Stephen King Will Pick Up Where 'The Shining' Left Off With 'Doctor Sleep'

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Stephen King will pay Danny Torrance another visit as he returns to one of his most celebrated and famous works to date; The Shining. King has finished writing Doctor Sleep, the follow-up to the well-known title that reached an even wider audience when Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson turned it into one of the most well known horror movies of all time.

36 years since the first book was published, King will be revisiting the central character of The Shining; young Danny Torrance. Picking up a year after the events of the first novel, Doctor Sleep will follow Danny into adulthood and detail all the strange happenings that follow him through school and into college and work.

Ahead of the release of his latest work, King spoke with the BBC about Danny Torrance, a character he considers to be his most autobiographical. He explained that the people who found The Shining to be a scary book, probably won't be so scared this time around, although that might have something to do with the fact that they're now adults.

He said of Danny, "I was curious about what would happen to him, because he's a real child of a dysfunctional family...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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Stephen King published The Shining all the way back in 1977

He went on to discuss something that most people probably can't fathom; why he doesn't like the Kubrick version of his book. When quizzed on what he thought of it, he described the re-imagining as "cold" and insisted "I'm not a cold guy."

"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 hit bookshelves on 24 September, and will be available on digital platforms at that time too.


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