Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Trailer Park Tuesday: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

You can sell a lot of books in 16 seconds.  All it takes is one creaking door, an ominous thrum of deep music, and a trickle of blood down the side of a bathtub.  And if you're touting Stephen King's forthcoming book Doctor Sleep, the word "REDRUM" finger-painted on the wall.  That's right, boys and ghouls, Danny Torrance from The Shining is back, all grown up but still haunted by demons.  The 16-second trailer for Doctor Sleep doesn't tell us much about plot.  It doesn't need to; it merely serves as a pre-jolt, like sticking our tongue on the battery terminals, before the flip-the-switch-give-em-the-full-gigawatt-blast-of-electricity on September 24, the book's official publication date.  The trailer is a prick tease, but if you want more to entice you, then check out this 11-minute video of King reading an excerpt from the book at an event at George Mason University.  In typical King fashion, he starts off gently, sedately with a humorous riff on the caravans of RVs on interstates driven by Golden Agers who annoy all of us by driving the speed limit and choking us with their exhaust.  By the end of the reading, however, King is running his icy fingertips down our spine and making us think twice about those sweet grandparents behind the wheel of their retirement-age RVs.  From the sounds of it, none of us will get any sleep while reading Doctor Sleep.

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