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Book Review: DOCTOR SLEEP Is Stephen King’s Follow-up To THE SHINING - Movies In Focus
It was a brave move for Stephen King to write a follow-up to his seminal 1977 novel The Shining. The book (and Stanley Kubrick’s film) have dug deep into horror lore and there’s a weight of expectation resting on Doctor Sleep. It would have been very easy for King to try and create something that was very similar to The Shining by, say, setting events in the rebuilt Overlook Hotel (it burned down at the end of the novel) and follow a similar narrative template. However, King eschews doing this, instead following an older Danny Torrance who is still afflicted by The Shining. Danny is having trouble fitting into the world. He numbs his ‘gift’ with alcohol, and stumbles from town to town picking up a selection of odd-jobs (mostly in homes for the dying) as he tries to make sense of his existence. He arrives in the New Hampshire town of Frazier, and it’s here where he finally finds some emotional solace. It is also where he feels the presence of Abra, a young girl whose life is in danger from The True Knot, a cult of ‘Steam’ vampires who thrive on the energy given-off when those with The [...]