When was The Shining written?

The Shining was written in the mid 1970s and published in 1977.

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The Shining was written in the mid-1970s and published in 1977. Stephen King was first inspired to write the novel after a bizarre stay at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado: he and his wife were the only guests staying that night, and the uncanniness of the long, empty hallways intrigued King. He also encountered a bartender named Grady and taped orchestral music echoing as he had dinner. Additionally, he had a dream about his young son being chased through the halls by a fire hose. He combined these impressions with his own struggles with alcoholism and the angry feelings some parents seem to harbor towards their own children.

When published in 1977, The Shining became a best-seller and firmly cemented King's reputation as a modern master of horror. Like Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House or Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," The Shining has become an iconic American example of the haunted house genre. The book would spawn two adaptations: an iconic 1980 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and the 1997 miniseries helmed by King himself. The Shining also got a sequel, Doctor Sleep, in 2013, which would itself receive a film adaptation in 2019.

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