There are many urban legends throughout the history of mankind, and with the internet there are now even more that exist. Of these many urban legends Slenderman has become one of the most popular internet meme urban legends around. However, the question remains true to those who have not heard of him. Who is Slenderman?
Slenderman is considered to be very passive/aggressive with his victims. While he is said to be a torturing soul, he will stalk his victims by showing himself to them causing them to become mentally unstable. While he stalks his prey, he will stalk them for months to years at a time. His appearance has been subjected to change as the years have gone on but recently he is considered to be a tall, slender man who has long arms and no face. His clothing is only that of a single business-type suit, with no certainty of whether it is cloth or his skin.
The legends have varied through times from the early 1600s in Germany to now. In the first accounts it is said he will do things such as remove organs and place them into bags while impaling his victims on to trees. It is believed that Slenderman will also stalk his target down until caught and vanish off with them without a single trace of where they have gone. It is said that the modern version of his story will cause electronic equipment to malfunction by causing glitches in equipment.
Slenderman’s abilities are said to be slenderwalking, time travel, mind control, and a form of camouflage. He also has a high importance among children as its preferred prey. Slenderwalking is a form of teleportation that he possesses to avoid being seen or noticed by his victims. Through his usage of teleportation from location to location, Slenderman will find his victims and torture them mentally.
Through what is referred to as “slender sickness” he will cause the victim to become highly paranoid, nose bleeds, nightmares, as well as hallucinations. After a period of these symptoms, Slenderman will abduct his victim from any nearby forest where their death will become them. It is a legend that the victims would be impaled by the branches of a tree to bleed to death and then each organ is removed and put into the plastic bags.
Within the 1990s through 2010 many bloggers and students have claimed to have been stalked by Slenderman and have video recordings of these events and occurrences. Speculation of them being falsified or true stories has yet to be truly known.
To view some spooky and frightening Slenderman videos from Marble Hornets, visit their YouTube channel which has a mass majority of hits and views. For an extra spooky effect watch with the lights off.
While there has been much fun with Slenderman, I do condone any of the violence that has gone alongside of this legend. People, it is an urban legend and fiction. Please remember that, and have fun with things.