Earlier this week, Houston native, Henry Yau took some photo’s at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The Stanley Hotel, as you probably know, is the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Yau, the director of public relations and promotions for the Children’s Museum of Houston, told Click2Houston that he purposely waited for the staircase at the Stanley to be empty so he could get a good shot of it.
According to an expert, Yau, may have captured more than one ghost on camera. “When we blew up the picture, we immediately saw a second anomaly just to the left of the first figure,” Kevin Sampron of SPIRIT Paranormal Investigations in Denver told NBC affiliate KUSA; “To us it looks like the first figure is a lady dressed in black and to the left of her it looks like a child.” The picture does not appear to be Photoshopped or manipulated in any way, according to Sampron. “This could be a legitimate ghost, as far as we can tell.”
Author Stephen King said he was inspired to write The Shining after he and his wife spent a night at the Stanley Hotel in September of 1974. Parts of the television mini-series version of The Shining were actually filmed at The Stanley Hotel, while Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic adaptation of The Shining was shot almost entirely in a studio at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England. The exterior shots of The Overlook Hotel being from The Timberline Lodge near Portland. You can read more about The Shining‘s inspiration by clicking here.