Stephen King Re-Awakens ‘The Shining’ with it's Long Awaited Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 03:09
Most of the time when you hear a sequel is being written you sigh and roll your eyes. But because of the original storyline and brilliant author, ‘Doctor Sleep’ is sure to be a worthy sequel to Stephen King’s, ‘The Shining.”
Dr. Sleep will follow The Shining’s protagonist, Danny, 30 years after the incident at the Overlook Hotel. Danny now uses his psychic abilities to ease the minds of terminally ill patients in hospice care. Things get hairy when “psychic vampires” show up and psychics and vampires battle it out.
Although Dr. Sleep and The Shining have been written 30 years apart from each other, they share the theme of misestimation. Characters struggle and often fail to measure such essential qualities as self-control, power, shame, wisdom, courage, understanding—even the limits of life itself.
Mr. King had to have known it was risky to bring something so popular back to the surface. “I like to think I’m still pretty good at what I do,” King writes in the author’s note in Doctor Sleep, “but nothing can live up to the memory of a good scare, and I mean nothing, especially if administered to one who is young and impressionable.”