Jenni Fagan says:
The year I was born in a Victorian psychiatric hospital, The Shining was published. This classic American horror is about a building that has a dark power. The hotel houses its ghosts and its living with equal terror and truth. It is a novel that has long called to me. From the ability to ‘shine,’ which I understood as a child, to the extraordinary imagery, it is an iconic novel that became a vital part of popular culture. I also feel the literary themes and questions on human evolution, the mind, consciousness, sanity and autonomy often get a little lost by those who dismiss it is as ‘genre,’ fiction!