Saturday, May 2, 2009

#9 The Shining by Stephen King

HELP WANTED: Winter caretaker for the Overlook hotel. Free room and board. Must like quiet and isolation, as hotel gets completely snowed in. Must not be afraid of ghosts, as hotel might be haunted. No clairvoyants or alcoholics please. Management not responsible for hotel possessing applicant and making him/her kill family (which happened to previous caretaker). Families welcome.

After losing his job as a teacher for assaulting a student, Jack, a recovering alcoholic, tries to turn his life around by taking this job. His wife, Wendy, and son, Danny, who is clairvoyant, go with him and unwittingly walk into a nightmare. King’s terrifying description of Jack’s descent into madness is genius.

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