Stephen King published "The Shining" way back in 1977. It was his fourth novel. A year earlier, his first, "Carrie," had come out as a film directed by Brian De Palma, and had been a huge success. King was big, but he wasn't yet the giant bestselling author he's become.
Now, 35 years later, King has gone back to "The Shining" and written a sequel, "Doctor Sleep." It comes to shelves in January of 2013, just when everyone who might be snowed in will be.
"Doctor Sleep" features the now-adult Danny, the child who could see ghosts in the Overlook Hotel. Troubled by his past -- what with the visions of evil and a homicidal dad, who wouldn't be? -- Danny has drifted, drunk too much, and tried to find his own kind of peace. He's made his way to New Hampshire, where he still has visionary "shining" abilities, which he puts to use working in a nursing home.
Troubled man, visions, isolated environment -- sounds like "The Shining" all over again. Except this is Stephen King, and if he writes a sequel, it's not going to be a carbon copy.