Sometime back in a fit of creative madness I decided it would be a dandy idea to create a wiki documenting Maundbury: a fictitious New England town stuck in 1978. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, Dark Shadows and films like The Wicker Man, me and a group of likewise oddball creatives set about populating our open source gothic horror with dark family secrets, mysterious plagues, witch cults and hidden scientific experiments. Sadly, I got too busy to keep it up, but even today there are a few inspired souls keeping Maundbury spooky.
While our effort was creative enough, it doesn’t approach the level of dedication and artistic effort exhibited by whatever mad soul is working behind the scenes at Scarfok Council, a blog describing a fictional town that could very well be the sister of Maundbury. Scarfolk is similarly afflicted with its share of rampant disease (in this case rabies), paranoia and witchery. See the description below:
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.
While some might be curious as to what degree Scarfolk was inspired by our own efforts at Maundbury (For the record, I believe it’s an example of parallel ideas and nothing more), I for one am not. Simply put, it’s a similar concept done on a greater scale and to better effect than at least I could have ever accomplished, although I can’t speak for my fellow contributors. Well done, Scarfolk. Well done.