"Every now and then somebody would ask, 'Whatever happened to Danny from The Shining,?'" author Stephen King, 65, says about his new novel, Doctor Sleep.
"When the [sequel] idea would pop up in my mind I would think, 'Now Danny's 20, or now he's 25… I wonder if he's drinking like his father?'' Finally I decided 'OK, why don't I use that in the story and just revisit that whole issue? Like father, like son.'"
Following is an excerpt from the "Prefatory Matters" section and first chapter of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, his 1977 thriller — the 1980 film version of which famously and terrifyingly starred Jack Nicholson.
Doctor Sleep will be published on September 24, 2013
Click here to read the excerpt.