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Ghostly image captured at the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for 'The Shining'

A visitor to the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining," captured a ghostly image taken in the lobby.
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The Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining" may have an extra guest who will be staying for eternity.

Houston man Henry Yau, a recent visitor to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, took a panoramic photo of the stairwell and lobby that had him thinking he may have found a ghost at the famously spooky place.

When King and his wife visited in 1973, King claimed that they found their suitcases and clothes put away after leaving the room, according to the SyFy series Ghost Hunters, which filmed an episode at the Stanley Hotel. The stay inspired King to write "The Shining" about a writer who slowly descends into murderous madness in a secluded mountain hotel while staying with his family, which then became the iconic movie starring Jack Nicholson.

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Yau, who did not return a phone message from seeking comment, may have captured more than one ghost on camera, according to an expert.

"When we blew up the picture, we immediately saw a second anomaly just to the left of the first figure," Kevin Sampron of SPIRIT Paranormal Investigations in Denver told NBC affiliate KUSA. "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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The picture does not appear to be Photoshopped or manipulated in any way, according to Sampron.

"This could be a legitimate ghost, as far as we can tell," Sampron said.

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The remote hotel opened in 1909, and the ghosts of original owners F.O. and Flora Stanley are said to still be in the building, according to the hotel's website.

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"Flora’s antique Steinway can be heard playing in the dead of night, and Mr. Stanley has been captured in photographs surveying the goings-on in the Billiards Room, once his favorite place,'' according to the description on the hotel's site.

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