Night Vale

I really need to catch up with Welcome To Night Vale. So much fun and easy to listen to whilst doing other things.

Where Landsquid Fear to Tread

So, for the uninitiated, Night Vale (or, technically, Welcome to Night Vale, or WTNV for short) is a bimonthly podcast. The show itself is the community radio of a fictional desert city somewhere in the southwestern part of the United States. Sounds pretty normal, right?

Night Vale Twitter A sample tweet

No. You are wrong.

You see, Night Vale is not a normal city. Here’s Wikipedia’s description of the show: “The show has been described as “the news from Lake Wobegon as seen through the eyes of Stephen King”, and Christopher Wynn of The Dallas Morning News characterized it as “NPR meets The Mothman Prophecies.”The Daily Dot‘s Gavia Baker-Whitelaw compared the podcast as being “caught somewhere between Weird Twitter and ‘Tales of the Unexplained'” and that it is “well worth a listen—although possibly not after dark, if you live in a small town yourself.”

One of the writers has said that…

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Welcome to Night Vale

This perfectly describes Welcome To Night Vale for the uninitiated.

The Book Wars

Because if I can’t make this post during our crazy, theme-less December , I probably won’t ever get to blog about this.

As I mentioned in my previous post– I love audiobooks. And yet, I never really got into podcasts. Until, that is,Welcome to Night Vale. WTNV is a bi-monthly podcast that is written by the ridiculously talented Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink. It is, essentially, the news broadcast of a fictional, American desert town called Night Vale. And you may wonder what Night Vale is like, but I think I’ll let you keep wondering. All I’m going to say is that it is like a town that was founded by Lovecraft and built by Gaiman. (So, if you like either of those guys, you’re probably in it for the long haul and don’t have to read the rest of my raving.)

The podcast itself fluctuates between…

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Welcome To Night Vale by Commonplace Books

Okay, so I think I am becoming somewhat obsessed with this brilliant PodCast.

I am not one for listening to radio normally or radio dramas or anything like that if I am being totally honest but after seeing people posting about it on Tumblr , particularly from one of my real life friends, I thought I would at least give it ago. That, I think, might have been a mistake.

I am now in LOVE with Welcome To Night Vale. It’s weird, its bizarre, it’s creepy, the characters are fascinating and the stories are amazing. Cecil’s voice, oh Cecil’s wonderful voice! So smooth! And the Scientist Carlos, beautiful Carlos, beautiful, perfect hair Carlos… I am in love with these characters (and I am shipping them so hard!)

Prior to listening to episode 25, I didn’t realise just how much I had begun to invest in these characters and how fascinated I was with it but after listening to the episode, WOW! Just, WOW! The writing, the description, the acting… The only word I can offer is WOW! If anyone can help me deal with my feels, I would be very grateful to hear from them!

Now I know I am in love and obsessed with this series. I think it’s why I haven’t been posting on here and why I am distracted from the Autumn/Fall Writing Challenge I should be getting on with and the planning for NaNoWriMo next month.

I think I am just accepting that I am going to be joining the challenge next month. I must be a glutton for punishment as I have job hunting to do, possibly some voluntary work if I am needed by the National Trust plus other bits and bats to do in November as well. Oh God!

So, uh, if anyone can help with actually getting on with my writing instead of listening to the soothing voice of Cecil, his perfect relationship with beautiful Carlos and the weird and creepy events in that small town of Night Vale in a desert somewhere in America, I’d be grateful to hear from you!