‘Haunted Photo’ From Hotel Linked To The Shining Goes Viral
Henry Yau says he had no intention of photographing a ghost. But when looking over a smartphone shot he snapped last week at the Stanley Hotel lobby in Estes Park, Colo., there was a ghoulish-looking woman at the top of the stairs, the Oregonianreports. “When I took it, I didn’t notice anything,” says Yau, a PR director at the Children’s Museum in Houston. So he posted it on Instagram along with the message, “By golly! I think I may have captured a #ghost at#StanleyHotel.” The image has since gone viral, showering Yau with media attention. “I am terrified of ghosts,” he tells the Denver Post. “I grew up in a very superstitious culture, my mom is Chinese and Buddhist, and I was born and raised in Venezuela. But I never imagined that I would capture a ghost.”
It’s not a total surprise: Stanley Hotel is, after all, renowned for inspiring Steven King to write his haunted-hotel classic The Shining. The Stanley also has a 90-minute ghost tour, a festival of scary films, and a history of supposed sightings, Conde Nast Traveler reports. According to hotel staff, founder Freelan Oscar Stanley and his wife Flora Stanley still haunt the place, as does former chambermaid Elizabeth Wilson, who set off a gas explosion with her lit candle in room 217; she survived the 1911 blast but is said to haunt the room anyway. Still, readers don’t seem too impressed—leaving comments that the image looks Photoshopped or designed to create publicity. “Oh look someone forgot to put away the department store mannequin”.