An artistic depiction of the Slender Man
|First appearance||June 10, 2009 on a Something Awful post|
|Created by||Eric Knudsen|
Reasons for success
References in media
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- In 2011, Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of the sandbox indie game Minecraft, added a new hostile mob to the game, which he named the "Enderman" when multiple users on Reddit and Google+ commented on the similarity to the Slender Man.
- The Slender Man was the antagonist of the 2013 Lost Girl episode "SubterrFaenean", in which the Slender Man was said to be the basis for the Pied Piper legend.
- In the 2014 episode "Pinkie Apple Pie" of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a pony version of the character appears in a brief cameo.
- The TV series Supernatural parodied Slender Man as "Thinman" in the 2014 episode of the same name.
- In 2016, American horror punk band Haunted Garage released an EP entitled Slenderman and Other Strange Tales, featuring a song and accompanying music video based on both the character and the 2014 stabbing case.
- The sixteenth season of the crime drama TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit featured an episode, "Glasgowman's Wrath", inspired by the Slender Man stabbings.
- Dewey, Caitlin; Dewey, Caitlin (2014-06-03). "The complete history of 'Slender Man,' the meme that compelled two girls to stab a friend". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
- De Vos, Gail Arlene (2012). What Happens Next?. ABC-CLIO. p. 162. ISBN 9781598846348.
- Romano, Aja (October 31, 2012). "The definitive guide to creepypasta—the Internet's urban legends". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- "Slender Man: Birth of an Urban Legend". The Escapist. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
- "Slender Man: How a myth was born". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
- "What is Slenderman, and what does it have to do with the Wisc. stabbing?". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
- Klee, Miles (August 21, 2013). "How the Internet's creepiest meme mutated from thought experiment to Hollywood blockbuster". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
- Chess, Shira (2012). "Open-Sourcing Horror: The Slender Man, Marble Hornets, and genre negotiations". Information, Communication & Society. 15 (3): 374–393. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2011.642889.
- Dane, Patrick (October 31, 2012). "Why Slenderman Works: The Internet Meme That Proves Our Need To Believe". Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Walsh, Shannon (April 17, 2015). "Victor Surge, Slender Man Creator: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
- Chess, Shira; Newsom, Eric (27 November 2014). Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man: The Development of an Internet Mythology. Palgrave Macmillan US. pp. 58–59. ISBN 978-1-137-49113-8.
- Lovitt, Bryn (August 3, 2016). "Slender Man: From Horror Meme to Inspiration for Murder". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Robinson, Joanna (January 28, 2016). "American Horror Story and Slender Man: The 5 Most Spine-Tingling Inspirations for Next Season's Potential Monster". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- There is some dispute over whether the Slender Man qualifies as a viral phenomenon, since under some definitions, viral phenomena must spread quickly, while the Slender Man initially spread rather slowly. Some therefore prefer the term "spreadable" to viral. See Chess, Shira; Newsom, Eric (2015). Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man: The Development of an Internet Mythology. p. 20.
- Peters, Lucia (May 14, 2011). "Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: The Marble Hornets Project". Crushable. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
- McNary, Dave (February 25, 2013). "'Marble Hornets' flying to bigscreen". Variety. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
- Marston, Gary (2012). "Slender review". explosion.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Polansky, Lana (August 20, 2012). "Slenderman's Shadow "Sanatorium" Map Released". Gameranx. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Senior, Tom (July 26, 2012). "Slender Man Source mod will let you scare the hell out of yourself for free, with friends". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
- Matulef, Jeffrey (February 11, 2013). "Pre-orders for Slender: The Arrival are half-off, come with instant beta access". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- Standal, Jeanne (December 22, 2012). "First Trailer & Poster For The Jadallah Brothers' Horror Movie ENTITY!". FilmoFilia. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Gallagher, Danny (October 12, 2012). "Slender Man Movie Producer Steven Belcher Wants to Create True Terror with the Faceless Figure". GameTrailers. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Clow, Mitchel. "'Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story' movie review: Tell, don't show". Hypable. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
- Rogers, Katie (2016). "'Slender Man,' a Horror Meme, Gets Ready to Step Out of the Shadows". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
- Dewey, Caitlin (June 3, 2014). "Who is Slender Man?". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "Digital Human: Tales". BBC. 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Tillotson, Kristin (April 27, 2011). "Tall, skinny, scary—and all in your head". startribune.com. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- Stampler, Laura (June 3, 2014). "The Origins of Slender Man, the Meme That Allegedly Drove 12-Year-Olds to Kill". Time. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- Peck, Andrew (2015). "Tall, Dark, and Loathsome: The Emergence of a Legend Cycle in the Digital Age". Journal of American Folklore. 128 (509): 333–348. doi:10.5406/jamerfolk.128.509.0333.
- Tolbert, Jeffrey A. (2013). "The sort of story that has you covering your mirrors":The Case of Slender Man" (PDF). Semiotic Review(2). Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- Ellis, Bill (2001). Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
- Vogt, PJ; Goldman, Alex (January 30, 2014). "#13 - Managing a Monster - On The Media". TLDR. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- Van Horn, Tye (February 15, 2013). "Behind You: The Cultural Relevance of Slender Man". Retrieved 2013-02-20.
- Gabler, Ellen (June 2, 2014). "Charges detail Waukesha pre-teens' attempt to kill classmate". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "If These Girls Knew That Slender Man Was a Fantasy, Why Did They Want to Kill Their Friend for Him?". 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
- Dunlap, Bridgette (July 29, 2016). "Slender Man Trial". RollingStone.com.
- Terry, Jermont; Kust, James (May 31, 2014). "Girls charged in Waukesha stabbing motivated by 'Slenderman' character". WTMJ. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
- Vielmetti, Bruce; Luthern, Ashley (2014-08-01). "Judge rules 12-year-old incompetent, for now, in Slender Man trial". Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
- "Doctor claims girl, 12, 'who repeatedly stabbed classmate to impress Slender Man' has improved enough to stand trial". Mail Online. London. 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
- Varandani, Suman (2014). "Slender Man Stabbing Case: Wisconsin Girls Accused Of Attempted Homicide Are Mentally Fit To Stand Trial". International Business Times. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
- "Slender Man case: Young suspects to be tried as adults". BBC News. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- "Separate trials ordered in Slender Man case". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- "Slender Man stabbing suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge". cbsnews.com. CBS. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
- "Slender Man stabbing: Anissa Weier found mentally ill". BBC News. September 15, 2017.
- "Jury in Slender Man case finds Anissa Weier was mentally ill, will not go to prison". WISN-TV 12 ABC News. Milwaukee. September 16, 2017.
- "Slender Man case: girl who stabbed classmate gets 25-year hospital sentence". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- Wagstaff, Keith (June 4, 2014). "'Slender Man' Creator Speaks on Stabbing: 'I Am Deeply Saddened'". nbc.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "Slender Man suspect will plead guilty in stabbing". nbcnews.com.
- DePaol, Tommy. "Slenderman Is Coming to HBO In A True-Crime Documentary". MoviePilot.com. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- Evans, Brad (June 6, 2014). "Hamilton Co. mom: Daughter's knife attack influenced by Slender Man". WLWT.com.
- Melrose, Kevin. "Teen claims 'Soul Eater,' Slender Man led her to set home on fire". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 7 February2015.
- Murray, Rheana (2014-09-05). "Teen Inspired by 'Slender Man' Set House on Fire: Police". ABC News. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
- Bosman, Julie (May 1, 2015). "Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Notch reveals new mob, dubs them Endermen in reference to Slender Man". igx.com. 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- Lost Girl: SubterrFaenean Syfy. 2014. Accessed 2015-18-02.
- Scotellaro, Shaun (2014). "Top 20 Pop Culture and Movie References from Season 4". Equestria Daily. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
- Supernatural: "Thinman" The A.V. Club. 2014. Accessed 2016-28-01.
- "Haunted Garage: 'Slenderman and Other Strange Tales'". Zombie Hamster. January 13, 2016.
- Gerson Uffalussy, Jennifer (2014). "Law & Order: SVU bends the conventions of the cop show". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- Curlew, Kyle (2017). "The legend of the Slender Man: The boogieman of surveillance culture". First Monday. 22 (6). doi:10.5210/fm.v22i6.6901.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Slender Man.|
- Forum thread in which Slender Man was created, somethingawful.com
- Eric Knudsen's gallery that contains all of his Slender Man images, deviantart.com