The Slender Man has grown an internet icon and has impacted on people, having been introduced in the video game Minecraft with the character of Enderman and developed video games by his own name, like Slender: The Eight Pages and its successor Slender: The Arrival. This creepy character has also seemed in a film named adaptation of Marble Hornets, where he was characterized by Doug Jones, and a Hollywood eponymous film, where he was depicted by Javier Botet.
Tales of the Slender Man typically feature him as a stalker, kidnaper, and traumatizing people, especially kids. He was not defined in a single description but emerged in various disparate works of fantasy, generally written online.
Origin Of The Slender Man:
Initially the word “Slender Man” came up was on 10th June 2009, on the fun web site SomethingAwful.com. Someone began a thread in a forum where discussions used to happen, where a Photoshop contest, was occurred by the name of “Create Paranormal Images.” Among the initial posts was one posted by the pseudonym “Victor Surge” later recognized as member Eric Knudsen, comprising of an old picture falsified to represent a tall, faceless human-like character with tentacle-like shoulders hiding in the darkness close to a kids’ playground.
Through conversations, and more edited pictures and created stories, other forum members created the details of the image known as Slender Man, his featureless face was almost fixed, he dressed up in a black suit. He kidnapped kids, and involve in their assassination, and mutilation.
Then shortly, users started associating that creepy character into history, they made Slender Man in hieroglyphs and faux 16th-century German woodcuts.
Slender Man Become An Internet Icon:
On 20th June 2009, After browsing the website Something Awful thread, Troy Wagner, and his friend, Joseph DeLage, students of film from the University of Alabama, created the first web series of Slender Man my the name of “Marble Hornets.”
Made with an ordinary home video camera and posted on YouTube, it starts with a film student discontinuing a project for unknown reasons. As his friend gets some footages, as it comes to be the evidence that Slender Man was chasing the filmmakers.
In the year after Slender Man was came to being; there were many web series, an untold number of stories, blogs, poems and drawings, and debates on other websites containing Unfiction, geared to gamers; CreepyPasta Wiki and 4Chan.
On October 2009, a video broadcasted by Fine Brothers Entertainment (FBE) by the name of “Teens React to Slenderman,” claims more than 23 million views. Benny Fine, who was a founder of FBE, likened the request of these videos to “going to movie theaters and seeing scary movies with your friends. Because it’s fun to all be scared together.”
In May 2015, a low-budget feature based on the web series is released by the name of “Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story“ Slender Man was role was played by Mr. Jones
In 2018 the movie by the name of “Slender Man” was broadcast.
Sylvain White, who was the director of the movie, said in a phone interview that “his first exposure to the character came through video games and a niece who once dressed as Slender Man for Halloween.”
The director Mr. White said, one of the objectives of the film, was to go back to the actual forum posts by Eric Knudsen, whom he described this, and create a version of “Slender Man” from there. “I really wanted to stay true to the original idea,”
Affect Of Fictional Character Slender Man On Teenagers:
In May 2014, two Wisconsin girls named Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were accused of stabbing their classmate Payton Leutner because they assumed that by doing this would excite the fictitious character and avoid him from victimizing their families.
The girls, who explained they discovered of Slender Man on the website Creepy Pasta, were just 12 years old at the time of the violation. Payton was stabbed 19 times and hardly got saved from the assault. In the reaction to the incident, Knudsen said, “I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act.”
In October 2019, Payton spoke out for the first time about the attack. “I’ve come to accept all of the scars that I have,” she said in an ABC interview. “It’s just a part of me. I don’t think much of them. They will probably go away and fade eventually.”
There has been a number of other crimes related to the imaginary Slender Man, mostly affecting young teens. After the Wisconsin stabbing, a 13-year-old Ohio girl assumed to be haunted with Slender Man, assaulted her mom with a knife. That same year, a 14-year-old girl from Florida reportedly set her house on fire after knowing about Slender Man.
In September 2018 tabloids are publishing Slender Man sightings, The Sun just published a report “Real Slender Man SPOTTED? Terrifying Footage Emerges as Man Goes Missing in Forest.”
The character might be dangerous, but the consequence of bogus news or fake urban-legend-inspired news is alarming.
Here is Knudsen explaining why the story took hype, even though the character was totally created:
“It differs from the prior concept of the urban legend in that it is on the internet, and this both helps and harms the status of the Slender Man as one. In my personal opinion, an urban legend requires an audience ignorant of the origin of the legend. It needs unverifiable third and fourth hand (or more) accounts to perpetuate the myth. On the internet, anyone is privy to its origins as evidenced by the very public thread. But what is funny is that despite this, it still spread.”
The creepy fictional character affects many teenagers. We hope our research will help you to find the real truth behind the slender man.