Howdy, folks. This is the first post I’ve written expressly for misterio press blog, and I’m excited to share it.
Today, we’re going to be talking about an Urban Myth called Slenderman. The unique thing about Slenderman is that he got his start online. Every evolution of him can be traced back to something that originally appeared in cyberspace.
Before we start, let me make one thing clear. This article is not intended as a definitive post on this topic. It’s merely a starting point for those brave enough to venture into the world of Slenderman.
The best way to introduce y’all to Slenderman is to share the experience of someone who saw him:
As to personal stories, when I was four or five, we were driving home from my grandparents’ house through a dark part of the city. I saw a tall, slender man walking toward the car as we rolled slowly by. He looked eerie to me so caught my attention. As we came parallel to him, he happened to enter the glow of a streetcorner light and I saw that his face was like ashes. It looked as if it would crumble at a touch, all dark grey, wrinkled, and papery. I was startled and said, “Mummy, look at that man.” She craned around and said, “What man?” He was gone. No sign of him. Had he merely turned the corner we would still have seen him. No idea what that was but it fits the meme.
~By Gene Stewart
Who is Slenderman?
This is a list of Slenderman descriptions I’ve collected:
- Unnaturally tall and thin figure who wears a suit and has no facial features
- A fairy from the Black Forest
- A boogeyman who lives in the woods
- A shapeshifter who assumes the form of trusted adults to lure his victims (usually children)
What Does He Do?
The following is a list of Slenderman’s interactions with his victims:
- Can extend his arms (tendrils, tentacles) to trap his victims
- Able to appear and disappear at will (teleport)
- Has the ability to brainwash his victims and control their actions
- Kidnaps children
- Starts fires
- Causes sickness
- Mutilates victims
Slenderman began on The Something Awful Forms in this 2009 thread as “paranormal pictures” contest. Forum users posted photos to which they had added supernatural images. A user named Victor Surge posted the following two images with accompanying captions.
Picture Number One:
We didn’t want to go, we didn’t want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time
~ 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.
One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as The Slender Man. Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence.
~1986, photographer: Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.
These two images and their accompanying captions spawned all sorts of discussion and stories. The idea of Slenderman later morphed into fiction, videos, and video games.
Creepypasta, a website where readers are invited to contribute creepy, shocking stories, has a whole sub-genre of scary stories which center on Slenderman. Click here for the Creepypasta Slenderman Tag.
Slenderman for IOS(The linked game is one of several. Go to the iTunes Store and do a search on “Slenderman” to see what I mean.)
The Slenderman phenomenon/story morphed into a You Tube Video series called Marble Hornet.
The story on which the You Tube videos is based is that of Alex Kralie. A film student, Alex stumbled on “something troubling” while shooting his first full length project Marble Hornets. Click here to read a longer version of this story.
If you just want to watch the videos, go to the You Tube Channel for Marble Hornets.
There is an Irish Slenderman Documentary on You Tube. Click here for Part 1 of 5.Look for subsequent installments in the “recommended videos” section.
Mythology from all over the world seems to support the existence of Slenderman (or something like him). Here are two of my favorites:
Der Ritter or “The Knight” — Germany
This is a 16th century woodcut by Hans Freckenberg. The woodcut was re-discovered inÊHalstberg Castle in 1883.
“The Faceless One” — Wales
Hush, thy childe, do not stray far from the path,
or The Faceless One shall steal you away to Fairieland.
He preys on sinful and defiant souls,
and lurks within the woods.
He has hands of ebony branches,
and a touch as soft as silk.
Fear The Faceless One thy childe,
for he shall take you to a dark place.
And what shall become of thou?
Noone knows, so be good, thy little one-
Alas! He is here to take thou away!
This lullaby dates back to the 18th century. Like many lullabies of the time, it was didactic in nature, intended to teach children not to go near the forest.
Have you ever heard of Slenderman? Ever seen him? Tell us about it in the comments section.
Special thanks goes to Gene Colwell. He gave me more information on Slenderman than I dreamed possible.
Special thanks to Gene Stewart for providing an “up close and personal” experience with Slenderman.
Posted by Catie Rhodes. Catie is the gal your mama warned you about, the one who cusses a lot and never washes her hands after petting the dog. She’s the author of Forever Road, Book 1 in the Peri Jean Mace paranormal mystery series. Peri Jean sees ghosts, a talent she often wishes she did NOT possess.
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