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Some time ago, The Internet, after its inscrutable method, created a creature most foul indeed. It is something of a modern-day bogey-man, a folk tale meant only for terrifying and bewildering those who hear or read it. But these harmless tales might not be so harmless after all. Some would tell you the story has taken on a life of its own...

 

I speak, of course, of the Slender Man.

 

Every story about it raises more questions. Theory after Mulderian theory is offered up, attempting to explain who it is, or what it is, or why it is... To no avail.

 

 

 

 

 

Is anyone else familiar with the Slender Man? The first I read about it, I found it interesting, intriguing. But then I started looking at more and more material about it -- the "Marble Hornets" series in particular -- and those feelings turned to terror. Actual, legitimate terror.

 

The kind of terror where I wake up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat, my eyes clenched shut, but I don't dare move, don't even dare open my eyes, because I just know that it is lurking in the corner of my room, watching over me with its faceless gaze. Waiting for me to wake.

 

But then I reach the end of my archive binge, and have to wait for the next video update. I gradually get better. I can sleep normally again. For a while, at least.

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No, I haven't heard of this "Slender Man," though I may now go and look it up when I get some free time. But if you'd like, you could certainly fill me (and anyone else like me) in on some of the details. It sounds intriguing, and yet utterly strange.

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Due to the nature of the Slender Man (having been created on the internet and then having stories built around it by several, independent people and groups) its traits are somewhat difficult to pin down absolutely.

I suppose I'll begin with a physical description. At first it will simply look like an ordinary person. A man, tall and thin. Bald. Dressed in a black business suit. It's usually seen in the distance, or the background of photographs. If you look closer, find something against which you can scale it, you'll find that it could not be human. It is impossibly thin and tall. Tall enough to have to stoop to pass through an ordinary doorway, with long, lanky limbs. And if you get close enough, you'll surely notice its face. I believe the original story said that its face appeared different to each person, or it had a different face each time you looked at it. Now it seems to be agreed by all that it actually has no face. None at all, just smooth, bare skin.

 

The Slender Man has displayed a variety of "powers" or abilities. Which abilities it shows tend to vary depending on which blog you read or which video you watch. Most commonly, it is known to cause insomnia, amnesia (to varying degrees), paranoia, and outright insanity. The method it uses to cause these is unknown, perhaps some psychic abilities, maybe people just go mad with fright. It is also known to "hypnotize" people. By raising its arms, as though asking for a hug, it can compel people to walk towards it. Perhaps related, some people also begin to serve the Slender Man, acting almost as mindless drones often known as "proxies".

 

On the more physical side, the Slender Man is sometimes able to extent and contort its limbs, allowing it to grab or entangle prey, or enemies. It has also been known to grow additional limbs from its back and sides. Sometimes it uses these extra limbs to walk about on, leaving its body to dangle freely off the ground. A form of rapid movement, or maybe teleportation, is also seen. Curiously, it tends to not use this ability when directly observed, either by eye or camera, leading some to believe it has "quantum properties" or something of that ilk.

 

It also has a sort of passive ability. Anyone exposed to its presence tends to experience coughing and weakness, and electronic media (such as videos) often experience audio and/or video distortions.

 

People or places that accumulate knowledge of the Slender Man tend to turn up dead or destroyed. The first time a page was made about it on Wikipedia it was taken down, which could be (and was) seen as rather creepy.

 

I could go on, but for now a couple links will suffice:

This page contains the (I believe) photos and information from the original post on the Something Awful boards. And probably a bit more.

 

This is a list of most of the better known Slender-blogs.

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That... sounds very freaky. I don't know if I should explore this in depth, or leave this topic and never read it again. I'm a person of science, and I don't accept superstitions easily. Still, creepy is creepy.

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I've heard hushed whispers of this from people who have gotten really into it. I was encouraged to just stay away if I enjoy sleeping peacefully. Of course something like that only make me more interested it. It'll probably get the better of me and I'll end up checking it out.

 

>_>

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At first, when I was just reading about the whole thing, I found the concept just interesting. Then I started watching the Marble Hornets series. My interest grew, and then it grew into apprehension, and then into fear, and then into terror. Now, whenever a new video is posted, I click play and in the back of my head I have "why am I still watching this why am I still watching this why am I still watching this" running in a loop.

 

Marble Hornets is the only "Slender Blog" I've really gotten into. It makes very good use of the concept of "nothing is scarier", letting your imagination run wild and do its own thing, but the videos actually featuring the Slender Man are even more terrifying.

I began "EverymanHYBRID", but it never really hooked me.

 

Anyways, continuing with your Slender Lesson:

 

The Slender Man's preferred method is to stalk its subjects (or prey?) for long periods of time. Sometimes very long, like childhood through college. What exactly it does to these people isn't always clear. There have been mentions of dismemberments. I've heard a tale of someone being found and it seemed each internal organ had been removed separately, wrapped in some kind of film, and then put back into the body cavity. Some people have been impaled on tree branches, or sometimes on entire trees. It seems like these more violent attacks are usually towards people who are actively trying to interfere with whatever it is the Slender Man is doing, as the stalking and driving people insane seems far more prevalent.

 

There are at least two surefire ways of attracting the attention of the Slender Man. First, if you enter its "home" which usually seems to be a forest, where it blends in with the trees due to its spindly appearance. Second, investigating the Slender Man. This, of course, means that anyone who reads or watches these Slender Blogs is liable to become another victim.

 

Finally, due to its nebulous nature, many, many theories have arisen as to what it is or where it comes from. It could be an alien, a demon, an extra-dimensional being. Because of its seeming affinity for forests some say it is a form of dryad. Some say it evolved from trees.

 

A wonderful (and terrifying) theory is that the Slender Man is a Tulpa, sometimes called a Thoughtform. Basically, it started as just a story, but then the collective thoughts of everyone who became embroiled in the mythos gave actual form to the Slender Man. This leads to a spin-off theory that because of the many different versions of Slender Man stories that are now various Slender Men. Opposingly, some say that only one Slender Man was created and the myriad interpretations are actually destabilizing it, or even tearing it apart.

 

It has also been compared to various creatures from popular culture. It could be related to the Gentlemen from Buffy, or the Silence or the Flesh, both from Doctor Who. Maybe it is Anonymous from message boards. Or it could be a Myrddraal from The Wheel of Time. Or an Observer from Fringe.

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>_> I have a feeling Bravo may be a Redditor.

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Oh nothing, never mind.

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