We get a little weird during the opening as we’re joined by Ashleigh Hatter, but then we get into a very interesting conversation about the work of Stephen King. We discuss a bit about the differences between his past work and current work, as well as his editing choices (or lack thereof) as of late. 

Then we answer the big question: should Stephen King retire? Also, be sure to check out a bonus track after the outro music. 

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  1. A bold question! Personally, I don’t think he should retire. If his creative spark is still lighting up, then he should follow it into whatever scary tunnels his imagination can dream up. But then, I haven’t read King’s recent work — so I can’t judge how it compares to his past stories. I’ll give your episode a listen and learn what you guys think….

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      1. Man, those are deep questions. It’s like getting into what’s worth the cost of something. I didn’t really like “Avatar,” but the theater people still took my money. Same with bookstores and Amazon. King has lots of money and could put ebooks for free on his website. That would be a really generous thing to do. But in the meantime, I’ll use my public library to get some of the books I read.

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  2. Hey Guys, 1st time listener. Really enjoyed the episode. I’ll be back for more listening enjoyment. I am an avid Stephen King reader, so of course your title caught my attention. I think he does get away with things, that surely an editor would guide him to the correct answers. But he’s Stephen King. He’s like you said, the Rolling Stones, of the literary world. And no one is going to tell him what to do, especially at this point in his career. And yes, if he published his grocery list, it would be a best seller. With King, I just really enjoy his writing. It’s smooth process to read his books. Are they always diamond quality, I can say no. One of his more recent books “The Institute” has become one of my favorites of his. And I do agree about “Joyland” as well. It definitely the best of the 3 Hard Case Crime (noir/pulp) series. I don’t think he should retire. You can make an artist just stop. It’s in them. He certainly doesn’t need the money, so as long as he is enjoying the process, have at it. I’ll be there, in line, buying the updated grocery list as well. LOL. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the episode! I’m currently reading Everything is Eventual and am really liking it. King is one of the few authors who excels at both short stories and novels; a feat that is much more difficult than most realize.


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