Skip to comments.What Could Possibly Go Wrong When Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’ Digs Up A Pet Cemetery?
Posted on 09/27/2013 3:39:34 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
If I ever meet Stephen King, I am going to ask him to give me back all the sleepless nights as a child that I spent worrying about pets returning from beyond the grave and creepy twins stalking me down long hallways muttering redrum. Which means you couldnt pay me eleventy bajillion dollars to be anywhere nearby when the Colorado hotel that inspired his book The Shining digs up the pet cemetery it has on the grounds.
Oh, lets dig up a pet cemetery linked to The Shining, great idea! is just like saying, Lets have some scary stuff go down here, eh? Its a perfect storm of paranormal possibility, a blatant invitation for all the ghosts and ghoulies to descend on one location and terrify the noodles out of anyone around.
According to USA Today, the hotel (which looks very lovely, actually) is planning to move the 12 or so marked graves dating back to the 1960s in order to make way for a wedding and corporate retreat pavilion.
Kings Pet Sematary is based on a spot in Maine, but hes admitted in the past that The Shining was partly inspired by a dream he had while staying at the hotel, which in turn made the rest of us dream of haunted hotels, so thanks for that, Stephen.
Anyway, residents nearby say theyre worried about the noise and the loss of the historic burial ground. And while no one else will say it out loud, a local psychic has confirmed that yes, paranormal stuff will totally go down.
Stirring up the bones of the dead could get the spirit world in a tizzy, she says. Construction accidents, unexpected delays and other shenanigans could occur if spirits stuck between this world and the other world are disturbed. And not just animal ghosts.
Theyll pull the owners to them if the owners passed over and are unhappy, she explained.
Oh, GREAT. Again, I am grateful for the thousands of miles between myself and that hotspot of horrifying possibilities. My advice: leave out lots of extra pet food, promise belly rubs to any animal ghosts that might show up and dont tell their spirit owners that its their turn to walk the dog. And do not invite Jack Nicholson to the groundbreaking.
Hotel linked to Stephen King to dig up pet cemetery [USA Today]
[Thanks to Gefn for the link!]
The Hotel Stanley is already haunted
BTW, Pacino or De Niro would have made a better Jack than Jack Nicholson himself.
From what I hear, King wasn’t too pleased with the film either. He thought it made it look like Nicholson’s character was crazy from the start, rather than driven mad by the hotel.
Anyhow, he said part of his inspiration to write The Shining was due to one of his rambunctious sons. He had just finished one of his novels and had the manuscript on the table for the publisher. His son spilled orange juice all over it. King said it occurred to him at that moment, "What if I killed them all?"
Fortunately, he had an outlet in writing.
That’s quite true; in Kubrick’s film, Jack Torrance comes across as vaguely unhinged right from the first reel. He seems to go crazy more from a particularly acute case of cabin fever then from being possessed by the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel - as in the novel.
Of course, there are ghosts in the Kubrick film, and the film ends with the rather enigmatic suggestion (SPOILER ALERT IF FREEPERS HAVEN’T SEEN THIS FILM) that Nicholson’s character has always been the ‘Caretaker’ of the Overlook.
Thankfully, writing can be a most useful outlet for those sort of things.
I’ve thought the same thing about my cats. Fortunately freeping keeps me sane.
I have one that likes to headbutt the glass when I am taking a drink. I always have to know where she is if I am watching a game or movie on the couch.
Unfortunately, King couldn’t do anything about it. He had already sold the movie rights to Kubrick.
Mine like to use me as a relief map for their 3 AM wargames. You get used to it.
Money talks, BS walks.
Awww I miss my puppy ghost. Yep had one I didn’t believe my mom when she told me until the I spent the last night in our house before moving out. That changed my view that ghost are not just people but also God’s little creatures. I’ll save the rest for Holloween =)
“the hotel (which looks very lovely, actually) is planning to move the 12 or so marked graves dating back to the 1960s in order to make way for a wedding and corporate retreat pavilion.”
Who would want to have their wedding directly on top of pets graves, even if the bodies have been removed?
NOT MY FAULT!
Wait, nothing happened yet?
*shuffles out side door*
There’s nothing so weird that it’s not someone’s fetish.
Everything will be fine until The Mist/Fog rolls in.
I’ve got bug spray.