Welcome to episode fifteen of King of the Dark, our special series on the B&N Podcast devoted to the worlds of Stephen King. It's big week for us — Louis Peitzman, Liz Braswell and Bill Tipper started with King's 1974 bestseller Carrie and now we've arrived at his latest novel, The Institute, which was published just last week, on September 10th. It's a story packed with themes that will be familiar to King's fans — the story concerns a group of children who possess psychic talents, a drifter who finds a fresh start in a small town, and a government conspiracy willing to stop at nothing. But it's also about kids banding together against grotesque forces, about uncertain journeys across America, the ease with which the powerful exploit human weakness, and the unheralded strength in the bonds of friendship, shot through with humor, horror, incredible tension and an eye for workaday cruelties and unexpected moments of beauty. In other words, vintage Stephen King. A quick warning: Spoilers Ahead! If you haven't read The Institute yet, definitely pause and devour before listening.