Are you a fan of the unknown? Do you tend to investigate strange encounters that have unexplainable results? In that case, the SCP Foundation may be perfect for you. It’s a site the crosses Kolchak: The Night Stalker with the Men In Black. A place where reality and the ethereal meet.
Right along the lines of Creepypasta, the SCP Foundation is a wiki featuring articles about strange, unusual, and seemingly supernatural entities that “exist” in our world. Written by the community itself, this site is great for having a quick bone-chilling read or building inspiration for your own Twilight-Zone-eqsque creations.
Experience All Things Odd & Terrifying
What is the SCP Foundation? Well, first off, it’s fictional. As much as I wanted it to be real (which may say something about my mental status), it just isn’t, and you’ll discover this if you read the site’s “Guide to Newbies“. However, SCP Foundation is still the perfect site for breaking out a little something called suspended disbelief – otherwise known as “imagination“.
The whole premise of the site is to publish articles about “special containment procedures” of entities called “items” (whether defined as supernatural or not) that are meant to be odd and terrifying at the same time. However, there is an emphasis on the word “odd“. Apparently, the classic standards of vampires and werewolves just won’t do here.
There is also an element of role-play with this whole operation. Basically, you play the part of a record keeper for the SCP Foundation, an organization that “operates beyond jurisdiction, empowered and entrusted by every major world government with the task of containing ‘items which jeopardize normalcy.'”
In essence, think of it like the Syfy show Warehouse 13. However, with this, you really get to immerse yourself in the storyline as well as contribute to creating it.
What Constitutes An SCP?
Right off the bat, you’re probably going to want to spend some time reading these articles, and trust me, they are good reads. However, you may want to contribute to the publication yourself. Granted, there’s a very specific procedure that allows you to contribute, but I’ll just go over how it works.
First off, you will have to select one of the SCP numbers. As a matter of fact, everything is classified by numbers. You’ll also see the “threat level” of the SCP as to whether it’s safe (reliably contained), euclid (an unpredictable “item”), or keter (absolutely dangerous). After this, you’ll be fed information as to how the SCP is contained, exactly. Writers to tend to get pretty creative with this, so it’s worth checking out.
As for the description of each SCP, this is all up to the writer even though a peer review process is required. Take SCP-126, a feminine voice with no physical body (at least not visible) that tends to cause staff to fall in love with her to the point of not even eating. As you can tell, these items are absolutely crazy.
Furthermore, you’re likely to find some joke articles throughout the wiki. The standards are high for articles anyway, so these joke articles may be hard to come by. However, with as absurd the content the SCP Foundation offers, it may be difficult to discern as to what a joke article is and what one isn’t.
The SCP Foundation is a terribly odd site, and it may just send some chills down your spine if you spend too long reading it. However, the creativity on this site is phenomenal, and that’s the truly satisfying part of it.
Furthermore, there is actually a game based on SCP-087 featuring a dark staircase and a whole lot of terrifying noises.
However, a recent development states that you should only download the file from a trustworthy source due to viruses being tagged along to some copies of the file. There is a download link in the video description, but only use it at your own risk.
What other sites do you know of that feature creepy articles? What are some of your favorite articles from the SCP Foundation?