Stephen King has been awfully busy lately. First his book 11/22/63 will be released in November and is already in the works to turn it into a movie and now he is working on ‘Doctor Sleep’, the sequel to his classic terrifying book ‘The Shining.’
Last weekend, King was at George Mason University to accept the Mason Award, an honor which recognizes writers who have made extraordinary contributions in bringing literature to the masses. Here, he talked about his book and even read an excerpt.
“I always wondered what happened to that kid, ‘Danny Torrance’, when he grew up and this story started to form.” said King. “I knew that there were bad people in this story that were like vampires, only what they sucked out was not blood, but psychic energy from special people like Danny Torrance. And I came to realize that these people were called ‘The Tribe’ and that they move around a lot. Their leader is a woman called ‘Rose’ and they all have these kinda pirate names, because pirates is sort of what they are…”
‘Doctor Sleep’ is centered on Danny, the son of Jack Torrance from ‘The Shining’ who has psychic abilities and could see in the future, the past and dead people. He’s now 40 years old and is an orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill. But what he really does is help those who are about to pass make the journey to the other side using his abilities. Somehow things go wrong when he runs in the path of travelling vampires called The Tribe, who don’t feed on blood but instead, suck out the psychic energy people may have.
If you are already intrigued with the story, as am I, you can hear King read a portion from the book below. So how many are already banking on the studios optioning to make a movie from this book?