Stephen King says he's working on a sequel to The Shining

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

News of this broke over Thanksgiving, so apologies if you've already seen it, but we thought we'd share it anyway: Horrormeister Stephen King has been talking about writing a sequel to The Shining, which he says might be called Doctor Sleep.

Here's how the Filmofilia Web site reported it:

The second novel would center on Danny Torrance, the young boy from the original story with the gift of being able to communicate clairvoyantly with ghosts, and who is now an appropriately aged 40-year-old. All these years after being tormented by the spiritual inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel and his father's alcoholism/homicidal rage, Danny is now working at a hospice using his supernatural powers for palliative purposes. King even offered a tentative title: "Doctor Sleep."

King talked about the possible book at a Toronto appearance to promote his new book, Under the Dome.

The Shining, which was released in 1977, was famously adapted into a Stanley Kubrick film in 1980, starring Jack Nicholson, Danny Lloyd and Shelley Duvall. King himself later adapted the book in 1997 as a more faithful but vastly inferior TV miniseries (in our opinion).

We're eager to go back to the characters and story, but only if there's an elevator full of blood, creepy twins and an ax-wielding maniac. That seems unlikely.

Are you up for a sequel to The Shining?