Oh Wanderer of Blazes will you please pass me by?
I am not worth your interest, so leave me here to die.
As the flames close in a curl around this frigid winter night,
I pray I will not see you coming, by the fire's light.
- Full Circle
A six story-arc creepypasta saga about the Slender Man written by one Star Kindler
. It starts with a single attack by the Slender Man on an unsuspecting young writer named Connor Russell and his friend Kurt Kent. From there it spirals out of control into a series of killings, during which things tend to go from From Bad to Worse
.This story harkens back to some of the earlier depictions of the Slender Man, including its association with children, fire, and its meta nature.
The six stories in order are:
Tropes Associated with the By the Fire's Light series are:
- Anyone Can Die: Anyone can. And eventually, it's implied everyone pretty much does.
- Apocalypse How: In "Full Circle" Scope: Planetary as a minimum Severity: Metaphysical Annihilation
- The Bad Guy Wins: The Slender Man wins in the end.
- Batman Gambit: Detective Carl Rourke and Mira Grolinsky try to use Slender Man's meta nature against it. This ends up blowing up in their faces spectacularly.
- Big Bad: The Slender Man is the main villain.
- The Blank: The Slender Man, faceless as usual in stories it stars in.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Slender Man ends up running on this. It's two-edged, however, because if people know Slender Man exists for real, they can use the force of belief to curb it. This ends up being how Detective Carl Rourke and Mira Grolinksy fight, and, eventually, lose to the Slender Man.
- Combat Tentacles: And Slender Man uses them aplenty.
- Cosmic Horror Story: The Slender Man is treated as an Eldritch Abomination and hails from an Eldritch Location in story.
- The Dark Times: Hinted to be where the Slender Man harkens from in "The Wanderer of Blazes" and what it is attempting to bring about
- Daylight Horror: Daylight will not save you from the Slender Man.
- Decoy Protagonist: Connor Russell. Though he sets things in motion,the main protagonists end up being Mira Grolinsky and Detective Carl Rourke.
- Defiant to the End: Detective Carl Rourke and Mira Grolinsky
- Despair Event Horizon: Crossed by Jared Holloway in "Fighting Fate". Detective Carl Rouke and Mira Grolinksy teeter on the edge of it, but just manage not to cross it.
- Determinator: Detective Carl Rourke and Mira Grolinsky, two characters who team up in the last four stories to take down Slender Man. They fail
- Downer Ending: Slender Man wins in the end.
- Driven to Suicide: Several characters but notably not Detective Carl Rourke or Mira Grolinsky
- Eldritch Abomination: Slender Man
- Eldritch Location: A fiery dimension Slender Man hangs out in with its victims.
- Foreshadowing: Much of the endgame of the series is foreshadowed in "The Wanderer of Blazes" in the brief section that touches on the Slender Man's origins or at least its retroactive origins.
- From Bad to Worse: How the stories tend to arc.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Surprisingly, no one really does this, though Jared Holloway teeters on the very edge.
- I Have Many Names: The Slender Man, The Wanderer of Blazes, The Nameless One
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Mira tries to invoke this with Jared in "Fighting Fate" It doesn't work
- Kill It with Fire: Slender Man's signature move in this series when its not using its tendrils to slice people.
- Lean and Mean: It wouldn't be Slender Man if it wasn't tall, lean, and very mean.
- Mind Rape: Features heavily whenever Slender Man takes an interest in someone.
- Multiple Choice Past: The origin given in "The Wanderer of Blazes" might be true. Or it might only be retroactively true because people in-universe believe in it.
- Oh, Crap: Massive one in "The Curling Flames" towards the end when Jared Hollowed realizes he and Detective Carl Rourke have set themselves up for the Slender Man.
- Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Dreams feature as portents of things to come for several characters.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Several different variations on Slender Man's title, including slenderman and Slenderman, appear at some point during the story.
- Title Drop: In "By the Fire's Light" and "Full Circle" receive normal title drops. "The Nameless One" gets a preemptive title drop in "The Wanderer of Blazes" and "The Wanderer of Blazes" gets one in "Full Circle".
- Tulpa: The Slender Man shares several aspects with one in this series.
- You Can't Fight Fate: The fifth story attempts to subvert this. It's even called "Fighting Fate"! In the end though fate has its way.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Slender Man wouldn't exist in-story if people didn't believe in him.