Stephen King’S Next Book Was The Shining, Which Was First

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Stephen King’s next book was The Shining, which was first published in 1977. This novel is about a family: Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny. They move into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack has been hired as the winter caretaker. The family is cut off from civilization for months, Jack hopes to battle alcoholism and uncontrolled rage while writing a play. Evil forces residing in the Overlook, which has a long and violent history. Jack eventually goes insane (The Shining). Just like the typical bad place of a gothic novel, the Overlook Hotel, has an evil history. The hotel has been very closely compared to the mansion in Poe’s, The Fall of the House of Usher, because it is believed to be almost sentient by its owner,…show more content…
The few survivors choose between following an elderly black woman to Boulder or the dark man, Randall Flagg, who has set up his command post in Las Vegas. The two sides prepare for war between the forces of good and evil (The Stand). Stephen King found his inspiration in the Dugway sheep incident of March 1968. The incident was a case where nearly six thousand sheep were found dead in Utah for an unknown reason. A report later revealed that the incident was the effect of nerve gas that blew away from a nearby army base (Rheenen). After two years of planning and writing, Stephen King had a total of 1,200-page rough draft that weighted twelve pounds. The editor asked him to cut at least four-hundred pages. King complied and in September of 1978 an 823-page book went public (Rheenen). The Stand ended up selling over 65,000 clothbound and had a limited time run on the hardcover bestseller list (Lawson). Stephen wrote four other stories in-between The Stand and the next big time seller in Pet Sematary including Cujo and The Dead Zone. Pet Sematary is about a road in front of Dr. Louis Creed 's rural Maine home that frequently claimed the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis had recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Close to the family’s new house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats
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