Scary bear walks through ‘The Shining hotel’ which inspired Stephen King’s novel

A huge bear was spotted wandering through the halls of the hotel which inspired Stephen King to write horror classic The Shining.

A terrified clerk working the overnight shift at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado witnessed the unusual visitor early on Thursday.

The bear managed to open the hotel’s front door and walk into the lobby while roughly 300 guests were asleep.

The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s horror novel, The Shining, which was made into a movie in 1980 by Stanley Kubrick .


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It’s part of being in the Rocky Mountains, we do have a hotel next to a National Park… wildlife is part of the gig,” hotel vice-president Reed Rowley told KCNC .

“The bears up here are super clever and once in a while they do figure out a way to poke their heads in.”

Rowley said the employee at the front desk was the only person in the room and calmly filmed the bear as it poked around the lobby, KWGN reported.

The animal climbed over furniture but did not inflict any damage, the television station reported.



Rowley told KCNC that hotel officials are working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to keep hotel customers safe.

“We want to be really respectful of the wildlife up here,” Rowley told KCNC. “The last thing we want is for any guest to have an encounter with a bear.”

Horror classic The Shining, released in 1980, features a scene where a man in a bear suit is seen in a compromising position by a terrified Shelley Duvall as she flees murderous Jack Nicholson.

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