Truth – for the most part we use our internal radar to weed out falsehoods from fact.  We could have hard-core facts (pro or con) shoved in our face about something, but whether a particular subject resonates with us or not determines if it becomes a belief.  If a belief somehow serves us, we’ll fight to hold onto it.

Two years ago my oldest called me over to his computer, totally freaking out.

The second of the original Slender Man images, by Victor Surge – – Do you see him under the trees?

J:  “Mom!  Look at this!  The Slenderman!”

Me:  What is that?

J:  The Slenderman!  Oh, my God, Mom.  You have to see this picture of him!  He’s real!

Me:  Seriously?

J:  Yeah!  If you look at him, you’ll die!

Me:  So they guy who took this picture is now dead?

J:  Probably!  But not everyone can see him so those are the ones who are  safe.

*eye roll*

For those of you who don’t know about the Slenderman, here is an explanation from

“Slender Man (or Slenderman, depending on how you spell it’s name) is described as wearing a black suit strikingly similar to the visage of the notorious Men In Black, and as the name suggests, appears very thin and able to stretch his limbs and torso to inhuman lengths in order to induce fear and ensnare his prey. Once his arms are outstretched, Slender Man’s victims are put into something of a hypnotized state, where they are utterly helpless to stop themselves from walking into them. Slender Man is also able to create tendrils from his fingers and back that he uses to walk. Whether Slender Man absorbs, kills, or merely takes his victims to an undisclosed location or dimension is also unknown as there are never any body’s or evidence left behind in his wake to deduce a definite conclusion.  Slender Man is most often seen as a tall, extremely thin man with long, strange arms, and a face that no two people see the same way (if they see any face at all). Where he comes from is as much a mystery as what he wants.” 

*Big sigh*  How could it be that my son had so readily accepted, albeit with a fit of tears, that the Easter Bunny wasn’t real when I broke the news to him? (Yeah, yeah, yeah.  In my defense I thought he already knew and was just going along to make me happy.)  My son had eventually figured out that I was Santa Claus and took that with relative grace when I confirmed his suspicions.   The bottom line – he trusted me enough to accept my truth.

But in the case of Slenderman… no dice.  Nothing I said would convince him.  The fact that this mythical creature existed obviously resonated with him.  I can’t possibly begin to understand that one, but until we moved out of our house on five forested acres, he refused to go outside after dark, swearing to me that one night he saw the Slenderman peek around the corner at him while he waited for the dog to come back inside.  And now that we’ve moved into town?  My son is always out after dark.  Apparently the Slenderman doesn’t like to hang around the lake or Starbuck’s after dark.   But in the heavily treed areas…

Look… over my shoulder… Um.  Yeah.

There’s only so much we can do to protect our children from beliefs that freeze them up or make their imaginations go wild.  At this point, this is one of those things I have to file in the “Let It Go” folder.  He’ll figure it out… I hope.

If you really like stories that make you wonder… what if,  check out Souled, a novel about what happens when a high school wrestler invites another soul to inhabit his body.  You can purchase it for $2.99 on Amazon.  Just click and download.  Easy.

About Diana Murdock

California-grown, writer of contemporary and YA paranormal with enough energy to write, raise two boys, run, and dream.

Posted on July 18, 2012, in Life Lessons, Paranormal, Parents, Uncategorized, Young Adult and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Hahaha man I haven’t seen any Slenderman in NYC that’s for sure. But lots of other weird stuff, absolutely!!

    Have you checked my new story Death by Chocolate? First chapter is out!!

    Happy Reading!


  2. That “Let It Go” file does tend to fill up – make sure you use an expanding file!

  3. Hey, D. *waves, then attacks with a bear hug* I told my 18 year old about this, but he had never heard of it. I then told my 14 year old about it and he literally jumped out of his shoes. They were Vans, so it wasn’t difficult. In any event, a buddy had totally told him about some Slenderman game that supposedly freaks everyone out who tries to play it. Of course, he’s dying to play it. *sigh*


  4. I bet Steven King saw Slenderman. It is funny how something so simple can capture ones thinking and nothing but time will erase it. I do like your ‘Let it go” folder!

  5. Cute story. I enjoyed it.

  6. I’ve never heard of Slenderman, and I won’t ask around my household if my girls have ever heard of him either. There would be no end to the drama and obsession. lol.

  7. Your son…..he’s right……he is very very right, Slenderman, who you so casually throw his name around, no he is real, maybe more real then you are ready to handle, i know…i know….watch your back…he liked kids…but those who expose his pictures to the Internet…well he doesn’t favor it

  8. Sh**; if I was a teenager and friend of your son, there, I would be obsessing over YOU! You’re quite the milfalicious woman! [No offense intended, please].

  9. The brat next door showed my newly turned 6 yr old some vid about Slender (after he was told not to several times). Now, my son hasn’t slept in his room for almost a week and refuses to be in a room alone, even in broad daylight. The first 2 nights, he was having panic attacks. This is normally a REALLY tough kid who’s not afraid of anything. Oh, AND we live in the woods! It is a horrible feeling to see your child literally paralyzed with fear, and nothing you say or do helps.

    • I feel your pain, Shannon. There was nothing I could do for my son. I’d go out at night and walk around, trying to convince him there was nothing to be afraid of, but that didn’t help either. At 18 years old, he’s getting better, but I think there is still that underlying “what if?” Hang in there, girl. I hope your son’s fears will subside quickly.

      • Oops! Just saw your reply, Diana!

        It’s gotten slightly better. At least he’s sleeping in his own room now. Just a matter of time now. Plus, he’s still on summer vacation. I think once he’s got other things to think about, it will become less and less of an issue. At least I hope so!!!

    • Hi Shannon,

      I thought to myself earlier today, “I’ll bet someone is–or has already made or making a movie about this “urban legend” known as Slenderman. Well, sure enough there is. But in case you’re wondering about the origin, you can tell your son the origins of this made up ghoul are as such:

      On June 8th, 2009, a “’paranormal pictures” photoshop contest was launched on the Something Awful (SA) Forums.[1] The contest required participants to turn ordinary photographs into creepy-looking images through digital manipulation and then pass them on as authentic photographs on a number of paranormal forums.

      Something Awful users soon began sharing their faux-paranormal creations with layered images of ghosts and other anomalies, usually accompanied by a fabricated witness account to make them more convincing.

      On June 10th, SA user Victor Surge (real name Eric Knudsen) posted two black and white photographs of unnamed children with a short description of “Slender Man” as a mysterious creature who stalked children.

      See link for more:

      Like it will help, but you can tell your son Slenderman was made up by [most likely] kids from an Internet picture that was Photoshopped.

      I hope this helps 🙂


      • Hi Charles,
        Thanks for your comment. I did some further research right after I posted that comment and came across the same info.
        I showed it to both my sons, and explained what it was I was reading. It helped a little bit, he has slept in his own room the past 4 nights. But, it is still a struggle getting him there. He still says he’s afraid & doesn’t want to be alone. He can’t seem to let go of the image and idea of this thing. I understand that, it is a creepy image, even when you’re 42 & know it’s fake! LOL
        I guess at this point, it’s just a matter of time and reiterating that it was just goofy teenagers trying to scare people.
        Thanks again for thinking of my little boy!

      • Hi Shannon. It’s good to know the fear is beginning to fade for your boy. Just for your interest, NOT for his eyes, take a look at this creepy doll that scared the bejeebers out of me when I was about 9…well…even up until now it creeps me out! Night Gallery “The Doll.” I’ve read a lot of entries online from [guys mostly, it seems] where this episode stuck with them. I don’t think, your being a grown up, this will have that same effect:

  10. I’d just like to say that Slenderman (the internet meme) was based off of a mythological creature dating back to Germanic tribes and Celts. It was said this creature would kill people humanly before they met their brutal/painful demise. All in all, what once was a nice and caring mythological creature, is now some half-crazed child molester with extendable arms running around the woods. I hope that clears everything up for you 🙂
    P.S I used to hear stories from my Scottish part of the family about this thing way before people started posting about a “Slenderman”. Apparently that whole reason he did what he did was so he could try and be more “human” by stealing the victim’s clothing. Hence, why this now meme, wears a business suit.

    • Thank you so much for commenting on this blog. I know there is a lot of speculation surrounding Slenderman. I like your explanation. It’s amazing how some things become twisted around to become horrific, all in the name of drama.

  11. Okay but is your son single thats all that matters because damn

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