Hotel That Inspired The Shining Plans to Dig Up Its Pet CemeteryS

An old pet cemetery resting on the grounds of the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining will soon be dug up to make room for a "wedding and corporate retreat pavilion."

Residents of the historic district adjacent to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, are worried about the project — but not for the reasons they should be.

The most common complaint from neighbors concerns the noise likely to be generated by the excavation.

Meanwhile, one local psychic with a head on her shoulders, was practically the only one to point out that maybe it's not the best idea to disturb a bunch of pet graves on the property of the hotel that was not only the inspiration for one of the most terrifying horror novels of all time, but also the set of the book's miniseries adaptation.

From the Fort Collins Coloradoan:

"Stirring up the bones of the dead" could kick a hornet's nest of paranormal unrest, said a local psychic medium. And she's not just talking about ghost dogs.

Construction accidents, delays and burst pipes could plague the project if spirits stuck "between this world and the other world" are disturbed, said Rosemary McArthur, known as "The Celtic Lady," who lives in Estes Park and was featured as a dog psychic on Animal Planet's "Pit Boss." Such troubles could be avoided if a psychic comes to help those animals make the transition, she said.

The Stanley won't be hiring a psychic, but they did promise to hire employees of a local cemetery to make sure the move doesn't result in, say, a portal to Hell opening up beneath the town.

As Hotel Chatter points out, this isn't the same pet cemetery that inspired King's Pet Sematary, but with excavation practically scheduled for Halloween, Estes Park better hope some creepy clown doesn't suddenly show up.

[photos via Find A Grave]