The Shining

The Shining

by Stephen King


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345806789
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 106
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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“A master storyteller.” —Los Angeles Times

“Scary! . . . Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace.” —The New York Times

“This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear.” —Nashville Banner
“Guaranteed to frighten you into fits. . . . with a climax that is literally explosive.” —Cosmopolitan

“The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today
“An undisputed master of suspense and terror.” —The Washington Post
“[King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.” —Entertainment Weekly
“He’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you’ll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)

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The Shining 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1255 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As you read you hear noise of in the distance you jump but look backdown in your book. You read past twelve, one, and two your mind starting to form the story. The book is so powerful you can't stop reading for the horror would leave you restless thats why this book is excelent
CatherineMac More than 1 year ago
Are you intrigued by eerie, gruesome novels that frighten you? If so, The Shining, by Stephen King, is a commendable novel for you. In this novel, the Torrance family consists of three members: Wendy, Jack, and Danny. The Torrance family is struggling because Jack loses his job as a writer/teacher at a college University due to his alcoholism. In order to break the habit and keep his marriage from falling apart, he takes up the job offer as a caretaker at The Overlook Hotel. The Torrance's will be the only people occupying the hotel from winter until spring rolls around. They will be essentially trapped in the hotel until after winter because of the heavy snow. Danny, who is accompanied by his imaginary friend Tony, has the ability to see into the future. While at the hotel, Danny, Jack, and Wendy begin to experience weird happenings. The giant, animal shaped hedges appear to move, and Room 217 is haunted by a dead lady. Danny tells his parents that he has a bad feeling about the place and that he keeps seeing things, but they reassure him that everything will be fine even though they are seeing things as well. Jack's temper has begun to grow worse like it did when he was a drunk. Little do they know, the hotel is slowly leading Jack to insanity and that they are about to take part in a gruesome, frightening battle for their lives. The Shining was beyond interesting. The beginning of the novel is somewhat slow, but the rest of the book draws you in until the very end. One of the reasons I loved this novel was because the way Stephen King set up the book. He would build suspense and then leave you hanging in order to update you on what was happening in other parts of the hotel. Therefore, making it impossible to put down. The other reason I loved the book was because I felt like I knew the characters in the story and that I was actually there with them. The Shining is an outstanding novel that will keep you on the edge of your chair until the last page. HTHS AL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's a reason Joey puts this in the freezer. This book is intensely scary. I watched the movie first and thought it was one of the scariest of all time, but the book is about five times more scary. You'll have nightmares.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been so scared that you couldn't move? Have you ever been so terrified that you couldn't go to sleep? Well if you like that feeling, then The Shining is the book for you, my friend. This is one book you would love in my opinion, of course. This one and only, once in a lifetime, magnificent author made one of the greatest books in history. The first time I read this book I was scared half to death, and then I couldn't stop reading it. This author, Steven King, is one one of the greatest horror story authors of my life and even before me probably. My top ten most favorite books are by Steven King. So if you want a book that can chill you to the bone, The Shining is the book for you.
scubasteve111 More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I lost interest in the Stanley Kubrick movie. If you watched the movie before reading the book, you'll notice how different the movie is from the book. Aside from that, this is a very good book and I'd highly recommend it to any horror story fan.
SunnieMN More than 1 year ago
I read this book many, many years ago when it first came out. Yikes! Saw the movie a few yrs later but thought it was more a Jack Nicholson showcase. I recently re-read the book and was thrilled to be scared and creeped out all over again. If you like a good old fashioned ghost story, with no gore, that may keep you up all night or make you want to sleep with the lights on - this is the one!
Mikey_G More than 1 year ago
While reading this novel, I kept asking myself: If I hadn't grown up watching the movie, what would have been my initial reaction to discovering what REDRUM meant? I just finished reading this book, and I have to say that it is very deserving of its praise. At times chilling and other times heart wrenching. Its good stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book it going to freak you out no matter what. It moves a littlle slow but once you get past pages 200-300 the freaky stuff starts to happen and it is a fantastic book and to me one of stephen kings best
JulesUtah More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book, I have read it over and over again and ended up buying it for my Nook because my paperback finally fell apart. This book is super creepy, I still have nightmares about hedge animals every time I read it. I take it with me every Summer when I go to my family's secluded cabin which makes it even scarier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally liked this book no question, but i thought it was a little bit too long but it was still an enjoyable book to read and think about like i thought after reading it wow what if that hapened to me sort of thing. In my opinion it's better then the movie "The Shining" 1980 because the movie could of been a alot better if the used the the ideas of the book more. Anyone who likes chilling and thrilling novels read this you will like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Stephen King book ever! Kind of creepy, but it keeps you glued to the pages. REDRUM! REDRUM!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another awesome book by Steven King! I'd made the mistake of seeing the movie first, and found it too be a snooze fest. The book was quite the opposite! The characters have so much more depth, and a back story. Jack Torrence is so much more than the stark raving lunatic we see portrayed by Jack Nickolson in the film. And a week after I finished the book, I watched the movie again, and was surprised to discover that it had been much improved after having read the book! Still not as good as the book, but more enjoyable none the less. If you've neither read the book nor watched the film, do yourself the favor of reading the book first. You won't ne disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was by far, hands down, the best book I have ever read. I don't think I would have become the avid reader I am without my exposure to this book. I only hope king doesn't mess up the sequel out this fall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Excited to know that King is working on the sequel!
girlwithgoldeneyes More than 1 year ago
First off, i just want to say from page one i could not put this book down. It kept hold of my interest the entire time. Although it was a bit slow until the action really built up, you learned why Stephen King wrote everything was in that order. I must admit i waited the whole book to see if it had the famous scene from the movie where jack sticks his head through the hole in the door he made and manically says "here's johnny". I was a bit sad that it didn't have it, but the ending was just as good. I wont spoil the ending, but I'll go into detail as to why Stephen King creates such an amazing novel. We follow the story of the small and seemingly simple family, the Torrence's. Jack, In his Mid-thirties, is an ex-alcoholic who is applying for the job of the winter caretaker of the overlook hotel. His wife, Wendy, and son, Danny, follow along for the ride. I don't know about anybody else, but i definitely would not like to be snowed in a hotel with my family the whole winter. The majority of the book shows the family's struggles as they face superstitious phenomena in the hotel. Being stuck in the hotel rises tensions and the supernatural factor adds to the stress Jack has trying to overcome his alcohol addiction. He is greatly affected by this, and it slowly drives him insane. The dynamic changes that Jack goes through just watching his sanity slowly decay is fascinating. I recommend this book to anyone. It was a book that really made me think and isn't for those who get easily scared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the first Stephen King book I have read and I ended up having to sleep with the light on one night. King makes you feel like you are right there with them and almost going crazy with Jack. It is a little slow in the beginning but this is definitely a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book on earth. If you have seen the movie, the book is nothing like it. So you should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Shining makes you question your own sanity. From beginning to end, Stephen King instills in the reader an eerie cloud of forseeable danger and unspeakable terror. I felt emotionally connected to all of the characters as the story began, and gradually held remorse for their unfortunate stay at the Overlook. Mr. Torrance is a beautifully crafted tragic hero, consecutively portraying raw, unbridled passion. If you want "real" scares... this book is for you. I have had many sleepless nights after reading. This is horror.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing the film over the years, I always had unanswered questions. This definately filled in the gaps. I'm so glad I finally read it! Excellent thriller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don Sherman 11/13/11 5th Shining Review By: Steven King The shining is about the Torrance family that moves to Colorado to take a job of taking care of the overlook hotel up in the mountains. They keep care of it by repairing and watching the boilers. Their son Danny has the shining and can see the past in the overlook hotel. Danny starts to see things and the dad jack Torrance starts to go crazy by seeing some of the stuff that Danny see but doesn¿t believe he see it. They lost there communications with the out side world and have no way of telling some one if something happens. Jack has gone crazy and Danny and ms. Torrance are trapped in a haunted hotel. Will they survive and make it to May when to hotel reopens. The shining was an great book because it always keeps me in it with every twist and turn that happened in the overlook. The book was also very good because the characters are in the hotel by them selves and you never know what is going to happen when they go into a new room. It will always keep you guessing what will happen next. I highly recommend this to people that like books that keep them on their seat and scared.
Martoon96 More than 1 year ago
Amazon, sony and other ereader sites have this book for less than $10. Come on B&N this is more expensive than new releases. The one star is for the price, the story is easily 4-5 five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the most engaging Stephen King book I’ve read. Suspenseful and always interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best horror novels ever. Stephen King early in his career, is at his best. Stanley Kubric's movie version doesnt hold a candle to the book. For horror fans this is a must have staple in their collection.
Refill More than 1 year ago
During a talk at George Washington University, Stephen King said that when writing he is more interested in his characters than his plot and that writers “have to follow the characters and [writers] have to follow the story where it leads.” A prime example of the strength of well-developed characters is his 1977 classic “The Shining”, a book with four very interesting characters who are all fascinating in their own ways. It’s the story of a haunted Colorado hotel named the Overlook. Open a few months each year, it is closed for the rest and guarded by caretakers. Jack Torrance, a disgraced ex-professor and former alcoholic, is the latest caretaker, and he brings along his wife Wendy and young son Danny, with the latter being a character who has an acute version of extrasensory perception that has been nicknamed shining. It’s this shining ability that makes the youngster so attractive to the hotel that tries to take control of the Torrance’s situation by playing on past family issues. There’s a lot of exposition throughout the novel as the characters are alone with their thoughts, and where some writers may not be able to do this and keep it interesting, King most certainly does. There are characters developed so strongly that you would swear you could reach out and touch them. And they are all haunted in one way or another by tangible things. For example, Jack is more haunted by alcohol than ghosts. It’s often said that inanimate objects in entertainment can be characters themselves, and the Overlook Hotel certainly fits. Determined, strong, and ultimately very evil, it is the antagonist that plays on the Torrance’s past and present haunts, and it does it with such crafty malevolence that it becomes an amazing monster in its own right. The hotel surrounds them within its walls and outside on its property. The Torrance’s are stuck because outside is a defense system of topiary animals, and if that’s not enough, then the harsh cold weather is. There are four major characters and they play extremely well off of each other. I’m not sure why King felt the need to spend so much time (filler?) on the journey of a fifth character to the hotel, and these scenes could have been cut down. An interesting character but not necessary to tell us about his difficulties finding a seat on a plane or driving during a storm when we already have storylines going on at the hotel that are much more interesting. A suspenseful and thoughtfully crafted study of human behavior when isolated and feeling trapped, “The Shining” is a tightly wound character-driven horror classic. It’s not only full of qualities that horror should aim for but also what literature in general should try to do. Four stars out of five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of my favorites