Stephen King Will Follow-Up 'The Shining' Story In New Book, 'Doctor Sleep'

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Stephen King has a new book coming out, but with his latest release the literary champion has promised something a little extra as he revisits one of his most famous works: The Shining. His new book, Doctor Sleep, will pick up one year after the faithful events that took place in the Overlook Hotel, and follows central character Danny Torrence in the years leading up to and entering manhood.

Ahead of the release of his newest novel, King spoke with the BBC's Will Gompertz about why he chose to revisit the Torrence family, and why it took so long for him to return to the story (The Shining was first published in 1977). He also went on to explain how he found Jack Torrence, who is played by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's timeless adaptation of the book, is one of his most auto-biographical characters, although admitted he does feel a connection with Danny.

"I was curious about what would happen to him, because he's a real child of a dysfunctional family," King said in the interview. "In some ways I think his father, Jack Torrence was the most autobiographical character i'd done, because at the time I wrote the book, I was drinking a lot... I saw him as this heroic character that was battling his demons on his own, the way that strong American men are supposed to."

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The topic of conversation soon turned to the Kubrick adaption from 1980, when King revealed that whilst many consider the film to be a masterpiece, he by no means shares the same view. Stating that he found the film version too "cold" to enjoy, he continued, "I think one of the things that people relate to in my books is that there's a warmth," he continued. "There's something reaching out and saying to the reader 'I want you to be a part of this,' and in Kubrick's version of The Shining I thought it was very cold. Looking at these people like they're ants in an ant farm."

Doctor Sleep will be available to buy in paper and in digital formats on 24 September.


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I much preferred the mini series that Mr. King wrote the screenplay for over Stanley Kubrick's screenplay for the movie. The mini series showed Jack's decent into madness brought on by the hotel a lot better than the movie. I realize that the movie had certain time limitations that had to be dealt with. You can't beat Jack Nicholson playing the title role though. He was exemplary. I have both screen adaptations in my movie collection.

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