Welcome to Night Vale is a massively popular podcast. It’s best described as a mash up of Stephen King and NPR. Night Vale is a town where every conspiracy theory and Eldrich Abomination is real.
Cecil narrates the show as he hosts the town’s community radio station. He is a journalist at heart and is devoted to reporting the strange happenings in Night Vale. The podcast is wonderfully weird and beautifully strange.
Welcome to Night Vale put out 3 books in the last year that are bending the genre rules as we know them! One is an original novel, and the other two are modified versions of the podcast scripts. You’re in store for science fiction horror with a healthy dose of satire.
If you love creative fiction and have a bit of a weird streak, these books are going on your TBR list. Here’s an intro to the 3 books put out by Welcome to Night Vale
1. Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink
This stand alone novel is perfect for those well acquainted or new to the Night Vale mythos. It’s an American gothic mystery where the lives of two women who live in Night Vale will converge over a conspiracy that threatens to undo them. Aside from being darkly humorous, it’s a touching look at all the ways we struggle to fit in, find a home, and learn about our true selves.
2. Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1 and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 2 by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink
The first of 2 volumes currently out, these books are reimagined scripts from the show. There’s an intro to each episode that provides some context as to how they came to be. Each volume encompasses a year of podcast episodes. They are sprinkled with illustrations by Jessica Hayworth.
These two books are incredibly fun to read. If you’re not one for podcasts, this is an excellent way to catch up on the phenomenon that is Welcome to Night Vale. Lovers of the show will delight at all the bonus features. Also if you’re just a casual listener who is looking for a fast way to catch up with nightvale (There are almost 100 episodes and specials at this point) then these books are your remedy.
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