Slender Man is an alleged monster that abducts children and or assaults/harasses people, usually driving them crazy in the process.
Appearance: A tall, lanky man with a featureless face and dressed in a black suit and hat. Slender Man may also have black tentacles protruding from his back. For images of Slender Man, click HERE and HERE.
Lore: According to legend, Slender Man loves to stalk and abduct children, possibly feeding on them. He also loves to stalk and harass people over a period of time which usually causes the victim to go insane and/or kill them self. Victims who do not kill themselves will develop "slendersickness", an illness brought on by contact with Slender Man. The symptoms are nose bleeds, ringing in the ears, severe coughing and paranoia. Eventually, the victim will be lured or forced into the woods where Slender Man will kill and consume them. The only problem is that the Slender Man was created by "Victor Surge" on the Something Awful forum on June 8, 2009. He in fact holds copyright on Slender Man. No alleged report of Slender Man predates this time. Tales of Slender Man spread online and the monster went viral in 2011. Slender Man is a modern example of fakelore, or fake folklore.
Powers: The Slender Man can allegedly teleport and can allegedly stretch his body, especially his arms/hands, in order to grab victims. Contact with Slender Man causes "slendersickness" in humans.
Slender Man Attempted Murder: On May 31, 2014, two 12 year-old girls lured a fellow 12 year-old girl into the woods in Waukesha, WI, and stabbed her 19 times. The girls were offering a human sacrifice to Slender Man in the belief that they would be allowed to live with him in his alleged kingdom deep within the woods. The victim survived and the two assailants were arrested and have been charged with first degree murder.
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