There are a lot of books about Stephen King's work; I don't have an exact list, but at one point in time there were more books by far about King than by King. That's an impressive fact, but it's worth asking how many of those books measure up. How many of them are truly worthwhile in terms of what they add to the study of King's work?
Your mileage may vary, but my list of worthy King scholars would include Douglas E. Winter, Kevin Quigley, Bev Vincent, Rocky Wood, Tony Magistrale, and George Beahm, to name a few.
Here's a new name to add to that list: Cooper O'Connor. If you've never heard of him, don't worry; you probably will. O'Connor -- under the moniker "Constant Reader" -- is the host of the podcast Stephen King Cast (or, as it's known on Facebook, Stephen Kingcast). Constant Reader began the podcast in August of 2014 with a simple goal: a chronological exploration of the books of Stephen King. In early 2016, he completed that monumental task.
And what I'll say about that is this: I'm barely finding time to reread one King book a year. This guy not only reread them all in about a year and a half, he produced well over a hundred podcasts analyzing them. That's an achievement, and would be even if the resultant episodes sucked.
They don't suck. They are very, very good; not merely as analysis of King's work, but also as aural entertainment. I'm humbled by what O'Connor achieved, and by my reckoning, he has leaped into the upper echelons of King scholars. He's also a published fiction writer in his own regard. We're going to talk about that in more detail toward the end of this post, but first, let's talk about the podcast.