First things first, giving credit to ARCANEXIII3 on deviantART for the image I used for the blog header. See the full image here. I’m sorry for shamelessly stealing your work and posting it here, and hope you forgive me if you’re upset.
Anyway, who exactly is the Slender Man? It’s quite possible that many of you have never heard of him before. Well, the Slender Man is an unnaturally tall man (thought it tends to vary, he’s usually somewhere from 7’-12’ tall) with disproportionately long limbs in a business suit. He has no face, although some early sources claim he has indentations where the eyes should be. Though there is no real consensus, many believe that he has multiple limbs or tentacles of some sort.
Let me say something now before we get into the real information about good old Slendy: HE IS NOT REAL. He is terrifying, no doubt, but he is an entirely fictitious being.
How do we know he is fictitious? Well because he originated on the Something Awful forums, in a “Create Paranormal Photos” thread, in this post. He became popular very quickly, so he branched out of the thread and onto the rest of the Internet. Now, he has a “Know Your Meme” entry (even though I personally think that he has gone faaaaaaar beyond meme territory), a page on TV Tropes, and countless web series regarding him. Among the most famous of these are the YouTube accounts Marble Hornets, EverymanHYBRID, and Tribe Twelve, as well as the blogs Just Another Fool, Seeking Truth, and Dreams in Darkness. There are many more, but these are six of the most popular.
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.
So what is it that makes the Slender Man so popular? Why this Slendy madness? Well, I think that a large part of it is that he’s humanoid. While Cthulu is another memeticly scary creature, it’s much harder to believe in a giant monstrosity with a green tentacle-beard, and even harder to take him seriously after watching Pirates of the Caribbean. Honestly, I can’t imagine him as speaking in anything other than a Welch accent now. But the Slender Man is another matter. He may not be human, but he takes on a human appearance. The only things keeping him from looking like you or me is the height and the lack-of-a-face. He could be (and often is in web productions) just mistaken for a tall guy in a suit. Also, since he’s more human than Cthulu or other fictitious monsters, he falls squarely into the Uncanny Valley, that psychologically displeasing place between “not close enough to human” and “too close to human.”
Another reason he’s so intriguing is because so little is known about him. Well, that’s not exactly right. Everything about him is known, and easily findable. However, there’s little consensus on what is actually true. The Slender Man is fairly new, and the original post had little information on who exactly he is. As a result, his mythology is constantly being added to. Finding out what exactly which of these myths are “true” is actually the primary purpose of this blog. However, one aspect of him that is often agreed upon, and is part of what makes him so appealing, is this: he only exists when you’re thinking of him. The similarity of this to “The Game” (which I just lost, incidentally) is part of the attraction of this statement, but there’s something deeper: since he only exists when you think of him, his conception has actually given him existence. In an extension of that, it’s possible that everything people believe about him becomes true. Of course, as I mentioned before, he’s entirely fictitious, but it’s a paradox that does make a sort of logical sense. And finally, because he only exists when you think of him, it means that you could be anywhere at any time. Even
Nah, I’m just kidding. Can you imagine, though? There’s a reason I’m writing these in the middle of the day. Anyway, the next post will be about what exactly it is that the Slender Man does.
Edit: Appologies if the photo appears broken. I looked at it today and it was made up of bars and whatnot. Probably just sort of page glitch that I got; editing it here solved the problem.
Edit 2: Yeah, people are saying that they still see the barcodey image, so I’m replacing it with an identical one from another source. I think Something Awful must have some sort of redirect thing that links to that image when a Slender Man picture is linked to. Pretty clever, in my opinion. Anyway, this should work, and if not, then I think I’ll have a little bit of reason to be freaked out.
Edit 3: Found out why exactly it looked so glitchy…it was a message saying that the image could not be linked from the source, only stretched out to fit the picture size. Nothing supernatural at all!