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What happens after the events of The Shining? Stephen King reveals the release date for the sequel

09.18.2012

As some of you may already know, Stephen King has been working on a sequel to his novel, The Shining.

The story follows Danny Torrance, who is now 44-years old and living in upstate New York. Danny is, "a hospice worker who uses his powers to help ill patients to pass away without pain. Unfortunately, he runs afoul of a gang of wandering psychic vampires (called The Tribe) who feed on people's energy." The novel, Doctor Sleep will debut on Sept. 24, 2013.

Back in 2009, King gave his readers the power over which book he should write next, Doctor Sleep or the next Dark Tower novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole:

"I mentioned two potential projects while I was on the road, one a new Mid-World book (not directly about Roland Deschain, but yes, he and his friend Cuthbert are in it, hunting a skin-man, which are what werewolves are called in that lost kingdom) and a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep. Are you interested in reading either of these? If so, which one turns your dials more? [We] will be counting your votes (and of course it all means nothing if the muse doesn't speak)."

Voting ended on December 31, 2009, and it was revealed that Doctor Sleep received 5,861 votes, while The Wind Through the Keyhole received 5,812.

Geez, that was a tight race. I'm curious of what adult Danny's thoughts are on the events that transpired during the time his family spent at the Overlook Hotel.

Below is a video of King reading an excerpt from the book during an awards ceremony at George Mason University last Friday.

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Extra Tidbit: I wonder if this will end up as a movie at some point. Also, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a damn good title for The Dark Tower book.
Source: io9THR

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9:47AM on 09/19/2012

Love King, but...

...He totally lost me when I read "a gang of wandering psychic vampires". I dunno...
...He totally lost me when I read "a gang of wandering psychic vampires". I dunno...
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12:42AM on 09/20/2012
Did you listen to the excerpt he read though? That was pretty good, and it was all about them.
Did you listen to the excerpt he read though? That was pretty good, and it was all about them.
8:23AM on 09/19/2012

Trust

I trust King's vision for his books 100%. Wind Through the Keyhole was really great storytelling and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Dr. Sleep will be no exception. And if you are thrown by the mention of vampires, youre not a Stephen King fan. He's written about 20 novels, novellas and short stories about vamps in the past and they run rampant through the Dark Tower, so this is no big deal. His vampires are more Near Dark than Twilight, so haters gone hate but Im on board.
I trust King's vision for his books 100%. Wind Through the Keyhole was really great storytelling and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Dr. Sleep will be no exception. And if you are thrown by the mention of vampires, youre not a Stephen King fan. He's written about 20 novels, novellas and short stories about vamps in the past and they run rampant through the Dark Tower, so this is no big deal. His vampires are more Near Dark than Twilight, so haters gone hate but Im on board.
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2:12AM on 09/19/2012

Genius

Stephen King knows exactly what he's doing with the sequel. It's so far from the Overlook Hotel and the original novel that people won't be able to compare it to the classic. This is genius, looking forward to it!
Stephen King knows exactly what he's doing with the sequel. It's so far from the Overlook Hotel and the original novel that people won't be able to compare it to the classic. This is genius, looking forward to it!
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1:54AM on 09/19/2012
Vampires? Really? Why on earth would....wait, Stephen King's writing it? Oh, yeah it'll be fantastic! If you would have said "Stephen King to put unicorn and band-aid monsters in next novel" i would say "yeah, those are my 2 new favorite things now". He knows how to do what he do. Vampires doesn't mean insta-twilight.
Vampires? Really? Why on earth would....wait, Stephen King's writing it? Oh, yeah it'll be fantastic! If you would have said "Stephen King to put unicorn and band-aid monsters in next novel" i would say "yeah, those are my 2 new favorite things now". He knows how to do what he do. Vampires doesn't mean insta-twilight.
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1:19AM on 09/19/2012
wat
wat
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11:28PM on 09/18/2012
Vampires? Are you fucking kidding me?
Vampires? Are you fucking kidding me?
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7:31AM on 09/19/2012
Not surprising, considering the strong role that vampires played in the Dark Tower series, and how he's trying to tie so many of his books together through that series.
Not surprising, considering the strong role that vampires played in the Dark Tower series, and how he's trying to tie so many of his books together through that series.
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