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The Kali Krew Presents: Horrific Hotels

Hotels are creepy places. From five star luxury establishments to the seedy rundown motel down the road they all have the same things in common. They’re a temporary place. A liminal place on your point from one destination to the other. Many people have stayed in that same room. Loved, argued, and died there. No matter how luxurious they are they are impersonal, temporary places.

Below is the Kali Krew’s list of Horrific Hotels in books, movies, games and even a couple of songs.

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This week’s list was suggested by JB Rockwell!

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The Devil’s Dreamland by Sarah Tantlinger

Chosen by Gracie

Book cover for The Devil's Dreamland by Sara Tantlinger

Check out Gracie’s review of The Devil’s Dreamland

The Hungry Ones by Chris Sorenson

Chosen by Tracy

Check out Tracy’s review The Hungry Ones

The Nightly Disease by Max Booth III

Chosen by Brian

Prince of Nightmares by John McNee

Chosen by Lilyn

Check out Lilyn’s review Prince of Nightmares

The Summer Job by Adam Cesare

Chosen by Tracy

The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James

Chosen by Gracie

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Chosen by Gracie and Tracy

American Horror Story: Hotel

Chosen by Tracy

Bad Times at the El Royale

Chosen by JB Rockwell

Bates Motel

Chosen by Tracy

Black Mirror: Crocodile

Chosen by Tracy


Chosen by Olly

Hotel Artemis

Chosen by JB Rockwell


Chosen by Shawn


Chosen by Sam

The Shining

Chosen by Tracy


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Songs and Games

Hotel California by The Eagles

Chosen by Bill

“Last thing I remember
I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax”, said the night man
“We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave”

Room 24 by Volbeat

Chosen by Gracie

“See the old hag sitting over me
The smell of rotten breath and blasphemy
No way out only darkness here
Feel my eyes filling up with fear
Will someone hear me crying out for help in room 24
In room 24, in room 24″

Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Chosen by Gracie

Rusty Lake Hotel

Chosen by Gracie

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  1. Ooooh, I love this list! I never get tired of a spooky hotel setting. And hell yes to the Rusty Lake Hotel recommendation – I loved that game!

  2. Two come to mind: the Gilman House in Innsmouth, featuring human-DeepOne hybrids stalking our narrator, in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Over Innsmouth;” and “Cabin 33,” which sort of qualifies (as a cabin at a resort hotel), in a vampire story written by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro in 1980.

    • I can’t believe I didn’t think of the Innsmouth one! I also just listened to Room 13 by M.R. James but I didn’t even think of it for the list. I did consider the movie Horror Hotel but cut it in favour of the song Room 24

      • Argh! I glanced at my M.R. James volumes before I wrote my comment, but didn’t open them! So I missed “Room 13.” Sigh.

  3. Not sure the lyrics fit, but I love Chris Isaaks’s ‘Blue Hotel’.

    • I’ll have to check that song out, thank you!

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