(K. Brent Tomer),
IN 1974 an unpublished novelist, checked in at the Hotel Stanley in Colorado with his wife. They were the only guests, and that night, Stephen King had quite a nightmare. By the next morning, a story about a haunted hotel, a struggling couple and their telekinetic son was fleshed out in his mind. Three years later, the Torrance family and the Overlook Hotel were immortalised in “The Shining”, which quickly became a bestseller and helped to solidify Mr King’s reputation as a horror writer.
The book has spawned a number of reworkings and spin-offs. Most famous is Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film, with a documentary film, “Room 237” (2012), dedicated to interpreting it. Warner Bros., the studio that released the original film, is developing a prequel based on the prologue of the book (which was excised before publication). Even Mr King himself couldn’t resist; penning a sequel, “Doctor Sleep”, which chronicles young Danny Torrance’s life after his father’s breakdown. This month, the Torrance family and The Overlook Hotel have been brought to the stage of the Minnesota Opera. Yet despite all these versions, there are…Continue reading