I was way too excited to open up this package yesterday!
Thanks to Harper Voyager for the free bound manuscript copy in exchange for my honest review.
SLENDERMAN – Anonymous (Releasing October 23rd, 2018)
Now I’m absolutely fascinated with Slenderman and everything that he’s about. I think the fascination stems from the fact that he is not from traditional folk lore like other monsters such as werewolves and vampires. He is the mark of a new form of digital folk lore. His origins have an exact date and online footprint but what makes him fall under the category of folk lore is that the stories vary based on the storyteller. The motivations, appearances, habits, powers, and more all have some consistencies but in the end all depend on the person telling the story.
The other part that astounds me is that two girls in Wisconsin – not too far from me – actually attempted to murder a classmate in the name of Slenderman. Claiming that they were told they could become his proxies and that their families would be murdered if they did not carry out his wishes. Modern folk lore seems to have a darker tone to it and honestly terrifies me more than the monsters of the past. I live next to some woods, well that’s an understatement, my home has 36 acres of woods and lowland. After starting the book last night I did not want to go out with the dogs and adjusted my positioning in the house to have a solid wall behind me instead of the windows to the backyard.
Here’s the synopsis:
An internet meme, a crowd-sourced horror story, a dark figure who bends reality: SLENDERMAN.
Lauren Bailey has disappeared.
As friends at her exclusive school speculate and the police search for answers, Matt Barker dreams of trees and a black sky and something drawing closer.
Through fragments of journals, articles and online conversations, a figure begins to emerge – a tall, slender figure – and all divisions between fiction and delusion, between nightmare and reality, begin to fall.
If you are also a fan of the Slenderman stories then you need to check out MISTER TENDER’S GIRL by Carter Wilson – you can see my review here – which was heavily influenced by the faceless horror.