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Stephen King Dates “The Shining” Sequel, “Doctor Sleep”

If you’re beyond excited for the hotly anticipated “The Shining” sequel, you may want to skip this story and revisit it next summer. This is going to be a long wait.

Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton have established September 24, 2013 as the official first publication date for “Doctor Sleep,” a sequel to “The Shining,” reports author Stephen King’s official website. The sequel follows Danny Torrance, Jack’s son from “The Shining”, as an adult.

Here’s 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.



  • evilfairydust

    I’m sorry, but that just sounds terrible. Far be it for me to tell Stephen King what to do, but if there’s going to be a sequel to The Shining, I feel like it should primarily involve the Overlook Hotel and it’s inhabitants. I’m much less interested in what Danny Torrence is doing in a completely different time and situation.

    I guess we’ll just have to see…

    • Frogger08

      Well, evilfairydust. Considering the Overlook Hotel was destroyed (at the end of the book, not the movie, which for some strange reason changed the ending), I don’t think any sequels can be set there.

      The idea for the book does sound a bit lackluster, but I’m not judging until I’ve read it. Might be better than the 1st.

    • EvilHead1981

      I’d call it a loose sequel, as it’s not The Shining Part II. It’s just another story in King’s horror universe where one of the characters from The Shining encounters other horrific occurances. It’s like, in It, when Hallorann was there during the burning of the Black Spot club. That doesn’t mean Pennywise has some underlying connection to the Overlook Hotel. It’s just big web of characters, which King does all the time.

      • evilfairydust

        Yeah, I actually love how he does that….it’s always a nice little surprise, especially in his short stories. I guess they just shouldn’t be calling this a “sequel” to The Shining. Just because it has one of the same characters in it doesn’t make it a sequel.

  • theodds22

    That’s quite a long wait. -_-

    • Darkness69

      I agree!

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