A look at the Stanley Hotel being converted into the first official horror museum
The hotel that inspired Stephen King’s 1977 The Shining’s, “Overlook Hotel”, is planning to transform itself into the first major horror-themed museum.
According to the Stanley Film Center, a production studio and film archive trying to create the museum, the hotel will have a plethora of exhibits on various horror films that currently circulate various countries annually.
The organization, headed by various A-list actors such as Simon Pegg and Elijah Wood, are currently asking the state of Colorado for a contribution of $11.5 million dollars to help pay for the approximate $24 million dollars in additions and renovations to the property. Despite the group’s eagerness around the hopeful hotel-horror museum, they have still not received the go-ahead from the state and are thus insecure about the future of the project.
The Stanley Hotel has an old history associated with ghost encounters and other experiences of the paranormal making it the ideal place for a horror museum. Of the many stories surrounding the hotel, it is perhaps Stephen King’s tale that has become the most infamous.
According to King, “I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in a chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”