Stephen King’s Sequel To The Shining Sounds Crappy


A good series is a wonderful thing. Take “Star Wars” for instance, or the “Harry Potter” books. Those are great franchises, and the sequels make sense. But not every book or movie or fucking comic strip needs a sequel. In this spirit, I ask you this: does Stephen King’s 1977 novel “The Shining” really need a sequel? King seems to think it does, and according to his website, the follow up, “Doctor Sleep” will officially be released next year, on September 24, 2013.

“Doctor Sleep” follows Danny Torrance—you know, the creepy kid who kept yelling “redrum”, “redrum”—as he joins the adult ranks. According to io9, “Danny is a hospice worker who uses his powers to help ill patients to pass away without pain.” That sounds like a fine set up, one with an inherent amount of drama and tension. Here’s the kicker: “Unfortunately, he runs afoul of a gang of wandering psychic vampires who feed on people’s energy.”

Really? “Psychic vampires?” That’s the idea he’s going with? Interesting choice. Vampires are big right now, and it isn’t the author’s first foray into the genre. He dabbled in that pool with “Salem’s Lot”. Still, I’m going to go out on a limb and ask, what the fuck is Stephen King thinking? Just leave the Torrance family alone, haven’t they been through enough horrors to last a lifetime? You don’t need to throw psychic fucking vampires into the mix. That’s just cruel and unusual at this point.

Hopefully we can come together and collectively ignore that this is going to happen. I think I’ll start right now.

In case you’re not in my camp, here’s a video of King debuting a chapter from “Doctor Sleep” at George Mason University in 2011.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Juggernaut

    I read the full synopsis for this the other day and it honestly wasn’t bad in my opinion. The vampire-like nature of the villains is more of an analogy really. Much like King’s “IT” fed off of the fear and innocence of children. Having Danny as a troubled adult helping another child deal with the Shining sounds cool.

    • Dedpool

      That does indeed. i thought they were going with the he’s helping people cross over, but something has been trying to get through from the other side.

      • Juggernaut

        No. That would have been interesting too thogh. The official synopsis sounds pretty cool. I think that most people will be dissapointed that the book has no aspects of the Hotel or most of the cast of the original including Jack. The only conecting thread seems to be Danny and his powers.

        • Dedpool

          I thought that’d make a more intersting story too cause you could play up the mystery as well as the supernatural/horror aspects. Adn just having Danny and his powers is enough of a connective tissue. There should be some mention of the events though.

      • Juggernaut

        The funny thing about people being up in arms by King making a sequel to The Shining is that he has been using the same or similar characters, places and scenarios throughout his works forever. Lol. This is nothing new.