Slender Trends In Modern American Horror: How Original Are We Really?

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Another compelling essay on horror by K.C. Redding-Gonzalez

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

For most of us older Horror writers and readers, the whole Slenderman takeover of youthful Horror audiences has remained slightly under the radar. Were it not for the heinous attempted murder trial of two unbalanced young girls which keeps resurfacing, it probably would have remained so…For many it is shocking, alarming…coming from nowhere – which makes it even more terrifying to contemplate.

Except for one thing: this whole scare-the-kids business with men in suits has been done before.

It might come as a shock – if not a disappointment – that the whole mythology of Slenderman is as old as, well, dirt. The fact that it tends to resurface in each generation or so is of mild interest, and often fanned by spinners of paranormal legend-making, offered often as proof that there are some paranormal “things” which have some basis in reality…thereby escalating the level of fear with which we…

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4 thoughts on “Slender Trends In Modern American Horror: How Original Are We Really?

  1. With the rampant popularity of this Horror monster and the temptation such brings to drag fiction into reality, I find it timely to talk about how this fictional creature got its start and often runs away with reason. This one is a good example of the “tale” wagging the Horror dog!

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