Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Shinning by Stephen King
Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.
As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel - and that too had begun to shine...
This is one of the BEST horror book ever! I read this when I was much younger many, many years ago and I decided to re-read it again recently.
Re-reading it doesn't make it less scary. I remember being spooked out at home one night recently after reading this in bed and I refuse to venture into the kitchen to get a glass of water!
Readers have to pay attention to the details described by Stephen King. One of my favourite part is of course the lady in room 217. That is just pure classical horror and the animal hedges that came alive....another superb narrative.
Danny's story continues in Doctor Sleep which was written by Stephen King in 2013, 16 years after The Shinning. I have yet to read Doctor Sleep. Will keep a lookout for this book in the store.