Scarfolk is a dreary, ugly place filled with misery and paranoia.
Scarfolk is trapped in the '70s. Not trapped in the '70s, but trapped in the '70s. The entire decade just loops ad infinitum. Modern day events seem to reverberate in Scarfolk, penetrating the Timey-Wimey Ball it's trapped in to some extent, but the hapless citizens are stuck there with the oppressive, orwellian Town Council, the nightmarish flora and fauna, and the occasional rogue Owlchild. It's the '70s of terrifying Public Service Announcements, Doomwatch and The Stone Tape. Only worse.
Discovering Scarfolk, a book by Littler on the blog's universe which tells the story of a family trapped in the town, was published in October 2014 by Ebury Press. The Scarfolk Annual was published in 2019.
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- Agony of the Feet: Apparently, one of the tortures used by the police or security services.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Scarfolk helped produce Star Wars-themed medical supplies in the 1970's. A few months before the entry was published, ILM announced a Star Wars-themed prosthetic arm.
- Black Comedy: Scarfolk's stuck in a constantly repeating loop from 1970-1979, is under constant threat from surreal paranormal and paranoid conspiracies, and is still determined to keep a stiff upper lip about it all.
- Crapsack World: Scarfolk is a totalitarian, heavily polluted town, its citizens kept in a constant state of paranoia by an intrusive government, constantly bombarded by paranormal and supernatural threats.
- Department of Child Disservices: All social services are under the control of the Council, and as a result, children frequently go missing.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The 1970s. The whole decade. Or, as they're known in Britain, the Dark Ages.
- Memory-Wiping Crew: Though Scarfolk calls them "Social Workers"...
- Nightmare Face: Crops up every now and then.
- Oop North: Exactly where Scarfolk is placed in England is left somewhat ambiguous, but it is somewhere up north.
- Stiff Upper Lip: The only thing keeping Scarfolk going from day to day. However, it's a dark version, fostered by the totalitarian regime controlling the lives and thoughts of the citizens.
- Surreal Horror: The order of the day!
- Surreal Humor: Thanks to Black Comedy related to the above Surreal Horror.
- You Can Panic Now: Nearly every publication is commissioned by Scarfolk Council for the sole purpose of instilling fear in the populace, though some of the threats definitely seem to be real.