The Slender Man is Upon Us

What started as a post with a unique piece of digital illustration on Something Awful has become an intriguing and terrifying Internet sensation. The Slender Man (also known simply as Slender Man) is a supernatural entity characterized by a black suit, a blank face, and most notably an ability to stretch himself to unnaturally elongated proportions. It’s said that when his arms are stretched as in the image shown below, his unfortunate victims are placed into a hypnotic state from which they cannot escape.

If you ever see this image in person, it may already be too late for you.

If you ever see this image in person, it may already be too late for you.

The Slender Man is known to target children by preference, but he has deviated to stalking adults as well. One of the most famous accounts is his relentless harassment of a film student named Alex, which is chronicled in the Marble Hornets series on Youtube.

We know that Slender Man was just dreamed up by a poster on Something Awful, but people in all corners of the world have actually reported sightings of this malevolent being. Is it just the fear of Slender Man that causes people to see him? Are their minds remembering his image and playing tricks, or could their experiences be real?

When you see it...

When you see it...

A Buddhist school of thought called Dzogchen has for a long time made the argument that reality is just an illusion–a product of belief. If that’s not a discomforting thought in and of itself, consider this: if enough people believe in something, could it integrate itself into reality? Could all of the interest in Slender Man have actually breathed real life into this character? Is the Slender Man upon us?

No, he’s just an image you saw online, right? And that noise you just heard was just the wind, wasn’t it?

Sleep well tonight.

5 Responses to “The Slender Man is Upon Us”

  1. Hey,

    I love your site, it’s one of the better creepy blogs on the internets. In any case, being a Buddhist I have thought about this “reality” thing for quite some time now, heh. I’d like to add that I believe that if enough people believe in something, it gets real, such as the Judeo-Christian God, whom for me doesn’t exist. For lots of people he does exist, so for them he is real.

    The ultimate illusion is of course, this universe itself (according to Buddhist philosophy). And for that matter, the Slender Man might be real.

    • Thanks for the compliment! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the site, and I’m doing everything I can to deliver quality content.

      On the topic of Buddhism and the illusion of reality, it’s interesting to ponder the question, “If it is true that all of reality is an illusion, then what makes one thing more real than another anyway?”

      I’m not a Buddhist, myself, but I find some of the philosophy to be very interesting.

      Anyway, thanks for the comment and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

  2. this is pretty good. you didn’t over play the theory like some other blog i read has.

  3. Pastamuncher Says:

    dude,totally reminds me of jack

  4. That is a creepy thought, and actually makes sense as well.

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