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Published on : Friday, April 15, 2016
It is often seen that fiction is inspired by real life incidents and one such instance is the film ‘The Shining’ which was shot in The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The Children’s Museum of Houston Public Relations and Promotions Director Henry Yau who happened to visit the hotel was impressed by the hotel’s ornate interiors and took a few pictures of its inner facade. The photos were taken of rooms, staircases and the antique decorations of the building. However, later on review he was surprised to find a human figure atop the grand staircase in the lobby. It made him feel quite eerie.
He was sure when he took the pictures that there was no one. He was surprised to see his discovery and posted the pictures on Facebook. He also felt a kind of a mysterious illness after dining in the hotel.
He felt strangely sick and queasy in the stomach and had stomach problems. Rumor has it that the creepy kids in the movie ‘The Shining’ can actually be heard giggling and running around the fourth floor of specially room number 418 of the hotel.
It is rumored that the hotel founders Freelan Oscar Stanley, and his wife Flora are often seen passing through the lobby. Some have heard them playing the piano in the music room of the hotel. The ghost of the house keeper who died in the grounds of the hotel too is spotted in room no 217.
The hotel featured in America’s haunted hotel list with anecdotes from visitors and staff. The hotel was established in 1909 but became haunted only after 1970.
Writer Steven King was inspired by his visit in the hotel and wrote a book which was later turned into a hit thriller ‘The Shining’. The hotel’s website feels proud of its century of collected spirits and feels that it has laid grounds for paranormal investigations.
The hotel proudly flaunts its priced ghosts Flora Stanley who continue to go about the business of running their beloved establishment as though they were still alive; Flora’s antique Steinway can be heard playing in the dead of night and Mr. Stanley has been captured in photographs surveying the goings-on in the Billiards Room, once his favorite place,’ the website continues.
The hotel ensures to provide some frightening experiences all at $200 and $300 per night, but also states that sleep is not guaranteed!