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Creator of Slender Man ‘saddened’ by stabbing

The Wisconsin park where two 12-year-old girls are accused of planning to kill another 12-year-old girl before deciding to go to some nearby woods, where the girl was severely injured with 19 stab wounds.

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The Wisconsin park where two 12-year-old girls are accused of planning to kill another 12-year-old girl before deciding to go to some nearby woods, where the girl was severely injured with 19 stab wounds.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The man who created “Slender Man,” a spooky character popularized in short stories, video games and films, and an administrator of a website that collected the works expressed their condolences Wednesday to a 12-year-old girl who was stabbed by two fans and to others affected by the tragedy.

A spokeswoman for Slender Man creator Eric Knudsen and an administrator for creepypasta.wikia.com said they have been overwhelmed with calls and messages since news broke that the girls charged in the weekend stabbing told police they wanted to curry favor with Slender Man and prove he was real.

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‘‘I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act,’’ Knudsen said in a statement released by spokeswoman Sue Procko.

Creepypasta administrator David Morales said the site clearly states the stories there are fiction and its rules bar use by anyone under 13.

‘‘We are not teaching children to believe in a fictional monster, nor are we teaching them to be violent,’’ Morales wrote in an email.

He noted that administrators have not allowed any new Slender Man stories to be posted since 2012 because they want users to come up with fresh ideas. Since Knudsen posted the first Slender Man stories and photos in an online forum in 2009, hundreds of other writers, artists and programmers have created horror stories featuring the tall, thin, faceless man in a black suit.

‘‘Overall, the community has deep condolences to the family of the victim and all those who were involved,’’ Morales wrote.

The two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as adults in the stabbing face 65 years in prison. The victim remains hospitalized.

Slender Man fans defended the stories and the community that’s gathered around them.

‘‘It fosters a lot of good conversations and friendships online, as well as creativity between fellow creators,’’ Ryan Lelache, a Slender Man fan from New Jersey, wrote in an email.

Lisa Morton, vice president of the Horror Writers Association, said the genre ‘‘helps us to explore and understand our own fears.’’

‘‘The horror characters that rise to the top and become the best known are speaking to contemporary cultural anxieties,’’ added Rhonda Brock-Servais, an English professor at Longwood University.

More coverage:

Two girls accused in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing

Who is Slender Man?

A look at ‘creepy pasta’ stories and website

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