Slender Man by Anonymous #spooktasticreads


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Today I’m reviewing Slender Man and including this as part of Wyrd and Wonders Spooktastic Reads.

Slender ManWhat better way to creep your way through October than to read a copy of Slender Man.  This is a novel that is quite addictive and very quick and easy to read.  I would mention that I didn’t find this as scary as I expected it to be but it has a certain creepiness going on and is a compelling read.

Matt and Lauren both attend an elite private school in New York.  Highly cliquey, this is the type of place where you only attend if your parents are rich or famous or both.

First, a little bit of background information.  As the story begins we learn a little about Matt and Lauren.  Matt is not part of the ‘popular’ crowd, Lauren is, although she has a dark side that she keeps secret.  In spite of their different social standing the two have been friends for many years due to the long-term friendship between their parents although their friendship is not widely known at school.  Matt has been suffering nightmares – or night terrors – and his parents have organised therapy for him to try and work through the situation.  Late one evening, and with no apparent reason, Lauren walks out of her apartment block in the early hours of the morning.  Caught on CCTV she appears to be alone.  She didn’t return home.  What follows is the police investigation and all the rumours that spread like crazy as her disappearance lengthens.

As mentioned above the story makes for compelling reading.  It’s told in epistolary format which makes for very quick reading indeed.  Journals, emails, therapists reports and police interviews combine with online chats and social media sites to provide a gripping and modern style of storytelling.

I have to admit that with a couple of provisos I really enjoyed this and I confess to being curious about the ‘anonymous’ author.

I’ve not read a great deal about the Slender Man but he seems to be a fairly recent addition to the fictional world.  A tall and scary creation that stalks or abducts the young or causes nightmares or other terrors.  The SM haunts the dark and abandoned places.  He can rarely be seen although sometimes a shadow or shape in the trees can capture an outline.  As the story progresses it appears that Lauren has either become intrigued by him or he has taken an interest in her.  Following her disappearance rumours run rife, Matt’s nightmares become much worse and other strange events begin to occur.  It soon becomes apparent to Matt that he needs to take action – even though he’s scared to do so.

Matt is a quiet student.  He doesn’t really interact a lot with anybody, well he has one friend although it wouldn’t appear that they’re particularly close.  Rumours begin to circulate after the police interview him for a second time – word of the secret friendship surface and finally a local newspaper circulates a story which without naming Matt certainly points a finger of suspicion and nobody has any doubts as to which direction the finger is pointing.  To be honest, in some respects he’s his own worst enemy, he’s very closed off and a little bit unapproachable and taciturn.  That being said I felt really bad for him and the way he becomes singled out for such vindictive attacks.

As I mentioned, if you pick this up expecting a real clutch the cushion read then you might be disappointed.  To an extent the SM takes something of a back seat.  There are mentions and sightings, shadows and shapes but nothing really concrete.  There is a sense of things about to go horribly wrong and the overall mystery of the disappearing school girl all tangled in with the general rising hysteria from the school and the poor handling of the case by the detectives leading the investigation.  You know that something is going to go wrong and the anticipation is what keeps you reading.

In terms of any criticisms. This is definitely the sort of read that takes the ‘less is more’ approach.  Much is left to the reader’s imagination and whilst I quite like this approach at the same time it’s something of a double edged sword because ultimately it feels like there is little real explanation or closure.  Ultimately, I really enjoyed the story but I did feel a little bit let down by the ending.  It put me in mind of something else but I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil the read for others.

Criticisms aside this did make for compulsive reading for me and I virtually read the whole story in one sitting because I simply couldn’t put it down.  If I find out who the author is I would definitely be intrigued to read more.

I received a copy through Edelweiss, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.









21 Responses to “Slender Man by Anonymous #spooktasticreads”

  1. sjhigbee

    And I’m heartened by the fact it ISN’T a real clutch-the-cushion read! Many thanks for an excellent review, Lynn:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – definitely not as scary as I’d expected – perhaps because it’s YA (only a guess though).
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Hm – I’ve read YA stuff that’s given me nightmares… But then I am a cowardy custard!

      • @lynnsbooks

        I don’t think this one would be nightmare inducing – it’s not scary really but still a good fast paced read.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Which is cheering – thank you for the information, Lynn:)

  2. Deanna Reads Books

    This is interesting to me that this is a book now, because I believe it originated as a Creepy Pasta.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I wasn’t aware of that but I was interested in finding out more so checked it out. I also read Mister Tender’s Girl which was very good and actually plays on the rather horrific real life attempted murder that occured.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I just started this one and am about 50 pages in so I skimmed much of your review because I want to tackle it with fresh eyes. Glad to know it was a compulsive read for you, I’m definitely feeling those vibes too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s not as scary as I hoped, but having said that it has a YA feel so perhaps too scary wouldn’t have been appropriate. I really found it a super fast read. I was slightly disappointed with the ending and it put me in mind of something that I won’t mention for spoilers – when you’ve finished you’ll have to let me know and I’ll DM you what I was meaning 😀

  4. pcochrun

    Great review! Agree with your points. I too enjoyed how many parts were left out due to the style. The reader had to fill in many blanks.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Plus I love tales told in this format. I wish it had been a tad more scary but even so it was a fast paced read.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I had a lot of similar thoughts and feelings. Although I didn’t mention it in my review, I also felt sorry for Matt and fell he really took the fall for things. I loved the formatting of the book and yes, it made for a super quick read. I just wished it had a tad more horror but creepy is a good description.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It definitely needed a bit more scare factor – but then I figured it was maybe aimed at YA?
      Lynn 😀

  6. waytoofantasy

    Oooh, I do enjoy the less is more approach for these types of stories. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review!

    • @lynnsbooks

      i also love that approach – although, I think I would have liked more from the ending – I’m needy that way 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A story that leaves a great deal to the imagination is indeed my kind of story, because I believe that nothing and no one can scare us as the products of our imagination can.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Absolutely spot on. The imagination is a powerful thing. My dreams will confirm that.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I am hoping to read this one this week! 🙂 Seems a good choice

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hope you enjoyed it.
      Lynn 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        Haha – well, that’s the problems with lists isn’t it – always more books to add to your overburdened pile.
        Lynn 😀

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