Mini Review: Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler

Title Discovering Scarfolk
Author Richard Littler
Genre Who knows?! Dark Humour, Satire, Mystery
Format Kindle Edition
Page Length 192
Publication Date 20 Nov 2014
Publisher Ebury Digital
Read Date August 2018
Recommended Yes

“Scarfolk is a town in north-west England that did not progress beyond 1979. The entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. In Scarfolk children must not be seen OR heard, and everyone has to be in bed by 8 p.m. because they are perpetually running a slight fever…”

Part-comedy, part-horror, part-satire, Discovering Scarfolk is the surreal account of a family trapped in the town. Through public information posters, news reports, books, tourist brochures and other ephermera, we learn about the darker side of childhood, school and society in Scarfolk.

A massive cult hit online, Scarfolk re-creates with shiver-inducing accuracy and humour our most nightmarish childhood memories.


Three Words
Strange | Hilarious | Ominous

From what I can figure out, this project started off as a blog, and after becoming very popular, got a book deal. I think this works better as short blog posts or tweets than it does as a collected book.

There is a narrative that runs through this, it’s not just a collection of graphics. Our protag loses his children one day and when he tries to find out what happened to them, he uncovers evidence of this dystopian Scarfolk Council and a cult of stationery worshipers. It’s hilariously silly in parts, worryingly prophetic in others, and out right trippy in the rest. I think the book format weakens the message and impact of the overall project somewhat. The format of the ebook was also problematic for me. Long walls of text are interrupted mid sentence by multiple pages of graphics, which just disrupted the flow of the story. Also, the numerous footnotes didn’t really work for me for the same reason. But overall, this was still a fun little read to pick up and I did enjoy it.

Anyway, I’m off to reread for more information. Until next time, Peace and Love!

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