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*Is Slender Man Real? True Story And Myth Behind Slender Man*

Real picture of Slender Man in front of scary woods to illustrate this story.Fear of an eerie being known as Slender Man has been fast increasing over the years, and the number of scary stories about him has been growing as well.

But who is Slender Man exactly, and could any of the stories be true…


You and a couple of friends are walking on a path next to some woods when suddenly the hair on the back of your neck stands up. It’s that eerie feeling you get when someone is walking behind you while trying to stay hidden.

You walk for a few more steps then quickly turn and look behind you, but nothing’s there.

The feeling won’t go away though and since the sun is setting you convince your friends that it’s time to leave the spooky old path. Everyone decides to take some quick pictures to remember the day by, and then take separate roads home.

Let’s admit it, as soon as the last picture is snapped you practically sprint home and it’s not until you get completely inside the house that you dare to look back again …and even then it’s only through the peephole lol.

But when you look there’s nothing there.

Picture of Slender Man sighting in scary woods to illustrate this scary Slender Man story.No biggie, everyone gets the heebie jeebies sometimes. You go about your night, eat dinner, and play on your phone a bit. You almost forget about the whole thing until you pull up the picture taken at the park and just about have a heart attack.

There right at the edge of the shadowy woods behind the smiling faces of your friends is an eerie figure, so tall and thin that he seems stretched out in a way that simply can’t be human.

It’s easy to see how you and your friends missed him in the first place, his dark clothing and tall figure makes him blend in with the forest. And his face…well there just isn’t one.

The figure, he was just standing there at the edge of the woods and waiting, but for what?

You suddenly get an icy feeling and turn to the window. It’s dark outside but you swear you can see something moving out of range of the street light. You have your phone in your trembling hand but you don’t dare take another picture…


Old black and white picture with Slender Man in the background by trees.The details of what happens next varies from person to person, though one thing is for sure, once you’ve seen Slender Man it’s only a matter of time before he gets you.

Sometimes he will get you in a few days, sometimes he will spend years messing with a person’s mind, toying with them and making them ever more paranoid.

“I hate this guy. I haven’t dreamt abou him yet but i know he’s around and i feel him watching in plain sight. He makes me paranoid and I CANNOT look out of my windows. especially not near the trees around my house.”

–victim of Slender Man

The reports of what Slender Man does when toying with his victims range from something as simple as looking in windows, to going into the rooms of their house when they’re not there and moving things around, to stalking a person’s every footstep.

These things start to drive the person crazy until they not only develop a paranoid obsession with Slender Man, but they start to show physical symptoms like nosebleeds and nausea. This has come to be known as ‘Slender Sickness.’

Picture of a Slender Man sighting where a boy sees Slender Man in the woods.It’s all made worse by the knowledge that you can never really escape Slender Man, once you’ve seen him he will eventually get you and drag you into the woods.

But are any of the stories about Slender Man true? And where did he come from in the first place?

The are many stories throughout history about tall monsters that lurk in shadows, but the first use of the name ‘Slender Man’ was on an online forum where hints of the Slender Man story and pictures were posted as part of a thread titled Create Paranormal Images.

The picture of Slender Man submitted to the forum showed disturbed looking kids walking towards whoever was taking the picture, along with the caption:

“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…”The first ever picture of Slender Man from the Something Awful forums.

In the background of the picture could be seen, to those who looked closely, a tall figure with no face.

Slender Man became very popular after that and the number of pictures and stories about him exploded.

The idea of Slender Man struck a nerve because it tapped into something we all experience, that spooky feeling that something is there in the shadows stalking you, just out of view. It was nice to have a name for it, even if it was terrifying.

From the pictures and stories sprung a mythology, and then something weird started happening… people started to see Slender Man in real life.


“About a week ago I saw him in the cemetery across the street from my house. At first I thought it was my imagination but at a second glance I knew it was him. Since then I can feel something watching me and at night I can feel something is in my room.

I hope this is all in my head but at the same time I’m terrified that hes coming for me.”
Picture of Slender Man near someone's window at night.
–Slender Man victim

As more and more people read Slender Man stories reports started coming in from individuals who were convinced they were being stalked by him.

Even though they had heard about how Slender Man was made up, when they looked for him in their own life they found him there lurking in the shadows.

Some people say that there’s no way Slender Man could be real, they say he was obviously made up by someone so how could he be real? Other people argue that there have been stories and sightings about beings like Slender Man throughout history, and that ‘Slender Man’ is just a new name for an old demon.

As for me I say the bottom line is this, the apparition of Slender Man feeds on fear and in fact you could say that he Scary picture of Slender Man sighting near a playground at night. is fear. He is only real if you think he’s real, and keep in mind that people can end up driving themselves crazy with the fear of Slender Man.

Once you’ve let the thought of Slender Man being real into your mind and started looking around for him you’ve summoned him into your life Bloody Mary style.

So all you gotta do is stop looking for Slender Man and he won’t come after you. Easy right?

But go ahead… next time you’re walking along a sidewalk next to some dark woods, or find yourself suddenly alone on an eerily quiet street, see if it’s possible *not* to think about how Slender Man could be there, lurking in the shadows.

And whatever you do, don’t take any pictures…


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  1. Francesca says:

    At first, I was paranoid, because I always had the strangest feeling I was being followed. Soon, I just decided to let it flooow. I stopped being paranoid, after that. Cool, right?

    • Hi Francesca,

      Definitely sounds like the right way to get rid of Slender Man, you are rare because most people don’t seem to be able to consciously forget about him once they get paranoid.

      • kyle shepherd says:

        that is true i am going to lookfor him

        • Latahjanae McDermott says:

          @Kyle Shepherd
          Why on earth would you want to look for him? It makes sense to forget about him but what is the point of leading yourself to death? He might be real he might not be, but still I recommend that you just give up and live the longest life possible. P.S. I am NOT trying to be a smarty pants :)…….. I am actually very chill and weird so………….

          • Steven Swicegood says:

            I’m gonna look for him and after about a month of looking him I’m gonna come back here and solve it if hes real or not

          • Sean says:

            i would look for him, but the thing thats different is im not scared of him one bit

        • Angela parejo says:

          NO! Don’t look for him if u try to find him you would possibly die. And if u even see him u will already know that it is over.

        • jeff the killer says:

          its funny cuz you said you were gonna look for him but you dont find him he finds you (go to sleep)

          • Kayden says:

            You’re right….you can look for him all you want…but you can never find him…He finds you.

      • Kelsey says:

        I am 9 years old and I see videos of him So now I think he is real what should I do I am so scared

        • Kadisha Vallejo says:

          I wouldn’t worry about it, if I were you. He’s a fictional creature, made up in Something Awful forum threads for a paranormal challenge. There is this Tulpa Theory that claims that whatever you believe in can become real if enough people fear/believe in it, too, or if the belief is strong enough and palpable and present, but that just goes to show that something can only hurt you if you allow yourself to believe that it can.
          Solution? Forget about it, treat it like the fiction it is, and move on.

        • Noah medley says:

          Hey I’m ten don’t be scared I mean I’ve seen him but i close my eyes and say “not there” three times and he goes away

        • Sav says:

          Do not be afraid, it is not real! It is an urban legend that was started on an online forum in 2009. Completely, totally fake.

        • Ava says:

          OK first off I’m not trying to be rude but you are nine you don’t need to watch these things he is not real if you don’t want him to be bye.

        • Engilbert says:

          Do not be scared my dear…even if he is real or not, just love and trust god, once god is at your heart….Slenderman has no way to scare you :)

      • Geargero says:

        But it right to know Can you tell me more about jeff the kille

    • slenderwomen_forever says:

      why do you want to get the thoughts of him out you head i think he’s really cool :)

      • Angelina says:

        He killed

        • Mackenzie says:

          amen! girl, how is he cool? please enlighten me:)hahahaha

        • Erykah says:

          WTF He kills and stalks. I still am not sure he is real or nah …. But still. you need help

          • Danny says:

            Please slender man is worse than you think, his real name is der Grossmann his originates from Germany. He doesn’t have tentacles instead many limbs, he’s after disobeying children look it up yet he still has many powers and odd ways of killing adults.

            • Latahjanae McDermott says:

              How did you find that out? Just curious… :p

            • Josh says:

              Der grossmann? Lol you know In German that’s “the tall man” so I don’t think that is is original name

        • NoahBenson says:

          hope he don`t kill me I`m 9 years

        • Ava says:

          Actually he sucks the souls of kids from their dreams and he’s a demon

      • Slender is cool! Don’t give a shit about what people say, they will one day regret it… :)

      • Silentgamer says:

        Hey umadbro? You just go out there to the big wide word out there and search for slenderman in a forest I guarantee you that you won’t last a day and you will see slender. You’ll be like OMG ITS SLENDER IM SO HAPPY!!!!!!! But he is literally like wth dude. And suck out your soul and does all sorts of stuff.

        Still like slender?

        I hope you don’t.

    • Quan says:

      I felt that alot and sometimes I get parinoied because of what I fell in my gut but I know its just my imagination

    • Hi it’s Twilight,
      I am a SLENDER hunter and I want to find him. I look at trees and everything where ‘Mr Slendy’ lurks. I am TWILIGHT and I hide in the dark because it’s somehow comforting. It feels like a barrier to all colour. All the links and the greens and the Reds ect. ect.
      Slender is black and white like me. Black and White are awesome. But my point is I look for him unlike most people and I haven’t found him so the people who have a theory that he’s real your lucky because that means you need more misery in your life. That means you are deprived of misery and you need more.
      How to Defeat slender man. It’s simple. How do you win the game? You find the signs, all of them. You die if you don’t. I have won the game many times without seeing him. Win the war before it starts by forgetting him. If you can’t your sword is happiness and your shield is family and people. If you lose the war aparently you will be dragged into the forest and Hung. I live 2 kilometres from a forest.
      Your lucky you didn’t need to start the war. I won before the war started too.

    • Samuel says:

      yeah that used to happen to me about every creppy pasta especially with jeff the killer but now now you know let the flow take you aslong as you don’t think about it it has no power over you ok so just watch youtube or something that keeps your mind of it just don’t cheak out the rake that is scary than any other plus if your scared of scp don’t be there fake just cheak it out

    • corey says:

      the real question is how old is the slenderman

  2. Mandy F. says:

    That’s just the creepiest story EVER. If I have nightmares, I am gonna send you my Ambien bill. LOL! :)

  3. StumbleBum says:

    Ok, I’m officially freaked out now. :-)

    • Hi Stumblebum,

      Hehe don’t blame me blame Slender Man ;).

      Actually I wrote this post late at night when everyone was sleeping and it was super dark inside…except for the Halloween blacklights in the hallway behind me. Yeah needless to say I got a little creeped out and kept looking over my shoulder down the hallway lol.

      • KRossi says:

        I am really sacred of him and I see him almost every night I am just 11 years old pls help me I am scared

        • Hi KRossi,

          Don’t worry a lot of people have that kind of problem and there is a cure. You have to start concentrating on something more positive and not think about Slender Man stuff anymore. Eventually your mind will stop being so fearful and the Slender Man problems will fade away.

          • Yo it’s Twilight once again,
            Slender is pretty cool not scary. Oh,no I am going to die by a made up person (no offence to anyone) LOL.
            There’s a pic of SLENDER man running to a group of five year olds on a playground. If you look close enough on one photo you see a guy who is aparently slender man but he’s a school principal. (HE HAD A BOOK IN HIS HANDS)
            Do you believe in Slender?

            • Ariel Jaharvias says:

              Hi. I am Ariel and I am 10 years old. I have seen videos of Slenderman, so I feel that he is real. You know, seeing is believing (usually), and I see him in videos so I think that he must be real! Is he a fictional character and people were just dressing up in costumes and acting, or is he a real figure hiding? I just would like to know because all I think about is him and he scares me.

          • Wisteria says:

            That’s not always true. A being such as Slenderman can take an interest in someone. He followed and stalked me for I have no clue how long, and even when I stopped thinking about him completely he still stayed. In fact hes never left.

        • Heather Sitzes says:

          Krossi honey, Just ask God to put his Angels around you. Whenever you’re scared, imagine yourself in a bubble of white or golden light that nothing dark or hurtful can get through. Whenever there is evil in the world, there is Goodness to fight it with. Remember, evil is cowardly so if you face it and tell it to get lost, it loses power. Don’t forget that if you are scared there are adults who will listen and help. All my love…

          • Andrea says:

            Father, u gave advice to a little girl, 11yrs old, K.Rossi on a kids story site debatin SlenderMan. I was thrilled to see such perfect, sound advice. It was butiful to read. But above all it was th truth.

            Wen I look around at th world and my own xperiences, I often see how fate and opportunity play a big part in our lives. So I thank you
            That u were around at that precise time to hear her call for help. Bless you. Your words will hopefully change her young fearful life
            Into a carefree butterfly. I thank you for that. X

          • i have 1 word so say about god FUCK God

            • Chloe says:

              Don’t talk about God that way! Even if you don’t believe in him some people do. Some people find that offensive (including me!) any way what does that have to do with Slender Man?

            • Hannah says:

              dude please do not say that

        • Oscar says:

          im just 10 years old and I’m scared someone please help me

          • gwyn says:

            dont worry kid. its just a myth slender isnt real if you are afraid just ask God to protect you. he isnt real and theres no need to worry.God is with you so there is no need to worry

            • Mason says:

              I am worried that slender will kill me i live next to a woods I have never saw him i’m a kid and i am scared in my room at night

            • Mason says:

              i am a 5 year old i am scared please help my family He was in my house yesterday on 1-2-16

            • Haley says:

              Your 5? Good spelling xp

            • Latahjanae McDermott says:

              Holy jesus! Ummmmmm I think I have advice……… Your 7 right now right? And that was last year? You are ok I promise. I know because he hasn’t attacked me and I am 11 and plus I used to live near these odd, creepy woods and I am perfectly fine. It’s ok I swear.

            • Cluke115 says:

              You cannot say that God will protect someone in the same way that slender man won’t get you. No evidence for both except myths and stories.

          • Hi Oscar!
            Slenderman! Originates in Germany! It mean ‘the tall guy’. Guess what I know how to help you! I used to be scared of bats especially how one fell on me! I lost my fear after because I didn’t get Raibies instead I looked at the funny and cute parts in the bat. It’s little pig nose and its tiny ears. Slenderman is actually pretty funny. His arms look like big sausages and I am going to make a webpage for people to send in their Pictures and Fears. Most are photo shop and just principals with blurred faces. How could he be real? Anyway Even though he’s 3m tall he would be dead. Anyway look at the good things and his scar will fade into a cut into nothing.

            • Used to be afraid of slenderman says:

              Thank you so much TwilightPhoenix you helped me get over my fear of slender man now I just think of him as a principal with a blurred face and that his arms are huge sausages. I’m just going to think of him as not scary. Thank you so much TwilightPheonix you helped me get over my fear I used to be afraid of him and I’m just a kid and my fear with him is gone

          • Katie says:

            Oscar, please don’t be scared trust me that he is not real!!!! It’s just like a stupid ghost story to frighten little kids so they will be scared to go to sleep or go outside. Just trust me I’ve been out in the woods at night plenty on times with my friends and we take so many selfies and nothing is there, don’t worry

        • Donna says:

          Hi my children are scared too but I tell them not to watch or read scarey things and you don’t get scared. When I was little we used to be scared of vampires and werewolves but there not real don’t be scared just watch happy things and you’ll stop being afraid.

        • samarakitty says:

          I feel u. I am terrified to but i try not to think of him…..if u do youll be terrified ur whole life and trust me …thats not a good feeling

      • amber lb says:

        really? i once was reading about jeff the killer and constantly looking around.i was super was a triple dog dare so yeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh……

        • Hi Amber,

          Yeah really good scary stories are like that, they’re a lot of fun but also eerie at the same time. But I like them that way X).

          • amber lb says:

            well im just the type of person that gets scared easily from a scary/creepy story.

          • Aiden says:

            You max

            • aiden says:

              hi aiden i was at my house in and i look out of my and i sow a tall man all in black and no face and i keep getting the felling that im geting folled and i keep haveing nightmare what should i do

        • Latahjanae McDermott says:

          Cool. I was dared to stand in the dark with a locked door alone for 5 min. I was standing next to a huge vent. If you know fnaf then you get what I mean. If you dont know fnaf do NOT search it up or else you will pee your pants, be scared of the dark for a while, and might need therapy……. I don’t. I am not scared of it anymore. But still just warning you…… :/

    • Oscar says:

      i was at my friends house he lives in the middle of no were me and him were walking in a path going in the woods when we saw something tall,in all black with no face we ran to his house but we felt like something or someone was watching us

  4. Sheena says:

    Wow this is really creepy. Just my luck I’ll get a picture like this.

  5. Indiah says:

    So scared by that story! :’)
    Not sure if I want to go for walks down my road anymore..

    • Hi Indiah,

      Just don’t look too close to the treeline haha or else Slender Man might be lurking there. Okay just kidding! You’ll be fine I promise :).

      • gabriel says:

        Yo tht shit fucken man I reelly like the idea of a tall,white scary muthafucka, and ever since I told my friends about him they started callning me

      • I know slender man Isent real god is

        • sierra says:

          i have seen slender and he was just there standing there then when i was looking at the time and then he got closer.

          • Spencer says:

            That is scary. My friend has seen him. I haven’t seen him but I’m VERY paranoid.

          • Hi Sierra,

            “and then he got closer” <----that was a scary line!

            • Rachael says:

              Omg slendermans scary….. But not as scary as Jeff the killer. I know nothing about him but I heard someone talk about him then looked him up…. Right when all of the stuff uploaded I saw a pic of him.. I knew I could not stand him. I’m not that old either… I’m only in middle school so….. Yeah I would like to know things about him without having to see his petrifying face. To me it’s magnificently petrifying!

            • Hi Rachael,

              Ah yeah Jeff The Killer, I’ve been meaning to look up more about him and do a story on him since I’ve gotten quite a few requests on the topic. Jeff The Killer’s face is pretty scary but Slender Man is scarier to me because you can imagine him looming in the shadows everywhere. Of course, if Slender Man had Jeff The Killer’s face then we’d all die of fright lol.

            • Jordan Smith says:

              Is he real?Idk but I am scared even tho I am 14 I still think he Is real I see him I try to think about something else but he pops into mine.I saw he once but I was to scared to stand there ever since then I never went on walks every again he still watches me and I know does

            • Brooklyn says:

              I have more common sense than anybody here I know that Slender Man is not real are you guys stupid or something if you think Slender Man is real then why don’t you post the picture of him that’s not computerized

      • GO…TO….SLEEEEP

        • ok says:

          hey what happens if you do have a dream about him how do you get it to go away.

          • nexus31 says:

            If you have a dream about enderman,it because your afraid of him.You control your dreams and nightmares not enderman.I had a dream about him and i was afraid but then i thought that i can control my dreams,so when he appear again in my dreams i always dream of killing him with guns. xD

            • Steven Swicegood says:

              Its actually hard to control youre dreams nexus31

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          • candy says:

            slender man is not real and I think people should forget about him to make their lives less scary and if you look for him it will make it more worse for you and your life

          • Jay says:

            God is real but when I sleep I think of Jeff the killer and slider man are they real