Where was this when I was in college?.
Boston.com has an article stating Tony Magistrale, chairman of University of Vermont will be presenting a lecture relating King's link to the gothic. Of particular interest to me is that Magistrale is an "expert" on Edgar Allen Poe and will also relate King's work to Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain. Interesting, all American authors, all gothic..
Magistrale's lecture is titled, "Why Stephen King Still Matters." Let's just say. . . I want to go! Especially since a particular interest of mine is Stephen King in American Culture..
Magistrale is author of Hollywoods Stephen King..
My review of Hollywoods Stephen King is here: http://talkstephenking.blogspot.com/2009/08/hollywoods-stephen-king.html.