Wyndhamesque missives from Scarfolk, an English horror-town trapped in a 1969-79 loop

I'm loving the Scarfolk site, where "Dr R Littler" chronicles the mysteries of an English town stuck in a Wyndham-esque loop betwen 1969 and 1979. It's full of the most lovely horrors. It's all so perfectly wrought and so grisly and freaked out and perfectly aged. If only we could all retire to Scarfolk and never grow old!

Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. "Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay." For more information please reread.

Scarfolk Council (via Die Puny Humans)


  1. Paging Mr Warren Ellis. Call for Mr Warren Ellis, please pick up the large, shiny bakelite phone with too many dials. 

  2. Well I give up.  I suppose all educated people know what Wyndhamesque means, but I can’t seem to find a hint of a definition.  I fail at BoingBoing.

    But the posters are sweetly awesome. Like the evil twin of Look Around You.

      1. And the Midwich Cuckoos, which was made into the Village of the Damned, that creepy alien/devil-children movie.

  3. I love the book covers, the evocation of ladybird and penguin covers from the 1970s is perfect for a trawlers of second hand book stores.
    Children and hallucinogens is a great example.

  4. I never knew my government was involved in so many horrors – and as a civil servant, I am complicit in them if I do not immediately resign..  Tomorrow I am going to drive my Lotus Seven Series II up to Whitehall, go into the bowels beneath and resign my job as an intelligence analyst.  (I may also pound on my superior’s desk while doing so.)  

    Then I will take a long vacation in some sunny island, far away from this perfidy.

    1. Top tip – hide a pin in your watch.  You’ll thank me later when you need to burst some giant, white balloons.

  5. Retrophilia is a dangerous disease that is highly contagious so please take all necessary precautions before reading these. Unchecked it can lead to Retromania and severe neck problems as the sufferer attempts to walk backwards into the future. If you see a child or young adult suffering from nostalgia for a future that didn’t happen, predicted in a past that didn’t exist from before they were born, then report them to the authorities immediately. We can’t be too careful or society may drown in waves of vintage whimsy.

    1970s http://andwhatwillbeleftofthem.blogspot.com/
    1980s http://facesonposters.blogspot.com/
    1990s, 2000s http://upclosemaspersonal.blogspot.co.uk/

    And http://moundsandcircles.blogspot.com/

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