Since making a blog post about the experimental horror indie game “Slender” (read it here), I’ve looked a lot more deeply into it, and more importantly, what inspired it.
For anyone who has played it but isn’t aware, “the enemy”, as he is referred to in the game, is a supernatural entity known as “Slenderman”. As his name suggests, he is often depicted as being unnaturally skinny and tall, between the heights of 6 and 12 feet. Also, he possesses many abilities, including teleportation (or “Slender Walking”, in his case), changing the length of his limbs (explaining the recorded differences in height) to induce fear and growing tendril-like extensions from his back, which are also used to induce fear, but can also theoretically be used as alternate legs.
Theories about his face are conflicting; some claim he has a face, but it appears different to everyone who sees it, and it commonly doesn’t appear on videos or photographs. Others claim he has no face at all, save for indents where he should have eyes.
His motives are also unclear. He is often associated with the disappearance of children, although it is unknown why. Some have theorized that they are his preferred prey, while a lot of people think he is simply trying to give them a better life; although maybe this particular theory is an attempt to romanticize him and detract from the scariness a little. However, we know from popular culture that his prey isn’t limited to children, but has also included college students and people of that age. There are also a few theorized adult victims too, although they are commonly associated with the disappearance of their own children.
He exhibits some very strange behavioral traits; some of his victims have later been found impaled on a tree with their internal organs removed (thus negating the attempt to romanticize him outlined in the previous paragraph). He has also been known to mutilate animals, often cattle or pets, place their insides in plastic bags, and leave them hanging off low branches in trees.
Here are a few videos to help you better understand Slenderman. This first one is a documentary. It may be a couple of years old, but it puts forward some very detailed knowledge and evidence, and should be treated as an introduction:
And here is a video containing some known sightings, along with a few artist’s depictions:
There are also a number of vlogs on YouTube following people who are being hunted by Slenderman, which have come to be commonly known as “SlenderVLogs”. A few notable ones are:
There are quite a lot more, meaning trying to find a comprehensive list is basically impossible.
So after reviewing the evidence, is he real, or is he simply a work of fiction which, owing to the impossible hours of dedication offered by fans, has become something far more than a mere character? That’s for you to decide. Personally, I just think it’s all very, very cool.