But before getting to the news, I'd like to address the means by which it leaked out, which is equally interesting. While in Toronto, King followed up a 15-minute reading from Under the Dome with an hour long Q&A in a packed theater. The interviewer? David Cronenberg. Thinking about that taking place makes my heart hurt. My favorite director interviewing my favorite writer? What kind of cruel world hides such an event from me?
Fortunately the books portion of the Torontoist was there to cover the event and they've got all the details surrounding The Shining sequel Cronenberg and King talked about, tentatively titled Doctor Sleep. King explained that he had spent the last summer wondering what Danny Torrance would be like as a grown up and how the emotional scars carved into his psyche by the Overlook Hotel would have impacted the path of his otherwise happy life. The author charts the basic premise thusly:
"Danny is now 40 years old and living in upstate New York, where he works as the equivalent of an orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill. Danny's real job is to visit with patients who are just about to pass on to the other side, and to help them make that journey with the aid of his mysterious powers. Danny also has a sideline in betting on the horses, a trick he learned from his buddy Dick Hallorann."
Now, King was apparently quick to point out that he hasn't actually begun to put metaphorical pen to paper yet, and that if he keeps talking about it too much he's likely to talk himself out of writing it all together, but still, it seems like The Shining has a few characters he's keen to revisit, which is okay in my book. I'm not one to think everything needs a sequel, and The Shnning certainly isn't begging for one, but I do like it when a writer opts to check back in with the fictional lives fans have grown to love over the years. But, hey, what say you?
Should The Shining remain solo or are you game for a visit with Doctor Sleep?