Stephen King Fancast: Eyes of the Dragon with Shaun Collins


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On this episode of the Stephen King Fancast, Shaun Collins and I discuss “Eyes of the Dragon.” Shaun is one of the hosts of a Doctor Who Podcast that I am a big fan of called Travelling the Vortex. He and his cronies, Glenn & Keith, also host a blast of a time, in which Wholigans (my made up word for fans of Doctor Who) all sit down at the same time on Friday nights and watch a set episode(s) of Doctor Who and share the experience with each other via Twitter. I’ve joined in for #FridayNightWho on a couple of occasions and think it’s really a great way to chat with other Who fans that I otherwise would not have met! Should you be a Doctor Who fan, or interested in getting started, then check out the Traveling the Vortex podcast!

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Stephen King Fancast: Willa feat. Christopher Birk


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The podcast is back! It’s been a long time coming since Mevio shut this podcast down (read more about that here) but it’s finally back! I am still bitter about the shutdown, however, so feel free to Tweet your hate to them on my behalf. >:)

On this episode, I am joined by  the Director of  the “Willa” adaptation, Christopher Birk. We discuss the “Willa” short story from “Just After Sunset,” and the making of Chris’ film adaptation of “Willa.” Should you be interested in finding out more info on the film, you can watch the trailer below and visit the Official Website, at Alphatree Productions.

Also, I did an interview with Christopher on this blog a few months back, so feel free to give that a read, if you like, by CLICKING HERE.

You may have heard me talking about current Facebook woes on the podcast, and here is the link to that article.

Thanx to Aiming for Aurora for providing the intro/outro music for this podcast. Thanx to The Doubleclicks for providing their song “The Internet National Anthem” for use as break music on this podcast! You really should go show both of those amazing bands your support by clicking over to their sites and buying some songs and/or saying awesome things to them! You can shoot me an email if you want to submit music for me to use on the podcast. Please include links to your preferred sites.

With everything that happened at Mevio, you will have to resubscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Zune. Those links are available below.

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Updating the Stephen King Fancast

As you may know, there has been some trouble with the podcast hosting account for the Stephen King Fancast. I, being a “half full” type, spent a short amount of time wallowing in depravity about the loss of my download numbers. That phase in this transition, is over. I have started focusing on the positives that could come out of this. The biggest one being, that I could re-record those first 4 episodes of the Fancast (that were, by current standards of the podcast, sub-par at best) and put a bit of a shine on them.

However, I have received feedback about those early episodes saying that people liked hearing the bad quality compared to the current quality. It shows that the podcast, and myself have grown in the process of creating the podcast. I would like your opinion on the matter. Should I re-record the episodes in the podcast’s current format? Should I leave them as they are? What do you think?

Leave your thoughts here, on the blog or on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter!

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Update: Stephen King Fancast and Stephen King Movie Club Temporarily Unavailable

It is confirmed. Mevio has officially locked out thousands of podcasters with no warning what-so-ever. Two of the podcasts affected, are the two podcasts that are provided here, the Stephen King Fancast and the Stephen King Movie Club. If you’re not sure what a hosting account is, I’ll explain.

Just like in the real world, if you want your own space on the web to create things and make them accessible, you have to get someone to allow you to use their  space. This is generally done by renting or purchasing. Also just like in the real world, the buying, generally, costs you a lot up front and renting is just more affordable at the moment. I don’t have several thousand dollars to purchase my own server, but I can come up with $30 a month to rent the space needed to host these files. Another part of the service is generating a feed for your files. The feed is what allows the user, that’s you, to subscribe to the podcast once and then get every subsequent episode, “pushed” out to your iTunes, Zune or feed reader accounts. This way, you don’t have to go looking for a new episode every time one is released, it comes to you, automatically the next time you login to iTunes or Zune or whatever. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, you don’t have to visit your friends page to see their updates, those updates are automatically “pushed” out to your news feed.

I will be going with a new hosting service for these podcasts and will take me a while to get that worked out. In light of these developments, the new episode of the Stephen King Movie club that was supposed to go up last Saturday, will be delayed until I can get this all worked out. So will any future episode of the Stephen King Fancast. I’m sorry, but there is no way around this.

I want it to be known that this is in no way something I had control of or could have prevented. I will be working on the problem non-stop from now until this is fixed. This will be an insane workload, so I will not be publishing any articles of my own until I get this sorted.

I also want to say that if you are currently subscribed to either/both of these podcasts, you will need to re-subscribe once the new hosting has been figured out. Since I have been locked out of my Mevio account, I can’t upload new episodes to their service, nor can I update the feed they provided me with. That means that the feed provided to me, by Mevio, is now dead. I will never be able to update that feed. I would suggest unsubscribing from the Stephen King Fancast and Stephen King Movie Club feeds through iTunes, Zune or whatever other service you may be subscribed through.

Once I get this all sorted out, I will have to re-submit the podcast(s) to iTunes, Zune and Stitcher. Once they are approved, I will put up a post here with the appropriate links to subscribe to the new feeds. The links on the podcast pages here will all be updated once I have that information for you.

I am so sorry for this downtime and hope you return and re-subscribe to the podcasts. Both of them had great subscriber and download numbers that I used to get sponsorships and to try to earn ad dollars for the shows, all those numbers will now be reset to zero and I may lose some affiliate relationships due to this. What that means, is that, as far as the podcasts are concerned, all the work that I have put into them and to building my podience (that’s my made up word for my podcast audience) has been almost completely undermined. I’m sure Bob Ledrew of the Kingcast will confirm, 98% of podcast listeners never visit the blog or any of its related pages (Facebook, GetGlue, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube) and will not know what is going on with this. I will have to hope that they think to search for the podcast again in the future.

That tells me that I just lost 98% of a listener base that I worked very hard to build. You can’t possibly imagine how depressing that is to me. I’m not sure if any of my fellow Stephen King bloggers/podcasters are reading this, but you might understand. I would like to ask a favor of my King colleagues. If you are so inclined, I ask that you please post something about this on your blog and/or say something about it on your podcast. There is a chance that some of my listeners/viewers are regulars to your site and they may like the info.

If you are a subscriber to these podcasts, and are upset that this site will be experiencing some downtime, I would like to refer you to the links below to check out some great SK related blogs and podcasts that I, personally, am subscribed to and hope you head over there for your SK related news. I know most of the bloggers/podcasters personally and know that they are all great at what they do and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them. The podcasts here will available again soon, so don’t go too far.

Down, but definitely not out,

@alloy_matt

Blogs:  Lilja’s Library | Ramblings of a Honk Mahfah | Talk Stephen King | Tower Junky

Podcasts:  Discordia 19 | The Kingcast

Problems with the Stephen King Fancast and the Stephen King Movie Club

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This blog is something that I greatly enjoy doing. The podcasts are really my pride and joy, because I do not consider myself a writer, but a podcaster. There are many people that enjoy the podcasts (Stephen King Fancast and Stephen King Movie Club) that are produced and offered, free of charge by this blog, and I would like to take a minute out of your day to be very unseemly and beg for help.

I have recently ran into problems with the service I use to host my podcasts. It has come to my attention that Mevio, my hosting service, has been suspending many podcasters’ hosting accounts, and not providing information as to why this action was taken, or how to correct the situation. You may have noticed that on Saturday, when a new episode of the Stephen King Movie Club was supposed to be released, that it was not. It still hasn’t been released. This is not my doing. The episode is recorded, edited and ready to go. I have not been allowed to upload the episode to my hosting service, Mevio. I have tried to communicate with Mevio about this problem via email and I have not heard back.

With all that being said, I feel I must switch hosting providers. The cost of getting a new podcast hosting provider is somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 a month or $360 a year. That is not a lot of money, but I would like to see if you would be willing to contribute to the future of these podcasts. I do have paypal, so if you would be interested, you can contribute by sending funds to skfancast@yahoo.com.

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