After finally finishing MBMBAM, I’ve been lost as to what to fill my empty hours with. Reading is for losers/people with the ability to concentrate for more than 30 seconds at a time, so the Richard Nixon book I dragged back from Pegasus Books in Wellington will continue to gain dust for now. But in my interest in finding some dead air to satisfy me, I delved into an internet treasure I’ve only peripherally heard about for years, the collaborative wiki project SCP Foundation. Standing for Secure/Contain/Protect, it is a community-organised sci-fi/horror website praised for being able to creep the fuck out of readers with their stories that evoke the best and worst feelings of, say, Silent Hill. But over thousands of different entries, most of them meticulously kept to high standards, and all of them able to weave wonderfully dark tales about this fictional shithole universe.
Through this search, I found out about the SCP Archives, a podcast dedicated to livening up the entries with professional voice actors and amazing background music reminiscent of a late-era PS1 game. I’m totally new to the community, but even without any context to what ‘SCP’ could mean, any listener could be thoroughly entertained by the quality of these episodes; each one contains two to three different segments of worldbuilding the horror of the project, and maybe thi is just the sort of person I am, but I’m completely fine with going to sleep listening to their stories about, say, being trapped in an endless IKEA, and fighting off the humanoids inside it. Sure beats falling asleep to Family Guy again.