Stephen King is planning a sequel to The Shining!? Hell yeah! King recently revealed to a theater full of fans during a 15 minute reading of Under the Dome, moderated by David Cronenberg, that he started working on an idea for a new novel that would end up being a sequel to The Shining. The story would focus on what happened to Danny Torrance, after they crazy winter vacation he had up at the Overlook Hotel.
The last time readers saw Danny he was recovering from his ordeal at the Overlook Hotel at a resort in Maine with fellow survivors Wendy Torrance and chef Dick Halloran (who dies in the Kubrick film version). King remarked that though he ended his 1977 novel on a positive note, the Overlook was bound to have left young Danny with a lifetime’s worth of emotional scars. What Danny made of those traumatic experiences, and with the psychic powers that saved him from his father at the Overlook, is a question that King believes might make a damn fine sequel.
I couldn't agree more. So what would a sequel to one of King’s most famous novels be like?
In King’s still tentative plan for the novel, Danny is now 40 years old and living in upstate New York, where he works as the equivalent of an orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill. Danny’s real job is to visit with patients who are just about to pass on to the other side, and to help them make that journey with the aid of his mysterious powers. Danny also has a sideline in betting on the horses, a trick he learned from his buddy Dick Hallorann.
The title for King’s proposed sequel would be called... Doctor Sleep.
I love this idea! I hope to hell that King actually writes this book, it sounds like it would be a great story, and I would love to see the story continue and the character Danny in this setting.
What do you think of this sequel idea for THE SHINING?