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Our hero, Leo. pictured here: mild insanity.

The Dead Are Watching is an Alternate Reality Game taking place in The Slender Man Mythos. It follows Leo, a reclusive man in Campbell Country. With his Ouija Board, a Necronomicon, and a need for proof of the paranormal Leo is hoping to summon something. He performs a ritual that should bring the dead to him. Little does he know that what he summons is much more malicious than expected. When symbols and a certain faceless slender man appears things really take a turn for the worse.

View the series, with ordered playlist provided, here.


The Dead Are Watching provides examples of:

  • Arc Symbol: There are two symbols prevalent so far. The symbol of the Watchers and a new symbol which has been identified as Choronzon's mark.
  • Brown Note: The Slender Man, as always.
  • Beige Prose / Minimalism : The entries are short, as is the text, to keep viewer's attention.
  • Big Bad: The Watchers and their cultists who wear white masks.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Maskie.
  • Dark Secret: In Entry 37 Leo mentions some previously undiscussed personal history while suffering some Sanity Slippage. He has yet to elaborate.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Sometimes highlighted in an "exerpt", but occasionally without.
  • Gratuitous Latin: "Reconciliation and Penance (Leo)". This message was translated from binary to Latin then from Latin to English.
  • Haunted Headquarters: Leo's home.
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  • Humanoid Abomination: The Slender Man and the Watchers
  • Nightmare Face: In Entry 37 a face of faces appears and momentarily blocks out the screen.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Entry 30 Leo goes into his backyard to confront some masked strangers, but ends up getting an even bigger surprise.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: We only have the videos and Leo's word that something is wrong, though it is. Considerably.
  • A True Story in My Universe: The Necronomicon that is written by the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred
  • Sensory Abuse: Videos get very loud and distorted when something paranormal happens.
  • Show, Don't Tell: Leo's wife gets all of ten seconds of screen-time, but apparently she was dragged across the room towards a closet by an unseen force. Later she is seen during a distortion of reality.
  • Slasher Smile: A particularly chilling one is given by Leo at the end of Entry 32 and again at the end of Entry 42. Could he be a Reluctant Monster?
  • Spooky Photographs: His captured video and a picture found in a journal are Leo's first hints that something is wrong.
  • Religion of Evil: The main villains of the series for the time being.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Leo. He seems to be hiding personal information about his past.
  • Wham Episode: Entry 27The Slender Man's first appearance.
    • Entry 39 A literal one in which Leo has apparently been brained in the back of the head with a shovel.
    • Entry 40 Reality manipulation similar to what has been seen in Marble Hornets and Tribe Twelve.
    • Entry 43 Reality manipulation similar to no other Slender Man vlog. Very akin to Asian or Silent Hill style horror.