King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining , after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and devoted to their comfortable Recreational Vehicles. But they live off the “steam” that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Following a childhood haunted by the time he spent with his parents at the Overlook Hotel, Dan Torrance has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism and violence. Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home in rural New Hampshire where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying.
Aided by a prescient cat, Dan becomes “Doctor Sleep”. Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival...
Publication of the hardcover, eBook and digital download will be 24 September 2013.
And if you want a taster before then, check out the CD or digital download of The Wind Through The Keyhole in which Stephen King reads the prologue of Doctor Sleep.