Back in September I had heard that Stephen King, the horror writing king who has been scaring readers for years with ‘It’, ‘The Stand’, ‘Pet Sematary’, along with another classic ‘The Shining’, had begun working on a sequel to ‘The Shining’.
You can read my post here: Stephen King Announces work on â€œThe Shiningâ€ sequel novel
Word came out a few days ago that there was a posting on King’s official website of a synopsis and I have to say it sounds pretty good:
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 harmlessâ€”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.
I read the original book back when I was in High School, the book is much better than either movie (the Stanley Kubrick directed Jack Nicholson version that debuted in 1980 or the made for TV mini-series in 1997–I am however partial to the Kubrick version, it still stands as one of the creepiest movies ever) and I would love to read this sequel.
Just the fact that King decided to return to this classic world he created back in 1977 makes this extra special. I hope it stands up to the original.I currently have King’s ’11/22/63′ that I’m bouncing between reading that and ‘The Hunger Games’, hope I can finish both soon.
Who else is interested in reading this book? Who read the original ‘The Shining’ novel?