Last September, Stephen King announced he was writing a sequel to The Shining, entitled Dr. Sleep.
King has read an early excerpt from Dr. Sleep before, but he recently unveiled the beginning of the book during an appearance at the Savannah Book Festival.
Dr. Sleep pits a grown-up Danny Torrance, now working at a hospice facility and using his mysterious powers to help the terminally ill comfortably pass on to the other side, against a group of psychic vampires called The Tribe, who want to feed on his supernatural energy.
Danny also uses his powers to bet on horses, something he learned from Dick Hallorann — the chef who died in Stanley Kubrick’s film version of The Shining, but survived in King’s novel.
King said in November that he had finished the first draft of Dr. Sleep, but he hasn’t yet announced a release date for the Shining sequel.