Monday, October 13, 2014

My Online Store Returns Home After a Visit to a Famous Haunted Hotel

The Stanley Hotel-Stephen King's Inspiration for The Shinning
Estes Park, Colorado, is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park's lush forests.  The Stanley Hotel which was built by F.O. Stanley in 1909 is located there.  The main building was one of 11 buildings in the original complex. Many of those original buildings remain in use today on the remaining 55 acres.

Hotel has the Rocky Mountains in the background.

This Colorado hotel has been featured as one of America's most haunted hotels and with the numerous stories from visitors and staff, The Stanley Hotel continues to "shine" today, as it did when first opened.

1st edition cover of The Shining by Stephen King

When I heard that The Stanley Hotel in Estes Peak, Colorado was visited by Stephen King and served as the inspiration for his novel "The Shining,” I knew I had to visit it.
Staircase to 2nd floor
"The Shining" is a horror novel which was published in 1977.  It was King's third published novel and first hardback bestseller.  The book firmly established King as a preeminent author in the horror genre. The setting and characters are influenced by King's personal experiences, including both his visit to The Stanley Hotel in 1974 and his recovery from alcoholism.

1st floor
"The Shining" is about the life of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. His family accompanies him on this job, including his young son Danny. Danny possesses "the shining," an array of psychic abilities that allow Danny to see the horrific past of the hotel. Soon, after a winter storm leaves them snowbound, the supernatural forces inhabiting the hotel influence Jack's sanity, leaving his wife and son in incredible danger.  From the plot how King's visit here helped to shape the novel.
1st floor

This hotel has kept its appeal and mystery.  It is furnished as it would have been in the early 1900"s.

The back of the hotel
I enjoyed to book as well as the movie which came out in 1980. It was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred a favorite actor of mine-Jack Nicholson.  I love to recall the scene when he says, "Oh, Wendy, I'm home."

All of this mystery made me think of Toltec Jewels Octoberfest blog hop which s coming up very soon.

Sunday October 26, 2014
 I have most of my pieces for the jewelry that I am making for this blog hop laid out on my work table at home, however, I still have a few design issues to work out and components to make.  I also need to get home to make the pieces.  I hope to be home this Thurs. and I will be very busy getting ready for The Delaware by Hand Holiday Market in Dover, Delaware as well as this blog hop.  I hope you will stop by my blog on Oct. 26 to see what I come up with.  If you are in Delaware on Nov. 1, please stop by and visit the Bay Moon Design booth at The Biggs Museum for this holiday fair.

1 comment:

  1. How fun that you got to go there! It's definitely on my bucket list to stay in the Stanley. I'm a lover of horror movies and books. The Shining has got to be my favorite horror movie. The psychological thrill of it totally gets me every time. Thank you for sharing your pictures from your visit there!