She took a step in, then two. She saw movement and whirled, hammer upraised, to hit whoever
was hiding behind the door. But it was only her shadow. Scared of her own shadow, people sometimes sneered, but who had a better right than Wendy Torrance? After the things she had seen and been through, she knew that shadows could be dangerous. They could have teeth.
No one was in the bathroom, but there was a discolored smear on the toilet seat and another on the shower curtain. Excrement was her first thought, but shit wasn’t yellowish-purple.
— Stephen King, Doctor Sleep (sequel to The Shining)
This was not the first page, nor the second. This was on page 6 (on my Kindle). And it was the above passage that made me stop, go to Amazon, and buy this book in paperback form so that I could have the full tactile experience of enjoying this sequel with all of the old-school page-turning joy.
Daniel Torrance, grown up Danny — the boy with the shining — is not doing so well (surprise, surprise). He’s an alcoholic, and a drifter. He drinks to keep that other world, and its inhabitants away from his waking day-to-day reality.
However, all he’s doing is running away, another disastrous form of sticking one’s head in the sand. Except, it feels as if he’s ‘doing something.’ What he is doing is fooling himself that The Shining has gone away and he’s quote, unquote normal. He’s not.
The Shining is still very strong within him which is why drinking helped him. It put him in a stupor and the things could only get him in his dreams.
But one day, something stopped him. He heard a voice and it said to get off the bus and get rid of the bottle in the brown paper bag. He did both and never looked back. And this is where Danny’s story truly begins. When he stops running and finds out his true purpose in life.
As most Stephen King works, this one takes the reader on a very emotionally scary ride that ploughs though the ills and fetishes of very demented human minds and some pretty sadistic ghoulish minds. This one is no different. We are reintroduced to some characters from the original book and there’s a set of evil beings that are brand new in this book that are even more scary than Mrs. Massey.
This is a must-read if you enjoyed The Shining. This story will creep you out while and make you go back to your childhood habit of having a nightlight on as you go into slumber.
Genres: Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Scary