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Stephen King “Shines” Again – Return to Haunting Story

November 25, 2009 | | Comments 3

Stephen-King-2maxBooks.Torontoist.com is reporting that prospects are looking good for Stephen King to write a sequel to the classic Haunted House story – The Shining. According to the website, King was interviewed last night by David Cronenberg on stage at the Canon Theater in Toronto, following a 15 minute reading from his current bestseller Under the Dome.

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Then King dropped a fan bombshell on the crowd by casually describing a novel idea he began working on last summer. Seems King was wondering whatever happened to Danny Torrance of The Shining, who when readers last saw him was recovering from his ordeal at the Overlook Hotel at a resort in Maine with fellow survivors Wendy Torrance and chef Dick Halloran (who dies in the Kubrick film version). King remarked that though he ended his 1977 novel on a positive note, the Overlook was bound to have left young Danny with a lifetime’s worth of emotional scars. What Danny made of those traumatic experiences, and with the psychic powers that saved him from his father at the Overlook, is a question that King believes might make a damn fine sequel.

So what would a sequel to one of King’s most beloved novels look like? In King’s still tentative plan for the novel, Danny is now 40 years old and living in upstate New York, where he works as the equivalent of an orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill. Danny’s real job is to visit with patients who are just about to pass on to the other side, and to help them make that journey with the aid of his mysterious powers. Danny also has a sideline in betting on the horses, a trick he learned from his buddy Dick Hallorann.

The working title for such a prospect is DOCTOR SLEEP.

I vote “Yes”!!

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  1. Robert says:

    What a wild idea. Has King ever done a sequel to any of his work? I know that The Dead Zone was expanded into a series, but I’m not sure about King going back to the well with any of his other work.

  2. admin says:

    I think you are right. There have been sequels done to his work – like the endless sequels to Children of the Corn. And a TV version of The Shining. But no sequels that I’m aware of. It will be great to see how a master handles a sequel to his own legendary classic.

  3. Thomas says:

    im a HUGE stephen king fan and ive red Christine, 1408 (all the short stories in it), and The Shining. What other books are good by him???
    oops i spelt read wrong

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