Because it’s the month of gruesome tales and amazing hauntings, why not discuss the mad and absolutely amazing “Shining” book by horror master, Stephen King. This is the story of Jack Torrence (played wonderfully by Jake Nicholson) who decides to take a job as a hotel overseer during the winter months when the hotel was empty. He takes his family with him and as they prepare to tackle the long, hard, winter coming along, they will have to deal with another problem. Jack goes mad. He starts seeing ghosts and he develops a strong urge to kill his family (just like in Amitiville horror). But was he mad? Or was he driven mad by the specters present in the house?
The whole place was empty.
But it wasn’t really empty. Because here in the Overlook things just went on and on. Here in the Overlook all times were one
In a way, the story reminded me of the place out of time described by Dean Koontz in 77 Shadow street * Dean Koontz Book Review and in Odd Apocalypse. This is a place who has seen some tragedy – but this fact is only briefly discussed when they move in and is only mentioned in passing by the current overseer.
“Any big hotels have got scandals,” he said. “Just like every big hotel has got a ghost. Why? Hell, people come and go. Sometimes one of em will pop off in his room, heart attack or stroke or something like that. Hotels are superstitious places. No thirteenth floor or room thirteen, no mirrors on the back of the door you come in through, stuff like that.
So the questions stays: was Jack mad before he moved in or did the ghosts tip the balance by constantly whispering in his ear?
This inhuman place makes human monsters.