In 1974 Stephen King checked into the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The experience spooked him pretty good (hard to do for one of the greatest horror writers of all time), and he was inspired to write The Shining as a result. Well, turns out King had pretty good reason to be spooked.

A man who lives in Houston visited the Stanley Hotel recently and was taking some pictures of the location, as tourists tend to do. However, one of his photos spooked him. Take a look:

By golly! I think I may have captured a #ghost at #StanleyHotel. #EstesPark

A photo posted by Henry Yau (@ares415) on

Henry Yau, who took the photo, told KPRC in Houston that he didn’t notice anything on the staircase when he snapped it. It was only afterwards that ne noticed the strange figure at the top.

KHOU also asked a paranormal investigator to examine the picture. Their “expert” determined that not only is the figure at the top of the staircase a ghost, but there’s actually a second ghost behind that one as well.

A different paranormal expert, Kevin Sampron from SPIRIT Paranormal Investigations in Denver, told a NBC affiliate, “When we blew up the picture, we immediately saw a second anomaly just to the left of the first figure. To us it looks like the first figure is a lady dressed in black and to the left of her it looks like a child.”

Personally, I think this would be a little more convincing with some video proof. That could just be a person wearing a costume. Consider me unconvinced.

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Joseph Misulonas is the Girls co-editor for He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.