Stephen King's Doctor Sleep - Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, September 24, 2012

This Undead Monday, we take a look at Doctor Sleep, the latest novel of horror master Stephen King that is a sequel three and a half decades in the making. A sequel to the epic horror novel that inspired the epic horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, The Shinning.


Stanley Kubrick's 1980 seminal epic psychological horror film, The Shinning, is quite possibly one of his most well-known contribution in cinematic history despite the well-documented row between the legendary director and the equally legendary horror maestro Stephen King, who authored the 1977 novel. The terrifying vision and the slow-burning pace of the film have no doubt inspired many a horror film-maker and fans alike for generations to come. And come this very day next year (September 24, 2013), fans of both the film and the novel are in for one hell of an unbelievable time as King releases Doctor Sleep, the sequel three and a half decades in the making.

Focusing on the tale of a grown-up Danny Torrance, the child protagonist from the original (yes, Jack Nicholson's kid in the film) blessed/cursed with the powers of "The Shinning", "Doctor Sleep" will be "a return to balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror" according to King.

Here's a footage of King reading a chapter from the title in an awards ceremony.

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And here's the cover of the title that is scheduled to be released on September 24, 2012.

Here's the official synopsis for the novel:

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

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 tween 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 hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

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