|Photo Credited to Shadowhaze (Does anyone use their real name anymore?)|
"Slender sickness" causing massive paranoia, nose bleeds, nightmares, hallucinations... and other dangerous symptoms." He stalks his prey relentlessly, appearing on their visual periphery for days, even months. The victims either go mad or succumb to his hypnotic beckoning, impaled on his arms and taken away to oblivion. His presence disrupts electronic equipment, but videos and films of him have been recorded.
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the creepiest photo of Slenderman.
The internet may both enable and destroy this urban legend. When the pictures and videos go viral, they lose their source credits, lending them authenticity or at least a perceived acceptance. A quick search for "Slender Man", however, shows the humble fictional origins of the creature. Victor Surge created Slenderman in 2009 for a contest on the Something Awful forum. Does his near term origin make Slenderman more or less threatening?
The character has certainly caught on, spawning Alternate Reality Games, viral videos, a song (by Sable), a book, multiple sightings, and even an iPhone app game (by Rory Harvey). If the terrible films "Intruders" and "The Tall Man" are any indication, there's probably a movie in it for someone, one more shaky-cam POV for the lexicon.
What do you think? Will Slenderman survive in our pop culture or drift into that great internet obscurity? Just a moment, my television and lights are going haywire. I'm going to look out the window and see what's wrong. Be right back...