Shira Chess

Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

shira.chess@gmail.com

Book Announcement : Folklore, Horror Stories, and the Slender Man: The Development of an Internet Mythology

Since 2009, the Slender Man has been growing in popularity as an emergent, groundbreaking Internet horror myth. It entered the broader popular consciousness in May 2014, when two twelve year old girls led a third girl into a wooded area and stabbed her numerous times. The Slender Man takes on important cultural meanings in the […]

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The Two Slender Mans

Many might recall that this past summer there was a bit of moral panic over the Internet meme “The Slender Man.” The panic began when two Wisconsin twelve-year-old girls stabbed a third twelve-year-old girl 19 times to gain favor with an Internet horror character. While the girl survived the attack, this led to public outcry […]

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