The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining by Stephen King

The Shining

byStephen King

Paperback | August 27, 2013

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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:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 7.98 × 5.2 × 1.13 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shining This book get s a solid A+
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It I read this book for the first time when I was 14, and the imagery provided left me with nightmares for weeks. I reread it ten years later, and found it to be almost equally as haunting. Much scarier, and filled with far more plot than the movie adaptation. If your imagination is as strong as mine, you'll likely power through the book quite quickly so as to calm your nerves.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic. The story is so great. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good This was my first Stephen King read, and while I did enjoy it as a whole, I felt like the story went by super slow. And while it was going slow, there was so much jammed packed, that it is really important not to zone off just in case you miss something. The depictions of alcoholism, and a strained family relationship was very well. You can tell that King truly cares about his craft.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from truly amazing An awesome read that will keep you up at night! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Page Turner This book kept me up at night, not sure if it was because this a great read or because I was scared to go to sleep!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Absolutely chilling. One way or another, this book will keep you up all night!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! One of those stories that sticks with you. Very intense!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! Stephen King at his finest! No matter how many times I read it, it never fails to make my heart pound and give me a good scare.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my first stephen king novel this is the one that introduced me to (and got me hooked on) Stephen king. he truly terrifies you with words and images that you just can't get out of your head. absolutely LOVE this book!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Such a page turner. One of my favourite Stephen King books.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's masterful style on display Upon reading this horror classic, King's distaste for Kubrick's film becomes an understandable refrain. The movie pales in comparison to the horrific tale of the Overlook Hotel relayed as only King can. There are conversations that make you want to cry, tension building treks where the page can't flip fast enough, and nightmarish scenes that replaying in your head long after the novel closes. Simply told, this is masterpiece of writing. The characters are complex, the scenery invigorating, and the story captivating. From first page to final chapter, King will have you on the edge of your seat, unable to pull your eyes from the page. This is a book not to be missed.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still scary No matter how many times I read this it still scares me. My favorite author and The Shining is one of his very best. Read it on a beach or by the pool, far away from the cold and isolation of winter and certainly not in a hotel in the middle of the mountains!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favorite This will always be in my top five novels. Worth a gander, if you're new to S.K.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! I thought the beginning was slow so I found it difficult to get into, but it suddenly got so good I could hardly put it down. Very suspenseful. The movie missed out on a lot of good parts included in the book!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed This was not one of Kings best, I really don't understand the thrill of this novel. It was just average.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic ! Love King's work on this one! One of my absolute favourite
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story I'm a die hard King fan--This is one of his many 5 star stories
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book! Definetly separate it from the movie though. Worth the read!!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shining Wonderful horror novel from Stephen King
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read This book was truly amazing! It was filled with suspense and thrill as any Stephen King novel would have in store. It will not disappoint and definitely worth the buy.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This will scare the pants off you This is an awesome book that will creep into the back of your mind and stay there. FOREVER. This is a must read book period.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally worth reading I loved this book. In fact I couldn't put it down. The film could be considered as being part of a cultural monolith in film making. However, I thought the book was so much better. The story looks at the concept of evil as a black and white notion, and correlates this theme with the very complicated barriers faced by humans psychologically and emotionally. The supernatural element works in conjunction with the psychological thriller/mystery genre with a great ensemble of characters. It's not quite the hack and slash story you might be familiar with in the film. Rather, the horror element comes from the reading having to examine the human psychology and to consider those hidden fears of isolation and alienation.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary but great! Must ready for all lovers of suspense and horror
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from twisted loved the story great characters saw the movie first but had to read the book as well have a great appreciation for both
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy in a great way Loved this book, but it was so creepy. I think this was the best book he ever wrote. Loved every page.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Close to Perfect as it Gets I don't like reading, to be perfectly honest. I watched The Shining, and instantly fell in love with it. I chose this book for a novel study, not looking forward to trudging through the chapters. However, I realized that this book opened up to many more layers to the story than the movie ever could. It was an absolutely amazing read-- a wonderful blend of descriptions and plot, with no moments of boredom. It was truly a pleasure, coming from someone who hates reading. I can only imagine how much a bookworm would love this...
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So scary! Love this book! What a scary read right til the end!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Scary This book gave me the chills. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping I wanted to shake up my usual books and bought this. It was gripping until the end! I loved it and am looking forward to reading it again.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shine On The first time I tried to read The Shining, I couldn't get through the first fifty pages; it can feel like it drags on at times. However, once I got through the first quarter of the novel, it definitely became one of the best times I've ever had reading a King novel.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it I have read this book many times and it gives me the chills each time! Its a great read.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very creepy read A must read book if you love Stephen King
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Amazing, great story and characters.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it So much better than the movie
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King (Goodreads Author) Quite simply put, The Shining is the best horror story I have ever read. It scared the hell out of me. Over a period of time, I have noticed certain standard "motifs" in horror stories. One of these I call "The Lost Child". Such stories will typically involve a child, who can see what the silly grownups cannot see (or, even if they do see, don't acknowledge because it goes against reason and logic): and who fights, however high the odds stacked against him/ her are. Danny Torrance is such a boy.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A horror classic! If you think you know this story because of the film, think again, as it does have quite a few differences. The story is simple enough - family stay in a hotel for the Winter - but it contains so much more.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic The book was really good. A classic.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome King is the master storyteller. The Shining is a great read
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Shining is a real thriller Very good book, a classic must read.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Classic read for Stephen King fans, highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Might be a bit different than espected For those of you who are a huge fan of the classic film based on this, you might need to forget what you've seen, because there are a lot of differences. Both the book and film are fantastic, but I recommend reading this as a whole different thing, instead if trying to compare it to the movie.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SCARY AND AMAZING one of King's best books! read it with the lights on.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A wonderful read, highly entertaining.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read It was so much better than the movie, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the Movie If you enjoy the movie....the book is even better!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Book! I read this book over the summer and I have since only been able to read Stephen King novels. Amazing book - so suspenseful and you can really see Jack's descent into madness...
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good I felt this story had a very harsh and masculine energy, which was very appropriate to the plot. Very good read. #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This was the first King novel I read. Definitely one of his classics. A great thriller.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!! terrifying to the core, better than the movie! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Terrifying Man, Stephen King can tell a story like no one else. The Shining was a (creepy and terrifying) pleasure to read. It has been so much fun working through the King’s catalogue! "The world’s a hard place, Danny. It don’t care. It don’t hate you and me, but it don’t love us either. Terrible things happen in the world, and they’re things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave the folks that love them all alone. Sometimes it seems like it’s only the bad people who stay healthy and prosper." Jack Torrence is a recovering alcoholic and down on his luck. He’s lost his teaching job, but needs to take care of his family. A friend sets him up with a job as the winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, and he quickly accepts. Jack moves into the hotel with his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny. Danny has always been special – he can shine. His ability to shine means he can read people’s thoughts and you guessed it – see dead people. Shortly after arriving at the Overlook, Jack discovers details of the hotel’s history and some of the crimes that occurred there. Many presences haunt the Overlook, and the hotel slowly begins to manipulate Jack, ultimately turning him against his family. Jack is a fantastic villain – I didn’t know if his words were his own, or a part of the hotel’s manipulation. It always sort of felt like a combination of both, that the hotel brought out his inner demons, rather than completely overtaking him. Nothing is scarier than the devil you know, right? I’d love to know what happens to Danny, so may jump right in to Doctor Sleep!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So creepy. Better than the movie. Highly recommend the read and if you can time it with a winter snow storm you get bonus points! Good suspense with nice supernatural elements. Love it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic Stephen King Novel! This is a must read, especially if you're a fan of Stephen King!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read One of King's all time classics is a story that combines horror with psychological abuse and the effects of being confined. A real page turner filled with mounting tension and horror that leaves the reader blown away in the end. A gripping, tense novel that does not let up.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Shining I was pretty over Stephen King for a while. Sometimes his newer books are hit and miss. I could never get into the movie version of the Shining and am so glad someone recommended I read the novel. The novel is SO much more, it offers more perspective and more emotion. Definitely check into the Overlook.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I read this when I was younger and absolutely loved it, then I watched the movie and while it was a great movie, just didn't capture the feeling from the novel. Definitely rereading this soon!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust me, way better than the movie This was the first Stephen King book I ever read, and it got me hooked. My Dad recommended it to me, and I couldn't put it down. If you think you should not read it because you saw the movie and went "this is the dumbest movie I have ever seen", first off, the movie did suck and secondly, it completely ruined the mom. In the movie, the mom just screamed a lot, in the book she is actually decent at parenting. Also, how the dad dies is different in the book, and other characters are more present in the book, and things are explained better in the book. The only good thing about the movie was Jack Nicholson, like when he was going up the stairs saying "I'm not gonna hurt you, I'm just gonna bash your brains in" and "here's Johnny!".
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it This is a great classic, the book is better then the movie.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eerie You will never forget the Overlook hotel. It's difficult to prevent Kubric's masterpiece from overwriting the novel itself in one's memory so a must read for fans of the film. Best read in winter as it would be difficult to feel as cold or isolated as the Torrances.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I absolutely love the storyline & have read the book more than once..The tome is freaky in the way that it portrays a character's slipping into madness..
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book Re-read it recently, it really holds up. First time I read it - was one of the few books that really scared me. Not in a blood'n'guts kind of way, just a growing sense of isolation and mental distress, combined with the creepiness of an empty old hotel, with such a memory of its own. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It was a good read, I enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Thrilling, creepy, enthralling. If you're a fan of the movie the book adds more depth and more creep factor.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Might Not be the Scariest, but it's Great! As other people have said, The Shining isn't so much a horror novel as it is a thriller. But it's still a very dark, ominous, fast-paced novel, and is amazingly written. The three characters the story focuses on are memorable, and are enjoyable POV's to read from. Because of how much you get to know the characters, the story, or at least is was for me, will have you feeling for them. Great book!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I liked this book more than I thought I would. To me, the story was more of a thriller than a scary novel.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little dull I had high expectations for this book, as it has gotten quite a bit of praise (even from Joey Tribbiani!), but was very disappointed by it. I started losing interest about a third of the way through and then after the halfway point I was just reading for the sake of finishing the book. It didn't particularly scare me and was too slow paced for my liking. If anyone has a reccommendation for a more exciting book by King, I'd love to hear it as I know he is a highly esteemed author.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read I first watched the movie with Jack Nicholson along time ago and many since, and it was on my top favourite movies list for so long. And then I read the book, and realized they were two different stories entirely. And realized even further that it was such a good story and such a good read on its own. Edge-on your seat, gripping story-telling, with Stephen King at his very best. An absolutely recommended read from a big Stephen King fan.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Scare Excellent book. Good turn pager and scary. The movie was good but didn't do the book justice. I'm glad I read the book first before watching the movie. Book is much better.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read This is one of my favourite Stephen King books. It is so quite scary. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Read I had high hopes for The Shining, as this was my first Stephen King novel and I love the film adaptation. The book is very well written and I appreciated having complete narratives from Jack, Wendy and Danny, as well as more insight into their lives before they go to the Overlook Hotel. However, I didn't find that the book was really scary at all. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great read! This was my 2nd Stephen King novel that I've read. He's got one sick mind, but in a good way.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best king book lady in bathtub...ugg scary!!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Stephen King Books! This was one of the first Stephen King books I ever read and I loved it! So Scary! Can't wait to reread it!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! The book is ten times creepier than the movie, and a huge bonus is that Wendy Torrance doesn't just scream the entire time. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF ALL TIME His best and my fav. If you haven't read it yet, DO IT!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic worth reading A classic worth reading and a must among your Stephen King collection if you're a fan. Preferred it by far from the film.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! It definitely isn't for everyone, but it is what got me interested in King's writing first. The cover is beautiful and the writing is suspenseful and chilling as always.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended I was a skeptic of Stephen King before I read any of his novels. How can one person have so many different ideas and write so many books. The first book I read of his put that theory to rest and I was excited to read The Shinning based on loving this type of genre in films and print. King does an amazing job of connecting his audience to every character. Every person feels real in his stories that are so obviously fiction.
Date published: 2016-11-03

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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.”

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