After many long years, Stephen King is giving us a chance to revisit the world of The Shining with his soon-to-be-released sequel, Doctor Sleep. There’s no more crazy dad and haunted hotel in this one however, the story instead following a grown-up Danny Torrance as he makes his way through a world filled with unsavory people. To help hype up sales, the powers that be have created a brief trailer for us which will be broadcast on TV during the airing of Under the Dome, another King TV project. Check out the trailer and the synopsis for Doctor Sleep below.
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 spunky twelve-year-old 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 devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
If it sounds like a winner to you, check out the book when it hits shelves (and eShelves) on September 24th of this year.
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.