I read The Shining a long long time ago and loved it. Now, I'm a bit older and rereading it. Can I just say wow!! Seriously, now that I'm a writer I read things in a different manner. It's more like studying than anything else. The way Mr. King uses his words simply blows me away, ie, the sky pregnant ready to burst...is just one phrase...or the street lamps compared to a monster...awesome. As an author I love finding new ways to use my words. The tone is set so that it is building and the small instances where a character has a thought, these are things I do, and I have to say that I probably learned that from him. I can't thank him enough for being my unseen unknowing mentor. I doubt he has ever heard of me, but his writing has impacted my own without me even knowing it. I don't even know where I was going with this...just to say thank you I think...lol.