Previously: Robert the Doll.
I know, I know – Slenderman? Really? Not unlike Jude Law circa 2004, this particular creature has gotten a little overexposed in recent years. But given that he’s ultimately the reason The Ghost in My Machine exists, I think he’s earned an entry in the Encyclopaedia.
I first wrote about the Slender Man – it was only later that the two words melded into one, becoming a proper name in the process – in 2011. The inaugural entry for the “Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t” series I ran on Crushable, it was the beginning of a rabbit hole I fell down and from which I have yet to emerge. The mythos has grown considerably since then; in fact, it’s gotten so big as to be unwieldy and – I think, at least – a little clumsy. But even so, it’s only fitting that he make another appearance here.
Type: PE (Preternatural Entity).
Period/location of origin: Conflicting. According to one account, subject first appeared on the Internet on June 10, 2009; according to another, the first piece of documented evidence dates from an unknown location in 1983; and yet other accounts claim subject has existed since time immemorial. Determination: Inconclusive.
Appearance: Subject appears to be a tall, thin, male humanoid dressed in a black suit. At first glance, subject may be mistaken for a businessman. Further examination reveals its height and build to be unnaturally extreme; additionally, what look to be arms may in fact tentacle-like appendages. Suit may be indicative of subject’s attempt to blend in with its surroundings. Subject has no discernable facial features.
Modus operandi: Subject has been known to appear several days prior to the disappearance of a child or children; this appearance, however, may not be noticed until after the fact, evinced in subject’s presence in photographs taken at the time. Subject’s victims, however, are not limited to children; adults may be targeted in a complicated and exacting process involving the removal of internal organs, which are then bagged in plastic before being replaced in the body cavity. The bodies may then be found impaled on tree branches.
Targeting by subject may not result in immediate death for victims; frequently, subject leaves no trace of attack, simply spiriting away victims to an undisclosed location. In these cases, the ultimate fate of victims remains unknown.
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