Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 544 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451698852
ISBN - 13: 9781451698855
Read from the Book
Doctor Sleep CHAPTER ONE WELCOME TO TEENYTOWN 1 After Wilmington, the daily drinking stopped. He’d go a week, sometimes two, without anything stronger than diet soda. He’d wake up without a hangover, which was good. He’d wake up thirsty and miserable—wanting—which wasn’t. Then there would come a night. Or a weekend. Sometimes it was a Budweiser ad on TV that set him off—fresh-faced young people with nary a beergut among them, having cold ones after a vigorous volleyball game. Sometimes it was seeing a couple of nice-looking women having after-work drinks outside some pleasant little café, the kind of place with a French name and lots of hanging plants. The drinks were almost always the kind that came with little umbrellas. Sometimes it was a song on the radio. Once it was Styx, singing “Mr. Roboto.” When he was dry, he was completely dry. When he drank, he got drunk. If he woke up next to a woman, he thought of Deenie and the kid in the Braves t-shirt. He thought of the seventy dollars. He even thought of the stolen blanket, which he had left in the stormdrain. Maybe it was still there. If so, it would be moldy now. Sometimes he got drunk and missed work. They’d keep him on for awhile—he was good at what he did—but then would come a day. When it did, he would say thank you very much and board a bus. Wilmington became Albany and Albany became Utica. Utica became New Paltz. New Paltz gave way to Sturbr
From the Publisher
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his
most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly
riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very
special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous
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.
This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story
that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The
Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.
About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year.