October 22

The Shining

Posted by lori . 2 Comments


I’ve read and loved Stephen King’s stories my entire adult life, so it is very difficult to pick a favorite; but I’m going to do it anyway.  The Shining was the first King book I read.  When Jack Torrance signs on to be the winter custodian at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, his family moves into the hotel and prepares to be snowed in and isolated for the winter.  The Overlook has a complicated and tragic past.  Unfortunate things happen at the Overlook, and the hotel seems to have a presence and personality all its own.  As the winter sets in, the hotel starts to work it way on Jack .  Cut-off from any help, Jack’s wife and son must face the horror of the Overlook and what it’s doing to Jack, all alone.  If you love the “haunted house” genre, The Shining made the Overlook one of the best known in literature.  Fun Fact:  The Overlook was inspired by the Kings’ stay at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.  The hotel exterior shots for Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining, were of the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon.

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2 Responses to " The Shining"

  • houndstooth says:

    Oh, I love The Shining, both the book and the movie! I love the sense of forboding that King creates in this book and he does not disappoint with it in any aspect!

    • lori says:

      I just recently watched a TCM original production documentary called A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King. It was fascinating listening to “the master” talk about the genre.

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