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The Shining by Stephen King
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May 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: autographed, horror, favorites

This is the ultimate haunted house novel. King realized something that few writers understood; Ghosts are boring. It is not the house or the haunters that drive a good horror novel but the hauntees. Jack Torrance is the perfect foil for an evil house. He is troubled and unsure of himself. He is a time bomb waiting to go off with just the right push and the overlook Hotel knows it. King shows in this book that he is the master of the slow build. The Shining is not just a great supernatural novel. It is a great psychological thriller.
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