Monday, June 9, 2014

More Attacks tied to a Child's Belief in Slender Man?

This is the second weekend in a row where there has been reports of a girl stabbing someone for Slender Man. Instead of being 12 year old girls, this time it was a 13 year old girl who attacked her mother.

She was wearing a white mask (probably similar to Masky in Marble Hornets if I am to hazard a guess) and waited in the kitchen for her mother to come home. When her mother walked in, the girl attacked her with a knife.

Her mother said that the girl was "someone else" when she attacked her, which sounds eerily similar to what happens to Slender Man Proxies in the multiple different Youtube series that have been made over the years. She also mentioned that the girl made a level for Slender Man on Minecraft- which is what I was waiting for. (Yet another crappy, really old game getting blamed for someone snapping and killing, or attempting to kill someone) You see, when things like this happen, media, like movies, video games or now the Internet, always gets blamed for it.

I must caution people, especially news reporters and the like; you cannot place blame on a fictional character for the actions of others, no matter how young they are. If they cannot discern the difference between reality and fiction, they need psychiatric help.

This entire thing reminds me of the great apocalyptic John Carpenter Movie "In the Mouth of Madness."

Do you read Sutter Cane?

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living god... like Sutter Cane.

I really feel sorry for these girls. This is the second time it's happened, I'm beginning to wonder, what is so broken in their lives that they subconsciously begin to desire to leave this world by committing atrocious acts of violence and betrayal? And then I realize, oh yeah, our world is pretty broken right now. Especially for women. Just turn on the TV and there's all these conflicting messages about being a woman; from being nothing more than a sexual object of gratification, to harlots who need to keep their legs closed. I don't need to give examples, really. It's everywhere. It cannot be avoided. And you can't say that it isn't out there, because it is.

So, then... Why aren't we teaching our children about the messages that media gives us, and how, for the most part, they aren't true- they are just created to get us to want to buy stuff that we don't need?

If you want to talk about real horror, we should probably start there. It's real insidious stuff my friends. Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it is. Even news companies have gone from telling fact to selling things to people- ideology, politics, books, video series, you name it.

OK, so maybe I do think that it's a big conspiracy, a conspiracy to make us all feel inferior so that we buy too much stuff that we don't need.

Speaking of conspiracies; Why does Slender Man keep getting national media attention? 

The reason why Slender Man keeps popping up is because it's a popular Creepypasta meme. It's so big on the Internet that it's even appeared as a cameo in a horror themed Disney children's cartoon, "Gravity Falls," which by the way is a great show and completely harmless. It tells stories in the same vein as R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps."

On the other hand- since I brought up the fact that Slender Man is fiction (read my other posts about Slender Man to see how the Internet urban legend came into being), here's a chilling parting thought (insert the usual disclaimer right here about this being a pure work of fiction, blah, blah, blah):

According to Marble Hornets, the more you think about Slender Man, the more he appears. Recording him on video is one way of letting him keep tabs on you. So if people think that he's real enough to kill for... does that make him real now? o.O


  1. This is getting out of hand .... I was planing on writing a Creepy Pasta but I dont think I will now !

  2. Hey Mess,

    Don't let the actions of a few crazy girls discourage you from writing Creepy Pasta. Censuring yourself won't make them stop doing what they're doing. Any kind of story, horror or otherwise, could inspire them to murder people and try to escape reality.

    Horror writers shouldn't feel bad about what they write. Most of the time people are scared or inspired by that type of fiction writing, but they aren't driven to kill by it. It's my firm belief that we can't hold back horror because of a few mentally ill people.

    What we need to do as a society, is fix our mental health system and move away from it being a social stigma and a taboo to talk about or deal with it. Time to stop sweeping mental health problems under the rug, and start dealing with it on rational, humane, terms.

    Write your Creepy Pasta! Enjoy it, and others will too! If you really worry about people taking it too far, put one of those fiction disclaimers on the end and tell everyone that it's not real.

  3. Well my story has Real wolrd ties .... I was asking a few of my "Girls" If I could add them to the story to make some of the Fiction reality. I got some real bad looks form the Teacher ,,, My story is based in the Cosmetology school .
    But You know you are right I cannot let fear stop me from creating.
    (Also I saw you facebook posting too)

  4. Mess,

    Thanks for reading my posts, both here and on Facebook!

    To be honest, what probably got you the bad looks was asking real people if you could put them in your stories to make it more real. Most people don't like to become characters in stories. It makes them feel really weird, and can lead to a lot of misgivings.

    Do what I do, just take certain aspects of their personalities and give them to characters in your story, that usually makes them feel real enough to most readers that they won't even question if those people actually exist or not.

    Also- cosmetology school is frightening! You don't need to add Slender Man to make a cosmetology school story scary! :D

    All joking aside, I'm glad that you've decided to keep writing and creating horror stories. I would like to read it when it's done, so send me a link, OK?