The Shining is about Jack Torrence, who has been hired to be the new winter caretaker with his wife and son at The Overlook Hotel, a remote resort with a shady history. The son, Danny, possesses psychic abilities which he calls “the shining.” As the snow piles up and traps them in the hotel, Danny has nightmares and visions of past violence that took place there, which become more and more real and try to harm the family. The sense of isolation is one of the scariest things about the story. The family is completely cut off from the world and the evil in the hotel begins to work on Jack’s weaknesses, causing him to relapse into alcoholism and violence.
I have never been a reader of horror novels, but I really enjoyed this one and will probably read more of King’s work in the future. I recommend this book if you like psychological suspense and supernatural elements.
If you haven’t read this classic horror novel yet, now is a great time to do so. Stephen King has just published its sequel, Doctor Sleep.