I'm working on a first-ever SCP draft and am looking for suggestions/input on certain questions below.
I want the basic idea to prey on the fear of sleeping in a strange hotel, even a chain, and the discomfort that can accompany trying to rest in a room and bed with history you're unaware of. What might you see as you drift off to sleep?
The object itself is a normal, fairly inexpensive-looking hotel/motel bed retrieved from a second-floor room of a major chain. Ninety percent of the time, it exhibits no anomalous properties and is a completely safe, standard, queen-sized bed. When, and only when, a subject makes a conscious attempt to go to sleep on it (as in, lying down in the "I am going to try to go to sleep now" phase), they experience visions of an ill-defined "Animal Parts Woman" (per interviewee's descriptions). This manifestation is a female-appearing humanoid made of interlocking bones, shells, fur, etc., whose exact appearance and make-up subjects can't quite place. The next day, despite feelings of unease and paranoia, subjects are likely to regard the appearance as a dream. Though subjects are unable to make out most of her speech, a few key words, including "nature" and "vacuum," are identified consistently by interviewees.
I want to include one or two incident reports of strange occurrences around the hotel with possible connections to the bed. I also want to strongly imply the hotel it was retrieved from was a normal chain, such that anyone could stay at it. The SCP would be regarded as having psychologically unsettling, but otherwise harmless, effects, until an addendum hints that in very specific circumstances it can do a bit more (and indeed, if one hypothesis is correct, be dangerous).
I'm also toying with the idea of including a second bed found in a neighboring room (such that their headboards would have shared a wall), that mimics the bed's one, later-hinted, dangerous effect in non-humans, along with testing logs. But I want to make sure the main frame is down and has proper pacing and build-up first. If the meat isn't at least a little creepy, it's not worth diving in further.
Suggestions? How exactly do I handle the fact that a hotel bed has multiple components (box spring, mattress, comforters, frame, etc.)? I don't want to lose the simplicity or imagery of a complete hotel/motel bed, but realistically, I suppose all the parts would have to form the SCP together, or it would just be the mattress, which may be the route to go.
Also, are there any existing articles featuring dream or closed-eye apparitions I might look at for guidance or to avoid producing something too similar? I'm having a hard time nailing down the right amount of detail to avoid over-explaining how the image/figure appears — especially since I imagine it appearing in "close up" to the subject when they close their eyes — and being so vague that it becomes "It's a spooky dream figure!" situation.