Gave me nightmares

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Apr 3, 2014
I have never ever been scared reading a book before. This one takes the cake. The images it creates have stayed with me long after I have put it down. I don't know why it so scary since I cannot put it down to one part or another....well I do know that the kid(if you can call it that) in the playground gave me nightmares. After that I knew this book was set apart from the others I have read. I grew up reading horror novels and watching any scary movie I could get my eyes on. My mother would watch this movie when I was a child and I never gave it second thought/chance until a few weeks ago. I though how silly I've seen this and not read the book. So off to the library I went. It has started a marathon of King books. I still can't shake this feeling that has stayed with me from reading The shining. Thank you Stephen King for......scaring me and making me afraid like a little girl.
Apr 3, 2014
The book... the movie just didn't scare me. I found the book gave you more of the madness the Overlook could create. I like that it explained the background of the ghost's that come to call Overlook home. The movie was good. I think maybe it was the director vision that turned me off. I wasn't drawn into the movie or the characters, at the end of the movie I was left feeling confused. After reading the book I was left with the feeling of creepiness that took a few weeks to leave.

Walter Oobleck

keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going
Mar 6, 2013
I enjoyed the movie with Jack Nicholson...first SK experience for me. Have not seen the remake...I think there's a remake but am not positive about that. But yeah, the story gives you so much more. I like how Jack is a kind of Lear character, a man more sinned against than sinning. The movie had some good qualities...that feeling of emptiness, solitude, creepy solitude, the unexplained, those hedge animals, long empty corridors.


"Have I run too far to get home?"
Sep 25, 2011
Whole damn book just oozes creepy from start to finish. Isolation, supernatural themes, pre-cognition, haunted hotel....mallet wielding possessed maniac....yet more proof that Mr. King is a kung fu ninja bada** when it comes to writing. One of the best books ever.
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Doc Creed

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Nov 18, 2015
United States
I found the book gave you more of the madness the Overlook could create. I like that it explained the background of the ghost's that come to call Overlook home.
Yeah, I like the hotel in the book. Gothic, sprawling, yet claustrophobic. The movie hotel has its horror but I prefer the hotel as described in the novel. After visiting The Stanley Hotel in Colorado I could sense how King must have felt being alone (with Tabby) in the creaky, shadowy hotel.
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