By: Kelly Nguyen
In light of recently having Slenderman as a topic of discussion in class, I had a flashback to when I first heard of Slenderman. My brother was the one to tell me about him. I was so freaked out after watching what seemed like hours of Marble Hornet videos and other Slenderman videos on Youtube. I decided to show my friend Laney since she shared my love for scary things and movies, but this was one thing that freaked us out more than anything. Since my brother failed to mention that Slenderman had been created on Something Awful Forums by Victor Surge, which I learned from class, we believed he was real. After a while though, we managed to forget all about it and go on with our lives, until my friend came over one night, clearly shaken up, to tell me of something that had happened to her involving Slenderman.
She was in White Cloud, Michigan with a few friends, one named Spike, at a cabin in the woods hanging around a bonfire. She told me that Spike was hardcore into supernatural things and he knew that Slenderman freaked her out so he decided it would be the perfect time to educate her some more in the middle of the woods. He told her he had something to show her so they left the bonfire and went deeper into the woods. He told her he knew how to make Slenderman appear. He said it worked the same as summoning a ghost or demon except with Slenderman, you had to call him by his real name (which she couldn’t remember) three times like Beetlejuice or Bloody Mary. Naturally, she started to freak out as he called out the name the first time. She tried to run away, but Spike grabbed her and made her stay because, apparently, Slenderman couldn’t hurt them. Then when he said the name a second time, she broke free and ran as fast as she could back to the cabin, but as she was running, she heard him say the name a third time, and refused to look into the trees. A few hours later, they were sitting on the roof of the cabin and she had this weird feeling so she looked into the woods. She said her heart dropped and she had to blink a few times because she couldn’t and didn’t want to believe it, but there he was. Slenderman was standing maybe 50 yards away from them in the shadows of the woods, just staring at them. She says that he was around for the rest of the night, seeing him every time she looked into the forest until the sun came up.
When I heard this story, I didn’t fully believe her. I didn’t believe that Slenderman could be real, I just thought that her mind was playing tricks on her. She was in the woods at night after all. But then I remembered my brother telling me that if you think about Slenderman too much, he would come after you. Also, that even if he wasn’t real, since a mass of people believed in him, their belief breathed life into the story and he became real. That horrified me, so I made sure to try to never think about Slenderman again – until I took this class. It brought back all these memories and fears that I had managed to forget. So what I want to know is: does anyone believe my friend’s story? And what are your thoughts on it? I’m very skeptical about it, but she claims it was real and still haunts her today. I believe it can’t be true because if she had, he would have stalked her, like in the Marble Hornet videos.