There's never been a haunted house story quite like The Shining. When the Torrance family sign on as winter caretakers for the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, they know they're going to deal with a fair amount of cabin fever, but they're woefully unprepared for the spirits that roam the halls of the hotel.
The spirits in King's novel are horrifying and gruesome, but they're held in place by the Overlook. Not just a haunted hotel, the building and the very ground on which it's built have long been cursed. The history of the Overlook is rich with horrible mafia violence, underhanded dealings, and personal tragedy. Of course, this is all ficitonal, and the structure most people recognize as the Overlook is, in fact, Oregon's Timberline Lodge, where exteriors were filmed for Stanley Kubrick's adaptation.
The Shining and its multiple adaptations have given life to the Overlook time and time again, which makes tracing its history, the theories about the spirits inside, and its effects on those who lived within its walls both deeply troubling and fascinating.
Built In 1907, The Location Was Chosen For Its Seclusion And Beauty
In 1927, The Hotel Became A Top Destination For The Wealthy And Glamorous, Including Henry Ford
In 1945, There Was A Lavish Party In Which A Man In A Dog Costume Named Roger Was Slain
Horace M. Derwent 'Saved The Hotel' When He Bought It In The 1940sPhoto: The Shining (1997) / ABC
In 1963, High Country Investments Purchased The Hotel, But Horace Derwent Eventually Got A Controlling Interest Through Shady Practices
Derwent Had Dealings With The Mob, Who Used The Hotel To Conduct Illegal Business, Including Hits