Stephen King has announced that he is revisiting the world of Danny Torrance and the power known as “shining”:
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 harmless—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’m not usually thrilled about sequels since they rarely expand on the world of the original story but just rehash known places and people. A GOOD sequel should explore the outside world. I would love to see a proper sequel to Firestarter (the TV miniseries didn’t really do it for me), in the book, Charlie was just at the beginning of her power and she was almost a god and she went public. What happened later? Did the public freak out? Did the government cover it up somehow? Just how powerful did she become and did she give in to the temptations of wielding ultimate power?
Doctor Sleep sounds like King is exploring the ramifications of a power that allows for a kind of vampirism and that’s going to be some dark stuff. Perfect for Mr. SK. I can’t wait!