The Shining - Stephen King

The Shining

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 1990-05-01
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4.5
From 2,522 Ratings

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Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.

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.


  • Excellent

    By Vault Ghoul
    Excellent book, a quick read.
  • Heart ache

    By katerapoppy
    This book is far more than spooky scares. The shining touches on that rare kind of scary that is TRULY horrifying, the kind that breaks your heart. It stings. Again and again.
  • One of the Best

    By Mr_Hamburger
    This is seriously one of the best books of all time. Thrilling and spooky. Not at all like the movie in the best ways possible.
  • Fantastic

    By mike roum rox
    Amazing book. Much better than the movie for sure.
  • Wow

    By Jack Fredericks
    I love this book I can read it all day and count it as a great day
  • Excellent book

    By Reckia6
    A great book, from start to finish. I think Stephen King really hit the big leagues with this book. I liked both Carrie and Salem’s Lot but The Shining took King to another level and I think he would stay at the level up until It. Very different from Stanley Kubrick’s movie. I’m actually glad I saw the movie before reading the book, for if I did the opposite I think I would have hated the movie. Anyway, The Shining is a must read.
  • Wow.

    By Elrubenator
    This truly is Stephen King in his prime. The story progressed beautifully and gave a great background on all characters and made us understand them all even if we couldn’t relate to their lives personally. With understanding the characters’ lives and background, you begin to attach yourself to them and maybe even root for their well-being; but it all comes crashing down terribly quickly in a deadly flourish of self-pity, hatred, confusion, terror and love. The most surprising message I can take away from this work of art regards the surprisingly awesome drive of the human spirit to fight through adversity and pain, on the greater search for peace, love and happiness. It is a relatively quick read with relatively short chapters but it does not spare any details whatsoever. I will definitely be reading this again and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great Stephen King novel.
  • Amazing Mr. King.

    I've read "The mist" before this, and nothing got me out of that book. You are super talented and I would recommend ALL the books from Mr. King. You are my favorite author as well! Keep writing! I can't wait to read "The institute"! It looks amazing
  • Too long and too many meaningless details

    By WD Woody
    King writes too many details that do not add to the story. Be prepared to skip entire sections and even chapters without losing the plot.
  • Skip the Movie.

    By Ozcrome
    I had seen the movie more than a dozen times before reading the book. After reading the book, I was dismayed that so many hours spent watching the movie were hours I could never have back. Read the book first. Then, if you are still curious, watch the movie. You won’t regret it.