Forewarning: I often make bad jokes and puns.
AKA: The Thin Man, Tall Man, Slender, Der Ritter, Takkenmann, and Fear Dubh
Origin: United States, allegedly from the British Isles and Germanic folklore, and Ancient Egypt
According to this video, Slender Man has been around for centuries and is depicted in art as a skeletal figure with multiple long limbs. In today’s day and age however, Slender Man has the same physical attributions expect that he wears a black suit has no visible eyes or mouth and can be anywhere between 6 to 15 ft tall (182 to 457 cm)
Slender Man is said to have been since the dawn of time and is filled with the need to kidnap children. He appears in audio recordings and pictures just before the child/children go missing. He befriends the children and makes them trust him, before abducting them. Besides children, he also kidnaps adults and the adults he takes have the common trait of suffering some tragedy in their lives prior to the abduction. Coughing up blood, memory loss, nightmares, vomiting are all symptoms, drawings depicting a circle with an X or cross through it, said to have been signs that Slender Man is coming for you, mainly in adults.
What I love most about the Slender Man myth, is that, from my findings, is completely false. Slender Man was created back in 2009 by Victor Surge on the Something Awful Forums as part of a paranormal being contest. He posted these images (1, 2) on the forum. After this, like many things on the internet, it exploded into popularity. A group on Youtube known as Marble Hornets (link thing here) began making videos documenting their encounters and research involving Slender Man. And there is the popular computer game Slender as well as mods based off it. (The game is great, I personally love it and recommend it if you’re bored one stormy night!)
(Personal Opinion time) Slender Man is a great example of creating myths in this day and age. What started off as a mere contest entry turned into this huge internet phenomen that still scares people and has them believing in it. The video I linked is amazing and shows how much time was put into this by other people to provide others with a scare or intrigue. Some things are meant to be scary and others are more humorous ($20, anyone?). Either way, this shows how myths have evolved (or the opposite some might argue) from ancient times and gives us something new and fresh to fear when we hear that bump in the night.