Stephen King ‘nervous’ over Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep
Horror writer will finally reveal the fate of Danny Torrance after escape from the Overlook Hotel
HORROR master Stephen King has finally answered the question "Whatever happened to that kid from The Shining?" with his latest book, Doctor Sleep, which continues the story of Danny Torrance after his terrifying ordeal at hands of his father at the Overlook Hotel.
But the 65-year-old author admits that he is nervous about the reaction to the long awaited sequel to one of his most famous novels when it comes out later this month.
In an interview with the BBC, King said he expects almost all the reviews of his new book to be comparisons with the original tale, published in 1977 and made iconic by Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson.
"You are faced with that comparison and that has got to make you nervous," he says. "Because there is a lot of water under the bridge. I'm a different man."
He also says that trying to impress an adult audience who read the first book as youngsters is a daunting task. "I'm particularly leery about revisiting the scary books because I feel like a lot of people read those books under the covers with flashlights when they were children," he says. "The fear is that people will come back expecting that kind of scare as grown-ups and that just never happens."
He also reveals that he is not a fan of the Kubrick film, which was not true to his tale and has a different ending to the book. He describes it as "cold" and says the depiction of Danny's downtrodden mother, Wendy Torrance, is "misogynist".
The new novel begins about a year after the end of The Shining and follows Danny Torrance into adulthood, where he uses his psychic 'shining' to help people who are dying, but also battles alcoholism.
"Part of the suspense in Doctor Sleep is whether Dan, who ends up battling new supernatural forces, is doomed to be as self-destructive as his dad," explains USA Today. ·