It’s been 35 years since The Shining first graced bookshelves, but fans will only have to wait one more year for Stephen King’s sequel to be released. Doctor Sleep, which we announced in a previous article, will now be released on September 24th, 2013. The novel will center on Dan Torrance, the grown-up protagonist from the original story. As a wanderer who finally settles down in a New Hampshire town, he works at a nursing home and uses his “shining” to help the residents pass painlessly into eternal sleep. He also must defend himself and Abra Stone, a tween girl gifted with the shining, from a roving band of supernaturals who feed off their power. Much like The Shining was adapted into the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film, we can certainly expect to see some feature adaptation news of Doctor Sleep in the coming months. Hit the jump for more on King’s sequel.
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the 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.
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.”
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.