Written by Kerry E.B. Black
Slender Man calls to our consciences,
Sings to our souls.
Reveals what is wrong,
Finds us all fools.
In 2009, an internet forum called “Something Awful” asked for modern monsters, some say thereby creating “The Slenderman.” This being’s description continues to evolve. What began as an elongated man-like figure without a face has taken on other aspects. At first, it simply frightened witnesses by its inhuman proportions, but it exhibited no aggression. As the legend evolved, however, it took on new traits. Instead of looking spider or tree-like, it donned a suit and tie and stalked fog-swirled suburban streets. Any who see the creature are driven mad, affected by paranoid delusions, aggressive behavior, and haunted by thoughts of their own death.
Creepy Pasta posted horror stories about the Slender Man, and in spring of 2014, two Wisconson twelve year old girls grew obsessed. They lured a classmate, another twelve year old girl named Anissa Weier, into the woods for a game of Hide and Seek. Their premeditated plan, however, was to sacrifice Anissa and win favor with the Slender Man. In 2015, Eric Tremaine directed a horror flick starring the new urban folk figure. It features in video games, and an online forum provides a tutorial to create a Slender Man for Minecraft.
Among those interested in the paranormal, a prevailing theory exists about this creature. Slender Man is a kind of Tulpa or thought form brought to life by the belief of its followers. However, there is a universality to sinister shadows. Children have long imagined long arms reaching from beneath their beds to accost them. Tendrils of fog and the Gestault of primal places sends shivers. Teens’ active imaginations engage and accept the unreal before they can face true life terror.
Slender Man tends to reveal itself to the young, and a prevailing belief is the being abducts the “missing children” of our times. In our modern age, fear is often relinquished to childhood, to cinema, and literature. With the news reporting real-life horrors daily, many find a strange comfort in having a “boogie” to blame.