The Shining: Copycat of Burnt Offerings?

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If you think The Shining is a great book or movie, there was a similar one that preceded it:

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Burnt Offerings, written by Robert Marasco in 1973, involved a family moving to a remote-ish large home for a ridiculousy low rent, only to have things go sour in a home that seemed to be jealous and hungry, and predisposed to taking photos of its guests. Sound familiar?

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The Shining was published in 1977 and the Kubrick adaptation in 1980. The Burnt Offerings film adaptation was in 1976. They are both great movies, either way. However, I’ve not seen any acknowledgement from King that he was inspired by Marasco. Is this necessary? No, but it merits some thought. I’ve always wondered and either way, I’m glad both exist and am not about to lay into King for any potential influence. Just food for thought.

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