The much anticipated Shining sequel entitled Doctor Sleep is being released on September 24th, 2013, by both Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton, and recently Entertainment Weekly caught up with the author to talk about his long awaited book. Read on for the goods.
“Every now and then somebody would ask, ‘Whatever happened to Danny?’ King explains. “I used to joke and say, ‘He married Charlie McGee from Firestarter, and they had these amazing kids!’ But I did sort of wonder about it.”
“The other thing people would ask me is, ‘How come [his dad] Jack Torrance never tried AA?’ Because he was this total dry drunk in the book who never goes near a meeting. When the [sequel] idea would pop up in my mind, I would think, ‘Now Danny’s 20, or now he’s 25. I wonder if he’s drinking like his father?’ Finally I decided, ‘Okay, why don’t I use that in the story and just revisit the whole issue?’ Like father, like son.”
WARNING: King’s response below is very spoilery.
“I had a chance to return things to the New England setting that I know, but I did go back to Colorado and looked around and said, ‘I’ve got to try to bring this back around to where the original book was.’ Everything should come home again. So there is actually a climax in-let’s put it this way-an area people will remember. I’m not sure if this is going to be a problem for readers or not, but Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the novel. It’s not a sequel to the Kubrick film. At the end of the film, the Overlook is still there. It just kind of freezes. But at the end of the book, it burns down.”
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