Let’s Play Dead Girl is a story inspired by true events about three girls’ experience with Slenderman in early 2014. Josephine and Juda are best friends who create a mysterious, god-like creature, named Alto. They write stories, draw pictures, and always talk about him – they become completely obsessed. The girls create a website dedicated to Alto and it gains thousands of followers. One day, they decide that the time has come to bring him to life, and the only way to do that is by sacrificing one of their friends. What about this story will make your skin crawl? The girls are only 12 years-old.
In late May/early June of 2014, news broke of two Wisconsin tweens who stabbed their classmate 19 times. I heard about how these girls tried to sacrifice their friend in an effort to bring Slenderman, an imaginary and mysterious creature, to life. I could not believe what I was hearing. Over the next few weeks I could do nothing but think about this story – we unfortunately hear about violence all the time, but how rarely do we hear about 12 year-old girls attacking one another on such a serious level? What drove these girls to attempt this? How deeply did they plan this? What would they have done had they not been caught?
This is a very cool story and I’m very proud to have spoken with Christian Moran about it.