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The Overlook Hotel was a secluded hotel located in the Rocky Mountains. During its history it was the sight of many unsavory activities, including suicides, gangland hits, and many suspicious changes of ownership, yet the hotel remained a luxurious destination known for its sumptuous grounds and spectacular mountain view. 

The Overlook was destroyed when the hotel's winter caretaker, Jack Torrance, allowed the outmoded boiler to go untended until it exploded, burning the Overlook to the ground. Jack's wife Wendy and his son Danny Torrance, along with hotel cook Dick Halloran, were the only survivors of the destruction.

Years later, Andrew Pomeroy, an amateur painter, was employed by a magazine to sketch the ruins of the hotel. Pomeroy disappeared during the assignment.

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