After a visitor to the famed Stanley Hotel — the building that served as the inspiration for Stephen King's "The Shining" — snapped a photo of a grand staircase inside of the hotel, he claims to have discovered something absolutely terrifying lurking in the shadows: a ghost.
"When I took it, I didn't notice anything," Henry Yau told KPRC-TV of the picture that he took in panoramic setting on his cellphone.
It was later, though, when he examined the image that he claims to have noticed a figure standing at the top of the staircase — an apparition that some believe could be a ghost or spirit of some sort.
Yau, who is the public relations director for the Children's Museum of Houston and who recently took the picture while visiting the hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, ended up posting it to Instagram with the caption, "By golly! I think I may have captured a #ghost at #StanleyHotel."
Kevin Sampron, a paranormal expert at SPIRIT Paranormal Investigations, told WUSA-TV that he does not believe that the image has been doctored in any way, and that he noticed something even more terrifying after he converted the photo to back and white.
"When we blew up the picture, we immediately saw a second anomaly just to the left of the first figure," Sampron told the outlet. "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."
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It, of course, is possible that there is a more natural and far-less eerie explanation for what is seemingly observed at the top of the staircase.
Regardless, claims of ghostly encounters are nothing new at the Stanley Hotel, with the hotel including a page on its website titled, "Haunted Hotel History." Here's just a description from that page:
By the 1970s the hotel’s splendor had faded and it had gained a reputation for being haunted. It might have continued to fade and eventually have succumbed to the wrecking ball, if not for a fortuitous visit by author Stephen King. A stay of one night was enough to inspire his third major work and first hard-cover bestseller – The Shining – which remains a landmark masterpiece in a long and well-known list of novels. More recently, the Stanley’s paranormal past has been fully embraced. After a century of collecting spirits, the hotel has become renowned by specialists and experts in the field of paranormal investigation as one of the nation’s most active sites.
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(H/T: Huffington Post)