Press Release: The Shining
Introduction by Stephen King
Illustrated by Edward Kinsella
‘As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class’
The Folio Society proudly presents one of the most terrifying tales of the 20th century in an edition worthy of its iconic status. Stephen King refers to The Shining as his ‘crossroads novel’, a work in which the terror lies not only in the supernatural, but in the psychological.
Although the title of this book refers to five-year-old Danny Torrance, a little boy whose ‘shine’ allows him to see events from the past as well as those yet to come, it is his father, Jack, winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, who is at the centre of this tale.
For many fans, this is a chance to meet the ‘real’ Jack Torrance. Rather than a two-dimensional villain compelled to madness by supernatural forces, Jack emerges as a more complex character, one haunted by childhood memories. We learn of Jack’s complicated relationship with his own father – a violent drunk both loved and hated by his son – and see how it has shaped Jack’s life, the patterns of his youth playing out again and again in the present. The edges of what was and what is become blurred, and so the ghosts that begin to stir in the Overlook stand in for the ghosts of Jack’s own past, revived into startling, brutal life.
Edward Kinsella has provided 11 disturbing colour illustrations that capture the book’s vision of the inhuman nature of the Overlook, and the binding is emblazoned with a vividly monstrous wasp – a creature which appears as a harbinger of doom in the book.
Stephen King and Edward Kinsella have signed a limited number of copies to be given away as prizes throughout the campaign.
Bound in cloth blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Miller with Kingthings Trypewriter display. 536 pages. Black & white illustrated title-page spread; 11 full-page colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. 10” x 6¾”.
UK £49.95 US $79.95 Can $99.95 Aus $99.95
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