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A little over two years ago, prolific horror scribe Stephen King posted a poll on his website asking fans what book he should write next. Dr. Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, beat out The Wind Through the Keyhole, a new entry in the world of The Dark Tower series, by 49 votes. I'd have personally rather seen the latter get the go ahead since I'll never tire of reading stories set in the world of The Gunslinger (Update: apparently King wrote that one already, too), yet here we are two years later and King has not only written another megahit in the intervening months (the time traveling tome 11/22/63), but Dr. Sleep is far enough along that the man is comfortable reading its first chapter to an audience at the Savannah Book Festival [via Dread Central].
The book revolves around Danny Torrance as a 40-year-old worker at a hospice who uses his powers to help terminally ill patients die with dignity, but as you'll soon hear, the first chapter serves to explain what happened in the immediate aftermath of the Torrance family's stay at the Overlook Hotel. And even though it's recorded with a cell phone, it's still got enough creepy ideas and call backs to scares burned into our brain (by both King's original book and Stanley Kubrick's loose adaptation of it, which King hates), to have us itching to hear more.
And speaking of more, though this is the first time King has read the opening chapter of the book, it's not the first time he's read from Dr. Sleep. He also discussed the book and read an out-of-context excerpt last September to a crowd at George Mason University.
There are currently no announced plans to adapt Dr. Sleep (which is without a set publication date, but will likely hit this Fall) for the big screen, but considering The Shining is one of King's most beloved and popular properties, we won't be surprised to learn of a pick-up soon.