Make Your Own ‘The Shining’-Inspired Psychotic Murder Novel

July 10, 2015 | Liam Mathews

Stanley Kubrick was an exhausting perfectionist in a way that bordered on psychotic. When he made The Shining, he had secretaries type up the entire manuscript of Jack Torrance’s “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” novel in five different languages. What kind of person subjects another to that level of unnecessary tedium? It’s too bad web apps didn’t exist in the late ’70s, because designer Juan David Gómez’s could have saved Kubrick a lot of time.

Gómez made an app called “Psychotic Writer” that automatically generates a novel’s worth of repetitions of “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” laid out in different visual patterns. Every chapter comprises of 237 sentences, a reference to the haunted hotel room from the film. Your version of Jack Torrance’s insane novel can then be exported as a PDF so you can print it out and leave it around the house and have your loved ones worry about your mental health and their safety. But you know the truth, that you’re just paying tribute to the most artful horror movie ever made by a borderline psychotic director.

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