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Bear visits Colorado hotel behind Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’

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Bear wanders in ‘The Shining’ hotel in Colorado

Bear surprised staff at the Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King’s ‘The Shining.’

Did this bear’s appearance in a Colorado lobby of the hotel make for a spooky face?

The animal last week found its way to the Stanley Hotel — which once inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining,” Fox 31 reported.

The hotel vice president, Reed Rowley, told the station that the incident unfolded early Thursday morning.

A reception supervisor recorded video of the hull, which took place 300 guests were in a deep sleep, the station reports.

“Late night visitor of the wildside, visit our lobby of the hotel. We make an exception to the rule about jumping on the furniture,” the hotel wrote on Facebook Thursday.

The bear apparently figured out how to pry open the lobby door, the report said, adding that nothing was damaged.

King called up to spend a night in the Estes Park hotel with his wife Tabitha.

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“We were the only guests, as it turned out the next day that they were planning to close the place for the winter,” the author wrote on his website, describing their September 1974 stay. “Walking through the corridors, I thought that it seemed to be the perfect—maybe the archetypal—setting for a ghost story.”

King said: “That night I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating, within one inch of the fall out of bed.”

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He continued, “I stood up, lit a cigarette, sat in the chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book stuck in my mind.”

“The Shining” was later published in 1977.

Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall later played in the 1980 big-screen adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was not shot in the hotel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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