Monday, April 21, 2014

Case Study No. 1378: Staff of the Stirling City Library

Phone Call
Trying to call the City of Stirling Libraries and get info about the fire on the library, that occured a week after a picture was taken of children playing at a school with a strange entity in the background-- the "slenderman" (supposedly). Some of those children were missing and/or dead.
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[scene opens with a teenage boy looking into a camera while dialing on his phone]
OPERATOR: [over the phone] The number you dialed is not in service. Please check the number and dial again.



Slender Man (a.k.a Slenderman) is a mythical creature often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back. Depending on the interpretations of the myth, the creature can cause memory loss, insomnia, paranoia, coughing fits (nicknamed "slendersickness"), photograph/video distortions and can teleport at will. The urban legend has inspired fan arts, fictional creepypastas and a mockumentary series in the style of the 1999 indie horror film Blair Witch Project.


On June 8th, 2009, a "paranormal pictures" photoshop contest was launched on the Something Awful (SA) Forums. 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 posted two black and white photographs of unnamed children with a short description of "Slender Man" as a mysterious creature who stalked children.

Photograph #1
"We didn't want to go, we didn't want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time ... " - 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.

Photograph #2
City of Stirling Libraries Local Studies Collection
One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as "The Slender Man". Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence. - 1986, photographer: Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.

On June 11th, 2009, Victor Surge continued to improve upon the myth by adding another picture and a fake doctor's account. The following day, SA user LeechCode5 posted a photograph of a burning building with a Slender Man back story. On June 14th, SA goon TrenchMaul reused the Slender Man character for his own story. The original thread, which still remains active today, extends for 46 pages as of June 2011.

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