That prickling sensation down the back of your neck. The unsettling feeling that someone is watching you. Those unexplainable events that strike fear into your heart. Welcome, to the Overlook Hotel.
A creepy hotel with a dark history sets the scene for the 1977 horror “The Shining” by Stephen King. Even now, 40 years later, the book gives me chills and goosebumps. Jack and Wendy come to the hotel with their son Danny, and will be staying through the winter. Unaware of the history of the place – the fact that guests had died there, and that the previous caretaker went mad and slaughtered his family – they settle in.
Tension begins to build, as their relationships deteriorate. 5-year-old Danny has what is called the shining; psychic powers that allow him to uncover truths about the hotel and its guests. As the horrific events seem to have tainted the hotel, the hotel in turn seems to taint the occupants. Spiraling out of control and into madness, the nightmares have just begun.
An extremely well-written horror story, I highly recommend this book. If you have seen the movie, I would like to note that King himself did not like the adaptation. I agree that the book is infinetely creepier than the movie, as well as containing better character development. So please give the book a chance, and remember: smiles are contagious 😀