October 30, 1974: Stephen King passes a night in the empty Stanley Hotel, Colorado

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1974Stephen King and his wife check in without reservations at the Stanley Hotel, Colorado. The hotel is eerily empty, as it is about to close for the off season the next day.

They dine alone in the guest room, wander through the long corridors, only to discover that they’ve been assigned to the Room 217… which is said to be haunted.

The concept and setting of ‘The Shining’, originally conceived as a play, are born.

1977 – The novel featuring Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel, is published in January by Doubleday.

1980 - Stanley Kubrick releases the film adaptation of The Shining, co-written by Diane Johnson, featuring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.
The film will grow to become a classic, despite Stephen King’s initial dissatisfaction with the movie, which downplays supernatural elements and some components of the novel.

1997The Shining is adapted into a miniseries for ABC, filmed in the Stanley Hotel, supervised by King himself.

2013 – Stephen King releases ‘Doctor Sleep’, a sequel of The Shining.



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