It became one of the most-read horrors and eerily haunting films around, but it looks like Steven King hasn’t finished with The Shining just yet.
The 64-year-old novelist has announced that he is penning a sequel to the tale, entitled Dr Sleep, which follows caretaker Jack Torrance’s grown-up son, Danny.
King read excerpts from his work-in-progress novel at a book festival at George Mason University near Washington D.C. last week, explaining to the audience:
“I’ve always wondered what happened to that kid in The Shining and this story started to form.”
The novel follows a still clairvoyant Danny, who is now a hospice worker helping people to die painlessly.
King first suggested the idea of Dr Sleep on his website back in 2009, asking fans if they would prefer a sequel to The Shining or another book in his Dark Tower series.
Released in 1977, The Shining was King’s third book and was later adapted into a film starring Jack Nicolson and Shelley Duvall.
Despite a slow start at the Box Office, it has since achieved cult status and now regularly ranks highly on Best Horror Film lists.
King is said to be close to finishing the manuscript, however no publication date has been set for the novel.