Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
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Essential reading for anyone who loves a scary story, The Shining is a key title in the history of gothic supernatural fiction. Yes, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation is memorable, but Stephen King’s book is better. The novel perfectly exemplifies a key element of King’s appeal: his ability to unite heart-stopping terror with all-too-human characters slogging their way through a recognizably challenging world. It’s this quality that makes the story of recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance and his mysteriously gifted son, Danny, crazily emotionally gripping. Bonus: after you read The Shining, you’ll be primed to read another great King novel, Doctor Sleep.
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This book was the definition of an emotional rollercoaster. You don't just witness the family spiral out of control, you feel it. You feel their relationships, you feel their fear, you feel their love. This book is perfect.
Wow! Absolutely riveting!
I can't sing enough praises for this book. Spellbinding from the first page and kept pulling me into the story with each page turn. The ending is spectacular along with a real lesson in the human condition.
What an amazing book.
Skip the Movie.
I had seen the movie more than a dozen times before reading the book. After reading the book, I was dismayed that so many hours spent watching the movie were hours I could never have back. Read the book first. Then, if you are still curious, watch the movie. You won’t regret it.