Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Master Delivers; SEQUEL TO THE SHINING

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Master Delivers; SEQUEL TO THE SHINING

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STEPHEN King's long-awaited sequel to his horror masterpiece, The Shining, is here, and what a wild fairground ride it is.

Is it as good as the original? No. But is it a novel flavoured by King's phenomenally dark imagination, battles between good and evil, and characters who will stay in your memory for a long time? Yes.

It's called Dr Sleep and it follows the adventures of Dan Torrance, now an adult, but previously the little boy who narrowly survived being murdered by his father at The Overlook.

Jack Nicholson played his dad in the Stanley Kubrick version of King's original book and many people would remember his scenes for their sheer terror. But King points out that Dr Sleep is a sequel to the book, not the movie.

We meet Dan when he is still trying to come to grips with his alcoholism - he uses booze to blot out the images presented to him by his "shining" or paranormal ability. Get clean he does, with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous and a couple of likeable sidekicks, as King did himself. …

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