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Stephen King to release The Shining sequel in 2013

The Shining

Story by Jack Foley

DOCTOR Sleep, Stephen King’s keenly anticipated sequel to his seminal horror The Shining, will be released on September 24, 2013, 36 years after the original was published.

The book will follow Danny Torrance, the young boy who survived the horrific events of The Shining, as he meets a “very special 12-year-old girl” who he must “save from a tribe of murderous paranormals”.

According to King’s website, the character is now a middle-aged man who is aided by a prescient cat. It’s during this mission that he becomes Doctor Sleep.

The Shining remains one of King’s favourite works, both in novel and in film form. The book was adapted into a 1980 film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson.

The story followed the Torrance family as they move to the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado mountains, only for family patriarch Jack, a writer, to become possessed by the evil spirits in the building, which eventally prompt him to attack his family.

The young Danny, who also has psychic abilities, eventually manages to escape with his mother Wendy.

King’s UK publisher, Hodder and Stoughton, said that Doctor Sleep returns to the “characters and territory” of The Shining, describing the story as “an epic war between good and evil” that would “thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining“.