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All Hallow’s Read Giveaway: Stephen King’s “The Shining”

As you may have heard, Neil Gaiman invented a thing called All Hallow’s Read. The new tradition is to give someone a scary book on Halloween.

And you’re a someone!

Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday.

Why “The Shining”?

You whippersnappers may think of King as a doddering old man who hates cell phones. But back in the day, the man could write a damned scary story.

  • If you have only ever seen the movie, then you definitely need to read the book.
  • If you have neither read the book nor watched the movie, then you definitely need to read the book.
  • If you are easily scared, then you definitely need to read the book in the middle of the day and not alone.

(Don’t worry. If you get really scared, you can always put it in the freezer.)

ETA: Comments are closed, a winner (Erin) has been chosen! Thanks, everyone!

19 comments to All Hallow’s Read Giveaway: Stephen King’s “The Shining”

  • Dorothy

    I am not leaving a comment to get the book, I know we have a copy. I am commenting to say that this was one of the two scariest books I have EVER read. This one and the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

    The movie was a real let-down. I loved the book, but OH My Gosh did I sleep with the lights on! Wish I knew that freezer trick, could have been useful.

  • Patti

    I LOVE this book. Even though I read it the same summer I read Helter Skelter, and was house-sitting in a big old house out in the country all by myself. Down a dirt road. Did I mention I was all by myself? I slept with a knife under my pillow that summer. I don’t have a copy! I think I have almost everything else he’s written. Cell is one of the few books that’s actually scared me in recent years. I bet The Shining would do it again, thoug.

    I love that Gaiman thought of this, and how quickly it’s caught on. And it’s so cool that you’re participating. :)

  • arejster

    I read this when I was a kid and it scared the pants off me!

  • I have a copy, so don’t put me in the drawing.
    And, yep, scariest book. I read it twice, hoping the second time would deflate some of the scary. Didn’t work.

  • Erika

    Hee hee! You’re all cracking me up!

    If you’ve read the book, but you haven’t heard the audiobook, then I wholeheartedly recommend it. (It’s something like $60 through Amazon, which is crazy! Check your local library!)

    Listening to the audiobook version is how I learned that when I get scared, I start reading faster. But when you’re listening to an audiobook, you just have to sit there and deal with the scary!

    And the way he does the voice of Danny’s finger is just TERRIFYING. For reals!

  • anargol

    Hi, I’ll bite. I have neither read the book nor seen the movie. I scare easy. I get nervous during screwball comedies. So perhaps I am not the right recipient!

  • The Minneapolis Tribune used to run a article in May or June every year to find out the best books for summer reading. In about 1977 or so, one of the books was The Shining, which the person who named it called the scariest book she had ever read. As a devotee of scary books, I ran right out and bought it in paperback.

    When I was 50 pages into it I wondered how the heck was this author going to keep up such a level of suspense. (This was the first SK novel I had ever read.) Eventually, when I was at the climax of the book, I had to leave my comfy chair in the living room — where I was reading, all by myself, at 1 am — and go sit in a corner of my husband’s workshop, where he was putzing with tools, and finish the book in his company. I absolutely could not be alone. That had never happened to me, before or since.

    Eventually my scared-o-meter was pegged for so long it simply burned out, and suddenly I was just reading a book, tra la, no big deal, oh, [spoilers redacted] tra la and is there any Coke left in the fridge? That burnout thing also has never happened before or since.

    So, yeah, that was the scariest book I have ever read, and I have read nearly everything SK has ever written. I know I have a copy somewhere, but another one would not be amiss. I need to be scared witless again!

  • I forgot to say that your idea of how to do your giveaway is fabulous! Wish I’d thought of it.

    Just noticed your “last year’s model” badge in the sidebar. Also a great idea. I had never seen the slogan in that context, but I had heard that the greenest building you can ever own is the one you already have. I’m trying to put that into effect in our county, where the 1930s-vintage highway building has been a contentious issue for several years. It might just work…

  • ekittie

    Oh, I’d love to read The Shining!
    I’ve seen most of the Jack Nickelson version movie, in parts, over the years, but I never thought about reading the book. Which is odd, because I love Stephen King and have read most of his books.
    So, even if I don’t win, I’ll be getting it from the library to read. Thanks for the idea!

    Also, that Friends episode cracks me up.

  • I never saw “Friends” except as late-night syndicated episodes when I had teevee channels…a while back in itself. Yet, I can totally see the logic in putting “The Shining” “on ice.” Tee hee….

    I’d love a chance at your giveaway. I don’t think I’ve ever read the book…I’ve only ever seen the movie. I’m currently reading, but only a few pages at a time as it gets creepy, “The Strain” by Guillermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan…it rocks!

  • Erin

    I haven’t read it OR seen the movie!

  • Lisa E.

    I haven’t read it or seen the movie, which I would normally be too embarrassed to admit but I am really hoping I win it!

    Also, this is a wonderful idea!

  • Oh, my, I’d love a copy of _The Shining_. Oddly enough, I’ve neither read it nor seen the movie, though I love scary books and movies when I’m in the right mood.

  • delighted

    I would definitely end up putting it in the freezer, right next to Little Women. (Which I love as a musical but have never read, because in a book, I can’t skip the sad parts like I can on my iPod.)

  • trifarina

    I’m embarrassed to say I have neither read the book nor seen the movie. The clown from It freaked me out too bad as a kid.

  • kimi

    ooh, a book. I tried reading a Stephen King novel in high school, but my mom took it away because it was too scary. And for some reason, I’ve never really read any of his books. So I’m intrigued!

    (Except maybe I should just go to the library? Judging from the comments above, this book might be too scary to own – I don’t have freezer space!)

  • jenny

    I saw the movie for the first time in college on Halloween and it was terrifying. Way scarier than the Exorcist, in my opinion, which I saw a few years later. I really like what I have read by King, which isn’t much. But Insomnia is a great scary book too! More scary in the sense of-it’s the book you think about every time you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. I will have to see if the Shining is on Audible–I love it for being able to get audio versions of books that would otherwise be way expensive.

  • casey

    I read a lot of Stephen King’s stuff but I don’t have the Shining! Have you read the books by his son Joe Hill? “20th Century Ghosts” was a good collection of stories that ranged from the disgusting to the sweet.

    Thanks for doing a giveaway! How fun!!!

  • im just lori

    I inadvertently watched part of the movie waaaay back when I was a kid at someone’s house. I didn’t know what to make of it, and the mom came in and changed the channel.

    I’d love to read the book. In the day.

    When I read “It”, I had to put the book in the spare room before I could go to sleep. With two closed doors between me and the book.