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Melissa Locker
April 18, 2016

Thanks largely to its connection to the 1980 horror film The Shining, Colorado’s Stanley Hotel is considered one of the most haunted places in the country (which, by the way, is precisely why we sent a scaredy-cat writer there last fall). The hotel, which served as inspiration for Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s 1977 novel, has appeared on TV shows like Ghost Hunter and Ghost Adventure; paranormal experts claimed to have seen beds move and closet doors unlock and open on their own.

Now the hotel has one more spine-tingling attraction to add to their roster—a ghost photographed by a recent guest.

The photographer claims he didn’t see the ghostly apparition until after he was reviewing the panoramic photo he took of the hotel’s lobby, 9News reported. The photo seems to reveal a dark figure descending the staircase.

 

By golly! I think I may have captured a #ghost at #StanleyHotel. #EstesPark

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At least one supernatural expert thinks the photo actually reveals two ghosts—an adult and a child peering over the railing. Was it the hotel’s founders F.O. and Flora Stanley, who reportedly never checked out of the hotel? Or some other spirit entirely? Or, perhaps, a masterful publicity stunt created by the photographer or the hotel itself?

The hotel has always made the most of its haunted reputation, happily advertising the hotel’s spooky history, hosting late night paranormal investigations, and giving guests the chance to go on ghost adventure packages lead by experts in the supernatural. They have even built a hedge maze to give guests the chance to recreate the finale of Stanley Kubrick’s hair-raising movie.

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