With enough imagination, you can spot ghosts anywhere, especially if you happen to be walking along a dimly lit corridor. Things get even more paranormal if said corridor belongs to the Stanley Hotel, the very hotel that was the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining and Stanley Kubrick's movie adaptation starring Jack Nicholson. You know, that one:
'I Think I May Have Captured A Ghost'
When Henry Yau, who describes himself as "publicist and spokesman for America's No. 1 Children's Museum" (the Children's Museum of Houston, TX), visited Stanley Hotel, he unknowingly made a chilling encounter. He first posted the above picture of the grand staircase at night, followed by a darker one:
You can't miss the figure at the top of the staircase.
Ghost Or Real Visitor?
Some ghost fans were quick to denounce a hoax, saying this woman could be just another visitor of the hotel and the lighting conditions made it appear as a ghost.
But talking to 9News, paranormal expert Kevin Sampron pointed out that the picture was not only photoshop-free, you could also spot a child's head to the left of the woman, peaking out above the railing.
"We probably rule out about 95% of what people think are paranormal or ghosts. Most of the time there's a natural cause for something. This could be a legitimate ghost, as far as we can tell."
The Hotel Has 'Eternal Guests'
The hotel's website itself dedicates a section to the guests haunting the property:
Chief amongst the hotel's eternal guests are F.O. and Flora Stanley who continue to go about the business of running their beloved establishment as though they were still alive; 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.
So, ghost or not? In any case, it's always terrifyingly exciting to spot a shadow in such an iconic place for horror fiction as the hotel that inspired The Shining.