TABE OF CONTENTS
- CHAPTER 1 “THE BEST, NEW MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE”
- CHAPTER 2 “IT TENDS TO FREE ITSELF FROM ITS MAKERS’ CONTROL”
- CHAPTER 3 “MAGIC AND FICTION WERE STARTING TO HAVE A CONVERSATION”
- CHAPTER 4 “IS ALL THAT WE SEE OR SEEM BUT A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM?”
- CHAPTER 5 “FEAR OF THE GAS MAN”
- CHAPTER 6 “CONSUMED BY THE SLENDERMAN”
- CHAPTER 7 “WAUKESHA REMINDS ME OF A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET “
- CHAPTER 8 “THERE WILL BE NO SAFETY IN THIS HOUSE”
- CHAPTER 9 “DEMON-POSSESSED”
- CHAPTER 10 “EVIL LIES IN WAIT FOR AN EXCUSE TO BLOOM”
- CHAPTER 11 “SLENDERMAN IS A PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF OUR FEAR OF DEATH”
- CHAPTER 12 “AND IN DID COME THE STRANGEST FIGURE”
- CHAPTER 13 “A SLIM MAN IN A DARK SUIT”
- CHAPTER 14 “I KNEW IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO KILL HER”
- CHAPTER 15 “A TALL, DARK, AND TERRIFYING ENTITY”
- CHAPTER 16 “HIS ARMS ARE IMPOSSIBLY LONG”
- CHAPTER 17 “THERE’S NO STRUCTURE TO THE FACE”
- ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Imagine the scene: It’s the dead of night and you are fast asleep. Suddenly, things change radically and you find yourself far from asleep; you are now wide awake but unable to move. You are completely paralyzed. You try to cry out but it’s no use. Your heart pounds and your head spins chaotically. Worse still, you see hunched over in the shadows of the bedroom an eight-to-nine-foot-tall skinny and emaciated creature. It is dressed in an old-style black suit, and has a pale face that lacks eyes, a nose, ears, and a mouth. As for its arms and legs, they are almost like those of a spider: long, thin, and spindly. Rubbery, octopus-like tentacles protrude from its torso; they wave and flicker ominously in your direction. To your horror, the night-fiend slowly moves toward you and leans over. Its foul breath makes you wretch. It whispers that you are about to die or that it is coming to take your soul. Maybe you will be its eternal slave in its forested, ancient abode. Now in a state of complete terror, you finally manage to cry out and wake up in a cold sweat. The terrible thing is suddenly gone. You have just had a trauma- and fear-filled encounter with the Slenderman. But, mark my word, he will be back. He always comes back eventually.
The Slenderman has curious origins. He began “life” purely as an Internet creation, specifically the work of a man named Eric Knudsen. In June 2009, Knudsen, via the pseudonym of “Victor Surge,” uploaded a couple of doctored photos of the Slenderman to the Something Awful website forum. In no time at all, others began writing and posting their very own tales of the Slenderman. Short stories, blogs, novels, online games, chat-rooms, and more soon followed. Then, something menacing and sinister happened: People all across the world began to see the Slenderman. Not just on the Internet, not in novels or in the pages of comic-books, but in their homes. In their bedrooms. In mysterious woods. In dreams that rapidly escalated into full-blown nightmares.
The Slenderman had come to life.