Houston guest Henry Yau, who was visiting the haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, got a bit of a shock after a photo he snapped of the lobby reveled a paranormal figure standing in front of the window. According to paranormal investigators, the photo actually shows two figures: a woman dressed in period clothing and a child standing to her left.
Yau was adamant there was no one standing on the grand staircase when he took the panoramic photo. In an article featured on Click2Houston’s website, Yau said: “When I took it, I didn’t notice anything.”
The Stanley Hotel was Stephen King‘s inspiration for the classic 1980 horror film, The Shining.
On his official website, King wrote about how he got the idea for “The Shining” while staying at the hotel in 1974.
“In late September of 1974, Tabby and I spent a night at a grand old hotel in Estes Park, the Stanley. We were the only guests as it turned out; the following day they were going to close the place down for the winter. Wandering through its corridors, I thought that it seemed the perfect—maybe the archetypical—setting for a ghost story. That night I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in the chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”