September 28th, 2011
04:58 PM ET
There's a sequel to "The Shining," but it's going to come in book form first.
Stephen King, who crafted the novel that was adapted into the (terrifying) 1980 film, read from excerpts of "The Shining's" sequel, "Dr. Sleep," at a recent appearance at George Mason University, Slashfilm reports.
The novel reintroduces "The Shining's" main character, Danny Torrance, as a grown-up. In the sequel, Torrance is now 40, and working in a hospice for the terminally ill in New York. Torrance has special powers though, and will visit the patients as they're about to "cross over" to help them move on without pain.
As King explained to the crowd gathered at GMU, "I've always wondered what happened to the kid."
He went on, "People say to me sometimes, do you keep an idea notebook? And I don't. If you don't keep a notebook a kind of Darwinian process takes place, where the bad ones just go away. The good ones, the important ones, they stick around. I kept wondering, what's going on with Danny Torrance? Where did he go after this terrible experience? And little by little, this story began to form."
He added that it wasn't finished yet, but he was able to read a bit of the excerpt and gave a teensy bit of description.
"I knew that there were bad people in this story that were like vampires, only that what they sucked out was not blood but psychic energy from special people like Danny Torrance," King said. "And I came to realize these people were called The Tribe, and they move around a lot...They all have these kinda pirate names, because pirates is sort of what they are."
Check out his reading of the snippet below. King's next novel, "11/22/63" arrives November 8.
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