Stanley Hotel that inspired ‘The Shining’ plans to dig up pet cemetery

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The hotel that inspired Stephen King's novel The Shining is preparing to dig up a pet cemetery on the property, prompting complaints about noise and — more terrifying — warnings about disturbing spirits from believers of paranormal activity.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., markets its haunted history, describing lights flickering mysteriously, ghostly sightings and the voices of children who once stayed there echoing in the hallways, though its website says there are only "happy ghosts" at the Stanley.

Its fictional portrayal as the Overlook Hotel in The Shining suggests the hotel has a sinister influence on the winter caretaker, driving him to murderous insanity.

Now the hotel is digging up graves in its pet cemetery and moving them to build a pavilion for weddings and corporate events, according to the Coloradoan.

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In fact, neighbours seem to be more concerned about losing a historic site and dealing with noisy construction than seeing ghostly apparitions of pet cats and iguanas. But the Coloradoan interviewed a local psychic, Rosemary McArthur, who said moving the dead pets could anger the spirits of their former owners if they're dead too.

Conveniently, McArthur told the Coloradoan the builders should bring in a psychic to prevent any paranormal disruptions.

This month, King released a sequel to The Shining, entitled Doctor Sleep, which follows up on the life of Danny Torrance, the little boy with a supernatural power from the first novel.

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