Castle Rock on Hulu is coming soon. Before the season starts, your Castle Rock Zone hosts Wayne Henderson and Geoff Gentry take a little time to introduce themselves. They share their history with Stephen King, talk about his fictional town, and speculate what we may see on the series.
The Town of Castle Rock:
Castle Rock does not exist in Maine, but Stephen King has brought it to life. While King’s town of Derry has maps and a full history (thanks to IT), The Rock is not that fortunate yet. Here is a brief outline from the good folks at wikipedia.com:
Castle Rock is part of Stephen King‘s fictional Maine topography and provides the setting for a number of his novels, novellas, and short stories. Castle Rock first appeared in King’s 1979 novel The Dead Zone, and has reappeared as late as his 2013 novel Doctor Sleep and 2014 novel Revival (see list below). The name is taken from the fictional mountain fort of the same name in William Golding‘s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies.
Population of Castle Rock was 1,280 by 1959 and around 1,500 as of its final chronological appearance in Needful Things. In Needful Things, Castle Rock is placed eighteen miles southwest of South Paris. In Creepshow (1982), there is a sign at the end of “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” that puts Portland at 37 miles, and Boston at 188 miles. “Weeds,” the short story on which “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” was based, was actually set in New Hampshire.
Geographically, this puts Castle Rock in the northern semicircle, of radius 37-miles, centered on Portland, Maine. This could include places such as Durham, Lisbon, Danville, Auburn, Lewiston, Bridgton, and maybe even Sabattus. A map on King’s official website places Castle Rock in Oxford County, in the vicinity of Woodstock. Yet the works in which Castle Rock appears place the town in the fictional “Castle County,” which also includes such towns as Castle Lake and Castle View. The location of Castle Rock may also be related to Marblehead where there is a park by the same name. – Castle Rock entry from Wikipedia
I’m sure that once this series starts going, there will be people who start to map the physical town based on King’s works and the series. I reached out to Robin Furth, Sai King’s right hand woman and author of “Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, Revised and Updated.” I asked if she was going to write a similar book on Castle Rock and maybe Derry. I’ll let you know when I find out. Currently the town is the setting for 13 of King’s works and is mentioned in many others. As mentioned above, Needful Things is centered in the town and gives the most details about the town.
Castle Rock Stories:
The Dead Zone, Cujo, “The Body” (novella from Different Seasons), “Uncle Otto’s Truck” (short story which appears in Skeleton Crew), “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” (short story which appears in Skeleton Crew), The Dark Half, “The Sun Dog” (novella from Four past Midnight), Needful Things, “It Grows on You” (short story which appears in Nightmares & Dreamscapes), “Premium Harmony” (short story which appears in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams), Drunken Fireworks (novella which appears in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams), Gwendy’s Button Box (novella written with Richard Chizmar), Elevation (novella)
Castle Rock The Series:
Hulu has partnered with J.J. Abrams to bring the town to life. Hulu’s description of the series is as follows:
“A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock is an original story that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.” – via Hulu press site
“From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost), best-selling author Stephen King and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw (Manhattan) and Dustin Thomason comes Hulu Original Castle Rock, a psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse. Combining the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories. Castle Rock stars André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Bill Skarsgård (IT), with Jane Levy (Suburgatory) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie). From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Castle Rock premieres July 25th, 2018 on Hulu.” – StephenKing.com
That does not give much away and Wayne and I are OK with that. It seems like we will be getting a mix of characters found in the books King has written and new characters as well. It remains to be seen if the series will take some of the shorter stories surrounding the town and incorporate them or not. We do expect to see a lot of, hopefully, subtle shout-outs to other King works. Wayne and I are confident in J.J. Abrams’ work and his ability to create a captivating series. His work on LOST often paid homage to or even reflected Stephen King’s works. Abrams’ other Hulu series 11.22.63 took a great King novel and adapted it quite well for the screen. With Castle Rock, Abrams has the freedom to tell evocative and thrilling stories in the King universe with less constraints, because it is not based on one book. Where as 11.22.63 was a one and done series, Castle Rock has the potential to continue on with stories started this season or possibly in an anthology format. We just don’t know. Wayne and I are along for the ride and we hope to have your voice in the community and the podcast to add to the discussion.
Your Castle Rock Zone Hosts:
Wayne Henderson has been podcasting and voice acting for over ten years. Since Wayne’s love of podcasting and watching mysterious television series go together so well, he has previously podcasted about LOST, Fringe, Resurrection, Revenge, Under The Dome and 11.22.63. He also hosts podcasts devoted to the Green Bay Packers and to Voice-Over careers. Wayne’s work on Under the Dome Radio and 11.22.63 A Look Back got him interested in the world of Stephen King. He has read many of the books and participated in many of the Remake This Movie Right! podcasts about King’s works. He’s excited to be back covering Sai King!
Geoff Gentry began his road to podcasting as a listener. Listening and leaving feedback for two LOST podcasts got him started. This also connected him with great people all over the globe. One of those being Wayne. After years of leaving feedback, he helped Ryan & Jen Ozawa by filling in and getting others to fill in while Jen was fighting cancer. Later he became a regular feedback contributor to GSM’s Stuff I Learned Yesterday. Before the start of season 2 of Gotham, Geoff joined Karen Lindsay to become the co-host of Gotham Undercover. He was a host on Stuff I Learned Yesterday and helped behind the scenes for a good while on Triplecast. Geoff has read or listened to most of King’s works and is excited to jump into podcasting about them.
Castle Rock premiers on Wednesday July 25. Hulu will release the first three episodes and then, presumably, one episode each week there after. It is our plan to cover one episode per week giving you the time to call in your thoughts and theories.
Plus as hinted in this podcast you can hear Wayne, Geoff and others on an upcoming podcast of Remake This Movie Right! covering a major Stephen King work.
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