It’s hard to believe it’s been 36 years since The Shining was published and readers were first introduced to Jack Torrance, a troubled writer who takes a job as the winter caretaker at a secluded resort in the Rockies and slowly loses his sanity. And who could forget Jack’s five-year-old clairvoyant son, Danny, unarguably one of King’s most iconic characters?
In six short months—almost four decades after The Shining was published way back in 1977—fans of Stephen King’s horror masterwork will be rewarded with the ultimate gift: a sequel entitled Doctor Sleep!
Hardcore fans have known about Doctor Sleep for a while now; last fall, the novel’s prologue was featured in the ebook novella In the Tall Grass, which was written by King and his son Joe Hill. The novel will revolve around a middle-aged Danny (now called Dan) Torrance, who attempts to save a girl with similar powers from a tribe of quasi-immortals who live off of the energy that children with the “shining” produce when they are tortured to death.
King calls this novel a return to “balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror.”
And as if all of this weren’t enough to make me impatient for September 24, 2013, the novel’s closely guarded cover art was recently released to the public.
My thoughts on the cover art? I love it. It’s dark, it’s ethereal, and it hints at something that could be seductive or nightmarish, or a little of both. I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on this novel!
Who else is going to be reading Doctor Sleep when it’s released in September?