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The Shining Hardcover – May 1, 1990

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“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.” —
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“Guaranteed to frighten you into fits. . . . with a climax that is literally explosive.” —
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“The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —
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“An undisputed master of suspense and terror.” —
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“[King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.” —
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“He’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you’ll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —
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“Peerless imagination.” —
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About the Author

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 inthe Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah,and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
 
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doubleday (May 1, 1990)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 450 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385121679
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385121675
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 840L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.62 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.45 x 1.39 x 9.53 inches
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, MR MERCEDES, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Both MR MERCEDES and END OF WATCH received the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best Mystery and Thriller of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

King co-wrote the bestselling novel Sleeping Beauties with his son Owen King, and many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and It.

King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.

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Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes its creepy. Yes it scared me. Yes I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes its creepy. Yes it scared me. Yes I loved it.
Reviewed in India on November 12, 2017
My first Stephen King read. And I don't think I'll be reading another one anytime soon. Because this book gave me the creeps.
There have been so many books that left me disappointed despite being hyped and loved. And only very few that did live upto my expectations. Clearly, THE SHINING falls in the latter category. I had never read a horror-thriller book. I was always curious about how a book had the capability of evoking creepy disturbing thoughts in your head and leave you scared. THE SHINING made me experience all that. And that's why I loved it so much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy of Psychology
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2020
This is my sixth (and the last) book of Stephen King in row.
I am bit tired of reading endless side stories and characters with empty dialogues with the same Middle Class American English.
They are absolute disengager. (examples: IT, THE STAND (uncut version) )
However, this novel is sort of free of them because it is taking place in a closed environment among a few people.
There is not much space to introduce unrelated characters with loads of side dialogues, descriptions.
SK's narrative is good when he sticks to a one line of story flow, which is usually in a suspense sphere, and a few characters.

When I watched The Shining (an adaptation movie), my initial view was that it was horror / thriller movie that makes your hair stand on.
But when I read the book, I felt that movie was missing very important moral story; Genealogy of psychology.
Moral story of the book is what parents are doing to their kids is what their own parents did to them.
This is wonderfully put by Wendy's (Danny's mother) thought

In fact, weird suspense coming from of Jack's (Danny's father) abusive character starts from the right beginning before they move to the hotel.
Same goes for his mother's troubles coming from her own mother.
In fact, Jack's abuse reaches its climax at the hotel.
His is possessed by the "evil" spirit of the hotel.
But maybe, Jack was long ago possessed as a result of his trauma by his father.
Maybe he was going to the same thing on another place.

I think SK's success in horror come from the his narration of his dream/nightmares instead he is writing a horror fiction out of blue air. (That would feel always artificial)
Horror dreams are always weird, awkward, unclear, aren't they?
And that's is also what you feel in SK's novels. I think The Shining could be best example of it.
And I think what makes SK's books selling millions is that his weird, awkward dreams coupled with his ferocious story telling.
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