Dedicated Slender-fans, the Slenderman needs your help! The Steam Community is currently trying to vote a new Slenderman-themed game into official release on Steam! If you have a Steam account, make your way over to SLENDER: SOURCE and put in YOUR vote to spread the love.
Currently they're only at a 26% approval rating...Slenderman deserves better than that! And this game, to be clear, looks absolutely TERRIFYING.
I'm a huge fan of flash horror, especially the kind of urban-legend making stuff that you can find via CreepyPasta or the SCP Foundation. They've spawned a multitude of boogeyman for the new generation, whether you like your monsters tall and well dressed or if you prefer them a bit on the existential horror side. I also love video games. If game designers were looking for ideas in that particular direction, they would definitely have a mountain of gold to sift through.
It's no surprise, then, that stories such as The Slender Man mythos gave birth to ongoing (and chilling) projects such as Marble Hornets
Now efforts like these are all well and good in their slow-building terror (which they do very well, thank you very much) but I like my pasta a little more interactive. Which brings me to my list:
The concept is almost ridiculously simple: Walk down some stairs. And keep going. And going. And going. It's pretty creepy and dark, I guess...kind of rusty and dirty. A few eerie noises and-what was that? Oh SHIT....Oh God, what the hell is that? Ohgodit'sstaringatme D: AH SHUTTING OFF NOW.
The predecessor to the presently popular alternative, Slender,
Slenderman is really more Silent Hill meets Resident Evil. You are
tasked with exploring an eerie building while trying to navigate around
the aforementioned boogeyman and his minions while collecting items.
Having played this, the atmosphere is not quite as powerful as the other
games on the list; mainly because the tension is reduced by granting
the player the ability to shoot Slender Man upon encounter. A savy
player will be warned of his impending appearance via static
For the un-initiated: The Slender Man is a mythical creature originally created for the
purpose of a "Create Paranormal Images" thread on a SomethingAwful.com
forum. The creature caught on as an internet phenomenon shortly after.
An YouTube video series, Marble Hornets and the Slender Man
has also been created centering around "Alex", who has been videotaping
his frightening experiences with the boogeyman-like creature known as The Slender Man.
I've recently decided to re-watch the entries and was inspired to write up a Slender Man-themed post. I've been toying with the idea of developing a short video or series exploring some SCP Foundation entries (Secure. Contain. Protect), specifically entry SCP-087, which has always been incredibly creepy to me. It wouldn't be a difficult or expensive project, certainly.
The Marble Hornets boys have certainly managed to string something deeply disturbing and awesome on what looks to be a limited budget and have not suffered for it. The appeal is definitely there for me: I love horror stories. Especially if they focus on otherworldly, unexplainable entities. Probably why I'm such an avid fan of Lovecraftian themes and Eldridge monsters. The Slender Man definitely ranks way up there.
You'll think I'm crazy. Or just some idiot trolling online. I don't care. Something happened to me and whether or not you believe me is moot, because it happened to me. It happened.
I don't want to tell you my name. It doesn't matter anyway, because you won't believe me and I don't want people thinking I'm insane. But maybe my telling will mean something to someone. Maybe this has happened to you too and I'm not just imagining things. God, I really hope I'm just imagining things.