Stephen King Announces ‘Dr. Sleep’, Sequel to ‘The Shining’

the-shining So it seems Stephen King has been planning a sequel to The Shining for some time, and now it’s officially going to happen.  We enjoy us some King around here; he’s influenced many mediums in entertainment and it’s not easy to knock the man.  That original book is one of King’s most popular, a lot of that has to do with the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation – a movie King hated.

Dr. Sleep, is the name of the book, and the author is already out reading excerpts from it (video below).  King’s official website posted this yesterday:

It’s now official–Stephen is working on Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. This weekend Steve read an excerpt from this at his appearance at George Mason University. They have given us permission to post their taping of the event here on Steve’s site which we will do as soon as we receive the file. Dr. Sleep’s plot includes a traveling group of vampires called The Tribe which is part of the passage he read from.

Back in 2009, Dr. Sleep was first mentioned as such: An emotionally scarred Danny Torrance now a 40-year-old orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill in upstate New York. But 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.” And on the side, Danny bets on the horse races, a trick he learned from his old friend Dick. The proposed title for the book is “Doctor Sleep.”

In the video below, King now says:   This is an idea that I’ve had for some time. I wrote a novel in the ’70s called The shining… I always wondered what happened to that kid, Danny Torrance, when he grew up… and this story started to form. The book isn’t finished yet, it’s called Dr. Sleep. This kinda goes back to: what’s the worst thing you can think of? I knew that there were bad people in this story that were like vampires, only that what they sucked out was not blood, but psychic energy from special people like Danny Torrance. And I came to realize that these people were called The Tribe and that they move around a lot.