Beautiful first printing of King's third novel, a classic haunted-house story of an isolated family under the accumulated pressures of generational violence, alcoholism, and ghosts.
Near fine in fine jacket.
"No trouble," he said. "The boiler's okay and I haven't even gotten around to murdering my wife yet."
King's absorbing deconstruction of a brittle nuclear family and the haunted hotel that finds and ruthlessly exploits their cracks. Heavily influenced by Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, but elaborated with King's flamboyant originality and creative cascade of horrors, THE SHINING is perhaps King's most successful marriage of supernatural and non-supernatural menace: just as the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel need a receptive host to work their evil, the Torrance family unit exists in a state of uneasy simmering tension, awaiting just the right trigger to explode.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1977. 8'' x 5.5''. Original half black cloth with tan boards. In original unclipped ($8.95) pictorial dust jacket, illustrated by Dave Christensen. 448 pages. Touches of soil to edges of text block. Slight shelfwear to jacket.
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