The Shining and the Stanley Hotel

The first snow of the season hit Colorado in the wee early hours of the morning.  It’s always a bit of a shocker to go from shorts to gloves and snow shoes in the same week, but that is why I looooove Colorado!

RedrumSnow season always gets me in the mood for reading – think a good book, a cup of steaming hot cocoa with marshmallows, a fire, a cozy blanket, and quiet introspection!  Ah, Bliss!  The two times a year I love to grab a stockpile of good reading material is:

  1. The beginning of summer – nothing says beach bumming like old paperback mysteries and epic fantasy novels*!
  2. The middle of winter – when there’s nothing you’d rather do than curl up with a great book and try to stay warm!

The first novel that always crosses my mind in winter is “The Shining” by Stephen King.  I know I’ve talked about it before, but it really is one of my favorite go to scary books.  If you’ve only seen the movie (or the mini-series), please do yourself a favor and read King’s story.  It’s quite different in many respects than the Jack Nicholson flick, and a very good and quick read.  Plus, if you read it before September 24th, 2013 – you will be ready for the sequel (being written right now) called “Dr. Sleep”.

Doctor Sleep
Announcement Date: May 8th, 2012
Projected Release Date: September 24th, 2013
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Of course, talk of this ever popular book ALWAYS makes me think of The Stanley Hotel, which is as much of a snowy Colorado icon as the beloved Stephen King book and movie!

Fans of the Kubrick movie may also want to check out the new documentary Room 237 - I’m hearing GREAT things about this film!

In honor of all things snowy and Stanley related – I’d like to share this with you.  Enjoy!

The Ghost Hunters Investigate the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO
Part 1 of 5

Part 2 of 5

Part 3 of 5

Part 4 of 5

Part 5 of 5

*Note: Colorado is not by an ocean but we do have our swim beaches, big shout out to one of my favorite summer hang outs – Bear Creek Lake Park near Morrison, CO!

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