Slenderman, an eight foot tall specter known for kidnapping children, has been spotted in the sleepy mining town of Cannock Chase, in Staffordshire England over the last month or so. Brought to viral popularity by a series of creepypasta stories and a videogame sharing his name, Slenderman has become a part of current pop culture. Despite his bizarre, mythical history, his already spooky reputation was tarnished when a pair of young girls from Wisconsin stabbed a friend during a sleepover, claiming that they wanted to prove the existence of Slenderman.
According to a report on the Metro U.K., residents of Cannock Chase have spotted a mysterious spirit over the last month. Locals have described the apparition as a ‘lean, shadowy spirit’ with ‘blood red eyes’. His clothing is said to be Victorian in nature. Pye Green, a resident of Cannock Chase, shared that she was visited the the Slenderman on December 14th.
“I was awoken just before 2am by an odd scratching noise in my bedroom. To my astonishment, there was what seemed like a sphere-shaped shadow by the edge of my wardrobe.”
She continued on to say, “As I tried to get out of bed and investigate further, the shadow began to stretch towards the ceiling. It was at that point I found myself faced with the most disgusting and horrific creature imaginable.It was about eight feet tall and had a white face with razor-sharp fangs.”
The sighting, along with others, prompted Lee Brickley to investigate. He is familiar with the Slenderman mythology, knowing that it has been a subject of folklore for centuries, under various names.
Brickley is attempting to figure out why Slenderman is frightening the residents of Cannock Chase, according to the Huffington Post. However, he has a unique theory that Slenderman is not actually visiting the town, but instead is a product of sleep paralysis. He is not discounting that paranormal activity might be at play, though.
“I am drawn towards the idea of sleep paralysis due to the fact that three of the sightings happened at night when the victims were in bed. However, that doesn’t explain the sighting at Castle Ring. I think that could be a genuine paranormal encounter.”
Although Brickley does not feel the residents need to fear the Slenderman at this point, he is concerned that his increasing popularity may coerce more violence, like the incident in Wisconsin. He says it is best to simply remain calm and keep your head if you are in Slenderman’s presence, rather than doing anything crazy.
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[Photo Courtesy: The Daily Star]