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Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man: The Development of an Internet Mythology


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Shira Chess, Eric Newsom
    Pages 1-14
  3. Shira Chess, Eric Newsom
    Pages 15-38
  4. Shira Chess, Eric Newsom
    Pages 39-60
  5. Shira Chess, Eric Newsom
    Pages 61-75
  6. Shira Chess, Eric Newsom
    Pages 76-94
  7. Shira Chess, Eric Newsom
    Pages 95-117
  8. Shira Chess, Eric Newsom
    Pages 118-128
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 129-143

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.


The Slender Man slenderman digital culture digital folklore transmedia storytelling digital storytelling fan studies culture Internet Online

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GeorgiaUSA
  2. 2.University of Central MissouriUSA

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.

Bibliographic information


“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)