My name is John Fell Ryan and I'm obsessed with Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
You may have known me as that guy from Excepter or The No-Neck Blues Band, but any remnants of my former identity have been completely subsumed by an overwhelming and unflinching fixation on the rooms and hallways of The Overlook Hotel-- and I'm only half kidding.
I write and edit a blog devoted to visual analyses and image cataloging of The Shining called KDK12, after the radio call number for the Overlook Hotel. Together with Akiva Saunders of Brooklyn's The Spectacle Theater, I produced screenings of The Shining Forwards and Backwards, Simultaneously, Superimposed, a digital re-edit of the film. This pop culture stunt that landed me in a documentary about Shining obsessives, Room 237, which premiered at Sundance 2012, screened at Cannes, got picked up by IFC, and is due in theaters this Fall. So from one perspective, you could say things are blowing up for me in Shining land. But from another perspective, I'm just like Jack in the film, driven insane by the spectral Hotel and trapped in its walls for all eternity.
I knew things were bad when I met a fellow Shining enthusiast in real life, and he and I were dressed similarly in flannel, jeans, boots-- dressed like Jack, stubble growing on our faces and hair unkempt. We were becoming characters in the movie. As we incorporated The Shining into our psyches, it began to shape and mould our lives.Read More