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Stephen King Writes A Sequel To The Shining, Makes Us Something, Something

I don’t know how many of you have seen The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode that spoofs Stephen King’s The Shining but this news hit me like a go-crazy-Homer-with-an-ax this morning. King has apparently been working on a sequel to what is probably his most famous book. It’s going to be called Doctor Sleep. Hit the jump to read the synopsis. If you dare. released the information about Doctor Sleep a few days ago. The novel will see the return of Danny Torrance, the child from The Shining, only this time he’s middle-aged and going by Dan. There will also be a “very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.”

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

So, definitely a departure from the Overlook Hotel, although, King hasn’t forgotten it or what it did to Danny.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Ahh, seems good ol’ dad’s alcoholism rubbed off on the kid but prescient cat? That’s something.

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

I don’t know how I feel about this. I mean, I filed it under “Bad ideas from smart people,” but who knows, it could be great. I just think of The Shining as a modern classic and a book that’s pretty much perfect the way it is. Going back to it, especially after 35 years, just feels weird to me. At least it seems like it’s really a whole new story about Danny, sorry, Dan and although King will probably be touching on it a lot, not revisiting the same territory as the first book. What do you think? Doctor Sleep should be in stores 2013.

I’ll leave you with this, just because I can…

(via MTV Geek)

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  • Kath

    This was announced aaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggessssssssssssss ago.

  • Mark

    All of this story’s problems could be solved if Abra just used Teleport.

  • Rick Bman

    It sounds like he came up with this completely unrelated story idea and was like, “Hmmm, how can I make this interesting? Oh I know, I’ll make the main character Danny from The Shining.”

  • Anonymous

    Just reading the synops I am creeped out! Kids, old people, and RVS?! *grabs blanket and hides under it*

  • Sabreman

    The prescient cat (a cat who can “fore-see” things), is probably based on a real-life cat at a nursing home who has an astonishing track record of predicting when inhabitants there will die: the cat will go curl up on their stomach and purr until they pass on, and is actually better than the staff at figuring out who has reached the final 24 hours. (I read this in a Cracked article once.)

  • Terence Ng

    It’s not too shocking that he’s doing this, considering how his Dark Tower series ties all his novels together in stringy ways. It’s the Tsubasa to his CLAMP Universe.

  • Joshua Paul Hawkins

    Or the Doctor…or Sam and Dean…or Angel…or Ghost Hunters…or. or. or. or. or. or. 

    But then I just realized you were making a pokemon reference and had to edit this haha. Well played sir. Well PLAYED.

  • Joshua Paul Hawkins

    At least he’s not writing a WWII epic and then only to explain that all his other books/movies are how the world would be if they killed Hitler in a movie theater therefore winning the war.

  • Tim McElwee

    There’s a few mentions of why King wanted to do this — and that he wrote most of it before telling his editors about it — in a interview he did with Neil Gaiman.

  • Taste_is_Sweet

     Did Torentino actually do that?

  • Anonymous

    Gotta get and read these books ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FellowHuman

    If you get the audiobook of his last book ‘The Wind through the Keyhole,’ you can hear him read the whole first chapter from this book. Gonna be great.

  • FellowHuman

    He’s has had one or two books a year every year since 1976. Each a number one best seller. Think about that for a while. You sound jaded.

  • Skemono
  • Frodo Baggins

    “a New Hampshire town”

    Wait a minute. Doesn’t he mean a Maine town? Come on Stephen, did you forget Stephen King Novels Rule #1?

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  • Maggie Champaigne

    Sounds like Dean Koontz.

  • Troy Baer

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this, seeing as how King just published an eighth book in his supposedly complete Dark Tower series.

  • Matthew Biddle

    Ordered this set for my collection.

  • Kath

    *Is late with this*

    The Dark Tower is no less complete without The Wind… – It has little relevance to the rest of the series, and is more akin to the comics coming from Marvel than a novel in the series.