The Slenderman

Slender man is arguably the biggest horror based Internet meme created so far. He was born from a 2009 Internet contest wherein the contestants were asked to create the best Photoshop compositions depicting something weird and or paranormal. From the mind of a contestant known as “Victor Surge” came, “The Slender Man”. The contest came and went but Slenderman lives on.

The concept of the Slenderman was introduced to me by the hugely popular YouTube channel “Marble Hornets”. This channel even went on to create a video on demand movie. For the most part, The Slenderman just seems to mentally torture his victims, much like an ongoing haunting. Taking this method of terror into account, it seems like the Slenderman is much like the Freddy Kruger character that haunts your dreams. However, there is a huge difference, as in the end, Freddy leaves you very much dead, in a pool of your own blood and viscera.

Probably the most disturbing aspect of the slenderman is its ties to a real life attempted murder when two 12-year-old females stabbed another one of their female classmates 19 times. The two girls lured her into the woods to commit the act, luckily, the girl was able to crawl to safety in spite of her wounds and she survived the attack. In court, the two girls claimed that they were afraid the slenderman would kill their families if they didn’t commit the murder. They were both diagnosed as mentally ill and claimed to have communication with the slenderman, one of the teenage mutant ninja turtles and Lord Voldemort.

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