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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.