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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Amazing book. Much better than the movie for sure.
A great book, from start to finish. I think Stephen King really hit the big leagues with this book. I liked both Carrie and Salem’s Lot but The Shining took King to another level and I think he would stay at the level up until It. Very different from Stanley Kubrick’s movie. I’m actually glad I saw the movie before reading the book, for if I did the opposite I think I would have hated the movie. Anyway, The Shining is a must read.
Classic King thriller!
What a classic setting for a really scary idea. Love the characters & for me it’s the best book of the King library no doubt. It’s got so much more to offer then even the movie does so i think it’s a must read in any order u want.