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Stephen King announces sequel to The Shining

21st September 2012

Stephen King is writing a sequel to his bestselling novel The Shining, which was famously adapted into a 1980 film by Stanley Kubrick.

After years of speculation among horror fans, the author has confirmed that the novel, entitled Doctor Sleep, will be published next year and follow Danny Torrance as he makes the transition to adulthood and finds he is not the only person with telepathic powers.

Doctor Sleep will be published on September 24th 2013, 36 years after The Shining was first published in 1977.

The iconic novel, King's third, went on to sell more than one million copies, with Kubrick's Jack Nicholson-starring film coming three years later.

In the first book, the Torrance family moves to a hotel in the Colorado mountains where Jack, a writer, takes a job as the building's caretaker.

While there, he becomes possessed by evil spirits and attacks his family. Danny, who has psychic abilities, manages to escape with his mother Wendy.

Hodder and Stoughton, King's UK publisher, said Doctor Sleep returns to the 'characters and territory' of The Shining.

The sequel follows Dan, who has been 'drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence'.

It opens with Dan settling in a New Hampshire town and using his 'shining' power to comfort the dying at a nursing home.

Known by the local people as Doctor Sleep, Dan meets a 12-year-old girl, Abra Stone, who has the 'brightest shining ever seen' and whom he 'must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals'.

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