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Stephen King has revealed that the sequel to his 1977 classic horror story The Shining will be published on September 24 next year, 36 years after the original book was published. The long-awaited sequel, Doctor Sleep, follows the story of Danny Torrance, the young boy who survived the horrific events in the Overlook Hotel.
The 64 year-old multi-award winning author made the announcement today on his official website. The new book will focus on Danny, now in adulthood, who works as a hospice worker and helps his patients die painlessly while also fighting a group of psychic vampires. One of King’s most loved works, The Shining has sold more than a million copies since it was first published in 1977.
Three years later it was adapted into a Hollywood film, which was produced and directed by the late Stanley Kubrick and starred Jack Nicholson. The Shining told the story of the Torrance family, who moved to the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado mountains, where father Jack is to act as caretaker over a long winter.
Jack Torrance, a writer who was played by Nicholson in the film, then becomes possessed by the evil spirits in the hotel and attacks his family.But the young Danny, whose psychic abilities strengthened the hotel’s ghosts, eventually manages to escape with his mother Wendy. King disclosed the sequel will take up the story when Dan is middle-aged after ‘drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence’. The book opens with him settling in a New Hampshire town and taking a job at a nursing home where his ‘shining’ power helps him comfort the dying.
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