King’s 1977 novel The Shining is a haunted house book that literally knocks the socks off of other haunted house novels. Certain others, preceding and following it, have come close to presenting their cases toward achieving similar greatness in the annals of that distinct literary horror sub-genre, but in my opinion nothing has yet toppled this great book. Titles such as Matheson’s Hell House certainly do deserve a very respectful nod of appreciation however.
Stanley Kubrik’s 1980 film adaptation of The Shining is similarly famous in the horror film genre, and though its plot differs from that of the book in several key areas it’s a strong contender in its own right, and well worth a watch for anyone who has yet to experience its genuine terror. King himself was not at all happy with the film however, and an interview with the Writer’s Digest in ’09 he stated that he actually hated Kubrick’s ‘cold adaptation’. Click here to read more.. »