"The Shining" is the most engaging, terrifying and satisfying novel ever written. King will always be known for this classic horror/thriller/psychological/drama. This novel has everything every reader seeks. Spooks, psychological warfare between the sexes and generations, historical atmosphere, madness, kindness, life and death. This book is a modern classic. I dare anyone to read it and not be affected. King brought us a new way of viewing our deepest fears, breaking from the traditional "ghost story" form and introducing the good and bad relationships between people.The horror in his works derives from our own interactions with all around us. With this novel, King turned the "Ghost story" into a "People story".. The scariest element of this novel is that we take sides with the looney, because we understand why he flips. That's why this is such a great book. The hero is the villian. (Of course, female readers may disagree with this, but, boys, you know what King is saying). A fantastic piece of literature. Well written, engaging and totally, in American parlance, un-put-downable. The Shining is an experience you will not forget. If you meet someone who has not read "The Shining", ignore them.