Okay not really. It’s just that Stephen King has just announced the looooong awaited sequel to The Shining and it’s called Doctor Sleep. It follows the grown-up adventures of Danny Torrance, the “redrum” lad of the original, who is now a middle-aged cat man.
And the title reminded us of Doktor Sleepless, the long running comic by Warren Ellis and Ivan Rodriguez.
According to series writer Warren Ellis, Doktor Sleepless may be a man named John Reinhardt, a trust-fund baby and boy genius who is shunned by the counter-culture he helped found. After disappearing from the city of Heavenside three years ago, he suddenly returns having undergone some changes during the interim. Upon his return, he’s transformed himself from a relatively mundane man into what he describes as a “cartoon mad scientist,” calling himself “Doktor Sleepless.”
So there you go. Nothing whatsoever in common. Except a title.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.