In an interview with EW, Stephen King dished a bit on his upcoming "Shining" sequel "Doctor Sleep" and how it will explore the theme of alcoholism, just as "The Shining" did, especially when it comes to the implications of Danny Torrence following in his father's footsteps. He said:
"...people would ask me is, ‘How come [his dad] Jack Torrance never tried AA?’ Because he was this total dry drunk in the book who never goes near a meeting. When the [sequel] idea would pop up in my mind, I would think, ‘Now Danny’s 20, or now he’s 25. I wonder if he’s drinking like his father?’ Finally I decided, ‘Okay, why don’t I use that in the story and just revisit the whole issue?’ Like father, like son.”
He also treaded into spoiler territory about the climax of the book, which will revisit a famous landmark from "The Shining," reminding us that Kubrick's film diverts liberally from King's source material:
“I had a chance to return things to the New England setting that I know, but I did go back to Colorado and looked around and said, ‘I’ve got to try to bring this back around to where the original book was.’ Everything should come home again. So there is actually a climax in-let’s put it this way-an area people will remember. I’m not sure if this is going to be a problem for readers or not, but Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the novel. It’s not a sequel to the Kubrick film. At the end of the film, the Overlook is still there. It just kind of freezes. But at the end of the book, it burns down.”
"Doctor Sleep" comes out September 24th, 2013.
[Source: Dread Central]