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I’m Back – Horrorfest Begins With Doctor Sleep

Hi all, thanks for letting me have the hiatus. I wish the rest had done more for me, but I’m still having a hell of a time with tics. It’s making typing particularly difficult, so I’ll be brief today.

In honor of October 1, I am happy to report that Stephen King’s book Doctor Sleep (sequel to The Shining!) is better than I could have hoped for. In some ways I like it more than The Shining. I wanted a worthy sequel, but Doctor book totally stands on its own.

The book comprises the further adventures of Danny, the boy from The Shining, as an adult. Something (some things) followed him out of the Overlook Hotel, across the decades, and now there’s a new fight.

And some of it is truly frightening. So good.

Read it!

More tomorrow.


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  • Kit Siegel October 2, 2013, 9:06 am

    Hi Josh, so sorry to hear about Misty acting up again.
    I just finished your book. I don’t have Tourette’s, and I do love to read–mysteries mostly.
    I loved your book–what a fine writer you are!!!
    Please say hello to Adam T. Glass.

  • Jennifer October 3, 2013, 9:34 am

    I’m glad you’re back to blogging Josh 🙂

    I haven’t read The Shining in about 400 years (or so) and I’d like to re-read that before I dive into the new one.

    • Josh Hanagarne October 3, 2013, 11:11 am

      I actually think that’s a good idea. I hadn’t read the shining in a long time and it wasn’t the book I remembered.

  • Jack M October 4, 2013, 6:17 am

    I am 100 pages into Doctor Sleep. Really great, but please don’t read it while you are eating a meal. Trust me.

  • Kit S October 4, 2013, 7:42 am

    I was a the showing of the Shining (can’t say I saw it) and they had to pry me out from under the movie theater seat. I loved the “Shawshank Redemption”. I am more of a “Winnie the Pooh” kind of reader,
    I am way too suggestible to be reading Steven King.

  • Brittany Fichter October 6, 2013, 10:02 pm

    Hi, Josh. I just bought your book today, and I’m so excited to read about how you describe your tics. Your writing voice is so genuine, and it’s quite refreshing. I’ll be checking your blog now that I know it’s here!

    Also, while my TS isn’t as severe as yours is, I realized recently how my typing gets interrupted by my tics. This post made me think about it again, as I often forget I’m ticcing while I do it. Thanks again for sharing, even when it’s hard like today.

    • Josh Hanagarne October 7, 2013, 10:25 am

      Thanks Brittany. I’d love to compare notes. Ask any questions you ever have, whenever you have them. You know where I’m at!

      • Brittany Fichter October 8, 2013, 5:16 pm

        Thanks! I’ll definitely be doing that. I’m working on a memoir of my own right now that describes a year in the life with TS, OCD tendencies, and Anxiety. There aren’t many books out on the market about presonal stories of TS, so I was delighted to find your new book.

        As far as scary stories go, I’m like Kit S. The scariest thing I’ve read recently was when I read, “I Miss My Monster,” to a bunch of my third graders. Lol.

  • Lorna October 8, 2013, 4:57 am

    I’m going to read The Shining at some point soon, for the first time.

    And you’ve probably know about this/do it already, but would dictating help the tics?

    I use Dragon for work stuff, because I have CP and actually type 11 words a minute, ha!

    • Josh Hanagarne October 8, 2013, 10:33 am

      I’ve tried dictation and it just tends to make the tics more vocal. Pretty lame!

      • Kit Siegel October 8, 2013, 4:50 pm

        Speaking of scary, as in The Shining, has anyone see “Gravity”