The Shining-Book review

Travis Prine

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This supernatural horror thriller published in 1977 from Stephen King is a good introduction into the horror genre. Like any other Stephen King story, the book begins with a false sense of security, eventually diving into psychological and insane tendencies with the main protagonist. Eventually, the plot spirals down hill from there.

The story begins as the Torrance family is called upon to care for the “Overlook Hotel”, a once famous hotel.  The Torrance’s young son Danny is plagued with psychic abilities known as The Shine, granting him the ability of seeing ghosts and frightening visions.

King reveals, as the story progresses, that the hotel has been home to many supernatural and tragic occurrences. The death of a entire family at the hands of the last caretaker, and another haunting by a woman who had slit her wrists in a bathtub after her lover leaving her.

A significant scene portrays recovering alcoholic and abusive Jack Torrance being visited by a spectral bartender who tempts him by offering him alcohol.

Unable to posses young Danny, the hotel possesses the mind of his father Jack, making him unstable, spiraling the elder Torrance into madness and granting him the ability to see the hotel’s ghostly inhabitants.

Needless to say this book won’t disappoint. The conflict between the family members, a shaky relationship at best, parallels the fight between good and evil, and explores the fine line between sanity and madness.  This classic Stephen King novel story possesses all the necessary frightening elements that will send shivers down the spine and is more than enough horror to satisfy.

If you want a good fright before the Halloween season, or any time of year, check out Stephen King’s “The Shining”.