The Slender Man is a thin, unnaturally tall man with a featureless face, wearing a black suit. Dark internet stories known as “creepypastas” are passed around, with many following the theme of him stalking, abducting or traumatizing people, especially young children.
HBO have finally released the first trailer for their new documentary Beware the Slenderman, which will premiere on the cable network January 23, 2017. The shock documentary will shed more light on the case of two Wisconsin teenagers, who tried to murder a friend apparently in honor of Slender Man.
Here are the six creepy facts everyone needs to know about the legend of Slender Man:
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1. Slender Man Was First Created For A Photoshop Competition
The Slende Man was first created on June 10th, 2009 by Victor Surge, whose real name is Eric Knudsen, for a photography competition on the Something Awful Internet forum. The competition was to photoshop everyday images to appear paranormal. Victor Surge, inspired by legends of the “shadow people” which appear in work by horror writer Stephen King, edited images of small children stood with the tall faceless man.
He also included the text:
We didn’t want to go, we didn’t want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time…
— 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.
It did not take long for Slender Man to go viral. Online scary stories known as “creepypasta” would feature terrifying tales of children or young adults being captured by him. There are also many stories online that Slender Man can drive young people to insanity, and according to these urban legends the more you investigate him the madder you become. Graphic violence and gore are not uncommon themes in Slender Man stories. Quite often people write real-life accounts of their experiences with the monster.
An urban legend was born – but nobody knew just how far this would go…