ESTES PARK, Colo. - A man visiting the hotel that inspired the Stephen King novel “The Shining” captured a haunting image during a stay at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
Henry Yau was taking a panoramic photo of the hotel’s grand stairwell and lobby, according to KPRC. He did not notice anyone walking down the stairs when he took the image, however when he looked at his picture the next day he saw the ghostly figure, according to KUSA.
Yau, who serves as the public relations director for the Children’s Museum of Houston, shared the image on social media with the caption: “By golly! I think I may have captured a #ghost at #StanleyHotel.”
The Stanley Hotel, which opened in 1909, is the setting for King’s haunting story of hysteria “The Shining.” He was inspired to write about the old hotel after spending a night there with his wife, the lone guests before the hotel was to close for the winter.
Kevin Sampron, a Denver ghost expert who examined the image for authenticity, thinks there could be a second figure standing behind the first, according to KUSA.
“We probably rule out 95 percent what people think are paranormal or ghosts. Most of the time there’s a natural cause for something,” Sampron told KUSA. “This could be a legitimate ghost, as far as we can tell.”
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