Danny Torrance Returns in Stephen King's 'Doctor Sleep'

The master of horror brings back the famed "Shining" character in his new book.
2:55 | 09/24/13

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I'm here with stephen king, the master of horrors, breaking new ground with his first sequel, ever. "Dr. Sleep." Thank you for coming in this morning. Noo is to see you. Why did you bring him back? I never forgot him. Basically. I've written about a lot of characters over the years. And their stories get told. And then, kind of filed away. I never had any urge to go back and find out what happened to, paul sheldon from "misery." But danny torrence was such a little boy. And he survives such a horrible experience at the overlook hotel, that time would go by. And I wonder what's going on with him. He'd be 20 now. And then, he's 25 now. And 30. And I wondered about what happened to him. And I used to get asked sometimes at signings and stuff. Whatever happened to the kid from "the shining"? He had some struggles. But was living a quiet life, just helping people. But gets drawn back into that struggle. One of the things that interested me and one of the -- the big reason to go back, was he had come from the situation where he had survived an abusive father, who was also a drunk. And we know from experience that a lot of times, people in those situations, have a tendency to repeat what they grew up with. And a kid like that will say, I'm never going to be a drunk like dad. Or I'm never going to be abusive to my own kids the way that my father was to me. And they find themselves repeating those scripts. I wanted to talk about that a little bit. How do you deal with the fact that so many people have that movie in their heads? Jack nicholson. Everything exactly what happened in the book. Yeah. I think of the novel "the shining," as being the true history of the torrence family in the overlook hotel. I've been asked a lot about the kubrick movie. And it is what it is. And it has a lot of people who really, really love the movie. But I said in the afterward, for instance, in kubrick's movie, the overlook hotel freezes. And in stephen king's book, the overlook hotel burns. That was the difference in temperament. He was cold and I was warm. You are warm. There's a lot of warmth in the book, as well. The whole theme of family shines. You know, you can't scare people unless they care about the characters. If the characters were just cardboard cutouts, it's not working. If they do, you can scare them. I'm sure it's going to be a huge hit. Stephen king, thanks for coming in this morning. Thanks a lot.

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