. Chapters include: Intro, Misery (6:30), Sematary (25:00), Word Processor (45:00), Mudcake (1:00:00), King’s Dominion (1:15:00), Final Thoughts (1:24:00), and Outro (1:38:00) Futher reading: Stephen King's Magical Negro Problem Isn't Magical, Stephen King's Super-Duper Magical Negroes, Magical Negro: From The Green Mile to Get Out, and Stephen King Needs More Black Friends Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The Green Mile Pt. 1

The Green Mile Pt. 1

2020-11-2002:36:26

The Losers have left Maine for the balmy confines of Georgia Pines. It's here they listen to a curious old man by the name of Paul Edgecombe. There's no telling how old he is, but those weathered eyes of his speak to multiple lifetimes.  Join Dan Caffrey, Jenn Adams, Dan Pfleegor, and Michael Roffman as they begin their coverage of Stephen King's 1996 serialized novel, The Green Mile. In the first of two episodes dedicated to the book, they discuss its themes of atonement, King's controversial use of the Magical Negro trope, and whether or not Paul is a jerk. Stay tuned for Part Two next week. Chapters include: Intro, The Hook (16:05), Structure & Format (37:45), Heroes & Villains (54:15), and Outro (2:34:00) Futher reading: Stephen King's Magical Negro Problem Isn't Magical, Stephen King's Super-Duper Magical Negroes, Magical Negro: From The Green Mile to Get Out, and Stephen King Needs More Black Friends Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Stephen King's IT miniseries, the original cast of kids reunited for this exciting panel originally recorded for this year's Salem Horror Fest. Hosted by The Losers' Club and filmmaker John Campopiano, the cast discussed stories from the set, the legacy of the miniseries, and growing up with Stephen King. Guests included Marlon Taylor (Mike Hanlon); Brandon Crane (Ben Hanscom); Ben Heller (Stanley Uris); Adam Faraizl (Eddie Kasprak); and Emily Perkins (Beverly Marsh). Want to see the panel in video? Click here! Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Here's a preview of our all-new Patreon exclusive episode that finds the Losers tasked to assign Stephen King properties to five filmmakers: David Lynch, Ari Aster, Wes Anderson, Judd Apatow, and Michael Bay. From there, they each suggest five other filmmakers they'd love to see enter King's Dominion. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The Losers dump out another big ol' Bag of Bones right after spooky season. Together, Losers Michael Roffman, Dan Pfleegor, and McKenzie Gerber crack some skulls and answer your pressing questions. You know, like what would a Stephen King biopic look like? What's the right age to become a Constant Reader? What are some tips for writing stories? And what Stephen King merchandise/paraphernalia would we want ourselves? Gather around and find out the As to your Qs. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Here's a preview of our all-new Patreon exclusive episode that finds the Losers celebrating the festival of Samhain by naming 10 Stephen King titles everyone should pull off their bookshelves every October. Special guest includes actress, writer, filmmaker, and podcast host Julia Marchese. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --Follow Julia Marchese on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; subscribe to her podcast series Horror Movie Survival Guide; and support her Dollar Baby adaptation of "I Know What You Need". --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Legendary SFX creator, television producer, and director Greg Nicotero joins Loser Michael Roffman for a stroll in the Land of the Dead. Together, they discuss his roots in horror, growing up 20 minutes away from George A. Romero's cinematic nightmares, visiting the set of Creepshow, and stumbling into King's Dominion. He also previews The Creepshow Halloween Special, which premieres on Shudder this Thursday, October 29th. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Ever put down your Stephen King book and wonder how much of it could actually happen? So did authors Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence. In fact, the two of them went down such a deep rabbit hole that they came out with a new book. It's called The Science of Stephen King and it's the essential guide for Constant Readers who want to go a little deeper between the lines. In celebration of its recent publication, Loser Randall Colburn sat down with the two authors to discuss their findings in King's Dominion and what brought them there in the first place. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --Purchase The Science of Stephen King via Amazon. --Follow Meg Hafdahl on Twitter --Follow Kelly Florence on Twitter --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Here's a preview of our latest installment of The Crate, a Patreon-only segment of The Losers' Club that offers a monthly deep-dive into random horror rentals. This time around, the Losers revisit a title that's not so random: 1982's Creepshow. Joining them is New York Times best-selling author Daniel Kraus, who just published his posthumous collaboration with Romero, The Living Dead. Want more? Head over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content! Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --Follow Daniel Kraus on Twitter and visit his official site. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The Losers are back in Boulder, Colorado, this time to discuss the New York Comic-Con trailer for Josh Boone's The Stand miniseries for CBS All Access. Join Michael Roffman, Jenn Adams, McKenzie Gerber, and Randall Colburn as they break down every second of the trailer and hear their reactions to the star-studded panel. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Danse Macabre is a new feature of the series that finds the Losers journeying through all the books that influenced Stephen King. The first episode dials back to 1959 for Shirley Jackson's iconic Gothic horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House.  Join Randall Colburn, Jenn Adams, McKenzie Gerber, and Mel Kassel as they discuss the themes within Jackson's influential novel, the many, many adaptations available (including Mike Flanagan's Netflix series), and how it connects to King's work.  Rest assured, they give it the good ol' fashioned Losers' Club book review. Chapters include: Intro (:35), The Stacks (5:00), The Guests and Ghosts (35:00), The Macabre (1:14:00), The Misery (1:25:30), The Magic (1:31:30), The King Connection (1:41:00), and Adaptations/The Final Waltz (1:47:00). Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Here's a preview of our latest installment of Lobstrosities, a Patreon-only segment of The Losers' Club that journeys into the barren wastelands of Stephen King movies and sequels. This time around, the Losers revisit 1992's Pet Sematary 2 alongside a star-studded assembly of guests: Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting, Rachel Reeves of Nightmare on Film Street, and Brett Arnold of The New Flesh Podcast. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content! Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --Follow Meagan Navarro via Twitter and Instagram. Read her work on Bloody Disgusting and subscribe to the Bloody Disgusting Podcast. --Follow Rachel Reeves via Twitter and Instagram. Read her work on Rue Morgue, Nightmare on Film Street, Vehlinggo, and Film Cred. --Follow Brett Arnold via Twitter and subscribe to The New Flesh. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Rose Madder

Rose Madder

2020-09-2503:07:59

The spine cracks, the pages unfold, and the Losers are suddenly inside a world where paintings breathe and horned monsters bite down to the bone. At the center of it all is a woman on the verge of self-actualization, one she’ll achieve only after the huffing, puffing beast she left behind is gone for good. Join Randall Colburn, Jenn Adams, McKenzie James, and returning guest Ana Marie Cox as they review 1995's Rose Madder. Together, they discuss King’s piecemeal use of a Greek myth, whether the villains are too evil, the struggles of building a new life from scratch, and whether this is an unofficial Eclipse novel. Chapters include: Intro (:35), History (18:05), Structure & Format (1:26:00), Heroes & Villains (1:33:00), Misery (2:10:00), Word Processor of the Gods (2:20:00), Sematary (2:34:00), Poundcake (2:42:00), King’s Dominion (2:48:00), Final Thoughts (2:53:00), and Outro (3:06:00) Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Here's a preview of our all-new Patreon exclusive episode that finds the Losers discussing the iconic artwork that has helped mythologize King's entire catalogue. Special guests include author Jason Pellegrini, writer Rachel Reeves, and Suntup Editions founder Paul Suntup. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content! Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --Follow Jason Pellegrini via Twitter and visit his official site to pickup his books. --Follow Rachel Reeves via Twitter and Instagram. Read her work on Rue Morgue, Nightmare on Film Street, Vehlinggo, and Film Cred. --Follow Paul Suntup on Facebook and Twitter. Purchase prints and more at Suntup Editions' official site. --Follow Jenn Adams via Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to Psychoanalysis. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The Losers dump out another big ol' Bag of Bones right as summer turns to fall. Together, Losers Michael Roffman, Dan Caffrey, Jenn Adams, and Randall Colburn crack some skulls and answer your pressing questions. You know, like what would an It movie look like had it been fast-tracked for a 1987 release? Why do people think Stephen King writes bad endings? What are the best King stingers? And what would a King-centric sitcom look like on ABC? Gather around and find out! It's an instant classic episode. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Here's a preview of our all-new Patreon exclusive episode that finds the Losers discussing the origins of the Crimson King and whether or not he's an effective villain. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content! Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The Losers return to Boulder, Colorado to discuss the first teaser trailer for Josh Boone's The Stand miniseries for CBS All Access. Join Michael Roffman, Jenn Adams, and Justin Gerber as they break down every second of the 30-second spot and find more than what meets the eye. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Insomnia

Insomnia

2020-08-2802:54:54

The Losers return to Derry, Maine for some much-needed R&R. Maybe it's the pillow, or the weather, or straight-up allergies, but they just can't seem to get any shut-eye. Even worse, they're having these bizarre visions and being chased by little bald doctors.  Join Randall Colburn, Ahse Digg, Dan Pfleegor, and Jenn Adams as they discuss the multiverse madness within Stephen King's 1994 horror fantasy novel Insomnia. Together, they discuss the grimy horror within and the many, many connections to The Dark Tower. Somewhere along the way, they find a way to sleep. Chapters include: Intro (:35), History (5:18), The Hook (23:00), Structure & Format (47:00), Heroes & Villains (54:25), Misery (1:40:45), Word Processor of the Gods (1:53:00), Sematary (2:03:00), Poundcake (2:17:45), King's Dominion (2:26:30), Maximum Spoilers (2:41:38), Overall Thoughts (2:45:51), and Outro (2:50:00). Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Here's a preview of our all-new Patreon exclusive episode that finds the Losers building the ultimate Stephen King theme park. Want more? Head on over to www.patreon.com/thebarrens and become a Patron for more exclusive bonus content! Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The Losers are finally closing the book on Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes after two long months of coverage. To clean up shop, they're revisiting the remaining adaptations to discuss, specifically 2009’s Dolan’s Cadillac, 1997’s The Night Flier, "Chattery Teeth" from 1997’s Quicksilver Highway, and "The Moving Finger" from 1991’s Monsters. Unfortunately, they couldn't find a stream of "Sorry, Right Number" from the fourth season of Tales from the Darkside, so that one remains lost in the thinny. Alas, topics range from Christian Slater's mid-aughts career, to the sexual appeal of Miguel Ferrer, to the Golden Age of horror anthologies, and, naturally, to Tom Selleck. You've been warned. Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Podchaser | Patreon --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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Comments (19)

Ryan Lee

Love this podcast. A deep dive in all things King. So great to listen to his work being given the respect it deserves.

Oct 24th
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Vern Fenton

i like this podcast, but like the panel like really needs to like check there like usage of like like

Sep 27th
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Robert Pierce

we 2wwwewww we we

Jul 27th
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Robert Pierce

we

Jul 27th
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Vern Fenton

pass

Apr 25th
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Jarred Blancard

Hi guys, My name is Jarred Blancard. I played Henry Bowers in the original "IT" and just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your analysis of our movie. I currently reside in the UK with my wife and son and attend quite a few conventions here. I've listened to every episode and check daily for more. Keep up the great work. Your devoted fan, Jarred

Mar 21st
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Shawn Stone

fuck, was looking forward to this but the podcasters' inane cackling and annoying voices makes this unlistenable

Mar 4th
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Kate Stewart

When are you guys gonna cover Rose Madder?!?

Jan 25th
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Bradley Stewart

have to say I'm loving the deep dives you guys do so far!

Oct 11th
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Dennis Giles

shite.

Sep 22nd
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Laura MacBride

love this podcast! some episodes feel a little drawn out and there are annoying tangents at times, but the hosts are great and put a lot of thought and personality into the episodes. I love finding fellow king fans who want to talk about the books and movies!

Jul 17th
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I'm me

Great show from start to finish. Realizing how I missed some references to the 80's I totally should have seen.

Jul 10th
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Michael de Jager

Disinterested hosts sound like they'd rather be talking about anything else and go on numerous tedious tangents. Don't waste your time on this episode.

Jun 15th
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I'm me

Could "you know" be said more by someone in an interview....you know.

Apr 16th
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Jared Simpson

A very hit and miss podcast that can be incredibly interesting and engaging or boring and biased. The sound quality is also hit and miss but I'd say if you are a big King fan, you'll probably like it.

Mar 12th
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Griffin Gryphon

Thanks for making school a little less crap

Jan 4th
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Sage Beatty

Thanks for all the awesome content! Just wondering though, when are we getting back to the books?

Aug 23rd
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