Like much of his work, Stephen King's The Shining is unabashedly supernatural. Of course, it's also deeply natural, as it explores human motivation and the suffering of the human heart. Much of the supernatural centers around shining, Dick Halloran's way of describing what's commonly known as ESP, or extrasensory perception. Both Halloran and Danny, our five-year-old protagonist, can read minds. Both have visions of the future and a heightened sensitivity to the paranormal activity going on at the Overlook. This paranormal activity is highly malevolent and includes ghosts with the ability to physically injure humans. The novel looks at how the natural and the supernatural collide, creating mayhem, but also glimmers of hope for a better future.