America’s Most Heteronormative Ghost April 8, 2009Posted by Onely in Heteronormativity.
Tags: estes park, living in sin, single hotel guests, stanley hotel, stanley hotel ghost tour, stanley hotel room 217, stephen king, the shining
Some say the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is the most haunted building in America. My sister and I took a ghost tour there last weekend, and it’s definitely spooky, even though I think they have changed the color of the wainscotting since filming Stephen King’s The Shining there some years ago.
Our tour guide, a dynamic woman wearing a poofy black dress and calling herself “Scary Mary” (she could pull it off (the name, not the dress) ) told us about the spirit children singing London Bridge on the fourth floor, the piano in the ballroom that plays by itself, the ghostly maintenance men crawling around under the pipes, and about the head chambermaid loyal to the Stanleys for over a hundred years: Mrs. Wilson in the famous Room 217, where King wrote his book.
Scary Mary described Mrs. Wilson as “a Victorian lady–imagine that high collar, very prim and proper.” If Mrs. Wilson likes a guest, she unpacks their luggage in neat piles. If she doesn’t like the guest, she throws their belongings higglety-pigglety. No word on whether Mrs. Wilson exploded Stephen King’s luggage or not, but Scary Mary did have this tidbit to impart:
If you’re going to stay in Room 217, please, please be a married couple. If you’re not married, Mrs. Wilson will lie down between you.
But if you’re an unmarried couple who is into that sort of thing, then by all means, spend the night in Room 217.
I stress that our guide Scary Mary was not preaching against unmarried couples–she was just giving them a heads-up about Mrs. Wilson’s proclivities.
Copious Readers, don’t you think this is a definite case of unmarrieds having an advantage over marrieds? After all, the only reason anyone ever stays in Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel is to experience ghostliness, and it seems that people living in sin really rile Mrs. Wilson’s ectoplasm. Of course, we might also have to refold our negligees multiple times, but that’s a small price to pay for a paranormal experience, or?