The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining by Stephen King

The Shining

byStephen King

Mass Market Paperback | June 26, 2012

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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 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.
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 non...
Title:The ShiningFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 6.89 × 4.17 × 1.09 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic MUST READ!! Classic Mr King at his best!! MUST READ and see...although the book is so MUCH better!!
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Found this book rather enjoyable, pleasure to read.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Love Stephen King's writing style. Love this book.... completely different from the movie. READ IT!
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edge of your seat This novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. The writing is second to none.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! One of the best SK novels. A must read for any fan. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start but good This book was good near the end but it started off really slow. Almost stopped reading it a couple times. The end however was worth the long read.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I initially read this book after watching the movie adaption and found that I loved the book more. The differences between book and movie were the primary reason for that. The book gave more depth to the characters and setting, I found, than the movie did. If you are a King fan then you simply must read this book.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The descent into madness Another difficult-to-put-down Stephen King thriller, remoteness in a spooky retreat, whats not to like!
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book One of the best King novels. A great look inside a mind of a psychotic person.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read! definitely a great book! a lot better than the movie
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was right there with the characters While reading this book I was on the edge of my seat. 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. The novel slowly grows in horror, starting with mild unease to pure terror. Jack is an educated man, but he is an alcoholic and a struggling writer. He has a nasty temper. Jack is trying to put his life back together and he believes taking the caretaker job at the hotel is his chance to do so. Jack’s father was violent and we see some background on Jack’s childhood. I guess it’s supposed to make us sympathetic towards Jack. The slow progression of insanity with Jack was one of the best things about this book. There are some passages which creeped me out in this novel. After reading the book, I think Jack Nicholson was a wrong pick for the movie.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. This book is great. I liked it just as much or better than the movie. It is very well written. The imagery is so vivid that when I rewatched the movie after many years I was confused because the ending wasn't what I remembered. Turns out I was remembering the book.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of all time I have always been a fan of the movie with Jack Nicholson, but as in most cases the book was SO much better. It gives a more creepy, in depth look into the lives of Jack and Danny, as well as an alternate ending to what was seen in the movie.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always my first This was my first King novel and spooked me like 1000% times more than the movie. Awesome book.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Overlook this Book One of my favorite books ever. Great fast paced story...scarier than the movie. I really enjoy his older books.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maybe a Cliche Opinion This was one of the first books I read by SK and is still in my top 3 written by him. If you're not a fan of detailed exposition of things that don't directly relate to the plot than skip it, but I think this is one of the top examples of King's affinity for great world-building. There is a great overlap of supernatural and psychological themes in this story.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read One of my favourites from Stephen King.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from second time around this was one of the very first King novel i read and i love it. loved it so much i am reading it again.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I always liked the movie, of course the book is much much different as it is more detailed and gives more background information on the family which is interesting and brings the story to a whole new perspective. Very captivating read!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing thriller fast read and keeps you on edge
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book One of my favourite Stephen King books I've ever read! Great story #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen King at his finest! I'm a big fan of Stephen King's earlier novels. This is one of them. The master's masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling This book is absolutely thrilling and has the reader on the edge of their seat. Another great Stephen King novel.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put this down Even though it scared the bejesus out of me. So well written and captivating, unlike his other novel (Pet Sematary), this one will pull you in, chew you and spit you out.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent One of Stephen King's best novel of all time
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read for horror fans! I had seen the film multiple times and loved it. But I believe you really need to read the novel to get the full story King is trying to tell. There is so much detail, so much that you won't get from the film. Properly scary, especially the way we watch Jack Torrance transform throughout the novel. If you are debating whether or not to pick this book up and give it a read, just do it!!!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shining This book get s a solid A+
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen King at his best!!! I have read this book about 3 times and each time I pick up on something new. The amount of detail in this story is beyond captivating! I have recommended this book to all my friends (mostly forced lol) and each one has thanked me for making them read it. BUY IT NOW!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book One of my favourite Stephen King books I've ever read! Great story
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I'd only ever seen the movie and was interested in reading the book. I was not disappointed. There was a very eerie quality to the story that is in line with King at the beginning of his career. And because it differs from the story I remember from the film, it left room for surprises.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book can't put it down, i read it cover to cover in one weekend.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait I've purchased my copy on the weekend. Can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok book is ok but confusing read
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomely creepy The book is definitely better then the movie and I find the characters are much more lovable as well.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The slow descent of the main character is wonderfully written,and will have you on the edge of your seat
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! The slow descent of the main character is wonderfully written,and will have you on the edge of your seat
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! the unease you feel throughout reading the book is one of the reasons why I love it more than the movie
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillian The slow decsent of the main character is wonderfully written,and will have you on the edge of your seat
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it So good. Also so different from the movie. The ending is not what it was in the movie.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from highly suggest great read to scare you a little
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Stephen King is an amazing author! Great book; would recommend
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freaky Scarier than the movie! Don't read in the dark.
Date published: 2017-09-14
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Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Stephen King's writing is simply amazing in this instant classic. It a great book with imagery that I found way creepier than the movie. Highly recommend if you're looking for a good creepy scare.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a Classic for a Reason!!! I don't think I know a single person who hasn't either seen or read The Shining unless they aren't into the horror thing. The Shining messes you up!! The Shining stays with you when you sit there piecing together the story and the small details that are in the story. ALSO- WATCH THE MOVIE. Jack Nicholson was PERFECT- There's a reason it hasn't been revamped yet! :) MUST READ. MUST WATCH. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book; great film The book and the film are different beasts. To my taste, the film is better; however, the book remains a good read and a good starter book for a reader who has yet to crack open a Stephen King.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay movie is better i think. its sooo long
Date published: 2017-08-20
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Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from overrated adn dated? I don't think this has aged well - it seems pretty dated to me, but still a decent read
Date published: 2017-08-09
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Date published: 2017-08-02
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Date published: 2017-08-02
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Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thriller! One of my favorites by Stephen king!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling One of the first King novels I ever read and easily one of his best.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! I read this as a teenager and recently picked up a copy again. I'd forgotten how great Stephen King books are. Love it!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of his best I read this book 20 years ago and was excited to see a sequel was written, Doctor Sleep. I got it but reread the original to get refreshed with the back story. Glad I did as I missed a few parts that made the book even better. Now on to the sequel!@
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!! I love this author and anything he writes is worth reading. Of course you have to love horror to want to read his work
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of my favorite Stephen King books!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King At His Best! I cannot believe that out off the King books I have read that the Shining has somehow eluded me...until now. I had seen the movie and miniseries but the book surpasses those mediums. The tale of the Torrance Family tragedy amid the eerie Overlook Hotel has not lost any of its steam since the book came out in 1977. One of Stephen King's best books!
Date published: 2013-10-30

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Excerpted from Chapter OneJack Torrance thought: Officious little prick. Ullman stood five-five, and when he moved, it was with the prissy speed that seems to be the exclusive domain of all small plump men. The part in his hair was exact, and his dark suit was sober but comforting. I am a man you can bring your problems to, that suit said to the paying customer. To the hired help it spoke more curtly: This had better be good, you. There was a red carnation in the lapel, perhaps so that no one on the street wouldmistake Stuart Ullman for the local undertaker. As he listened to Ullman speak, Jack admitted to himself that he probably could not have liked any man on that side of the desk—under the circumstances. Ullman had asked a question he hadn’t caught. That was bad; Ullman was the type of man who would file such lapses away in a mental Rolodex for later consideration. “I’m sorry?” “I asked if your wife fully understood what you would be taking on here. And there’s your son, of course.” He glanced down at the application in front of him. “Daniel. Your wife isn’t a bit intimidated by the idea?”“Wendy is an extraordinary woman.” “And your son is also extraordinary?” Jack smiled, a big wide PR smile. “We like to think so, I suppose. He’s quite self-reliant for a five-year-old.” No returning smile from Ullman. He slipped Jack’s application back into a file. The file went into a drawer. The desk top was now completely bare except for a blotter, a telephone, a Tensor lamp, and an in/out basket. Both sides of the in/out were empty, too.Ullman stood up and went to the file cabinet in the corner. “Step around the desk, if you will, Mr. Torrance. We’ll look at the hotel floor plans.”He brought back five large sheets and set them down on the glossy walnut plane of the desk. Jack stood by his shoulder, very much aware of the scent of Ullman’s cologne. All my men wear English Leather or they wear nothing at all came into his mind for no reason at all, and he had to clamp his tongue between his teeth to keep in a bray of laughter. Beyond the wall, faintly, came the sounds of the Overlook Hotel’s kitchen, gearing down from lunch.“Top floor,” Ullman said briskly. “The attic. Absolutely nothing up there now but bric-a-brac. The Overlook has changed hands several times since World War II and it seems that each successive manager has put everything they don’t want up in the attic. I want rattraps and poison bait sowed around in it. Some of the third-floor chambermaids say they have heard rustling noises. I don’t believe it, not for a moment, but there mustn’t even be that one-in-a-hundred chance that a single rat inhabits the Overlook Hotel.”Jack, who suspected that every hotel in the world had a rat or two, held his tongue.“Of course you wouldn’t allow your son up in the attic under any circumstances.”“No,” Jack said, and flashed the big PR smile again. Humiliating situation. Did this officious little prick actually think he would allow his son to goof around in a rattrap attic full of junk furniture and God knew what else?Ullman whisked away the attic floor plan and put it on the bottom of the pile.“The Overlook has one hundred and ten guest quarters,” he said in a scholarly voice. “Thirty of them, all suites, are here on the third floor. Ten in the west wing (including the Presidential Suite), ten in the center, ten more in the east wing. All of them command magnificent views.”Could you at least spare the salestalk?But he kept quiet. He needed the job.Ullman put the third floor on the bottom of the pile and they studied the second floor.“Forty rooms,” Ullman said, “thirty doubles and ten singles. And on the first floor, twenty of each. Plus three linen closets on each floor, and a storeroom which is at the extreme east end of the hotel on the second floor and the extreme west end on the first. Questions?”Jack shook his head. Ullman whisked the second and first floors away.“Now. Lobby level. Here in the center is the registration desk. Behind it are the offices. The lobby runs for eighty feet in either direction from the desk. Over here in the west wing is the Overlook Dining Room and the Colorado Lounge. The banquet and ballroom facility is in the east wing. Questions?”“Only about the basement,” Jack said. “For the winter caretaker, that’s the most important level of all. Where the action is, so to speak.”“Watson will show you all that. The basement floor plan is on the boiler room wall.” He frowned impressively, perhaps to show that as manager, he did not concern himself with such mundane aspects of the Overlook’s operation as the boiler and the plumbing. “Might not be a bad idea to put some traps down there too. Just a minute...”He scrawled a note on a pad he took from his inner coat pocket (each sheet bore the legend From the Desk of Stuart Ullman in bold black script), tore it off, and dropped it into the out basket. It sat there looking lonesome. The pad disappeared back into Ullman’s jacket pocket like the conclusion of a magician’s trick. Now you see it, Jacky-boy, now you don’t. This guy is a real heavyweight.They had resumed their original positions, Ullman behind the desk and Jack in front of it, interviewer and interviewee, supplicant and reluctant patron. Ullman folded his neat little hands on the desk blotter and looked directly at Jack, a small, balding man in a banker’s suit and a quiet gray tie. The flower in his lapel was balanced off by a small lapel pin on the other side. It read simply STAFF  in small gold letters.“I’ll be perfectly frank with you, Mr. Torrance. Albert Shockley is a powerful man with a large interest in the Overlook, which showed a profit this season for the first time in its history. Mr. Shockley also sits on the Board of Directors, but he is not a hotel man and he would be the first to admit this. But he has made his wishes in this caretaking matter quite obvious. He wants you hired. I will do so. But if I had been given a free hand in this matter, I would not have taken you on.”Jack’s hands were clenched tightly in his lap, working against each other, sweating. Officious little prick, officious little prick, officious—“I don’t believe you care much for me, Mr. Torrance. I don’t care. Certainly your feelings toward me play no part in my own belief that you are not right for the job. During the season that runs from May fifteenth to September thirtieth, the Overlook employs one hun- dred and ten people full-time; one for every room in the hotel, you might say. I don’t think many of them like me and I suspect that some of them think I’m a bit of a bastard. They would be correct in their judgment of my character. I have to be a bit of a bastard to run this hotel in the manner it deserves.”He looked at Jack for comment, and Jack flashed the PR smile again, large and insultingly toothy.Ullman said: “The Overlook was built in the years 1907 to 1909. The closest town is Sidewinder, forty miles east of here over roads that are closed from sometime in late October or November until sometime in April. A man named Robert Townley Watson built it, the grandfather of our present maintenance man. Vanderbilts have stayed here, and Rockefellers, and Astors, and Du Ponts. Four Presidents have stayed in the Presidential Suite. Wilson, Harding, Roosevelt, and Nixon.”“I wouldn’t be too proud of Harding and Nixon,” Jack murmured.Ullman frowned but went on regardless. “It proved too much for Mr. Watson, and he sold the hotel in 1915. It was sold again in 1922, in 1929, in 1936. It stood vacant until the end of World War II, when it was purchased and completely renovated by Horace Derwent, millionaire inventor, pilot, film producer, and entrepreneur.”“I know the name,” Jack said.“Yes. Everything he touched seemed to turn to gold... except the Overlook. He funneled over a million dollars into it before the first postwar guest ever stepped through its doors, turning a decrepit relic into a show- place. It was Derwent who added the roque court I saw you admiring when you arrived.”“Roque? ”“A British forebear of our croquet, Mr. Torrance. Croquet is bastardized roque. According to legend, Derwent learned the game from his social secretary and fell completely in love with it. Ours may be the finest roque court in America.”“I wouldn’t doubt it,” Jack said gravely. A roque court, a topiary full of hedge animals out front, what next? A life-sized Uncle Wiggily game behind the equipment shed? He was getting very tired of Mr. Stuart Ullman, but he could see that Ullman wasn’t done. Ullman was going to have his say, every last word of it. “When he had lost three million, Derwent sold it to a group of California investors. Their experience with the Overlook was equally bad. Just not hotel people.“In 1970, Mr. Shockley and a group of his associates bought the hotel and turned its management over to me. We have also run in the red for several years, but I’m happy to say that the trust of the present owners in me has never wavered. Last year we broke even. And this year the Overlook’s accounts were written in black ink for the first time in almost seven decades.”Jack supposed that this fussy little man’s pride was justified, and then his original dislike washed over him again in a wave.He said: “I see no connection between the Overlook’s admittedly colorful history and your feeling that I’m wrong for the post, Mr. Ullman.”“One reason that the Overlook has lost so much money lies in the depreciation that occurs each winter. It shortens the profit margin a great deal more than you might believe, Mr. Torrance. The winters are fantastically cruel. In order to cope with the problem, I’ve installed a full-time winter caretaker to run the boiler and to heat different parts of the hotel on a daily rotating basis. To repair breakage as it occurs and to do repairs, so the elements can’t get a foothold. To be constantly alert to any and every contingency. During our first winter I hired a family instead of a single man. There was a tragedy. A horrible tragedy.”Ullman looked at Jack coolly and appraisingly.“I made a mistake. I admit it freely. The man was a drunk.”Jack felt a slow, hot grin—the total antithesis of the toothy PR grin—stretch across his mouth. “Is that it? I’m surprised Al didn’t tell you. I’ve retired.”“Yes, Mr. Shockley told me you no longer drink. He also told me about your last job... your last position of trust, shall we say? You were teaching English in a Vermont prep school. You lost your temper, I don’t believe I need to be any more specific than that. But I do happen to believe that Grady’s case has a bearing, and that is why I have brought the matter of your... uh, previous history into the conversation. During the winter of 1970–71, after we had refurbished the Overlook but before our first season, I hired this... this unfortunate named Delbert Grady. He moved into the quarters you and your wife and son will be sharing. He had a wife and two daughters. I had reservations, the main ones being the harshness of the winter season and the fact that the Gradys would be cut off from the outside world for five to six months.”“But that’s not really true, is it? There are telephones here, and probably a citizen’s band radio as well. And the Rocky Mountain National Park is within helicopter range and surely a piece of ground that big must have a chopper or two.”“I wouldn’t know about that,” Ullman said. “The hotel does have a two-way radio that Mr. Watson will show you, along with a list of the correct frequencies to broadcast on if you need help. The telephone lines between here and Sidewinder are still aboveground, and they go down almost every winter at some point or other and are apt to stay down for three weeks to a month and a half. There is a snowmobile in the equipment shed also.”“Then the place really isn’t cut off.”Mr. Ullman looked pained. “Suppose your son or your wife tripped on the stairs and fractured his or her skull, Mr. Torrance. Would you think the place was cut off then?”Jack saw the point. A snowmobile running at top speed could get you down to Sidewinder in an hour and a half... maybe. A helicopter from the Parks Rescue Service could get up here in three hours... under optimum conditions. In a blizzard it would never even be able to lift off and you couldn’t hope to run a snowmobile at top speed, even if you dared take a seriously injured person out into temperatures that might be twenty-five below—or forty-five below, if you added in the wind chill factor.“In the case of Grady,” Ullman said, “I reasoned much as Mr. Shockley seems to have done in your case. Solitude can be damaging in itself. Better for the man to have his family with him. If there was trouble, I thought, the odds were very high that it would be something less urgent than a fractured skull or an accident with one of the power tools or some sort of convulsion. A serious case of the flu, pneumonia, a broken arm, even appendicitis. Any of those things would have left enough time.“I suspect that what happened came as a result of too much cheap whiskey, of which Grady had laid in a generous supply, unbeknownst to me, and a curious condition which the old-timers call cabin fever. Do you know the term?” Ullman offered a patronizing little smile, ready to explain as soon as Jack admitted his ignorance, and Jack was happy to respond quickly and crisply.“It’s a slang term for the claustrophobic reaction that can occur when people are shut in together over long periods of time. The feeling of claustrophobia is externalized as dislike for the people you happen to be shut in with. In extreme cases it can result in hallucinations and violence—murder has been done over such minor things as a burned meal or an argument about whose turn it is to do the dishes.”Ullman looked rather nonplussed, which did Jack a world of good. He decided to press a little further, but silently promised Wendy he would stay cool.“I suspect you did make a mistake at that. Did he hurt them?”“He killed them, Mr. Torrance, and then committed suicide. He murdered the little girls with a hatchet, his wife with a shotgun, and himself the same way. His leg was broken. Undoubtedly so drunk he fell downstairs.”

Editorial Reviews

“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)