Stephen King is considering writing a 'Shining' sequel

Redrum backwards spells “sequel.” Thirty-two years after Stephen King’s third novel, The Shining, was published, the prolific horror maestro has announced that he’s considering penning a follow-up.

The Torontoist reported that King dropped the news at a book reading for his new novel Under the Dome moderated by movie director, and brother in horror, David Cronenberg. According to the author, the second novel would center on Danny Torrance, the young boy from the original story with the gift (or curse) of being able to communicate clairvoyantly with ghosts, and who is now an appropriately aged 40-year-old. All these years after being tormented by the spiritual inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel and his father’s alcoholism/homicidal rage, Danny is now working at a hospice using his supernatural powers for palliative purposes. King even offered a tentative title: Doctor Sleep.

King mentioned that he began working on the idea last summer, but that he isn’t entirely committed to writing it quite yet.

UPDATE: Stephen King tells EW.com “People shouldn’t hold their breath” for Shining sequel

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  • Rich

    After seeing the King-scripted miniseries version of The Shining, I’m not excited about this news. The ghost of Jack Torrance (played by Wings Steven Weber!) looks on approvingly as Danny graduates from high school. Really? That’s the way you end one of the most terrifying tales of all time? Dude has lost his fastball.

    • Dave

      Sorry, but the remake was a better horror movie than Kubrick’s non-horror take on it. Blasphemy, I know….

      • Rich

        Kubrick’s movie wasn’t really my point. My point is that King for some reason decided to blunt the horror and let Jack off the hook by this nonsensical ending. At least Kubrick didn’t turn soft at the end.

      • paige

        the sk remake was wayy more faithful to the book but the kubrick version was more scarier and had a better sense of claustrophobia

      • DW

        The Kubrick version is a masterpiece. The miniseries is best left forgotten. Even so, I wouldn’t mind a sequel to the book.

      • BlackIrish4094

        NO FRIGGIN WAY!!! that the TV version was better. You have NO taste in film. Kubrick Shining is a freaking CLASSIC!!!

      • Jason

        I kind of agree- the Kubrick version barely followed the book, and by definition alone, the remake was better- for that reason only. I hate Stephen Weber, but at least the mini-series/remake didn’t make stuff up as they went along. I never agreed with Shelly Long playing the wife, as the character wasn’t as timid or naive as Shelly Long played her to be. All in all- remake: better movie for following the book. Kubrick version: good movie, can’t condone making stuff up. Sequal: bad idea.

      • dohrayme

        You’re right: you are a blasphemer. The mini-series didn’t hold a candle to Kubrick’s version. I think editing is part of it. Kubrick tightened it down to a crisp, well-paced two hours. The mini-series d-r-a-g-g-e-d at what 4 1/2 hours or so? Weber didn’t convey Jack’s edginess and descent nearly as well as Nicholson either. Frankly the movie was riveting and the mini-series rather boring.

    • Lizzie

      I belive the article was unclear on if he is planning on writing a sequal book and a movie could follow OR just the movie. If it is just the movie I understand the apprehension, but if it includes a book, I think you are crazy not to want a sequel!! LOL!

  • Andy

    That would be awesome! I would totally read it!

  • Matt

    Well, it’s bound to be better than the moronic Twilight novels.

    • Eva

      They’re not moronic, they’re just not horror. If you read them you’d understand.

      • JACK

        This is becoming quite the phenomenon, this “Twilight” bashing. Akin to slamming former President Bush in any context, it appears “Twilight” haters will grind their axe whenever (and wherever) they can.

      • Nyssa

        I’ve read them, and I’ll agree with Matt. They are moronic.

      • Jack

        I’ve read them, and they most certainly are sh-t.

      • LM

        Oh come on, comparing Twilight hate to Bush bashing is ridiculous. Twilight is just a lame soap opera, Bush brought our country to the edge of ruin. I can ignore Twilight, I have to live in the world Bush gave us.

      • jay

        I read them the first two were great the second two were crappy and the ending sucked.

      • BlackIrish4094

        They are moronic but they shouldn’t even be commented on when we are commenting on one of the greatest american horror writers of all time.

    • Jason

      Bravo!

  • Aprilcot26

    This makes me extremely nervous. ‘The Shining’ is easily one of my favorite Stephen King books. I know he would never do anything to intentionally tarnish the book, and I would read the phone book if he wrote it, but please give us some fantastic new characters and leave the Torrances alone!

    • Maserda

      Well, he is still trying to figure out if this idea would work out, otherwise he would have stated that he has begun writing it.

    • seras

      i’m with you. dr sleep? really, stephen king? that does not bode well.

    • BlackIrish4094

      Black House was an awesome and totally unexpected sequel from King so it can be done but in this case I’d rather it didn’t.

  • BARB

    That is AWESOME!!!

  • Booyah

    “Stephen King to write possible Shining sequel” – can’t you grammar-check headlines, please? This seems deliberately worded to make it seem like it’s actually happening. A more accurate headline would be “Stephen King considering writing Shining sequel”, but of course that sounds far less exciting.

    • Booyah

      “Stephen King to write possible Shining sequel” makes it sound like he’s writing something and even while writing it he can’t decide whether it’s the sequel to the Shining or not.

      • Look at that

        You got it changed.

  • Steven

    Every time a new book of his is announced or comes out I double take. Wasn’t he planning on retiring?

    • Gina

      Once a writer always a writer. To them writing is not a job but a hobby.

  • 030K0

    Sounds interesting

  • Daniel

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    • Sarah

      You didnt give reason.

      • Kevin

        I don’t think he needs a reason…it’s a no-brainer. NO! King shouldn’t mess with the legacy of one of his best novels. You can have a character possess the same “gift” as Danny Torance, just don’t have it actually be Danny.

      • swthompson

        i think the implication was a riff on all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.

    • Al

      Tell us how you really feel.

    • dohrayme

      Um, All work and no play makes you a dull boy? All work and no play makes you a dull boy? All work and… :)

  • Patty

    Have you read his new one, Under the Dome? I found a good review here where it talks about his influences in writing it.

    • Peggy

      I am just about done with it. It could easily have been edited down to about half its size and still would’ve been a good read. As it is I had to wade through a lot of crap to get to the good stuff.

  • Scott

    If he does this I hope it is better than the terrible sequel to The Talisman.

    • Kevin

      I didn’t think Black House was horrible, but there was no reason to write it as a sequel…it should have just been a new character.

      • Hm

        I wonder if the same will be true here. Could the same story be told with a new character with the shine? Does it have to be Danny?

    • jules

      “Black House” WAS terrible. The charm of “The Talisman,” and all of SK’s earlier work, has disappeared.
      Please, Steve. Just let “The Shining” stand for itself.

    • BlackIrish4094

      I guess i’m in the minority, I thought Black House was excellent and super creepy. His scraiest books will always be It, Salem’s Lot, the Shining and the Stand in that order though.

  • jim

    Actually I was at the appearance and, when Stephen King described the idea for the sequel, the tone he used and the set-up were a lot darker than the synopsis here makes it sound. The audience seemed thrilled by the concept even if King finished his remarks by saying: “I feel that if I talk about it enough, I won’t have to write it”. Sounded good to me.

  • crispy

    Just no “magical negro” this time. That archetype is really tiresome and King’s reliance on it is one of his few faults.

    • dohrayme

      OK, but Scatman Crothers turned in a great performance with it in Kubrick’s film.

  • kiki

    awesome! thats all i have to say :)

  • dan

    This is a bad idea. Stephen King has lost his way. All of his new books dealing with alternate personalities and crap like that really suck. Under the Dome had great potential … probably because he started it decades ago when he still knew what he was doing. But the ending, the explanation for what caused the dome, was about as dumb as it gets. He is better when he is writing about pure horror, with no explanation needed. Why does Carrie have her powers? Why vampires? Why do things come back to life in the pet cemetery? Why do some people live in the Stand? We never really know and don’t need to … that’s what makes it so scary. His other great books don’t involve horror at all. The ones that try to straddle are the ones that blow, and it sounds like that’s what this sequel will be.

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