The Scariest Scene for a Writer


Sometimes the stars align and we’re all at home and in the mood to watch a movie as a family. This time we went old school and sat down to the iconic horror film “The Shining”, directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel by Stephen King.

From Rotten Tomatoes: “Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.”

Right on! We talked about what was the scariest scene. Is it the dead sisters appearing to Danny? The ghost in the bathtub that Jack embraces? Halloran getting an ax in the chest? Jack breaking down the door to attack Wendy?

For me, it was none of those. There is one scene that stands above all the rest in terms of sheer terror for me. It represents every writer’s darkest and most demented nightmare. Here’s Wendy, discovering what her husband has been writing all this time:

By David Klein

David Klein

Published novelist, creative writer, journalist, avid reader, discriminating screen watcher.


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