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Is 'The Shining' a secretly Canadian story? Homegrown writers reflect on its 40th anniversary

40 years after the book's release, its hybridizing of social realism and the supernatural — revolutionary at the time — makes it feel like a core text today.

The book's hybridizing of social realism and the supernatural makes it feel like a core text today

Jack Nicholson as alcoholic writer Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's film version of The Shining. (Warner Bros.)

About the Author

RM Vaughan

RM Vaughan is a Canadian writer and video artist. Vaughan is the author of many books and contributes articles on culture to a wide variety of publications.