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Stephen King Writing Follow-Up To The Shining

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Horror author Stephen King announced this week that he's started writing a sequel to The Shining!

King revealed at an appearance in Toronto, Canada, that the new novel, with a working title of Doctor Sleep, will jump ahead 40 years from where the last novel left off and follow the story of Danny Torrance, son of The Shining's lead character, Jack.

The author joked with the crowd, telling them he's a bit nervous to write the novel, but said, "Maybe if I keep talking about it I won't have to write it."


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64 comments to “Stephen King Writing Follow-Up To The Shining

  1. 1

    Loved the book, Loved the movie, Love Stephen King…we're due for some spine tingling shit indeed !!

  2. 2

    Guess his stuff hasn't been selling so he needs to go do a sequel off of something he wrote when he was popular.

  3. 3

    WOW I Love Stephen King..The Shining was one of his best novels and one of the best books made into a movie !!! If this is true I can't wait for it to come out!!!

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    Bring it! He's brilliant!

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    Too scary for me, but for those who like to be scared, I'm sure it will be excellent, and they'll love it.

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    Bad idea. There's no way he's gonna top that book.

  7. 7

    I agree with Canadiana* Stephen King is the SHIT!!! I cant wait for it to come out!! Spindoc you suck lol…

  8. 8

    Mario, How is your BOOK!!!!!!!!!? LMFAO………..

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  10. 10

    dude seriously…its TORONTO, ONTARIO, not Toronto, Canada…do you realize how dumb that sounds, god, its annoying, like how would you like it if people referred to it as Los Angelas, AMERICA, or Miami, AMERICA

  11. 11

    Why not? With all the revamps and sequals (that came out 10-15yrs later) - why not? You go boy.

  12. 12

    I would love to be the lead when it is made into a movie!

  13. 13

    Re: KrystleB – please dont expect anything from this uneducated tool. just keep laughing at him

  14. 14

    Keep it comming. I love his work!

  15. 15

    I stopped reading King after Bag of Bones. When he got hit by that van, his writing changed and he just isn't the same writer. I can't believe he is going to lower himself by writing a sequel to The Shining. So sad and pathetic.

  16. 16

    I am a huge Stephen King fan…reading "Under The Dome" at the moment and i think he is brilliant but i think that writing a sequel to The Shining is a huge mistake. When he wrote the sequel to "the Talisman" it was very disappointing. It feels kind of like digging up a corpse that had a lovely funeral and was laid to rest and trying to give it CPR.

  17. 17

    Can't waaaait!!!!

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    Re: dirtyfinger – "Lower" himself? WTF? He's the who wrote The Shining. He feels like revisiting it after 33 years. Why not? He could bring something new to the story. Or he could fail. But still the book will be better than much of the crap coming out these days. (And by the way, Spindoc, he still sells millions of books.)

  19. Jerzy says – reply to this


    The kid on the cover looks like the kid from the remake of the OMEN

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  21. ap076 says – reply to this


    I think Stephen is a very talented but due to the volume he pushes out an inconsistent writer. I am currently listening to the audiobook of The Dome (I listen to audiobooks before I go to sleep, keeps the mind from racing, I still read as well) and it is quite well done.

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    Re: Spindoc – The man has enough money he doesnt HAVE to write something for the sake of it "selling"

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    Well, he told EW "Don't hold your breath." Like another poster said, I would love to see Danny Torrance get together with Charlie MacGee in Firestarter - that would be a hell of a sequel!

  26. 26

    Strange 1 minute ago I stoped whatching this movie! Best horror film

  27. 27

    way to strike while the iron is hot, stephen! still…for all my shit talking, i totally can't wait to read this…

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  29. 29

    Can hardly wait! Loved The Shining. Nobody can do characters like King.

  30. 30

    Stephen King is hardly scary. His work is permeated with homoeroticism.

  31. 31

    After watching it, I was wanting a sequel. So I can't wait. He has an amazing imagination and I hope it will be a true sequel.

  32. 32

    i love the shinning….this is goin to b amazinn yeah…i just hope this one doesnt turn into another cheap and crappy version of the original…bcuz the original is always THE BEST…let see

  33. 33

    First i thought 'Hmmm, I don't think that's such a good idea….', but then I read what King intended for the book, and it's awesome, I hope he really writes it…

  34. 34

    Jayzus. When I was 13 I read The Shining in one sitting and had to keep all the lights on that night. LOL I got to visit the hotel where they filmed it too.
    Hope the sequel is just as good.

  35. 35

    I will read!
    "The Shining" was one of the scariest books I have ever read. I was alone in the house and it really scared the shit out of me.
    I would love to see an original idea that is really scary though. Maybe there will be some new twist to it.
    It would also be really great if he wrote a new vampire book. A good and scary one like Salem's Lot.I hate that vampires stories (this Twilight shit) are just romance novels now and not at all scary. Vampires are supposed to be scary and now they are just wimpy and whiney. One thing I know is that SK can really WRITE unlike… (you know who!!)

  36. 36

    I guess he feels a "need" to re-visit these characters.

  37. 37

    I wonder if H.R.H Sir Stephen of King was in the grip of his cocaine addiction when he professed his hatred for Stanley Kubricks directorial treatment of The Shining? Both desolate & claustrophobic with diabolical Jack at the head of proceedings, please show me better…

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    Re: blacklily.of.the.valley – Both Jack and Kubrick made the film what it was— a masterpiece IMO.
    Would have been wicked in 3D *wink*

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    Re: G0 Ask Alice – Bahahahaha…I want you to think of my creepy story everytime you see 3D glasses…& hell yes on The Kubrick & The Jack…just watched it again last night only to marvel at each fresh nuance

  42. 42

    Re: blacklily.of.the.valley – 3D glasses will never look the same—ahahahaaaaa

  43. 43

    "Toronto, Canada"? Really Perez?

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  45. 45

    Without Stanley Kubrick's brilliant direction, the sequel will definitely be less

  46. 46

    oh good! stephen king will be able to bring back that old shining i hope!

  47. 47

    Jumping ahead 40 yrs does sound pretty interesting, but he might just end up ruining a classic. I like the ending just the way it iz

  48. 48

    amazing book, i look forward to the sequel…i love stephen king!

  49. 49

    noooo that movie scares the crap outta me…that and the wizard of oz..cant watch em

  50. 50

    Re: Yellow Peeps
    He's writing a sequel to the book, silly. The movie isn't getting a sequel.
    And yes Stan is god (little g).

  51. 51

    fucking awesome!!!!

  52. 52

    I love the Shining. The book was scarier than the movie

  53. 53

    I'm ass-cited Perezzie! I'll be lining up for it when it comes out…but how can the Kinf of Scary capitalize on perfection?

  54. 54

    I have a dvd copy of "The Shining" from the 273 minute television production with Rebecca de Mornay, Stephen Weber, Melvin Van Peebles, Elliot Gould, Pat Hingle and Courtland Mead (as Danny Torrance). Stephen King was the executive producer.Re: blacklily.of.the.valley – Perhaps Kubrick took too many licenses with the original script to warrant Stephen's disapproval. The television production explored more in depth the child abuse and alcoholism. The big screen left little to the imagination, while reading a King novel, one has rely on their own imagination expanded through his illustrative writing. Both films were terrifying. I'm reading "Lisey's Story", another King tale with child abuse at it's core. The reader (me) gets so caught up in the internal mind ramblings of the protagonist that if I put the book down for a day, I have to go back and and check the "build-up" of events to get my mind on track. I'd love to meet Stephen King.

  55. 55

    I honestly can't wait for this !

  56. 56

    This was THE book that hooked me for decades on him. In it he displayed one of the most right-on, honed innate understandings of the reactive part of our minds I've ever seen. He blew me away. He scared the hell outta me and books don't do that. His "pararanthetical" fashion of writiing was unmatched. His characters were so alive I could SEE them in front of me, hear their voices. (Too bad both film versions were beyond laughable - ?!?! as there are those who have only been exposed to those and have not had the delicious pleasure of simply READING the book.) To this day I still flash on the idea of What if? about a possible buzzing stinging thing in my car… I see fire extinguisher hoses and… I look at a bathtub and .. I see a bartender in an old movie and think … the other day I quipped to myself about how I'd remember what my dad forgot .. ! I look forward to his sequel if it's even "half the man" the first one was.

  57. 57

    Thoughts is I started to read Under The Dome, which you so easily dismissed
    Perez, and I think it's going pretty well. Maybe the best King in years. I totally see how it can make a good television series, but of course it's going to lack all the psychological details and background stories. Literature will never be dead.

  58. SBH says – reply to this


    really? first is always better of course.

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    Hope it's better than the Talisman sequel.

  61. 61

    wow, Stephen King is a genuis - If he pulls this off he can make millions

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    I have read every Stephen king book. He is my favorite author. His OLD books, that is. Every word he has written since he stopped being a drug addict and drinking STINKS. He was a brilliant writer while drunk and/or high, but he can't write now. the last 10 books stunk.

  64. 64

    Sounds a little desperate to me.