Mystery ‘orb’ memories haunt The Shining
In 1974 King and his wife stayed at the majestic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The hotel was due to shut down for the winter season and the Kings were the only guests in the place, echoing round the long empty corridors and silent ballroom. By the time they checked out of Room 217 the next morning — Halloween - [Stephen] King had the bones of his chilling story.
I visited Estes Park 34 years later and decided to take my family to the Stanley Hotel.
Although Kubrick’s film was shot at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon (exteriors) and Elstree studios near London (interiors) the resemblance is uncanny.
Our guide told us the hotel was inhabited by a number of ghosts, sometimes appearing in photographs as balls of energy. The warning was met with a mixture of giggles and suspiciously raised eyebrows.
We were about to shuffle along another carpeted corridor when my wife gave a cry of surprise: “Look at this!”
We gathered round her camera to see an image of the staircase on which were three orbs of light — different sizes, different opacities, different to anything I’d ever seen before. They hadn’t appeared to the naked eye nor had they appeared on anyone else’s camera.