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Shining sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ gets official publication date

September 23rd, 2012 by Marc Comments

The Shining is still one of the greatest horror novels of all time and we found out a while ago that FTN favourite Stephen King has a sequel – Doctor Sleep – coming soon, well now we know we haven’t too long to wait…

Yes, the story of young Danny Torrance didn’t end when his father died 36 years ago in the original Shining novel. Oh no, his story will be continued on 24th September 2013, according to King himself.

The original novel – perhaps best known for its movie adaptation by Stanley Kubrick which was actully vastly different than King’s story – was King’s third novel and told the story of Jack Torrance who took his family to stay at the Overlook Hotel during off-season. But when the ghosts at the hotel start coming out, they turn Jack into a dangerous man who is a threat to his family, it’s all made worse because Danny, Jack’s son, is a strong psychic and can see the horrors that live in the hotel. Classic stuff.

But the sequel – King’s first direct sequel (we’re not counting The Dark Tower series) – will, according to publishers Hodder and Stoughton, follow Danny, now a fully-grown man who ‘ has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence’ and it 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’.

Danny has settled in a New Hampshire town, where his ‘shining’ psychic ability is used to provide final comfort to the dying. Known by the townsfolk as Doctor Sleep, he comes into contact with a 12-year-old girl, Abra Stone, whose shining is “the brightest ever seen”, and must fight a terrifying tribe of quasi-immortal beings who live off the “steam” which children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Hmmmmmm… looks like King is continuing to tie it all together.

Listen to King reading the first chapter from Doctor Sleep here

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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