Chris Marrs and I had the pleasure of attending a horror writer’s retreat at the Hotel Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado.
The retreat, created by RJ Cavender and sponsored by Dark Regions Press, brought together more than 50 writers to enjoy shop talk, panoramic views of the Rockies, a lot of beer, and inspiration by one of America’s most interesting historic (and supposedly haunted) hotels.
The Stanley was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley (who created the Stanley Steamer) on July 4, 1909, and catered to a rich clientele.
In 1973, Stephen and Tabitha King stayed a single night there, and as it turned out, they were the only guests that night. That night at the Stanley inspired him to write THE SHINING.
The hotel has a terrific atmosphere. Chris and I had a fantastic time connecting with friends like Jack Ketchum, Rena Mason and RJ Cavender while making new friends such as Josh Mallerman, Trent Zelazny, Chris Morey, Boyd Harris and many others.