Stephen King announces 'Shining' sequel 'Dr. Sleep' -- watch King read an excerpt (VIDEO)


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The long anticipated sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep, is now official! There aren’t many details available about Dr. Sleep — Stephen King broke the news on his website yesterday in an item about two tweets long — but he did read an excerpt at George Mason University last weekend. It appears the sequel follows a grownup Danny Torrance, a hospice worker who helps patients die painlessly. He comes into contact with a clan of roving, psychic vampires called The Tribe. King says he’s close to finishing the manuscript.

See/hear the excerpt of Dr. Sleep below:

Are you excited for a Danny Torrance novel? What did you think of the video excerpt? In the meantime, we’re anxiously waiting for 11/22/63!

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  • yeahboy

    So glad he never retired. Maybe he doesn’t hit the high notes he used to, but I like that he’s still trying.

    • g

      Have ya’ll seen the recut trailer to the movie that makes it look like a romantic comedy? It’s really funny, check it out on youtube, it’s just called Shining.

      • Peyton

        so funny!

      • Melinda

        What did we think of the video exert???

        How about that’s it’s shot with a cell phone from about 1000 feet away and the sound is fuzzy?

        EW writers are so quick with their desperate open ended questions trying to get feedback that they don’t even consider how vapid they are.

    • Psychic vampires?

      Riiiiight. I hear fanboys complain all the time about how their childhood has been raped. I think I’m about to find out what they mean.

      • thin

        Already happened with The Dark Tower.

    • Karen

      ‘So glad he never retired.’

      He’s only 64, authors can only retire with 65, dummie.

      • Solly

        He almost retired after being hit by a car. He had long case of writer’s block which caused him to consider retiring…dummy.

  • CNJ

    I would love to see a sequel, but would hope that Danny goes back to the Overlook, or is drawn back to the Overlook, not too interested in Danny and Vampires, then it is not much of a sequel.

    • Lucinda S.

      The Overlook burned. And they’re PSYCHIC vampires, which means they hit the jackpot with Danny.

      Super psyched.

      • Burned AND exploded

        With a warm HUMMMMMMMM. Just before it was eaten by snow sharks.

    • Cygnus

      Sounds like King is trying to attach The Shining into his Dark Tower universe, which it previously wasnt. As much as I love The SHining, this feels kind forced, and I never expected or hoped for any kind of sequel.

      • thin

        Is he still doing that? It seemed to me like he kind of got over that once the last book of that series came out. And I haven’t read much from him since it ended.

    • AB

      CNJ obviously only saw the movie, or he/she would know the Overlook burned. Not a real King fan, for sure.

      I loved the Shining, it was the first King book I read when I was in 5th grade and it scared me to death. King may not/does not hit the great notes he used to but if he hits half the notes he did in the Shining, the sequel will be a great read. I haven’t bought his last few endeavors because I didn’t like what he was churning out (he lost me with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and Black House) but I’d buy this one.

      • Chris

        Read Duma Key it will show you King still has it!!!!

      • jack

        So in the over thirty years since the original novel, it’s not possible the Overlook Hotel could be rebuilt? For a Stephen King fan, it doesn’t sound like you have much of an imagination.

      • Duma Key lasted what…

        three minutes on the best-seller list?

    • Peyton

      You clearly didn’t read the book. In the novel, The Overlook Hotel explodes at the end, killing Jack Torrance… In Kubrick’s film adaptation, Jack freezes to death in the Hotels hedge maze, leaving The Overlook Hotel untouched.

      • Stephen

        I may not have read the book but in King’s tv mini series adaptation the Overlook WAS rebuilt at the end. Though actually it’d be spookier if Danny returned there and it was a decayed ruin.

  • umm

    Vampire? Please oh please mean that metaphorically.

  • Alex

    Really? The sequel was “long anticipated”? Seemed to me to be a pretty cut and dried ending. With the uncharacteristic-for-King twist that the kid survived.

  • nodnarb

    Will there be a black guy who appears out of nowhere to help the white protagonist and then get killed?

    • John

      Only in the movie, my friend.

    • pie thrower


    • kal

      Good One, Nodnarb!!!

      • Peyton

        i think you mean Brandon.

    • Peter

      Like John said, that didn’t happen in King’s book. I’m sorry if dispelling nodnarb’s misguided and slanderous implications of racism spoiled the book for anyone.

      • nodnarb

        You didn’t dispel anything. So what if Hollarann doesn’t get killed in the novel. He’s still a magical black dude who appears seemingly out of nowhere to help ‘dem white folks! My point, which I doubt you’re intelligent enough to get, is that it’s a recurring motif in King’s books, not just in The Shining.

      • Peter

        But you didn’t say anything about magical black dudes, did you, now?

      • nodnarb

        You’re right, totally normal non-magical people “appear out of nowhere” every day.

      • Peter

        Right, that’s exactly what I said, %(
        You didn’t say anything about magical people. If your point was that King uses magical black people a lot, you should have said something about magical black people. Had you said “Will there be a magical black man to help the white protagonists”, your point would have been clear. Instead, you referenced the character and plot from the movie and said nothing about the magic aspect.

      • nodnarb

        Oh, please. That was my original point, as anyone who knows anything about modern archetypes picked up quite quickly. You just weren’t smart enough to realize it, and now you’re grasping at straws because you’ve lost this discussion.

      • Peter

        You cited a scene from the movie that does not take place in the book. That’s a pretty silly way to make a statement about King’s writing.

      • nodnarb

        Wrong again! I cited a recurring archetype in King’s oeuvre. You mistakenly thought I referred specifically to one novel.

      • Peter

        “Wrong again!” implies I’ve been wrong once. You need to go back and see what you wrote. The character you described does not appear in King’s “The Shining”.
        Even assuming you said what you are trying to convince me you said, I’d hardly call the black-person-who-saves-the-white-hero-then-dies a significantly recurring archetype in King’s work. King’s Halloran lives. John Coffey is the main character, not a supporting character. Mother Abigail — fine, that’s one. So to which of his hundreds of novels and short stories are you referring?

      • nodnarb

        You’re annoying. Stephen King is widely criticized — not by me, by literary scholars — for his overuse of the “magical n egro” (not my phrase, and apparently offensive enough the EW filter blocks it) archetype, a modern revision of the “noble savage” (again, not my phrase). Spend less time on the internet, and try going to college.

      • Jay

        my 2 cents in this argument…. Peter makes a good point. Nodnarb, you were either referencing the movie only, or you are now trying to twist your own words to make them mean what you wanted them to.

        Either way… Peter: 1_nodnarb: 0

      • Peter

        I have made no comment on what scholars say, just what you said. I’ll gladly read any papers you can point me to, but I notice you haven’t come up with a King title that applies beyond The Stand, which I gave you.
        As for college, I already did that, thanks. One of my English professors was rather impressed with my take on Conrad’s “The Secret Sharer”.

      • Jaded

        I’m gonna go with Peter– nodnarb, you need to actually read more than one Stephen King book.

      • nodnarb

        I’ve read every King book through Needful Things and several after. Thank you for caring.

      • Tom

        I’m a purely academic individual scholar and Stephen King isn’t to be considered one of us. My poop doesn’t smell. And everything I do is gold. Would you like to read my post modern revisionist interpretation Foucault Human Sexuality?

        Where did you all go? :(

      • Chris

        First he doesn’t appear out of nowhere there is plenty of build up for him to show up. Did you even read it?. As far as the magical black man. Add the Green Mile to the list.

      • sally

        I’m on team nodnarb on this one. The comment was funny, and I knew exactly what he was talking about. The argument became a bit ridiculous, although kind of funny itself, the seriousness over such a trivial joke. And hey, we all know this will end up a movie at some point, no doubt SK already has that deal worked out, and is writing the novel with that in mind.

      • Peter

        This argument is less about what King has written and more about what nodnarb claims he wrote in a post we can all see.
        Him: “Is Captain Ahab in this one?”
        Me: “This isn’t a sequel to Moby Dck.”
        Him “You idiot, my whole point is that some scholars think Moby Dck represents Ireland. Go back to school!”
        (key word intentionally misspelled to circumvent auto-censor)

      • thin

        I’m with him on this too. It may not have been what happened in The Shining, but it does happen in his books.

      • Melinda

        The sc8umtard said “Oeuvre”.

        What a poser piece of trash that nodnarb is.

        Pathetic virgin sc8um.

      • Petert

        @thin, again, I ask, name some. The cited article names The Green Mile, The Stand, The Shining, and The Talisman. Since nodnarb and others don’t seem to be able to come up with more than those, out of pity I’ve already surrendered the point on ALL of them, and asked how four novels out of 50+ can be considered a significant number, especially when considering many of the books also contain magic non-blacks and non-magic blacks.

      • sally

        Peter, it was a joke based on some characters that have appeared in some of King’s most famous novels, and the larger “magic n egro” character that pops up a lot in films and TV. I got the joke instantly, and didn’t sit down and try to count how many novels it has actually happened in, it happened in some of his most famous and iconic work, so the joke was easy to get. There is no reason to get so upset over such a trivial joke, it doesn’t warrant this kind of in depth discussion. It certainly doesn’t warrant any further thought from me, but I can tell you really do see this as sort of as your white whale that you are going to continue until comments are locked for this thread. Have fun.

      • Peter

        If anyone wants to have a serious discussion about it, I happen to think the whole “magic n” concept is a joke. Replace the magical character in any story with a black person. Obi-Wan, Gandalf, Merlin, anyone. Are they suddenly a “magic n”? Spiritual, of the earth, has nothing to do but help the protagonist. There is no Magic N; there is just the standard magical character. Sometimes a writer makes that standard character something other than white. Is that so wrong?

      • dom

        I don’t think anybody is saying that it’s wrong, it’s just something people started picking up on joking about a few years ago. All the attention to it has made it less common in recent years. The idea of a magical black man showing up to help out a white man just strikes some as funny, me included, I understood the joke and thought it was amusing. I think a lot of writers just saw it as a way to bring diversity to a story, and it got copied a lot, to the point of it becoming a joke, like black people are just so concerned with the problems of a white man, a magical one has to show up to help out his golf game. I think you took it as somekind of swipe at Stephen King, and I don’t think it was meant that way, just a joke based on the much discussed magical black man that shows up out of nowhere to help out a white man.

    • Dgently

      @Nodbard. The “liteary scholars” say that, do they? Name two.

      • Dgently


      • nodnarb

        Yeh, I’m gonna engage in another argument with someone who can’t even spell.

      • Kevin

        Sorry nodnarb, it would appear you’ve been drawn into not one, but two of the dumbest arguments I’ve ever seen. Don’t worry… most sane people who have read Stephen King and who are somewhat culturally aware understood your joke. And yes, it wouldn’t be a King book without the presence of a magical black man.

      • nodnarb

        Yes! Thank you for understanding that the spirit of my initial comment was a joke!

      • Peter

        I keep reading and reading that first post — still don’t see anything about a magical black man.

      • Jonas

        “the presence of a magical black man” LMAO! I have to assume you were trying to be funny as there are way more magical white dudes than black in King’s books.

      • Tom

        How come there are no black unicorns? Racism!

      • Kevin

        Damn, post got blocked for quoting an article title. But basically, I was telling everyone to read the article “Stephen King’s Super-Duper Magical N*groes” by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu on the Strange Horizons website. It gives some good background of the whole phenomenon to which Nodnarb was referencing IN HIS JOKE!!!

      • Chris

        Yeah I read that the author makes some o.k. points but still makes the point of saying Hollaran gets killed. He also takes things out of context to make his point. Such as Odetta’s character in the DT.

      • Peter

        even if you count all four of Okorafor-Mbachu’s examples, and I contend some are a stretch, that’s less than 10% of the man’s novel output, never mind his short stories. And it ignores any non-magical black people and magical non-blacks. You’re looking for something that’s not there.

  • pie thrower

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    Wendy, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just gonna bash your brains in.

    • ihatescreennames

      The Wendy line is one of my favorites….Nicholson did such a superb job with combining smiling/leering/insanity.

  • Flip

    I’ve never read or watched The Shining, and the few clips I have seen were way too horrifying and ensured I shall never watch that evil film!

    • UGH

      You do realize there is no boogyman?

    • ObviousManSays

      You know Kubrick’s film really isn’t that scary. Or good.

      • Dicazi

        Amen to that!

      • Nathan

        Kubrick did improve on one thing over the novel though, the ending. The maze was a great addition to the story, good replacement for the somewhat ridiculous demonic hedge animals.

      • Sarah

        That’s really interesting, Nathan, because I found the hedge animals WAY scarier than the maze. I guess it depends whether you prefer the magical/ghost/haunting type of horror (I do), or the psychological thriller (which is what Kubrick turns the book into).

      • Dicazi

        I loved King’s ending, but it couldn’t have been done realistically at the time. The maze was one of the very few things I loked about the movie.

      • AB

        Hmmm. i found the maze kind of lame. The hedge animals would’ve been more interesting. Too bad there wasn’t a way to incorporate the animals while still keeping it a thriller. Having Danny just run out of the maze and into Wendy’s arms while they then just drive away, and the hotel doesn’t burn, was sooo anticlimatic.
        And I did actually enjoy the film. Just hated the ending.

  • KC


    • pie thrower


      That spells “murder” backwards. It does. Trust me. Hold it up to a mirror.

  • DMG

    The movie sucked – book was awesome. Shelly Duvall in that role was ridiculous and unbelievable. Nicholson was great. Hated that Hollarann died.

    • Jen40

      THANK YOU! Shelly Duvall playing Wendy was THE worst casting I have ever seen and I think I hated that movie just because of it.

    • vin

      I reember watching the movie as a kid and going why is the lady from Popeye there?

    • kate

      The meanest thing I have ever thought about someone I don’t know was that if I was married to Shelly Duvall in that movie, I would have gone after her with an axe myself.

  • jack

    Thats odd..usually the blood gets off on the 2nd floor.

    • kate


    • deedeedragons

      Oh! classic Simpsons Trumps everything!

  • vel

    Roving, psychic vampires? What?!

  • JonCreed

    Does Charlie McGee make an appearance? Danny Torrance should be 41 or 42 which would make Charlie in her mid-thirties…her PyroKinesis would kick Vampire ass!!!

  • vin

    I like the concept actually. He could tie it in with “The Dark Tower Series” (which is amazing for anyone who has not read it) and I can totally see a Danny that has become a conflicted mess of emotions like most King character but with Danny’s unique way of seeing things and the way he is I think vampires are the ebst amtch for him, I wonder how whoever directs the movie will f it up though like they do w most King movies (notable exceptions of 1408, IT, Misery and the Green Mile of course).

    • Elbyem

      I generally love SK, starting with “Carrie” – which I bought and read the day it was released – but I HATE the Dark Tower books, and don’t want my horror intermingled with fantasy. Whenever King mixes them (Ex. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon), he starts to lose me.

    • Chris

      WOD 12:17 scaled 115# PP, at a globo gym today & had to rough-up an old lady who jumepd on my C2 mid-WOD. Luckily, other members kept people clear of my path FAMOUS!CFE RUN 6x600m (pacing for client, so slower than normal):2:04 1:56 1:55 1:52 1:52 1:53Tomorrow looks like HELL! Awesome.

  • TorontoTom


  • Stankleberry McStink

    We want a sequel to The Stand.

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