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Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man

The Development of an Internet Mythology

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About this book

The Slender Man entered the general popular consciousness in May 2014, when two young girls led a third girl into a wooded area and stabbed her. Examining the growth of the online horror phenomenon, this book introduces unique attributes of digital culture and establishes a needed framework for studies of other Internet memes and mythologies.

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“This work covers much of the Slender Man, his birth and subsequent life online. It also looks hard at how modern tales are written, and the similarity with how tales were told and evolved in our past. … it is a worthy coverage of just how the internet is being used by us to enable the numinous corners of our consciousness.” (Trevor Pyne, Magonia Review of Books, The Magonia Blog,, April, 2017)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Georgia, USA

    Shira Chess

  • University of Central Missouri, USA

    Eric Newsom

About the authors

Shira Chess is Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia, USA.

Eric Newsom is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Central Missouri, USA.

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