iPhone camera quirk or spirit world communiqué – you decide

By Alex Heigl
Updated April 19, 2016 01:45 PM

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, has been called “the most haunted place in America.”

Aside from inspiring Stephen King to write The Shining, it’s apparently built on a foundation of quartz that purportedly attracts all kind of spirit activity, the latest of which has been allegedly captured on camera by hotel guest Henry Yau.

Yau was walking around the hotel after dinner snapping photos when he took a picture of the Stanley’s famous lobby, apparently capturing a woman dressed in period clothing standing to the left of the stairwell.

Yau says he waited until the area was empty to take a picture and one paranormal investigator has weighed in, claiming that the picture shows not one, but two ghosts – the other a child to the left of the woman.

In an interview with Colorado’s 9News, Yau said, “I’m terrified of ghosts. I’ve always been superstitious…This has completely solidified my beliefs about ghosts.”

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“When I was taking this photo, there was nobody there,” he added. “I didn’t feel anything abnormal. It wasn’t until the next morning when i realized this figure was in the photo.”

As for the fact that people have pointed out more than one figure in the snap, Yau said: “That gave me the chills!”

Researcher Kenny Biddle of the Geeks & Ghosts podcast chalks the image up to the “panorama” feature on Yau’s phone, which takes photos over the course of several seconds rather than instantly, and would allow for guests not present at the initial moment to show up as ghostly apparitions.

Indeed, an entire blog, “Panorama Fail,” is dedicated to otherworldly glitches caused by the feature. As per usual, it probably depends on what you’re predisposed to believe.

We know where King would fall, at least.