The Shining centers on Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. His family accompanies him on this job, including his young son Danny, who possesses “the shining”, an array of psychic abilities that allow the child to glimpse the hotel’s horrific true nature. Soon, after a winter storm leaves the family snowbound, the supernatural forces inhabiting the hotel influence Jack’s sanity, leaving his wife and son in grave danger.
Cover for the first UK edition published by New English Library in 1977. The novel’s title on the jacket, spine of the hardcover and title page are set in Process, which is also used on the inner flaps with Univers. The title is in a metallic foil on the front panel of the jacket and in gilt on the spine of the hardcover. The author’s name and additional text is set in Futura.