It seems that you cannot search the internet without running into an article, video, or game centered around Slender Man. Many Youtubers such as PewdiePie, Downrangegaming, and a lot of others, seem to crap their pants in fear while playing the downloadable game. I have played, and although the game play simple and the sound effects are a bit startling at times, I cannot say that I was scared. Maybe it is because watching scary movies since birth have numbed my fear sensors?
I think the main cause of fear is the “unknown” of Slendy’s existence as well as the unpredictability of his locations. However, if you are afraid that Slender Man will start appearing in your peripheral vision randomly, you have nothing to fear.
There are many legends about Slender Man, however none are based on fact. Actually, Slendy is a made up apparition. Slender Man was the result of a “Create paranormal Images” contest on the Something Awful forums. the contest was posted in a thread by member Victor Surge, who is also credited for the creation of Slender Man. From that little thread, a legend was born.
The back story of Slender Man has evolved into a complex collaboration of many people. Although there is no defined history, it seems his story begins in 1600s Germany. He was then “seen” again in photographs in the early 1900s where his slender body and white faceless head lurks in the background. Originally, his victims would be impaled onto branches while still alive. This is very reminiscent of Vlad the Impaler. However, the story has evolved in that the victims now either have their internal organs removed, and then placed back inside their bodies in plastic bags, or they just disappear from the face of the earth as if they never existed.
Although many people have played the Slender Man game and have become almost paranoid with fear, rest assured that Slendy is a mythological creature. His existence is only as real as your vivid imagination. Unfortunately, that means that you cannot escape him since he is always in your head…
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