The setup for the SCP series is that there is exists a shadowy organization called the SCP Foundation, the raison d’être of which is to protect the unknowing public from “extra-terrestrial, extra-dimensional, and extra-universal threat”. The meat of the SCP archive is a set of over 2000 articles that describe the recommended containment procedures for each entity, a description, and any additional information the author deems necessary. A good chunk of them are exceedingly well-written and quite entertaining. They play off a kind of Lovecraftian view that our normal reality is but a subset of a universe that is bigger and scarier than we are permitted to know.
One aspect of the SCP Series I didn’t expect is how hilarious some of them are. There are running gags through many of them, unexpected twists, parody, and puns.
A year or so ago, I started at SCP-001 (Awaiting De-classification) and began reading them in order. I reached SCP-999 (The Tickle Monster) last night. I wouldn’t say I’m exactly proud of having spent so much time reading so many of these things, but most of them were interesting. My favorite is SCP-093 (Red Sea Object).
I doubt I’ll continue reading past 999, but you never know. If I don’t find another way to scratch that itch, I just might return to the SCP website and keep going.
In a way, I think the SCP Series scratches that itch left untouched after the first three or four seasons of The X-Files. They cover a wide variety of fears and terrors including arachnophobia, body horror, doppelgängers, things not being what they seem, alien artifacts, dread diseases, etc.
Have you read any SCP stories? What did you think of them? What are your favorites? Also, what are your favorite sources of creepy pseudo-urban legends and such on the Internet?