When you hear the name Stephen King you instantly think of the horror that soon follows it. When just the name is enough to scare people it proves to how powerful King’s novels truly are. His first novel, Carrie, was published 38 years ago and has since then been writing novels at a constant pace creating many unforgettable monsters that lurk in the deepest parts of your nightmares.
“Some places are like people: some shine and some don’t.”
You can’t be a fan of the horror genre without knowing about perhaps his most popular novel ever, The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s amazing adaptation of it which many people will tell you is the scariest film of all time. Prepare yourselves, because on January 15th, 2013 Stephen King will be releasing his latest novel, Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. It seems like an insane idea at first, but who better than King himself to come up with such a fantastic idea by revisiting Danny Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and what happened to him decades after the incident at the Overlook Hotel. Here is the official plot:
“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.”
That sounds absolutely nothing like any sequel to The Shining that I would have ever expected and that is exactly why Mr. King is such a brilliant writer. Some people may be reluctant to follow King in revisiting a classic character like Danny Torrence but I can assure you that if it is anything like his most recent return to one of his most popular characters ever with Roland Deschain in his newest novel The Wind Through The Keyhole then it is going to be an unforgettable experience. You could tell in his writing of that novel that he had an absolute blast revisiting that character and it was really something special. I expect the same from Doctor Sleep and I as a constant reader am very much looking forward to this one and the nightmares that will follow.
As always, thanks for reading.