The Shining - Stephen King

The Shining

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 1990-05-01
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4.5
From 2,887 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.


  • Stephen King’s The Shining: The true masterpiece of modern horror!

    By dfantkn
    Having revered The Shining as one of my favorite horror films, I finally decided to read the source material for such a good but different film. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised that this book was hundreds of times better than the movie. New layers of depth added to all characters and plot points. Being able to point at the ballroom scene in the book and compare it to the movie was a treat. It has so much more meaning in the book, and going back and watching the movie, it adds more depth to those scenes. A read that everyone should enjoy!!
  • Just read it

    By loganessmoma
    I thought I loved the movie but it’s a pale comparison to this book. Wonderfully heartbreaking and beautifully written.
  • Amazing

    By Sammy4533
    This book gave a complete outcome of the Shining, let’s you really see how bad the movie was produced. A book of course will always be better than the movie, but in this case the movie left out lots of Stephen Kings book, including the Ending, the Overlooks actual outside hedge animals, roque court, playground. There wasn’t a maze at all. So many changes made by the movie after reading the book made the book scarier than the movie. A must read for sure!
  • Classic King thriller!

    By Skyzone85
    What a classic setting for a really scary idea. Love the characters & for me it’s the best book of the King library no doubt. It’s got so much more to offer then even the movie does so i think it’s a must read in any order u want.
  • My Favorite Book

    By AddyM.
    Couldn’t put down! Stephen King’s books never surprise me but this is by far my favorite!
  • Redrum

    By Duck lover 27
  • My all-time favorite Stephen King shocker!

    By ES the horror fan
    I saw Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie adaptation years before I read this book, but it didn’t stop me from being very disappointed that the movie wasn’t a much more faithful adaptation. This book is a wonderfully spooky, truly terrifying ghost story, which is one of my favorite kinds of horror stories to read! Here’s a tip: Anyone looking for a faithful adaptation should check out the miniseries. With the exception of one terrible CGI-effect involving hedge animals, it’s a great movie! A warning for anyone who decides to watch it(if you can find the DVD for sale anywhere.) Watch out for the chilling scene involving hotel room 217! It’s just as terrifying onscreen as it was in the book!
  • 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.