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Heres a tale told to me by pupils of Inverclyde Academy about a tall, dark and, well, not so handsome gentleman coming

to visit... a real...

his tentacles and long fingers steal away the unwary never to return. if you see him, , it may already be too late....

there are indeed many legends of the thin stranger. he appears throughout the centuries, in fairytales and history books, always just out of focus, in the corner of the eye...

...and today hes come to greenock

little ellie sees him first at the supermarket car park

back in a minute, honey ...max will look after you

there is no compassion, no quarter given

and screams filling the empty spaces...

meant to get mince....

think theres still some in the freezer..?

only the darkness...

hes moves slowly

and silently

through the mall...

the guard thinks he sees something...

but has already forgotten what it was as he is enveloped by the dark...

his tendrils snake slowly across the sleeping town...

and a long shadow falls

he has come...

...might not like what they find when they go looking for the lost

and all those who find loved ones missing from empty beds...

from the hustle and bustle of the town, to the old largs road and moorlands at dusk, he watches...

looks like somebodys come off their bike...

...waiting

Mick!

better go and see if anyones hurt, mate.

mick! get the headlights back on!!!

ian? ian? ian, where are ye? what the...

always waiting...

just as the taken wait... not knowing whats next

Hee hee. thank you to inverclyde academy for terrifying me with these pages.

in case youve been made to forget, slenderman originated online by victor surge. nasty piece of work.

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