Recently in Toronto, Stephen King did an on-stage interview with director David Cronenberg. He gave a short reading from his new novel Under the Dome, related amusing anecdotes…and then announced that he was thinking about a sequel to The Shining.
He observed that even though things worked out okay in the original novel, Danny Torrance’s experiences at the Overlook were bound to have left him with deep emotional scars. King wants to explore how the trauma might have shaped Danny’s life.
The novel is tentatively titled Doctor Sleep and it finds a 40-year-old Danny working at an 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.
King went on to say that he wasn’t completely committed to the new novel, remarking, “Maybe if I keep talking about it I won’t have to write it.” I assume that’s because an outraged fan might bludgeon him to death before he has a chance to start.
Cross-posted at The Art of Darkness