The Burial Ground

Sun Aug 20, 2006

I’ve just skimmed over The Shining, and it seems to be the case that the haunted Indian burial ground origin was added by the film, and later borrowed, farcically, in Poltergeist.

The transformation of topiary (but see Zork II) into labyrinth, ostensibly a matter of economy, is hard to avoid; but I was interested in, while reviewing the novel, the ultimate stupidity of the haunting contrasted to the hints of menace in Shockley’s reaction to Jack’s research plans, which seem to go beyond any self-interest.

Did you know that the common pinfish was once irradiated for science? You can read it about it in “Effects of Acute Gamma Irradiation on the Blood Constituents of Pinfish, Lagodon rhomboides,” by David W. Engel; Joseph W. Angelovic; Edna M. Davis in Chesapeake Science 7.2 (1966): 90-94. JSTOR. Under the partial auspices of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, I suppose the idea here was to contemplate the extent of marine ecological catastrophe in a post-nuclear apocalypse.