The Slender Man Mythos
Something Awful This Way Comes...
Who is the Slender Man?
Well, he's a sharp dressed individual. He wears a black suit; black trousers, black jacket. White shirt. Tie. All of this extremely well-tailored, I'm sure.
He's a tall fellow too. Perhaps somewhere between seven and seventeen feet tall.
As his name suggests, he's also quite trim. There's no point in trying to lock him out, I would suppose he's slim enough to find entrance somewhere.
He's quite tactful. There's never a sour expression from this gent. He has no face to pull or eyes to roll.
He's very good with children; with long arms and tentacle appendages a-plenty to sweep them up into great big hugs.
His favorite haunts include playgrounds, long foggy roads at night, and the places where your eyes don't go. He already knows all about you, so let's learn a little more about him...
The Slender Man is the internet's very own urban legend. Something Awful user Victor Surge posted the first pictures of Slender Man in a thread entitled, Create Paranormal Images - You might have noticed that ol' Slendy bares a certain resemblance to the Tall Man from the horror flick, Phantasm. This is why.
From there, the legend took off; gaining popularity as an internet meme. With origins so clear cut, it's hard to be afraid of the Slender Man, isn't it? Kind of. Until you hear about the sightings. Until you hear about that impossibly tall man a friend of a friend spotted standing on the roadside on her way home from work. That's when you start to wonder if it isn't belief in the Slender Man that makes him real.
Do You Want To Play a Game?
Alternate Reality Game (ARG): an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected by participants' ideas or actions.
The Slender Man has several of these games. The most popular of the lot is most certainly Marble Hornets, an ARG composed primarily of YouTube videos. These videos follow the plight of Jay, amateur film-maker extraordinaire.
Jay acquires quite a few tapes worth of raw footage from friend, Alex Kralie's student film Marble Hornets. When Jays asks what he should do with this tapes, Alex replies, "Burn them." It isn't until years later, that Jay takes a look into those tapes and discovers the real reason Alex abandoned his film.
The Slender Man, of course. And it isn't long before he takes a notice in Jay as well.
So, Have You Seen the Slender Man?
Sightings are piling up. Sometimes it's merely the sight of Slender Man photo-manipulation that reminds people of that tall fellow who stood for hours at the edge of their lawn. Sometimes it's being unable to get such a popular meme out of your head; feeling as if you're being watched, catching only glimpses of the long black tendrils retreating off somewhere behind you.
My favorite off-shoot of the legend is perhaps sightings of entities called "Travelers". Long-legged, impossibly tall men who stand on the side of roads, looking for a ride. As you drive by they use their long legs to walk along-side you, peering in the windows, imploring you to stop and let them in.
Is the Slender Man real? Who knows? I for one, always carry around an extra $20 just in case.