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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 remoteand sinister And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance a uniuely gifted five year old

10 thoughts on “The Shining

  1. says:

    This scene from Friends pretty much sums up my feelings about this book Rachel Hmm she opens the freezer Umm why do you have a copy of The Shining in your freezer?Joey Oh I was reading it last night and I got scared soRachel But ah you’re safe from it if it’s in the freezer?Joey Well safer Y'know I mean I never start reading The Shining without making sure we’ve got plenty of room in the freezer y'knowRachel How often do you read it?Joey Haven’t you ever read the same book over and over again?Rachel Well umm I guess I read Little Women than once But I mean that’s a classic what’s so great about The Shining?Joey The uestion should be Rach what is not so great about The Shining Okay? And the answer would be nothing All right? This is like the scariest book ever I bet it’s way better than that classic of yours

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    i i don't even know what to say that hasn't already been said about this but lemme give it a shotgod DAMN this is king at his best i know i know kat that is so cliche couldn't you have picked a less popular king book to stan?i guess not but hear me out1 first of all i love a good old fashioned haunted house story and that's exactly what this is the slow progression of madness that overtook jack and the introduction of new ghosts or hallucinations whatever you decide was INCREDIBLE not to mention the thing that i think king writes best is the feeling of confinement and what's confining than being snowed into a haunted hotel that literally wants you dead?? oh right nothing 2 the characterization ah the way that king wrote these characters was just chefs kiss not only did i care about danny wendy and sometimes jack but we also got to rip back the layers of their relationships with each other and dynamic as a family which i LOVE even if you don't think this is a great horror story don't deny it is a baller family drama3 the horror of it all whether you want to look at it as a family being attacked by ghosts or a father being overcome by an extreme case of cabin fever or even if the whole murdering thing doesn't scare you but you can see the fear that comes with having a family member who battles with some kind of addiction this book is fucking scary it may not have made me physically jump or scream but i can tell you that it's a story that is gonna stick in my brain and not let go for a long long time just like any good horror shouldnow for the obligatory comparison to the movieit's common knowledge that king himself hates the Kubrick movie but i love it so much it's one of the first horror movies i ever saw and i've seen it many times since so while it's a popular opinion to love the book and shit on the movie i just can't bring myself to do it yes they're very different in a lot of ways but honestly i think that Kubrick did the best with what he had to work witha BIG part of the novel is rooted in internal conflict we spend so much time inside of jack danny and wendy's heads that it would have been impossible imo to translate that to the screen without a near constant voiceover like basically just the audiobook playing over all the scenes sO i can't fault the movie for what it lacks in depth of character and explanationi just can't however if for some reason you're reading this and you have seen the movie but haven't read the book YOU BETTER READ THE FCKING BOOK ARE YOU JOKING?? READ ITanyway dear mr stephen king i'm sorry i ever said that your popular books were overhyped some of them are cough IT cough but this one isn'tluv katokay that's all read this book i don't have an outro okay byeeeee

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    This was most excellent; I can 100% see why this is many readers favorite Stephen King novel Heck it's my favorite novel of his to date although I have a good number of his books to catch up on I've found myself overly critical of his work in the past possibly due to the fact that he's so well known but I feel it's been a fault on my end Previously I've picked up one of his doorstops at a time I wasn't prepared to fully invest in the time and energy it takes to immerse oneself into his world building and lengthy details This time I was ready Also this was only like 600 pages which felt like a novella compared to IT I'm finally able to understand why so many people hold the standard of traditional horror in comparison to this novel Sure it has all the creepy crawlies and spooky wookies to get your heart racing but it's so grounded in reality that I had a hard time rationalizing with myself that it's just a story The 150 page set up is well worth the reader's time as it lays the groundwork for much of the why behind the narrative and it also gave me a chance to bond with precious Danny before the shit hit the fan I may be the last person on the planet to have read this book but just in case I'm not I wanted to share some of the things that really hit home with me Just like IT is at heart a disturbing coming of age story The Shining was an impeccable tale of extreme cabin fever with a hefty dose of the destructive nature of alcoholism When you break it down like that the supernatural elements actually seem to take a backseat to the very real horror of what it's like living with someone struggling through addiction I've heard all the stories of how this book helped SK realize his own struggle with alcohol and I'm inclined to believe it's true as the writing here was heavy laden with emotion and depth I apologize for ever calling Mr King over hyped I'm grateful my previous experiences with his wordier novels didn't deter me from finally choosing to read this as it's a gem of a book and a classic in it's genre I still despise Sleeping Beauties though and refuse to change my opinion on the matter ; Highly recommended to any other below the rock dwellers who may not have happened across this one Now to watch the movie or not?

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    If you have not read The Shining already do not overlook the opportunity presented by the publication of Doctor Sleep the seuel to revisit one of the best ghost stories of our time The appearance of the follow up offers a perfect justification for stepping through those bat wing doors for the first time 1st Edition cover – Published January 28 1977 – 447 pps It has been a lifetime since I read The Shining for the first time over thirty years ago I enjoyed it then for its effectiveness in telling a scary no a very scary story Reading it now is colored as is all of life by our accumulation or lack of accumulation of experience We see or appreciate colors textures shapes structures and feelings with experienced educated eyes We have seen or are at least aware of real world things that are scarier than any fictional spectres So what does it look like through old cloudy lenses?It remains a very scary story The things that stand out for me now are not so much the deader rising up out of a bathtub to pursue a curious child although that is still pretty creepy or the mobile topiary which still works pretty well at making the hair on one’s neck and arms stand at attention But King was using the haunted house trope to look at personal demons And those shine through clearly now From Allyn Scura’s blogHe had some drinking issues at the time he wrote the book when he was 30 and concern about that is major here Jack Torrance is an alcoholic no uestion He also has issues with anger management not that the little shit he clocks while teaching at a New England prep school didn’t have it coming He did But one cannot do that to a student however deserving and expect to remain employed for long His little boy however most certainly did not deserve a broken arm Jack is very remorseful and wants to make things right He manages to get a gig taking care of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado over the winter It will offer him a chance to get something right after a string of getting things wrong offer a chance to save his marriage and offer an opportunity to work on his unfinished play Risky? Sure But a gamble worth taking And his wife Wendy agrees despite having serious misgivings There are no attractive alternatives Of course we all know that the Overlook is not your typical residence Odd things happen sounds are heard thoughts from somewhere outside find their way into your mind Jack is targeted and boy is he vulnerableBut five year old Danny is the real key here He is the proud possessor of an unusual talent the shining of the book’s title Danny can not only do a bit of mind reading he can also see things that other people cannot And for a little guy he has a huge talent He also has an invisible friend named Tony with whom only he can communicate It is difficult to think about the book without finding our mental screens flickering with the images of Jack Nicholson in full cartoonish psycho rage the very effective sound of a Big Wheel followed by a steadicam coursing through the long halls of the hotel and the best casting decision ever in choosing Scatman Crothers to play Dick Halloran By the way the hotel is based on a real world place the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado And the Overlook’s spooky room 217 was inspired by the supposedly haunted room 217 at the Stanley This image is from the hotel’s site – they clearly embrace the spectral connectionThe room number was changed in the film to 237 at the reuest of the Timberline hotel which was used for exterior shots There is so much that differentiates Kubrick’s film from the book that they are almost entirely different entities The differences do reuire a bit of attention here First and foremost the book of The Shining is about the disintegration of a family due to alcoholism and anger issues How a child survives in a troubled family is key The film is pretty much pure spook house well done spook house but solely spook house nonetheless IMHO There is considerable back story to Jack and Wendy that gets no screen time You have to read the book to get that Jack is a victim as much as Wendy and Danny You would never get that from the slobbering Jack of the film The maze in the book was pretty cool right? I liked it too but it does not exist in the book I believe it was put in to replace the talented topiary which is the definition of a bad trade There is significant violence in the book that never made its way into Kubrick’s film but which very much raises a specter of domestic violence that is terrorizing real people living in real horror stories There are a few lesser elements Jack wielded a roue mallet not an axe Danny is not interrupted in his travels through the corridors by Arbus like twin sisters And the sisters in uestion are not even twins There are plenty but you get the idea An interesting film for sure but not really the most faithful interpretation of the book King saw that a film that closely reflected what he had written reached TV screens in 1997 with a six hour mini series versionIrrelevancies of a personal natureThe opening shot was filmed on the Going–to the Sun Road in Montana’s Glacier National Park in Montana I have had the pleasure 7 times in one visit and recommend the drive wholeheartedly It is a pretty narrow road though so you will have to drive carefully Bring along the appropriate musical media for the best effect Wendy Carlos’s Rocky Mountain and dress warmly It was below freezing when I reached the top of the road in August Some exteriors for Kubrick’s film were shot at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon I visited but did not stay there back in 2008 Sadly I do not have any decent personal photos from the place I can report though on a bitThis shot was found on Wikimediaof kitsch There is a place in the hotel where an ax is lodged in a block of wood with HEEEEERE’s JOHNNY on the ax a tourist photo op And yes I did Sadly or luckily the shot did not come out well so you will be sparedBack to the book Danny’s talent is a two edged sword He is afflicted with seeing than anyone his age should have to see but on the other hand he has a tool he can use to try to save them all Whether he can or not is a core tension element here King is fond of placing his stories in literary context He peppers the text with references to various relevant books and authors I expect these are meant to let us know his influences Horace Walpole author of The Castle of Otranto a Gothic classic is mentioned as is Shirley Jackson of Hill House fame King had used a uote from this book in Salem’s Lot A family saga rich with death and destruction Cashelmara is mentioned as are some contemporary items like The Walton Family the idealized antithesis to the Torrance Family Where the Wild Things Are and novelist Frank Norris The primary literary reference here is Poe’s The Masue of the Red Death which is cited many times There had been a costume ball back in hotel’s history and it is the impending climax of that party the unmasking that looms here And toss in nods to Treasure Island and Bluebeard for good measureKing often includes writers in his work avatars for himself I write about writers because I know the territory Also you know it's a great job for a protagonist in a book Without having to hold down a steady job writers can have all sorts of adventures Also if they disappear it's a long time before they are missed Heh heh heh – from an AOL interview Jack Torrance is a writer as well as a teacher The play that Jack is writing undergoes a transformation that mirrors Jack’s own In fact there is a fair bit or mirroring going on here Jack’s affection for his father as a kid was as strong as Danny's is for him His father was an abusive alcoholic While Jack is not yet the monster his father was he is also an alcoholic with abusive tendencies I never had a father in the house My mother raised my brother and I alone I wasn’t using my own history but I did tap into some of the anger you sometimes feel to the kids where you say to yourself I have really got to hold on to this because I’m the big person here I’m the adult One reason I wanted to use booze in the book is that booze has a tendency to fray that leash you have on your temperFor a lot of kids Dad is the scary guy It’s that whole thing where your mother says ‘You just wait until your father comes home” In The Shining these people were snowbound in a hotel and Dad is always home And Dad is fighting this thing with the bottle and he’s got a short temper anyway I was kind of feeling my own way in that because I was a father of small children And one of the things that shocked me about fatherhood was it was possible to get angry at your kids from the EW interview cited in Extra StuffHe’s right I have had the pleasure and I know Wendy gets some attention as well as we learn a bit about her mother and see Wendy’s fear that she has inherited elements of her mother’s awfulness Not everything shines here There are times when five year old Danny seems much older than his tender years even given his extraordinary circumstances It struck me as surprising that there is no mention of anyone suggesting that maybe Jack might attend an AA meeting But these are like single dead pixels on a large screenIf you want to read horror tales that are straight up scare’ems there are plenty in the world But if you appreciate horror that offers underlying emotional content and I know you do my special gift tells me that The Shining is a brilliant example of how a master illuminates the darkness This review with images intact has also been posted on my blogEXTRA STUFFDefinitely check out the Wiki for this book – nifty info on the King Family’s stay at the Stanley and yes there was a Grady at the StanleyI also recommend checking out SK’s site if you want to learn about himAn interview with King in Entertainment WeeklyBTW here is a shot of the model snowmobile that Dick Halloran drives back to the Overlook A few other SK's we have reviewedUnder the DomeDuma Key Lisey's StoryDoctor SleepRevivalMr MercedesJust After Sunset

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    Hi Hello Me again with another book you should consider picking up if you haven't yet read this gift to the world Easily one of my top three favorite books of all time The Shining is a true classic of horror literature I have read it a few times and it gets me EVERY DAMN TIME This is one of the most atmospheric books I have ever read with The Overlook Hotel ultimately becoming a character in its own right There are so many chilling moments from crazed topiary animals to haunted elevators and evil playground euipment Sounds intriguing doesn't it?Read it Read it nowMeg's Advice Best read on a cold windy night when you are home alone and there is the slight possibility that you may lose power Candles burning are a must for this one

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    Is this horror? I'm genuinely asking here because I'm not a horror aficionado so I don't know what all constitutes that genre To a layman like myself IT was horror because it scared the piss out of me and I couldn't sleep without the lights on for a while The Shining is like a Spooky Family Drama Yeah yeah there at the end things got a little hairy but it was still mostly a human trotting around getting all stabbyNow I say mostly because good old Jack is getting some help from a couple of freaky paranormal spectres andTHE HEDGESIn an effort to be transparent I feel like I should mention that I've never actually watched the movie that was based on this bestselling novel My husband who has long since stopped being surprised by me gasped out loud when I told him that a few days ago So I'm guessing from his reaction that I'm probably in the minority Now normally whether or not you've seen the movie doesn't matter at all but this is a pretty iconic movie we're talking about so even without having seen it I kind of knew the plot a bit and of course knew who acted the starring roles I know I know None of that matters at all when you're talking about a book But I just thought it might be relevant because the movie is so incredibly well known that even peasants like myself who haven't seen it immediately recognize certain images from the filmI said that to say this Jack Nicholson is definitely not the Jack Torrence I was seeing in my head as described by Stephen King King's Jack was a handsome young guy who was married to a beautiful woman Now Shelly Duval is a fine actor and so is Nicholson ButAnyway I was just surprised to find out that the characters in the book were hotties I've heard the book and movie are very different in a lot of ways but that both are good if taken separately I'm planning to rent the movie soon and find outAlright The gist is that there's this guy Jack who made a few mistakes because he was a bit boozy and is now trying to go straight and get it together for his family He's a bit of a pompous ass truth be told One of those people who feel as though everyone around them just doesn't understand their tortured genius you know? But he's not just that guy Which is where King's brilliance as a writer comes in He doesn't make Jack the bad guy he makes Jack a guy He's trying He's trying so hard to stay on the wagon he's trying so hard to be a better husband and he's trying so hard to be the father Danny deservesAnd if he hadn't landed a job at a fucking Haunted Hotel I truly believe he would have made it workOr maybe notRegardless Jack is only one of the important characters in this Hallmark Family Movie Channel story You also have Jack's sweet and beautiful if a bit too mousy and faithful to the old fucker wife Wendy And of course their little son DannyDanny has The Shine which when I found this out FINALLY explained the name of this fucking book to me Do you know how many years this has been subconsciously niggling at my brain? Well neither do IBut when fellow psychic mind reader and hotel employee Dick Hallorann tells Danny what rooms to avoid over the winter because he can feel Danny's super bright Shine? It was like a puzzle I didn't even know I was trying to solve clicked into place It was one of those moments you have where you suddenly realize that there's one less thing you don't know For one brief second I felt like the universe had given me a high five I hadn't asked for and then didn't even pull away at the last secondSo what happens when you toss a recovering alcoholic with a penchant towards abusive behavior an overly optimistic woman who tends to flutter instead of walk and a 5 year old who can tell what they are both thinking inside of a hotel that basically wants to eat them?Well I don't want to spoil anything for the 3 people who don't know how all this turns out butAnyway Good stuff I'm glad my pals forced me once again outside my comfort zoneBuddy Read with The Jeff The Angry German 416Because who doesn't like child abuse?

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    “The thought rose from nowhere naked and unadorned The urge to tumble her out of bed naked bewildered just beginning to wake up; to pounce on her seize her neck like the green limb of a young aspen and to throttle her thumbs on windpipe fingers pressing against the top of her spine jerking her head up and ramming it back down against the floorboards again and again whamming whacking smashing crashing Jitter and jive baby Shake rattle and roll He would make her take her medicine Every drop Every last bitter drop”For a guy like myself who loves to read and write taking the job as a winter caretaker of The Overlook Hotel sounds like a dream job The Stanley Hotel inspiration for The Overlook HotelThe time reuirements for the job are miniscule leaving me plenty of time every day to work on the next “great American novel” Before leaving for this foray into isolationism I would calculate just how many books I would need to sustain me through the winter and then increase it by ⅓ or so Jack Torrance makes the case that because he is an educated man he is better suited for the job “A stupid man is prone to cabin fever just as he’s prone to shoot someone over a card game or commit a spur of the moment robbery He gets bored When the snow comes there’s nothing to do but watch TV or play solitaire and cheat when he can’t get all the aces out Nothing to do but bitch at his wife and nag at the kids and drink It gets hard to sleep because there’s nothing to hear So he drinks himself to sleep and wakes up with a hangover He gets edgy And maybe the telephone goes out and the TV aerial blows down and there’s nothing to do but think and cheat at solitaire and get edgier and edgier Finallyboom boom boom”Now Jack may be an educated man but he is carrying around baggage than any one bellhop could ever get delivered He has a double helix of trouble an alcohol problem intertwined with a really nasty temper He has lost jobs He has beaten a young man senseless He has broken his son Danny’s arm little than a toddler because he messed up his papers Jack is always sorry Jack playing JackWhen not drinking he wipes his lips so often he makes them bleedHis father was a violent man and King does give us some background on Jack’s childhood which may have been intended to lend some sympathy for Jack Just because we follow the threads back to why he is the way he is doesn’t mean that he is any likeable or for that matter less dangerous He may be an educated man and he may have made the case as to why he is ualified to be a caretaker cut off from the world but as it turns out he wasn’t suited for the job not suited at all I was sitting in an American English class at the University of Arizona what seems like an eon ago when a woman older than the rest of us by probably 15 years or so raised her hand and asked the teacher why we weren’t reading Stephen King for this class I remember distinctly peering at the syllabus and seeing Steinbeck Faulkner Hemingway and Fitzgerald among others It was the canon of American Literature about to be explored by some of us in depth and by some of us only by way of Cliff Notes or Sparks Notes Some in the class I could almost pick them out by their shiny perfect teeth which I found abhorrently boring like trees planted in perfect rows belonged to the Greek Houses and would be showing up to class only to turn in their papers carefully culled from the vast files of papers written by past Sorority Sisters or Fraternity Brothers who had received As in this class for their efforts After all it isn’t about learning but about passing I’m there probably feeling slightly nauseous from the flashing brilliance of pearly whites from the orthodontically challenged when the teacher turns to me and says “Jeff why do you think we aren’t teaching King in this class?”Here I am thinking about this woman wanting to wedge King between my literary hero F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway I don’t think I’d even read King at this point but I’d been working in a bookstore for many years and knew how important he was to providing me with a paycheck He developed cross genre appeal bringing horror forward from being a subspecies of science fiction and away from residing in a spinner rack of books at the back of the bookstore for those social abnormals dressed all in black I didn’t really know how to answer the uestion except in the most bland way possible I said he hasn’t stood the test of time I could tell my answer was about as satisfying as a week old bagel to the woman and I was hampered by the fact that I really didn’t want to insult the woman The teacher also looked mildly disappointed I could tell she was hoping to see blood in the water and I failed to be the shark she thought me to be The woman’s uestion does show the issue about Stephen King that is debated in most literary circles whether they are a book club down at the local library or the academic break room at a major university He has legions of fans He makes millions every time he puts out a new book which feels like four times a year The problem is he is a genius He isn’t a genius in the way that Pynchon Gaddis or Wallace are geniuses He is a genius storyteller So if so many people are reading him he really can’t be any goodcan he?Someone on GR made the really good point that Stephen King does not need him to buy and read his books He has writer friends below the radar that need his support That is so true and one of the annoying things about King followers is that a percentage of them don’t read anything else They would come into the bookstore and hound us for the release date of the next Stephen King I would sweep my hand grandly through the air and point out several other authors that may fill the time between King novels They simply were not interested The thing of it is I used to love being one of those scruffy minded individuals that are always trying to find the next great writer before anyone else There was no reason to read King because there were no points to be scored with my group of pseudo intellectual friends by saying something so insipid as “is anyone else reading the new King?”When I worked at Green Apple Books in San Francisco which by the way that city is one of the best reading publics in the United States we catered to University professors want to be writers actors and a slew of other professionals such as doctors lawyers and bankers It was a well educated lot to say the least I thought my days of selling King were overwrong Customers with wire rimmed glasses and elbow patches on their tweed jackets would bring up these academic books so obscure that I had no idea we even had them in the store and invariably in the pile somewhere would be a Stephen King novel I was still too caught up in my self image as a reader to really think about taking a walk with the “normals” and start reading King but I was starting to think to myself hmmm I wonder what’s going on in them thar books? RedrumMurderRedrumMurderThe Red Death held sway over all Danny Jack’s five year old son has what one character referred to as “a shine” If people are thinking about something intently Danny can read their thoughts He also has an invisible friend named Tony who can take him places a bit elaborate than my invisible friend Beauregard What a dud he turned out to be Danny loves his father actually than his mother Wendy which is such a painful realization for her She has stood in the breach She DIDN'T break his arm She protects him from everything including his FATHER As the malevolent force at the hotel begins to exert and influence on Jack and Danny she is relatively unaffected by hallucinatory thoughts The interesting subtext of this novel is that Jack thinks the hotel is after him As Danny explains “It’s tricking Daddy it’s fooling him trying to make him think it wants him the most It wants me the most but it will take all of us”A precocious five year old with a brain of such singular existence that the evil entity of The Overlook Hotel must have him Another interesting aspect of the book is the fact that most people will not be affected by the ghostly influences of the hotel unless they have an imaginative brain to start with They must have a mind open enough to hear the voices and realize the possibility that they may be real Did I mention that I’m not really interested in that job any?I know this story I haven’t watched the movie or read the book previously and yet I’m very familiar with the plot It didn’t matterWhile reading this book I was on the edge of my seat My pulse rate elevated My mind buzzing with lizard brain flight or fight responses This guy King knows how to tell a story There is this scene on the stairs between Jack and Wendy that is probably one of the most intense fight scenes I’ve ever read in literature I was right there with the characters feeling the thud of the roue mallet and the grind of my broken ribs Stephen King is a cultural geek of the first order He enjoys reading and promoting writers He is a self made man A man blessed and haunted by a vivid imagination He gets big points from me for mentioning Welcome to Hard Times and also McTeague two books that are members of my favorite obscure literature list I like it when a writer tells us what his characters are reading He mentions television shows such as The Avengers which I loved discovering recently that Honor Blackman Pussygalore preceded Diana Rigg on that show and King also mentions Secret Agent Man starring Peter McGoohan For the last two years I’ve been sifting through old television shows thank you NETFLIX and finding shows that I really like Besides the two shows King mentioned I’ve also enjoyed watching The Baron starring Steve Forrest and Sue Lloyd and the short episodes of Honey West starring the ocelot Bruce I also have The Saint ueued up starring Roger Moore I have fond memories of watching that show as a child late at night in the summer time There has been a hue and cry from his fan base for Stephen King's work to be looked on as literary classics They feel he is not given the respect he deserves for being a great writer He is accessible to the average reader and yet; somehow puts the right hooks in his writing to please the elevated reader We do him a disservice I feel to try to make him into something he is not That said probably the best of King will be read 100 years from now He is the consummate storyteller still enad with the unknown and the unknowable He has a childlike wonder for the world and I for one will make a bigger effort to see the world often through his eyes If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    About as perfect a haunted house story as can be King was at his best here It's as though he built a haunted house and then filled every nook and cranny with detail King is also at his best in regard to characterization all well rounded and complete we know family relationships group dynamics all the old hidden buried fears King touches base with psychological elements theological metaphysical spiritual and cryptic aspects of a ghost story to wrap the reader in a blanket of horror I watched the 1980 Stanley Kubrik film recently and this made me want to reread the book which I need to anyway Kubrik's film grasps the psychological elements of the book and delivers an extra large thin crust The Works pizza of haunted house horror Jack Nicholson's portrayal of Jack Torrance is still the defining image of this tortured man While some critics have derided the slow pace of the film atypical for jump out and yell BOO horror fliks of the time I felt that Kubrik was building the tone and mood of the story to the grisly final moments King himself has attributed mixed emotions to the film as an adaptation but has consistently agreed that the imagery of an internal struggle with the dark side of Jack's psyche is a contribution to the horror film genre King also disagreed with the casting of Nicholson who too closely identified with insanity due largely to his exceptional work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Interestingly King himself was battling alcoholism while writing the classic and viewing his work and Kubrik's vision from this perspective adds greater depth to an understanding and appreciation of both

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    uite simply put The Shining is the best horror story I have ever read It scared the hell out of meOver a period of time I have noticed certain standard motifs in horror stories One of these I call The Lost Child Such stories will typically involve a child who can see what the silly grownups cannot see or even if they do see don't acknowledge because it goes against reason and logic and who fights however high the odds stacked against him her are Danny Torrance is such a boyDanny can read minds He can see the frightening thoughts inside his Dad's and Mom's heads DIVORCE SUICIDE but is powerless to do anything about it Danny does not know that he has a gift; he takes it as a matter of course until Dick Halloran of the Overlook Hotel tells him that he shines onJack Torrance Danny's Dad reformed alcoholic and struggling writer is trying to put his life back together after a tragedy He gets what he sees as the ideal chance when he lands the job of caretaker of the Overlook Hotel for the winter In the snowed in hotel with only his son and wife Wendy Jack assumes that he will get enough uality time to be with his family patch up old uarrels and write that breakout novelBut the Overlook has other plans The hotel which feeds on and grows in strength from the evils committed on its premises wants Danny permanently to join its crew of ghostly inhabitants And to do that it needs to get to JackThe novel slowly grows in horror starting with mild unease moving up through sweaty palms and dry mouth to pure gut wrenching terror Jack's slow slide into madness is paralleled by the growth in power of the hotel's dark miasma and Danny's extraordinary capabilities We are on a roller coaster ride into darknessThe world of grownups is often frighteningly incomprehensible to young children these fears seldom die as we grow up but remain dormant in our psyche There are very few of us who does not have a ghost in our childhood somewhere It is when the writer invokes this ghost that story gets to us King does a masterly job of awakening that child and putting him her in the midst of childhood terrors through the alter ego of Danny Torrance lost in the cavernous corridors of the OverlookThere are a lot of passages which literally creeped me out in this novel the topiary animals the fire hose in the corridor the woman in the bathroom to name a few As King has said elsewhere the monster behind the door is frightening than the monster slavering at you this book is full of such monsters More importantly you will keep on remembering your own boogeymen while you are reading; and long after you finish you will feel the urge to look behind youHorror stories are a form of catharsis As King says the writer takes you to the body covered under the sheet you feel it and are frightened At the same time you are relieved that the body is not youA true masterpiece

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    The Shining The Shining #1 Stephen KingThe Shining is a horror novel by American author Stephen King Published in 1977 The Shining mainly takes place in the fictional Overlook Hotel an isolated haunted resort hotel located in the Colorado Rockies The history of the hotel which is described in backstory by several characters includes the deaths of some of its guests and of former winter caretaker Delbert Grady who “succumbed to cabin fever” and killed his family and himselfJack Torrance his wife Wendy and their five year old son Danny move into the hotel after Jack accepts the position as winter caretaker Jack is an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic with anger issues which prior to the story had caused him to accidentally break Danny's arm and lose his position as a teacher after assaulting a student Jack hopes that the hotel's seclusion will help him reconnect with his family and give him the motivation needed to work on a play Danny unknown to his parents possesses psychic abilities referred to as the shining that enable him to read minds and experience premonitions as well as clairvoyance The Torrances arrive at the hotel on closing day and are given a tour by the manager They meet Dick Hallorann the chef who also possesses similar abilities to Danny's and helps to explain them to him giving Hallorann and Danny a special connection The remaining staff and guests depart the hotel leaving the Torrances alone in the hotel for the winter عنوانها «درخشان علم غیب»؛ «درخشش علم غیب»؛ نویسنده استیون کینگ؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش از روز دوم تا روز بیستم ماه دسامبر سال 2013میلادیعنوان درخشان علم غیب؛ نویسنده استیون کینگ؛ مترجم لیلا شاپوریان؛ تهران، قطره، 1391، در 711ص، 9786001196034؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20معنوان درخشش علم غیب؛ نویسنده استیون کینگ؛ مترجم غلامحسین اعرابی؛ تهران، البرز، 1378، در 648ص، چاپ دیگر تهران، پلیکان، 1390؛ شابک 9786005915150؛شاید هم عنوان «درخشش» بهتر باشد، از «درخشان»، شاید هم «تلالو»، با اقتباس از همین کتاب، فیلمی در ژانر ترس، محصول امریکا و بریتانیا، به کارگردانی «استنلی کوبریک» ساخته شده، که «جک نیکلسون»، «شلی دووال»، و «دنی لوید»، در آن به ایفای نقش پرداخته اند؛داستان نویسنده ای ست، که به همراه همسر و فرزندش، در هتلی به عنوان سرایدار، اقامت میگزینند، تا نویسنده در طول فصل زمستان، و در آرامش فضای هتل، داستانش را به پایان برد؛ اما دچار اختلالات روانی و عصبی میشود، و قصد نابودی همسر و فرزندش را می‌کند؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 22061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی