Published by Doubleday on January 28 1977
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Unlike most bookish people, I was not a King reader when I was young. I did, and still do, love a good horror story but back in those days I was too scared to even bring one of these books home.
I stuck to my RL Stine, thank you very much.
But now that I am an adult, it feels like I have been missing something. Especially since King is still churning out books like nobody’s business. A few years back, when I came across Dr Sleep, I realized I had not read The Shining and since there are juicy details that they always leave out of the movies I figured I should start there.
I am not sure what I was expecting. I think I had a vague notion that since the story was 30 years old that it would dated. I was afraid that the book had not stood the test of time.
What I found was a compelling, spine-tingling book that kept me going through the 15 hours of audio right through to the end.
Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.
As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…