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the Dark Tower ref. :
Nineteen (19)
the Dark Tower Series
the Drawing of the Three (II)

Connects to :
the Stand
the Regulators
Apt Pupil
the Talisman
the Tommyknockers

First line :
Jack Torrance thought:
Officious little prick..

Notes :
Peter Straub
- about The Shining:
'Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years'...

Main characters :
Jack Torrance
Danny Torrance
Wendy Torrance
Dick Hallorann

Places :

Quotes :
  • "I'm not gonna hurtcha. I'm just gonna bash your BRAINS IN."
  • "You shine on, boy. Harder than anyone I ever met in my life. And I'm sixty years old this January."

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  • Written : in 1977
  • Intended original titles : Darkshine / Shine
  • The Shining is where King reached his pinnacle of terror and if you've never tried King before, and want to know what the furor is about, start here...
  • Synopsis :
    Jack Torrance gets a job as a caretaker for the Overlook Hotel during the winter season. The Hotel should be empty, but...

    Stephen King got the inspiration to write The Shining when he visited the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. They visited on closing day and there was only one American Express sales form left. American Express was the only card King had with him. King jokes that The Shining would not have been written if there hadn`t been that sales form.

    Ghostly bursts of plaster dust. A low, rhythmic sound in the background: redrum-REDRUM-redrum-REDRUM. A sense of something evil swirling inward on itself, like a whirlpool of black ectoplasmic energy. The experience of being inside the actual consciousness (come out and take your medicine!) of a frightened little boy.
    Echoes of Shirley Jackson ("whatever walked there, walked alone"), of Poe's "Masque of the Red Death," and of creepy folk tales (Hansel and Gretel, Bluebeard's wife). How do we love The Shining? Let us count the ways. In 1977, The Shining was the first widely read novel to confront alcoholism and child abuse in baby-boomer families--especially the way alcoholism, a will toward failure in one's work, and abusing one's kids are passed down from generation to generation. The heart of the book is not an evil hotel but a pair of father-son relationships: Jack and his father, Jack and his son. This was both daring and insightful for its time, long before "dysfunctional family" was a cliché.
    The Shining was written in a frenzy. Stephen King imagined the whole novel in his head while sitting up all night in the dark, in the very Colorado hotel where the story takes place. He then transcribed it (that's how he puts it) in a burst of sustained energy. He could pull that off because, even at that early point in his career, King had figured out a successful way of structuring a popular novel. The speed of its composition gives the writing a powerful flow that sweeps you along past the awkward wording.
    The Shining is one of those rare novels that can burn its images--such as Room 217--into your brain. Time alone will tell, but The Shining may well turn out to be one of the best horror novels ever written. By the way, you know that movie starring Jack Nicholson? Stephen King says, "I have my days when I think I gave Kubrick a live grenade on which he heroically threw his body."


    Doubleday 1977.

    "First Edition" on copyright page.
    Date code "R49" on page 447.

    25,000 First print.
    Dust Jacket price: $8.95


    New English Library 1991.
    416 pages.
    ISBN 0 450 04018 6.

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1977.

    Fiction: Horror


    This is for Joe Hill King, who shines on.

    My editor on this book, as on the previous two, was
    Mr. William G. Thompson, a man of wit and good
    sense. His contribution to this book has been large,
    and for it, my thanks.


    Part One: Prefatory Matters
    Job Interview
    Night Thoughts
    In Another Bedroom

    Part Two: Closing Day
    A View of the Overlook
    Checking it out
    The Shining
    The Grand Tour
    The Front Porch

    Part Three: The Wasps` Nest
    Up on the Roof
    Down in the Front Yard
    The Doctor`s Office
    The Scrapbook
    Outside 217
    Talking to Mr. Ullman
    Night Thoughts
    In the Truck
    In the Playground
    Inside 217

    Part Four: Snowbound
    "It was her!"
    Kitchen talk
    217 Revisited
    The Verdict
    The Bedroom
    The Snowmobile
    The Hedges
    The Lobby
    The Elevator
    The Ballroom

    Part Five: Matters of Life and Death
    On the Stairs
    In the Basement
    Drinks on the House
    Conversations at the Party
    Stapleton Airport, Denver
    Hallorann, going up the Country
    Hallorann arrives
    Wendy and Jack
    Hallorann laid low
    That which was Forgotten
    The Explosion



    Danny is only five years old but in the words of old Mr. Hallorann he is a `shiner´, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grow frighteningly out of control.

    As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty, but who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow there is an evil force in the hotel - and that too is beginning to shine...


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