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Stephen King's 'Shining' Sequel Gets Teaser Trailer

"Doctor Sleep," the follow up to the author's 1977 bestseller, arrives September 24.

Doctor Sleep Stephen King Book Cover - P 2013

Stephen King fans are getting primed for one of the fall's hottest books.

Publisher Simon & Schuster released a teaser trailer for Doctor Sleep, the long-awaited sequel to 1977's The Shining, one of his most popular books. 

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The book goes on sale September 24.

The hit novel spawned the classic 1980 movie that featured a memorable performance from Jack Nicholson

The publisher has also released a short description of the novel:

"The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
 
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
 
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
 
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival."
 
Stephen King, the no. 1-ranked author on THR's 25 Most Powerful Authors list, is on a roll. 
 
His newest novelette, Joyland, a homage to pulp fiction, arrived June 4 and is already climbing bestseller lists. 
 
A CBS television adaptation of his bestselling novel Under the Dome premieres on June 24.
 
And, of course, Doctor Sleep is up after that. See the teaser below.