Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Long-Awaited Sequel

I have been reading Stephen King since I was in middle school, and there was one book that terrified me more than any of his others. That was The Shining. Oh man. That book scared me. And then my dad went and bought a farmhouse on a hill, and guess what he decided to name it? That's right, The Overlook- the name of the haunted hotel. Why? Why? Why? I had to live there for 5 years. Is that child abuse?

But I love being scared by a good book. And guess what, guys? After 36 years, there is finally going to be another chapter for little Danny Torrance. But now, Danny has grown up, and he's facing demons that are even more sinister than ever. Dan Torrance is now, "Doctor Sleep."

And it comes out in just under a month!!! September 24th is the official release date! I can't wait.

Here's the book description:

"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."

And here is the book trailer video:

I am going to have nightmares, and I don't even care. Bring it on!


Stacy McKitrick said...

Almost makes you want to re-read The Shining again, doesn't it?

SkyRhino said...

Not a bad idea.

Anna (Bite Club) said...

Looks like we started reading Stephen King about the same time! My favorite books are The Stand, The Dead Zone, Misery, The Shining and Pet Cemetary. My mom subscribed me to the Stephen King collection club deal when I was in high school so I have his complete library, which I enjoy perusing every now and again. We are introducing Zachary to horror books and movies right now (at his request), which is the perfect time for me to re-read, re-watch! The Shining still scares me!

What do you prefer: books or movies? I like the books better, although some of the movies have been extremely well done, like The Shining, Carrie, The Dead Zone, Misery, and Cujo. Some of his miniseries have been good too. I tried watching Under the Dome but lost interest sometime in the last 2 weeks.

Cylver said...

Oh my...for months after I read The Shining, I couldn't use the bathroom without first pulling the shower curtain back to make sure there wasn't a creepy dead woman in the tub. Then, for months after I read The Stand, I freaked out every time I sneezed. And, thanks to It, I'm still afraid of clowns! I have to wonder what fears and neuroses Dr. Sleep will subject me to. But strangely, I can't wait to find out!

SkyRhino said...

I have ALWAYS preferred the books to the movies. But The Shining is the one movie, that I think was done so well that it's almost a tie. Almost. It's Kubrick. Man was a genius.