Real Life Horror! The Internet Is Alive and The Slenderman Mysteries
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 11 pm ET, Join Paranormal Now’s host Alan B. Smith
as he welcomes Ken Cherry to discuss the UFO video released by the Pentagon and reported on by the NY Times in December, 2018 in relation to the 2007 – 2012 secret program: the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
Following Ken Cherry’s report, the featured guest is cryptozoologist, ufologist and paranormal researcher Nick Redfern to discuss today’s most insidious cryptid: the Slenderman. Discussing his book, The Slenderman Mysteries, Nick takes us down the rabbit hole of the most frightening kind where not only does the line between the real world and the shadow world blur, but where the borders of our very own reality are erased. The very nature and historical understanding of the Slenderman challenges our own state of existence. Slenderman was created in 2009 by Eric Knudsen when posted on the Something Awful website. So the Slenderman really is the cryptic of all cryptids because we are forced to ask, has the internet come alive enough to take our own imagination and make it a reality? Nick lays out historical evidence and science based philosophies to explain how we may no longer be the only creators on this planet. And if the Slenderman is any indication of what is to come…then we need to be prepared.
Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the London Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, Fate, and UFO Magazine. Redfern is the author of 40 books, including Immortality of the Gods, Weapons of The Gods, Bloodline of The Gods, Monster Files, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, The Real Men In Black, The NASA Conspiracies: Keep Out!, The Pyramids and The Pentagon, Contactees, The World’s Weirdest Places, For Nobody’s Eyes Only, and Close Encounters of The Fatal Kind. He has appeared on many TV shows, including the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy channel’s Proof Positive; and the History channel’s Ancient Aliens and Monster Quest.
Alan’s Paranormal Cabin
I love talking about spooky tales and creepy cryptids! A good safe scare, I think, is healthy. In some strange way being scared by a story or movie can actually encourage humility as it awakens that instinct within us that says we are a part of something wholly mysterious, far from being the center of all things. However…The Slenderman. The Slenderman takes it to a entirely new level of realism beyond introspection and an entertaining mystery. It actually makes me a little superstitious – and I am not the superstitious type. Although I guess I am now. In fact, as I have read The Slenderman Mysteries book, written by Nick Redfern, I have been careful as to not ponder over it too much when I’m not actually reading. I won’t even daydream or do anything that could be perceived as an invocation or invitation. And I take fairly seriously a quote from The Mothman Prophecies which Redfern refers to in his book: “When you noticed these things, they noticed that you noticed them.” Now that’s some creepy thinking!
While it is not exactly the most novel idea, as we often are warned about the potential consequences of opening doors to paranormal entities, there is something about the way this character puts it that really pricks the limbic portion of my brain. As I said, I enjoy exploring the paranormal world of hauntings, scary beasts and the dark unknown, but always do I move through that space with caution. I don’t think that we have to avoid talking about these subjects in order to evade any unwanted intrusions. All we have to do is not obsess over it and keep objective while researching. It’s like in acting when one steeps themselves deep into the role of a disturbing character, one needs know they can exist that state when the curtain goes down. Some actors can do that near instantly simply by choosing to do so, while others need time or some small ritual to find their way back to themselves again. Essentially it comes down to protection (self-preservation).
The reason this is all so important in regards to the Slenderman is because this is a fabricated creature by a real person named Eric Knudsen in 2009, who posted his creation on the Something Awful website and within days became an internet sensation eventually leading to the attempted murder of a friend. This friend was Peyton Leutnor, the girlfriend of two classmates, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser was stabbed 19 times (she survived) because they thought that a sacrifice to the Slenderman would grant them access to his lair. These 12 year old girls really believed that this faceless, spindly, man like entity was truly real. Other people have been seeing actual visions and have had face-to-face encounters with the Slenderman since then. Shadow People encounters often resemble those of the Slenderman so we know similar experiences have been going on for a very long time. But what is most frightening here is Nick’s proposal that: what if Slenderman had always existed and manifested through Eric Knudsen to use the internet as its tool to speed its force? Or equally terrifying: did a conscious internet itself birth the Slenderman into the real world? These questions and more are astutely analyzed by Redfern in his book.
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