Britain’s Slenderman: The Evolution Of Ghosts And Monsters

The character, Slenderman, was created in 2009 in a story posted to the website Something Awful by Eric Knudsen. In January of this year it was claimed by several newspapers that Slenderman had been seen by several people in Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, England. Lee Brickley, who prompted the stories by approaching the media in the first place pointed out that there were sightings that pre-date the creation of Slenderman and several references have since been made to a 2001 sighting of an entity that resembles the character Slenderman, the eye-witness account of which was published in 2008 in the book There’s Something In The Woods written by Nick Redfern. Continue reading Britain’s Slenderman: The Evolution Of Ghosts And Monsters

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #4

It’s time for the last Weakly Ghost Bulletin (WGB) of January 2015 and, all in all, January has been a pretty average month when it comes to silly ghost stories making the press. Last week’s WGB was a bit weirder than average because Lee Brickley went on one of his attention seeking sprees and claimed that a Slenderman-like spirit or spirits were haunting people. I covered that in WGB #3, as well as in an open letter Brickley himself. It wasn’t long before people went to the media with what they claimed was evidence of Slenderman… but before I get too caught up in the subject let’s get on with… Continue reading Weakly Ghost Bulletin #4

A British Slenderman? I Don’t Think So… (updated)

Update: The Mirror who were first to report on Christine Hamlet’s photo of Slenderman used the wrong photograph. The photo used (that I then used here) was not the photo she claimed showed Slenderman, but was in fact a photo that she thought showed a Black Eyed Kid also said to haunt Cannock’s Chase. That photo can be seen here.
Mark Bellis commented that the photo ‘looks like a scan of a print that someone has drawn something on, possibly with the same marker as the circle. Photos and negatives have a Dmax – maximum density or darkness – as you can see, the ‘slenderman’ is darker than any other area in the photo, even deep shadows – that’s not possible for any real object that had been in the original frame of the photo’

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Slenderman: Myths, Murder and Humanity

In her book The Biology of Violence, Neuroscientist Debra Niehof, after twenty years of studying whether genes or the environment make people violent, explains that both biological and environmental factors are influences and that particular types of stimulation – such as films, News coverage, or other sorts of media, are not going to provoke violence in every consumer. It’s the individual person that is the catalyst. Continue reading Slenderman: Myths, Murder and Humanity