I came across the trailer for Stephen King’s upcoming novel Dr. Sleep, which is a sequel to King’s novel The Shining. You can view it here: http://io9.com/stephen-kings-shining-sequel-has-a-trailer-and-its-r-534892522?utm_content=bufferbd851&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer
It’s brief and kinda interesting, I suppose it does spark some interest. The Danny they refer to is the boy in The Shining and the apparent protagonist of the new novel. I’m not sure what to make of King writing a sequel to The Shining. I mean he wrote the original…how long ago? Seems odd t hat he’s suddenly inspired to write a sequel to it now. Especially since he’s retired…oh wait…no he’s not…yes, he is….no he’s not. Clearly, King has the same definition of retirement as Bret Farve…
When I was a youngster I adored Stephen King. The first hardcover book I ever bought was Four Past Midnight by King. I think I was working my first job and had saved the money for it. King could do no wrong in my mind, for quite a while. I loved his novels such as It, The Bachman books, Needful Things, Carrie, and etc. Eventually, however he lost that magic touch that he once had, at least in my mind he did. I think it started with The Cell. It began okay but the climax and the ending were lackluster. The ending in particular left me feeling cheated, as if it merely ended cause he ran outta paper. The book was like a bucket with a hole in the bottom – what starts out with so much promise ends up empty.
He’s done this with some of his short fiction as well, simply ending things with no real resolution. I don’t have a problem with something being left unresolved, it allows the imagination to spark, but only when it comes to minor characters/story lines. Not a major character/plot line where you’re left wondering what the hell happened, and not in a good way. Lately, I’ve gotten the impression that King isn’t writing to have fun but because he wants to be remembered as a significant writer on par with Bradbury or Asimov. Perhaps he misses not being on the Top Ten lists anymore. Some writers can write their entire lives, while others need to hang it up. I’m not sure how Dr. Sleep will be, but perhaps King should slow down and not produce novels so hastily these days. King says that Alzheimer is his worst fear, but I wonder if he also fears being seen as a has been.
King has his place in the pantheon of horror novelists, and his influence and impact on the genre and pop culture is evident. He’s definitely a reason why I started writing and still do today. But at some point I think he has to step back and realize that perhaps its time to put down the pen and leave his legacy alone.