In the 2013 Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, they sit down with legendary author Stephen King to chat about “Doctor Sleep,” his written sequel to “The Shining” out September 24.
While King has already revealed quite a bit about the book, he hasn’t really delved into his inspirations, most of which stem from questions about Danny Torrance’s relationship to his father.
“Every now and then somebody would ask, ‘Whatever happened to Danny?’ I used to joke and say, ‘He married Charlie McGee from “Firestarter”, and they had these amazing kids!’ But I did sort of wonder about it.”
He finally decided to take a chance with it when he found an interesting way of linking Danny and his father, Jack. Read on for the scoop!
“The other thing people would ask me is ‘How come [his dad] Jack Torrance never tried AA?’ Because he was this total dry drunk in the book who never goes near a meeting. When the [sequel] idea would pop up in my mind I would think, ‘Now Danny’s 20, or now he’s 25. I wonder if he’s drinking like his father?’ Finally I decided, ‘Okay, why don’t I use that in the story and just revisit the whole issue?’ Like father, like son.”
When asked about the plot of Danny being pursued by a nomadic group who masquerade as Winnebago-riding pensioner, but feed off people with their energy, King reveals a major spoiler about the book’s finale.
“I had a chance to return things to the New England setting that I know, but I did go back to Colorado and looked around and said, ‘I’ve got to try to bring this back around to where the original book was.’ Everything should come home again. So there is actually a climax in – let’s put it this way- an area people will remember.”
He continues, “I’m not sure if this is going to be a problem for readers or not, but “Doctor Sleep” is a sequel to the novel. It’s not a sequel to the Kubrick film. At the end of the film, the Overlook is still there. It just kind of freezes. But at the end of the book, it burns down.”