Some of you who know me might already have a hunch that I’m a horror junkie. I love it- movies, shows, books, video games, web-videos, novels, short stories (and now creepypasta). As long as its supernatural, and not gore. I don’t do the “Saw” stuff. So October is my month and I like to “kick it up a notch”.
Last night I kicked it up a couple of notches too far and was unable to sleep.
1) I discovered “The Slenderman”: a “new urban legend” being created, at first accidentally, by the internet. The first pictures of him: a distant figure in the background of photographs, inhumanly tall and thin, faceless, reaching out with limbs that aren’t *quite* arms. Though he has his origins in may of this year, there’s already a huge body of photographs, artwork and legendary surrounding him…it. What really got me into it (and terrified the pants off me) is the interactive serial movie/ARG that’s being made around the mythos called “Marble Hornets” (after the movie a film student was making when he began to be effected by the Slenderman. You can search it on youtube or here’s a link to where it’s being discussed: http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/index.php?f=248&sid=963c671b0c9aa90f91784593c2b8159b
Like others who have gotten into the whole Slenderman thing, the Slenderman got into me. I couldn’t shut my eyes last night without my mind providing some horrible new senario, with the slenderman lurking just in sight. And it’s too late to run.
2)” The Dining Room/There is Nothing”. I am *not* linking to this- if you really want to see it you can PM me; but I don’t want anyone to be scarred the way I was out of idle curiousity. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no blood or gore, no swearing, no violence, no sex, and it’s only 2 minutes long (sort of) but it is LITERALLY the most terrifying thing I will ever see in my life (dear gods I hope) and I never want to see it again. I wish I had never seen it.
You know how a lot of horror starts with things being ‘subtly wrong’, like the Slenderman, almost human to your eyes, but every sense modern life and skepticism has tried to bury is screaming at you ITS NOT HUMAN AND ITS TOO LATE TO RUN?
There is NOTHING subtle about “The Dining Room”. Oh sure, at first you don’t see what’s so scary about the girl…woman…thing, in the Diningroom, and then it opens its mouth and starts…. making sound. And then it… falls down…. and then it happens in reverse. All the while its eyes are staring at you. Every time I think about it I start to tear up in Terror. It made me flat out cry last night. Nothing, nothing has ever scared me that bad before.
In Conclusion: I scared myself worse than I have in a LONG LONG time last night (purely my own choice, after all I was doing it right before bed) I slept fitfully and had nightmares until I woke up at 4:30 AM and then I lay in bed with my eyes wide open, sweating up a storm, waiting for the sun to rise before I could even try to go back to sleep.
I’m going to try to follow the Slenderman story because its the kind of terror I love (even if it keeps me up), but the Dining Room… I wish I could just forget it.