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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Slender Man: a hoax becoming reality?

Blurb for the book: Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact, by Rev. Robin Swope:
 
Has a fictional internet character come to life? Slenderman was created on June 10th 2009. During a contest on the "Something Awful" forum in which people were asked to create a fictional paranormal character to fool investigators. A submission by "Victor Surge" took the forum and soon the Internet by storm. His creation "Slenderman" is a paranormal entity that lurks in the shadows, stalking people from their childhood. Once encountered, it is an unrelenting and unstoppable force of evil that does not rest until you are dead. This shadow entity is dressed in a black suit and is inhumanly tall with oddly long limbs. These limbs eerily extend out and multiply to trap you in its terrifying death embrace. But the oddest thing about this fictional internet character? People are actually having encounters with a real life Slenderman entity. In this new book by Robin Swope you will discover the origin and growth of the Slenderman myth, its historical archetypal imagery and the chilling clues that point to this modern myth is in fact an actual demonic force that has been hunting humans for hundreds of years. Join Rev. Robin Swope, a seminary trained exorcist and minister as he explores the strange story of the malicious child killing entity known as Slenderman.

 
From the "Phantoms and Monsters" blog:
 
Rev. Robin Swope is a Writer and has been a Christian Minister for more than 20 years in both Mainline and Evangelical Denominations. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Nyack College and a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling from Alliance Theological Seminary. He has served as a Missionary to Burkina Faso, and has ministered to the homeless in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. He is currently the Pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is also a freelance journalist for Examiner.com, has a column in the Tri-State Senior News and has also written for Fate Magazine. Rev. Swope also lectures at various conferences and events and we will also be discussing his newest book released book, Slenderman: From Fiction to Fact To follow Robin's blog visit The Paranormal Pastor
 
 
First picture ever posted on the net.
 
 
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From WeKnowMemes
 
 
Is this a validation of the "The Philip Aylesford Experiment?"
 
 
or might this be a form of noumenon contagion? (example below):





 
June bug epidemic

The June bug epidemic serves as a classic example of hysterical contagion. In 1962 a mysterious disease broke out in a dressmaking department of a US textile factory. The symptoms included numbness, nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. Word of a bug in the factory that would bite its victims and develop the above symptoms quickly spread. Soon sixty two employees developed this mysterious illness, some of whom were hospitalized. The news media reported on the case. After research by company physicians and experts from the US Public Health Service Communicable Disease Center, it was concluded that the case was one of mass hysteria.

While the researchers believed some workers were bitten by the bug, anxiety was likely the cause of the symptoms. No evidence was ever found for a bug which could cause the above flu-like symptoms, nor did all workers demonstrate bites.

Workers concluded that the environment was quite stressful; the plant had recently opened, was quite busy and organization was poor. Further, most of the victims reported high levels of stress in their lives. Social forces seemed at work too. Of the 62 employees that reported symptoms, 59 worked on the first shift, 58 worked in the same area, and 50 of the 62 cases occurred in the two consecutive days after the media supposedly “sensationalized” the event. Most of the employees who became sick took days off to recuperate.

Some have questioned whether the incident was a massive cover-up, but most evidence suggests psychological and social forces were at work at the clothing factory.


 


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