In hotel news very appropriate for the Halloween season, The Stanley Hotel in Colorado — the property that inspired author Stephen King to write The Shining after he spent one spooky night there in the 1970s — has announced plans to dig up its pet cemetery in favour of building a pavilion that can host weddings and corporate events.
The historic hotel opened in 1909, while grave markers in the pet cemetery indicate pets have been buried on the plot of land since the 1960s. The hotel plans to move the pet graves to another spot as it clears space for its new pavilion.
The plan has drawn the ire of supernatural enthusiasts who warn of bad things should the pet bones be moved. Local psychic Rosemary McArthur told the Coloradoan that “stirring up the bones of the dead” could lead to paranormal unrest in an area already famed for its hauntings. Meanwhile, horror enthusiasts who have always wanted to wed at the hotel where Jack Torrance slowly went crazy may soon be able to make that dream a reality.
It should be noted that King did not draw inspiration for his novel Pet Sematary from the pet cemetery at the Stanley Hotel, but from a cemetery in Maine.
And if staying at this haunted hotel isn’t scary enough for you, guests of the Stanley Hotel can watch Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of The Shining on a continuous loop in-room on channel 42.