LAUREN BAILEY HAS DISAPPEARED.
As her friends and the police search for answers, Matt Barker begins to dream of trees and black skies and something drawing closer.
Through fragments of journals, blog posts and messages, a sinister, slender figure emerges and all divisions between fiction and delusion, between nightmare and reality, begin to fall.
The urban legend of the Sle...more
And, Bravo! I don't know who the Anonymous author is but I am a fan of yours whoever you may be.
This book can easily be read within a few hour ...more
Matt Barker and Lauren Bailey are close friends, have known each other since they were little, and both attend private school in New York. Even though they know each other better than anyone they keep their friendship a secret as Lauren is a popular girl and Matt tends to keep to himself. One day, Lauren has gone missing and was last ...more
I first heard about the upcoming Slender Man book at the very beginning of this year when Books in the Freezer talked about new releases on their podcast. I immediately requested a copy, and the book release kept getting pushed back. This month I received an e-mail from the publisher asking if I wanted to review it, and I was so excited!
I am happy to say that I had a ...more
The origin of Slender Man as a creepypasta internet meme that gained traction on an online forum before becoming viral and exploding into a worldwide phenomenon has always fascinated me. It’s perhaps one of the best modern examples of how a legend or myth might come to life, its genesis and spread happening in real time for all to observe, especially following a series of violent related incidents widely covered by the m ...more
OK, this is one seriously addictive and creepy read, and is a perfect pick for Halloween (or any other time of year if you are in the mood). The atmosphere is fantastic, and I love the epistolary style its told in. Fragments of journal entries, text messages, reddit posts, police interviews and recordings are used to lead the reader through a suspenseful mystery. It also makes for a much quicker read, which can be a positive t ...more
The beginning bored me to no end and I had a lot of issues but I couldn't put it down at all AND THE ENDING OHMY. It was so creepy to me and I'm so glad I read this!
Written in a kind of patchwork narrative comprised of journal entries, text messages and interview transcripts, we observe the incidence of missing teenage girl Lauren, primarily through the eyes of Matt. We get to witness his mental unraveling and this really ramps up the tension. This was a quick read and very mu ...more
The action centers around Matt who is concerned for his missing friend and classmate, Lauren. Lauren is a popular girl and Matt, not so much. Of course, Matt’s outsider status makes him something of a suspect to certain members of the school population, and then there are his nightmares.
Nightmares that may or may ...more
Recently watched the Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story and so far it's my favorite film re SM. Deliciously creepy and I highly recommend. I was hoping to get that same creep factor in this book but alas, it is YA Horror - though even som ...more
First off, I want to thank the publisher and author (who shall remain nameless) for an advanced reading copy of Slender Man in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC does not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.
Are you familiar with Slender Man? This fictional supernatural character originated online as a creepypasta internet meme and just continued to grow from there (books, video games, movies, etc.) Stories of this modern bogeyman typically feature him stalki ...more
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I’ll start off by saying that I can see this not being for everyone. The style of writing includes many forms – journal entries, interrogation transcripts, social media, emails, recordings, and more. I think that all of these combined made a compelling story and helped illustrate the wide reach that this entity can have.
Matt Barker is an outcast at a prestigious private school in New York. He keeps to himsel ...more
Unfortunately it’s the actual story that lets the whole thing down. It’s rather generic and I didn’t really find it overly scary at all. Still, it’s a really fast paced read and still a bit of fun.
Slender Man is a suspenseful, horror-lite, highly-meta novel about the terrors that may or may not exist outside of our own minds. While the “found footage” tale is unremarkable, it’s a fast, fun read for thriller lovers seeking an evening of entertainment.
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Ripped straight from the forum posts that created its titular modern day internet boogey man, Slender Man seems constructed from online culture’s spare ...more
One of Matt’s friends disappears in the middle of the night. He doesn’t think the police are doing enough to help, so he starts to investigate. He believes that Slender man took her, and that he must save him.
Pretty much NOTHING scary happened until the last half of the book, and what did happen was weak-sauce.
Slender Man is, most effectively, a visual horror myth. Part of what makes him scary is noticing him in places you don't expect to see him. This is why movies and games work so well in adapting the legend: Coming across him accidentally or seeing him slinking around in the background without the main character noticing is what works with this character.
What DOES NOT work is having a 30 ...more
The style of this book made it a very quick and engaging read, because the story is told through a variety of narrative devices, including journal entries, text messages, audio transcripts and newspaper reports – not your usual, straightforward narration. The unorthodox style was refreshing and made ...more
Going in with no expectations, I was really pleasantly surprised and ended up reading the entire thing over a period of 3-4 hours - it is essentially epistolary in format, includ ...more
The methods of storytelling varied throughout the book in fantastic fashion and it literally kept me engrossed in it for the duration of the week it t ...more
This book tells its story through a series of diary entries, police interview transcripts, reddit forum posts, WhatsApp messages and even in a short story written by the main character.
I’ve always had a liking in stories told in this manner; they ...more
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