Brutal Stabbing Attack Slenderman Spotlight Popular Culture Horror Stories

June 4, 2014 by  

Brutal Stabbing Attack Slenderman Spotlight Popular Culture Horror Stories, IT’S an internet horror-cult that almost caused a killing. Now the hosts of the “Slenderman” myth believed behind a brutal pre-teen attack have defended their art.

Website, which presents itself as a Wikipedia-style collection of paranormal and horror ‘microfiction’, has posted a long defence of the story it hosts that has became an internet meme — and the trigger for the vicious weekend attack.

Two Milwaukee girls told investigators they plotted for months to kill their friend because a character called Slenderman required them to kill someone before they could become his “proxy.’’

Both 12-year-olds have been charged as adults for first-degree attempted homicide.

Police say it’s not yet clear whether they got access to the online fiction at home or at school, but a school administrator said employees were reviewing various websites to see if they should be blocked after the stabbing.

The Slenderman myth is not new. It was created during 2009 on the SomethingAwful web forum as an experiment in the creation of folklore-like images through photo manipulation.

It’s all about a gaunt, abnormally tall figure who stalks children and lurks in narrow places. It blends ancient European demonic myths, traditional terrors and modern memes to produce one of the internet’s most terrifying stories.

The picture that launched a horror story … One of the enhanced images behind the urban myth that became “Slenderman”. Credit: Imgur Source: News Corp Australia

Distorted pictures. Disturbing sightings. “Found footage” video. All have been spawned through the inspiration this spindly, faceless figure has generated.

This particular story has succeeded beyond its creators’ dreams, and has been a popular topic of fan-fiction on a wide variety of websites.

In short, Slenderman has become firmly entrenched in urban legend.

“I didn’t expect it to move beyond the (SomethingAwful) forums,” the man attributed with the myth’s creation — Victor Surge — told the website Know Your Meme in 2011.

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