A friend of mine and I had a conversation earlier today regarding the Slender Man and horror movies. It’s one of those things that makes a really good story when handled well, such as with Marble Hornets or Just Another Fool. What I’m wondering is if it could be applied to literature effectively. We’re talking a Lovecraftian monstrosity that stalks and kills anyone who pays to much attention to him (it?) here, a monstrosity that already has a ton of back story and exposure from all the ARGs and Slenderbloggers. Would it apply well to literature? To books that don’t up date with something new every few days or weeks? The amount of hits that places like Dreams in Darkness and, again, Just Another Fool get even after being finished could suggest so. Would the Slenderbloggers and the guys who run the ARGs react well to a novelist adding to their mythology? Would they tie it into what they were doing as a kind of “those poor fools what have they done” or would they decry someone trying to capitalize on the ground work that they laid? At the end of the day, would there be enough interest outside of the internet to make it worthwhile to a publisher to print a novel that played with Slendy or would it be ignored by all but the already present followers online?
What do you guys think? Is Slendy something that could work in a book or should he stay online? Heck, maybe sound off with your favorite Slenderblog or ARG while you’re at it.