Sep 6, 2019
Welcome back to King of the Dark, our special series on the B&N Podcast, celebrating and exploring the fictional worlds of Stephen King. Every week for this limited series Liz Braswell and Louis Peitzman join Bill Tipper as they ready through many of King's most fascinating, enduring, and sometimes enigmatic creations, including Carrie, The Shining, It, Misery and many more, talking along the way about their adaptations and the connections between them. We've arrived this week at 2011's bestselling 11/22/63 — a take on the perennial question: if you could travel back in time and change one thing, what would it be? In 11/22/63, King wraps his imagination around the assassination of JFK and creates an almost literal doorway into the past. The result is a love letter to midcentury America and King's unique twist on an enduring theme in speculative fiction. In this episode Liz, Louis and Bill talk about 11/22/63's link between domestic abuse and political violence, the story's surprising connection with the world of It, and one character's ingenious use of time travel to keep his diner open.