The Shining - Stephen King

The Shining

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 1990-05-01
  • Genre: Horror
Score: 4.5
From 3,482 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.


  • Must Read!

    By DJ 2 Timez
    My second Stephen King book down and I have to say so far this one takes the cake an absolutely amazing journey from start to finish. Highly recommended!!
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    By mommycakes14dd

    By Meems3
    FANTASTIC!!! I loved reading it far better than movie and mini-series
  • Better than the movie

    By myagirly
    I would highly suggest anyone who liked the movie to read the book. 10/10🙂
  • King’s Best!!

    By Tyler H from Charlotte
    Favorite book so far by Stephen King! The book was so much better than the movie in my opinion but I do think the movie did very good at picking the characters based on their descriptions and personalities in the book.
  • Gave Me Some Nightmare Fuel

    By lrhines1
    Enjoyed this read and comparing it to the Stanley Kubrick adaptation. I understand that things had to be changed to appeal and make sense in a movie. This story has so much more depth to it than the movie does and has me thinking so much about the roles and relationships between a father and son.
  • Another Steven King Bestseller

    By Keith Sk.
    Steven King is not an author, he is a story teller, and he hit it out of the park with this book!
  • 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!