Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Shining Part 2?

Sounds too good to be true? Not to Stephen King. Or us!

According to the prolific and incredibly imaginative author, he has wondered all these years about what happened to Danny Torrance, the little boy in The Shining, after those events of his childhood. So he has decided to pen the sequel.

King wrote The Shining back in 1977 after staying at the Colorado resort, The Stanley, and having some unexplained paranormal events happen to him first hand. "Ghost Hunters" fans will recognize The Stanley for one of the most amazing disembodied voices ever recorded.

King's experience led him to create the Torrance family and their ill-fated job as seasonal caretakers of The Overlook Hotel.

In the book, Jack Torrance, Danny's father, played BRILLIANTLY by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 film, suffers the worst case of cabin fever in history. He slowly succumbs to madness as the ghosts of the hotel wreck havoc with his mind. In the end he goes crazy and tries to kill his wife and child...

Here is where the book and the movie differ. The ending of the book is vastly different from the film where the family escapes and the father freezes to death in a vain attempt to capture them in sub-zero weather.

However in both, the mother and little Danny survive...hence over 30 years later..a sequel is born.

Danny is now in his 40's and haunted from his past. His clairvoyant powers which saved him as a child are harnessed and used to ease dying patent's fears as he works as a hospice worker.

The novel will be called Dr. Sleep and includes psychic vampires called "The Tribe."

We can't wait. Of course in the usual King fashion we imagine it will be 1,000 pages of pure madness, mayhem and horror.

“This is an idea that I’ve had for some time. I wrote a novel in the ’70s called ‘The Shining’ … I always wondered what happened to that kid, Danny Torrance, when he grew up … I kept wondering, what’s Danny Torrance doing? What’s going on with him now? Where did he go after this terrible experience? And little by little, this story started to form,” King said.

The book, which is still in the works, “kinda goes back to ‘what’s the worst thing you can think of?” King continued. “I knew that there were bad people in this story that were like vampires, only that what they sucked-out was not blood, but psychic energy from special people like Danny Torrance. And I came to realize that these people were called The Tribe and that they move around a lot.”

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