New Year, New Scares!
If you are new here, let me begin by stating that I am a horror writer and have been since my first couple years of college. Back then, I had no idea what such a thing as the SCP Foundation existed, only hearing of it a couple years back. Originally, I had a negative view of SCPs and found many of them to be crude copies of other “scary” creatures, but as of late, some have started to grow on me.
Here is the list of my 10 favorite SCPs. Be forewarned that many fan favorites will not appear on this list, simply because I find them ineffective or uninspired when it comes to delivering the feeling of dread that these creatures, objects, and people are supposed to bring.
Honorable Mention: SCP 096: The Shy Guy
The ONLY humanoid on this list not summoned by an object, I had to put this charming fellow as an honorable mention on my list as the only still mildly unsettling memetic SCP. Many other popular SCPs make me chuckle; the Weeping Angel clone, the mary sue reptile, “Radical Larry” who unleashes some serious bogus. However, Shy Guy is pretty interesting. He seems almost pleasant…as long as you don’t look at his face.
Why is he scary?: Our eyes are naturally drawn to faces, so having something that goes berserk and kills you if you see its face is pretty terrifying. Also, his design would be pretty uninspired if it weren’t for that snakelike mouth of his. Yeesh.
10:SCP 1981- Ronald Reagan Cut Up While Talking
Exactly what it says on the tin, this SCP is a video tape featuring Ronald Reagan delivering a speech, but the audio is distorted and his face slowly starts to degrade, cuts appearing and even chunks of his flesh falling away. A figure in black also appears on some stills. So why is this even on the list? Well, it is said that Reagan was alive during the time of containment and he complained of nightmares before the condition of his Alzheimer’s disease grew more severe. Is there a connection between the affliction and the tape?
Why is it scary?: I’m no fan of Reagan or his policies, but this demonic video tape is pushing it a bit. It is low on the list because of the gratuitous gore and being somewhat Creepypasta-ish in nature, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t freak me out. It’s also very well written…which is more than I can say for a LOT of entries on the SCP website. Also, it’s history based. Points there.
9: SCP 1382- The Buoy and Flight 441
“What is so scary about a red buoy and a sunken aircraft? Why is this even on the list? I’ve never heard of it! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE.” Well, it just happens to be a buoy that when it rings up its distress signal rouses up the skeletal remains of those doomed to the bottom of the sea. It’s like Pirates of the Caribbean, except more screwed up and creepy. Doomed to repeat the actions shortly before the crash, these souls are trapped there, animating each time the distress signal is sent out and then collapsing after some time.
Why is it scary?: Scary on two different levels, it is a haunted aircraft full of doomed souls, but it is also scary because something is keeping them there, preventing them from moving on…is it the buoy? Does the plastic weathered red shell hide something sinister? Who would have thought an innocuous buoy could be creepy!
8: SCP 087- The Neverending Stairway
“WAAAT? 087 is ttly awesome, y u put it so low?!” Oh that’s easy, because I don’t find it AS scary as the ones higher on the list, also, it’s become a bit overrated, thanks to the game based on it. Still, it’s pretty spooky. An endless staircase with a mysterious face looming within, it is quite creepy when you think about it, especially if you have a laundry room in your (dark) basement that you sometimes end up going to at night.
Why is it scary?: A dark endless staircase with bonus scary face pop up. Need I say more?
7: SCP 354- Blood Pond
A mysterious pond from which creatures, monsters, and even human beings emerge from that just happens to be the color and consistency of human blood. Although contained and monitored, this is incredibly disturbing. Just about anything could come out of the pond, and nobody knows what exactly the substance is or what it can do, or why it keeps consistently spawning creatures and people. It’s just creepy in every sense of the word.
Why is it scary?: Well…there is no way of really knowing WHAT will come out of the pond..
6:SCP 012- The Composition
This SCP is somewhat poetic, what with a composer’s masterpiece being his…”lifeblood”. Ha. Anyway, this SCP consists of a piece of sheet music written in blood. Whose blood? Many peoples’ blood. This is because this cursed piece of music demands to be finished, and in a mad attempt to finish the piece, all who approach it drain themselves of blood as they write.
Why is it scary?: This is “I must not tell lies” taken up to 11, and that was creepy enough!
5: SCP 342- A Ticket to Ride
The unknown frightens us and intrigues us, but what happens when we are stuck in an unfamiliar place? It can be a pretty scary experience. But what if something as innocuous as a transit ticket could trap you in an unknown place forever? This is exactly what this SCP does.
Why is it scary?: Being transported to an alternate reality and a unique place sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Until one reads about the behavior exhibited by carriers of the ticket. They become paranoid, mumbling to themselves and seeming fearful of those around them. What is it that they see? Do we even WANT to know?
4: SCP 513- The Bell and the Long Armed Man
“You’ve seen it, now he can hear you. You’ve touched it, now he can see it. Never ring it, or he can touch you.” This warning attached to a rusted cowbell is best heeded, lest you want the shambling creep shown in the picture stalking you just out of your line of sight.
Why is it scary?: This takes shadow people to a whole new level of freaky. Granted 372 is also known for sneaking along in someone’s peripheral vision, but 513-1 is nightmare fuel incarnate. He is the Boogeyman that keeps you awake at night, waiting to snatch at your sleeping body with his abnormally large hands. And woe betide those innocents that wanted more cowbell…
3: SCP 895- The Coffin
What we see before us in reality is generally construed as truth. However, for those viewing this SCP through a video camera, horrifying hallucinations occur. Those in the room with it, however, see nothing more than a simply empty coffin. Seemingly harmless to those in the room, it can cause immense psychological damage and trauma to those viewing it through a camera. That is an inversion of what generally happens with these creatures, with those observing being perfectly fine. This is one interesting SCP.
Why is it scary?: Imagine seeing something nobody else sees. Something terrifying, and nobody else can understand why you are terrified. That just makes it even creepier, doesn’t it? Also, we do not know if it is caused by the once occupant of the coffin, or by some unknown force. Ghost story or not, it’s wonderfully creepy.
2: SCP 1875- The Chess Machine
Anyone who knows me knew that this was going to make the list and be high on the list. I love ghost stories and especially ghost stories that involve haunted objects, and that’s exactly what this SCP is. A Victorian-era chess machine and suit of Samurai armor, it is effectively powered by the spirits of a Russian chess prodigy’s daughters and the device even contains bits of their brain matter in its machinery. Eurgh.
Why is it scary?: SCP 1875 is scary on two different levels, firstly because it is haunted, and secondly that human souls, children’s souls were somehow manipulated to run the machine. The idea that someone would force the spirits of the girls to inhabit and operate within the machine is inhuman.
And my favorite SCP is…
1: SCP 002- The Living Room
The punny nickname of this SCP is only the icing on the perfect nightmare cake that this…thing is. A large, fleshy, round tumorlike growth with an entrance leading to a fairly low end apartment room, this SCP sounds fairly pleasant, until you realize that all of the furniture, the walls, the floors, and all items within the apartment are made from human body parts broken down and transformed by…whatever the SCP is. All the foundation knows is what it does to people, and that it crash landed on earth out of nowhere. I found this SCP creative, unique, and unsettling in all the right ways.
Why is it scary?: It’s mostly unexplainable, and what it does is horrifying. It is also not known if the people are sentient as they are assimilated into the room….think on that for a moment.