Jack's struggle with alcoholism was so much a part of the book (chewing aspirin, etc..). Not so much in the movie. When Nicholson downed the drink at the bar, he really savored it. That was the only sign of his drinking problem on screen.
Next. Read The Stand also by Stephen King. You won’t put it down.
Movies to books, try Jurassic Park.
There are some really cool additions that never made the movie.
Most of Stephen King's books are like this. Character development is (IMO) his strongest point as a storyteller. Even the so-so books have moments of amazing character development.
Read King’s short stories, specifically Four Seasons which he wrote under the name of Richard Bachman. The Long Walk is my favorite.
Try 'It' after the shining
The Shining was my favorite. I read all of his books. The part where he sees the scary old lady in the bathtub was especially terrifying for me. I used to yell at my husband for not closing the shower curtain. After reading that book, I yelled at him for not leaving it open. He was so confused. He said, “I don’t get it! First you want me to close it and now you want it open!”
Stephen King has some great novels, but I’m a bigger fan of his short stories and novellas. You must read “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut”. It has the science fiction you like and is just a wonderful story.
"Adult fiction" does not mean what you think it means..
Lovecraft is very eerie to read at night. I read s story a night (or more) of his collected works the summer before last. That was.... surreal.
Well if you decide you want to know what happened after the incident at the overlook hotel try Dr. Sleep.
Try IT by Stephen King. Very definition of cosmic horror.
Read It. Read It. **READ IT.** You will love it, TRUST ME, by far my favorite book of all time, and this post was shockingly relatable for me, so I’m sure youll love it just as much.
I dont recall writing this post? I've just started an interest in reading after getting my Echo. I just hit chapter 22. Granted im on the audiobook vs the physical, but as I was laying in bed last night about to dose off, when Stephen King threw a curve ball as Jack was talking Ullman at the beginning of Chapter 20. Couldn't sleep for another hour and kept listening. ha. Congrats on finding something that peaks your interest!
I love reading books I saw the movie of first. The Jurassic Parks are good. The Game of Thrones series are one of my fav books to screen. The Shining, though! Holy shit! I had never been afraid of words before that one. They adapted one of my newer favs, The Girl with All the Gifts. But my all time, hands down favorite, is Gone with the Wind
The Time Traveler's Wife: way more interesting than the film, if you can keep the timeline straight.
Also try Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I don't know why, it just seems right.
I'd say don't read too many King novels back to back, you're just starting out. Try branching a bit, you can always go back to them later.
I'd suggest "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" to read next, or one of the next books. The movie was good, but the book was much better. PLUS you can continue imagining Jack Nicholson as your protagonist.