In celebration of my favorite month, October, I'm featuring a different scary place every Friday. This week it's the hotel that everyone knows from this movie:
Which was, of course, based (loosely) on this phenomenal book:
Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining while staying at this Colorado hotel:
While searching for inspiration in 1974, King and his wife checked into the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, only to find they were the only two guests. The hotel was on the verge of closing for the winter. The two checked into Room 217, which was said to be haunted...
Inspired by the grand dining room and his experience with a bartender there, King began work on The Shining. Interestingly, his editor tried to talk King out of writing the book, saying he might be typecast as a horror writer. King considered that a compliment, not an insult.
Today, the Stanley Hotel is a popular tourist destination, with many guests requesting to stay in the "Stephen King room." The Stanley Hotel also honors requests to stay in Room 401, where the show Ghost Hunters had a particularly spooky experience that was caught on tape.
Jim Carrey stayed in Room 217 while filming Dumb and Dumber there. He didn't stay long. The room spooked him so much he checked out within three hours...hotel staff say they still aren't sure what happened to scare him.
Would you dare to stay in Room 217?