Stephen King: Why I Wrote Shining Sequel
Character of Danny Torrance 'never left my mind,' he says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2013 3:25 PM CST
Stephen King poses for the cameras prior to an autograph session during a promotional tour in France for his last book "Doctor Sleep" at a library in Paris, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

(Newser) – Why did Stephen King return to the world of The Shining 36 years later? The character of Danny, the psychic son of alcoholic writer-gone-crazy Jack Torrance, "never really left my mind," King revealed at the Paris book launch for Doctor Sleep, his recently published sequel to the novel. "I don't usually write sequels. When I get to the end of a story, I'm done with these people, not because I don't like them any more, but because I don't know what happens next," King said. But he found himself getting "curious" about Danny, and then ideas about what had happened to the character after the original novel ended "started to form in my head."

In Doctor Sleep, we find out Danny, too, is an alcoholic (as King was when he wrote The Shining; he's now recovering), the Telegraph reports. "I felt that because addiction is something that tends to run in families, I thought I would go ahead and let him be an alcoholic and see if he could do a better job than his dad," King explained. As for what actually scares King, he revealed, "I'm afraid of Alzheimer's. Declining mental ability, that scares the heck out of me."

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ThinkStraightAmerica
Nov 15, 2013 2:29 PM CST
Redrum
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 15, 2013 12:25 PM CST
We saw the movie together with my buds of the 80's and were creeped out together. Then again we were all living in the same college apartment and the caretaker was named Lloyd. We never looked at him the same way again. We got creeped out by Friday the 13th because it was set in a summer camp and we all worked at the same YMCA camp and it had all the elements of the movie. But Meatballs came along and each one of us rolled in the floor as our areas came up. Billy couldn't stop laughing when Trapper said, "Crafts has been cancelled due to a lack of taste" and he was our crafts instructor. So, "The Shinning" was great for several reasons. Cinematography was ground breaking and the original music score by Wendy/Walter Carlos was stunning. He owes it to her/him to undo the wrong he did to her/him for not using her/his well made score. The TV movie was ok since it included elements left out of the movie and it did not have any time constraints like the movie. I was disappointed to learn that the movie was not filmed in The Broadmor Hotel. I swear it looked like it to the designs on the carpet (prior to a full remodeling.) But I know they used the hotel as the model for the England set. We know the exterior was the Timberline Lodge. The rest was all movie set in England. So today, Danny drives a slug bug and still has that gift of seeing the future. He joins forces with Haley Joel Osment and Miko Hughes from, "Mercury Rising." The government brings them together to try to figure out where the first urban based detonation of a nuclear bomb will happen in the USA.
raymel1
Nov 14, 2013 2:57 AM CST
Shining movie sucked