Slasher: Way of the Knife



Red hands open a kitchen drawer, and then wrap around a wooden handle. A golden shimmer from a nearby streetlamp bleeds through a window, coating the edge of a serrated knife. Thin tapered steel extends from the red hand like a predator’s tooth ready to bite. Dirty boots ascend a nearby stairwell—blobs of soil drip from leather soles—while the predator’s tooth eats a gash across a nearby framed painting.

Red hands push open a closed door.

Golden luminescence betrays a pale face sleeping on a pillow. The soft rhythm of dream exhales as the red hand dangles a steel tooth above her eyelids.


Sharpen Your True Fear


Everyone knows the slasher’s preferred tool of choice: the knife. Not only are knives stitch inducing, but they can also be found in any kitchen around planet Earth. We use knives everyday and may not realize it…until we need stitches. Knives are dandy if they’re carving a murdered bird on Thanksgiving…not so much if they’re carving a dead body (as far as the dead body is concerned…because they’re dead. Obviously).

A knife, inside a kitchen, is a culinary instrument. A knife, outside the kitchen, is a weapon. Or so it seems.

After all…

You would probably shit your pants if someone was walking towards you with a GARGANTUAN carving knife in their hand.

If a supposed knife wielding lunatic approached you while at a buffet, then it’s understandable, because the meatloaf kiosk just so happens to be located behind your table. But that doesn’t mean you’re not on the menu, right? A knife, in its natural environment, can still bite you.


Slashers turn familiar objects into instruments of death.


We may never encounter a slasher, but all of us were cut at some point in our lives, and the painful memory lasts forever. When we watch an unfortunate victim become bitten by a steel tooth, the painful memory resurrects from the graveyard of our past.

When was the last time you had to run from a slasher?

Most of us aren’t haunted by memories of an assassin wearing a white hockey mask. In fact, seeing a hockey mask may remind you of a fictional death enthusiast, but it won’t invoke undead events locked inside your mind’s vault.

Perhaps the knife is our true fear.

Michael Myers takes a normal object used for culinary purposes and transforms it into an instrument of death. Jason Voorhees takes a normal object used for landscaping (machete) and transforms it into an instrument of death. Slasher tools impale people’s reality on a daily basis. Who are we scared of the most? Slashers? Or knives?

After all…

Who is sleeping in your kitchen drawer? A GARGANTUAN carving knife.


Are We Really Scared Of The Knife?

Or The Slasher?


Article Written By –FlyTrapMan–


Slasher Theory



Published by Dead Donovan

SlasherMonster Magazine

28 thoughts on “Slasher: Way of the Knife

  1. The knife was cold, and he warmed it with his breath.
    “Feel better?” he asked Knife.
    “Oh, much,” she murmured. “Hold me tighter.”
    He did.
    “Now, use me. I don’t care how much it hurts; just use me!”

    Hmm… I guess I fear both the slasher and the knife. Crazy bitches; both of them! Lol. I enjoyed all the imagery and the sinister humor you disperse throughout your riveting article.

    My favorite line: “Dirty boots ascend a nearby stairwell—blobs of soil drip from leather soles—while the predator’s tooth eats a gash across a nearby framed painting.” Didn’t you just change the wording recently?

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    1. I want a talking knife!

      Hmmm…I don’t think I changed the wording recently. I played around with that particular line last night, but didn’t spend too much time on it.

      Slashers force a deadly intimacy upon their victims, and that can be traumatizing.

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      1. I thought that line was a little different.

        Yeah, being stabbed can be traumatic for the victim during that one minute before they die, huh? I’ve often wondered if it matters in the end, how we die. I mean, if the trauma that’s sustained during a violent death, has any effect on our soul or the after-life. Lol. Am I getting too deep here? Let me swim back to the surface 🏊

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        1. It’s okay to go deep…as long as you’re wearing protection!…I mean…carrying protection! The dark is a scary place.

          Good question! It’s unnerving to think that a violent event can have that much power over someone.

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  2. It has to be a dull knife
    Because a clean cut doesn’t hurt as much
    As one that is not be sharpened
    It makes a jagged cut
    Lots of blood
    Surface blood vessels
    In the head hands and feet
    I was a cook for too many years
    I know why to much about knifes and cuts
    And slicers the commercial ones
    With those big sharp blades
    Cut myself with them too
    Oh lots of blood
    Ok that’s enough
    Gots lots of dead tails to tell

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    1. A dull blade can have a ‘toothy edge’, which causes uneven cuts (like you mentioned). Wounds caused by poorly sharpened or dull blades can also be more difficult to stitch, but I’m sure you’re well aware of that fact.

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