Much to the delight of horror fans, best-selling novelist Stephen King recently confirmed his ongoing work on the sequel to The Shining (titled Dr. Sleep) by reading an excerpt from the forthcoming novel to an audience at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
The Shining, first published in 1977 and later adapted to film by director Stanley Kubrick, is considered a high point in King’s literary career. It’s the story of the Torrance family who spend a beastly cold Colorado winter at the remote Overlook Hotel where strange things begin to occur.
The sequel, King told the university audience, features Danny Torrance, as a grown up.
“I kept wondering, what’s going on with Danny Torrance? Where did he go after this terrible experience? And little by little, this story began to form,” King explained to the crowd gathered at GMU.
In Dr. Sleep, Danny is 40, and working in a hospice for the terminally ill in New York. Torrance has special powers though, and will visit the patients as they’re about to “cross over” to help them move on without pain. That is, until he runs into a “gang of wandering psychic vampires who feed on people’s energy.”
Check out the video below to hear Stephen King read a passage from Dr. Sleep:
“11/22/63,” King’s next novel which tells the story of a time traveler attempting to prevent the JFK assassination, arrives November 8.