DOCTOR SLEEP is Stephen King’s gripping and surprisingly endearing sequel to THE SHINING, a classic 70s horror novel that opened bloodsoaked corridors of terror in the collective psyche of a generation (in its literary form and via a masterful film adaptation by Stanley Kubrick). The book revisits Danny Torrance, the psychically gifted little boy whose daddy Jack was possessed and destroyed by the malignant ghost culture of an evil old hotel. Danny is Dan, now, in his thirties, a survivor of traumas the ordinary world can scarcely imagine, dulling the dark edge of his supernatural sensitivity with liquor and drugs for decades. The novel finds him at the end of his rope, after one brutal blackout too many, settling into a small New England community, beginning his twelve step stagger to salvation, finding work in a hospice where the powers he was cursed with at last find a benevolent function. He conducts old folks into the kingdom of the dead with gentle understanding, like a shaman priest with his cat familiar. The locals call him Doctor Sleep. But there are demons yet to wrestle with. A little girl has been born with a gift for shining that dwarfs Danny’s own, and she’s reaching out to him with her mind. The highways and rest stops of Stephen King’s America are haunted by a league of monsters called the True Knot. They look like boring retirees and vacationing nobodies in their Rvs and winnebagos, but underneath the “let me tell you about my grandchildren” t-shirts and banal facades, they’re immortal vampiric monsters who live and thrive on the steam that psychic children emit when they are ritually tortured and slaughtered. The True Knot is closing in on that little girl, and Dan Torrance, marked forever by the shadow of his personal underworld, may be the only grown-up who can save her from their ancient hunger.
Open your mind and step into the dark as Book Circle Online falls under the spell of DOCTOR SLEEP.