- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date:
- 31 May 2007
- Horror and Ghost Stories
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seminal king horror. soooo much better than the movie. If you've only seen the movie, you don't have the sophisicated nuance of this tale. try the book!
I have always had fascination with this particular story. As a child I wondered what it would be like to live in my school building. It was an old massive two story structure that was built in the late 1800's and it had a personality that seemed to take on a life of it's own at night. It was sort of a creepy place at night, not at all what it was like during the daytime. I think that is what drew me to The Shinning. While I found the move to be much more true to my vision, I still enjoyed the book.
After having seen the movie (probably before reading the book, at a very young age) - it's impossible not to be haunted forever by the image of the two little girls: "Come and play with us, Danny. Forever and ever." But the actual book isn't as scary. Not too say it's not good. I would consider it one of the classics of horror literature. The Shining's Overlook Hotel and Shirley Jackson's Hill House - two places you don't want to spend your summer vacation.As a side note, the miniseries - the one with Brian from Wings as Jack - was filmed just up a Colorado canyon from my uncle's house, at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. If you watch the opening credits, you can see the house where I spent my junior high years.
This is a great story about someone going stir crazy being stuck in a house in the winter with absolutely no way to get to civilization. The writer goes crazy and ultimately ends up as one of the ghosts. Great read.
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