Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard the stories about a creature known as The Slender Man.
He looks like a man, but he’s very tall – some say up to 8 feet – with elongated, stick-thin arms and legs. Some art depicts him with black tentacles that protrude from his back which he can retract at will. His face is blank and featureless, almost as though it is covered by a thin veil, and he’s always wearing a black or pinstripe suit with coattails and sometimes a bowler or top hat. He appears to float around rather than walk, which suggests the possibility of him being an ethereal being rather than a creature or a man, and it’s said that he can materialize in any place. According to the stories, he lives in the woods and stalks children, although what his motives are remain a mystery.
The elusive Slender Man might not be real, but his influence on popular culture can’t be ignored – he’s an extremely popular figure especially with children and impressionable teenagers. But where does he come from? Here are 15 creepy facts about Slender Man that you might not want to read right before bedtime…
15 We Don’t Know What Happens To His Victims
14 The Inspiration For The Slender Man
13 He’s Been Compared To A Fairy (No, Really)
12 Is It Dangerous To Research The Slender Man?
11 What He Wants From His Victims
10 Some People Believe He’s 100% Real
9 The Slender Man Stabbing
On the 31st of May 2014, two twelve-year-old girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, lured their friend Payton Leutner into the woods and stabbed her multiple times with a kitchen knife before leaving her for dead. Thankfully she managed to crawl to a nearby road and was rescued by a passing cyclist. When police found the girls they said that they had tried to kill her in an attempt to appease the Slender Man, adding that they needed to make a sacrifice to him in order to keep themselves and their families safe. They had become obsessed with the story of Slender Man after reading stories about him on the Creepypasta website. Payton managed to make a full recovery and Geyser and Weier were both found not guilty by reason of mental disease and ordered to receive treatment in a mental hospital.
8 Who Created The Slender Man?
7 Sony Is Planning A Slender Man Movie
There have already been several independent films made about Slender Man and in 2016 Sony Pictures subsidiary Screen Gems announced that they had partnered with Mythology Entertainment to bring a Slender Man film into theatres within the next few years.
6 The Teenager Who Tried To Burn Her Family After Becoming Obsessed With Slender Man
5 Is Slender Man The Suicide Spirit?
4 Slender Man As A Modern Urban Legend
The Slender Man, also known as Slendy to his fans, is, at his core, a modern urban legend. The message is that a child should take care when walking alone in the woods because the Slender Man could steal them away. In today’s world, we barely let children out of our sight for fear of real human predators, so it’s no wonder that Slender Man caught our attention. He’s a manifestation of our real fears.
3 There Might Be Evidence Of Slender Man In Ancient Stories
2 Is Slender Man Stalking YOU? Here Are The Signs:
1 Marble Hornets' Influence On Slender Man Mythos
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