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Scarfolk Council is an alternate reality website which presents itself as the official blog of Scarfolk, a fictional town located in North West England where time has ceased to pass beyond the year 1979. Since its launch in February 2013, the blog has ran a series of elaborately designed vintage product advertisements, book covers and public service announcements that are truly reminiscent of an authentic, small-town community in England during the 1970s, albeit with some dark and mysterious elements that suggest otherwise.
The Scarfolk Council Blog was created on February 4th, 2013, by Richard Littler. The first post published, titled “Practical Witchcraft Today,” features the cover of fictional vintage book titled Practical Witchcraft Today: How to Hurt People.
The description of the blog, included underneath the title reads:
“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."
A book based on the blog titled Discovering Scarfolk will be released in the fall of 2014.
On May 17th, 2013, TOR published an article titled “Welcome To Scarfolk… Hope You Survive.” The site was covered by The Independent on April 17th, 2013, and The Laughing Squid on July 9th, 2013. On July 31st, 2014, The Daily Dot published an article titled “Welcome to Scarfolk Council, an eerie alternate reality imagined in blog form.”
As of July 2014, the blog’s official Facebook page has gained over 6,000 likes and its Twitter account has gained over 2,000 followers. Its YouTube account has gained over 400 subscribers. As of July 2014, its most popular video titled “We Watch You While You Sleep,” which was uploaded on February 19th, 2014, has gained over 14,000 views.