The Shining is the first work of fiction I’ve read by Stephen King. I never could get into him previously: his plots just seemed way too kitchy to me and I’m not a fan of the horror genre in general. But my wife read this book and recommended it so I decided to give it a shot.

I actually enjoyed this book a lot. Way more than expected, to be honest. The movie is very faithful to the plot but the book is able to go much deeper into the mind, and madness, of the characters. There’s also much more creepiness and atmospheric tension than outright gore, which I prefer. There is also much more of a focus on alcoholism here: King really takes us inside the mind of an addict.

It’s not a surprise that King is a fluid writer and this plot suits his gifts quite well. I hear The Stand is the book King readers like best so that’s next on my list though I don’t imagine I’ll start racing through his entire canon anytime soon. I can’t imagine reading an 1,000+ page book about a killer clown or a cemetery for pets, no matter how well done they are.