The Shining, by Stephen KingRead about another entry on the list.
An undisputed master of the form, horror legend King’s most enduring work may be The Shining, in which a family is beset upon by strange visions and madness while living in an isolated Colorado hotel. King drew upon his family’s experience at the Stanley Hotel in Boulder when planning the book: not only did the Kings stay in a real-life Room 217 (which was rumored to be haunted), but they were the only ones in the barren building. During the night, King dreamt that his son was being chased around the Stanley by a fire hose. Jolted awake by the experience, he immediately formulated the plot of one of the best-selling books of his career.
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