Stephen King is finally returning to the world he created in his bestselling novel, “The Shining.” In his upcoming novel, “Doctor Sleep,” King presents a middle-aged Dan Torrance. Dan, the young protagonist from “The Shining,” is grown up and dealing with a very special twelve year old girl that he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
The official plot description is as follows:
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.
“Doctor Sleep” will be released on September 24th and is currently available for preorder. So far this novel hasn’t been optioned for a movie sequel but I suspect that isn’t to far off from happening.