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SLENDERMAN – Anonymous (Releasing October 23rd, 2018)
So I just couldn’t wait to start this one. I’m so intrigued by Slenderman that I wanted to just dive right in and see where the author was going to take us. I watched the HBO documentary, Beware the Slenderman, the night before I started reading this and that shed so much more light on the topic. Modern folk lore is fascinating!
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
I’ll start off by saying that I can see this not being for everyone. The style of writing includes many forms – journal entries, interrogation transcripts, social media, emails, recordings, and more. I think that all of these combined made a compelling story and helped illustrate the wide reach that this entity can have.
Matt Barker is an outcast at a prestigious private school in New York. He keeps to himself mostly and no one at his school knows that he’s actually really close friends with one of the more popular girls, Lauren Bailey. They both have kept their friendship between them and they enjoy having this secret. Matt knows Lauren better than any of her other friends, like the fact that she loves Creepypasta and all of those obscure horror stories.
One day Matt finds out that Lauren has gone missing. CCTV footage shows her walking out of her apartment building at 3:14am and she just simply disappeared. Where did she go? What happened to her? The entire school is in a frenzy trying to find this out. Matt decides to log into her iCloud account to see if there are any recent photos taken while she’s been gone, but instead he finds a deeply buried folder with some seemingly normal photos of landscaping around New York. That is until he looks harder and notices, just out of frame and hiding in the shadows, a dark figure with a long body and angular limbs with a pale face. He shares them to a subreddit and everyone is loving the new photoshopped Slenderman photos – but are they fake or was something following Lauren?
Nightmares begin to plague Matt and all of them wake him up screaming at 3:14am. Not knowing whether he is truly awake or still dreaming, the author portrays his terror in the form of recordings on his phone. I know a lot of people won’t like these different methods but I think this did a great job capturing the raw fear that he was feeling. The dialogue felt authentic and on par with how disorienting it can be when you’re truly scared. I think the author did a great job capturing how a belief in something can overtake your life. Like everyone warned him, once you let him into your life there’s no getting rid of him, and he will eventually come for you.
What do you think of this modern-day digital folk lore? I want to do more research on Slenderman, but I feel like that’s an internet rabbit hole I don’t want to start with!