A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.
The line that started the obsession. What Night Vale is? It is a Podcast with a huge cult following. it is written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Produced by Commonplace Book, Narrated by Cecil Baldwin, and with original music by Disparition. The Podcast is done, free of charge, run by donations, product sales, live shows, and their love for what they do.
Just finishing it’s third year running, Night Vale takes place in a small desert town (with the same name) where the horrific is commonplace and nothing is as it would seem. Cecil Gershwin Palmer is the host of the community radio station where he reports on the daily happenings. As he waxes on about things like: The forbidden dog parks, A faceless old woman (who secretly lives inside your home), and vague, yet menacing, government agencies He mixes surreal humor and horror with a dash of absurdity. It’s Lovecraftian horror told like a straight-laced standup comedy routine. Creativity at it’s finest.
Night Vale is also all about promoting artist of all kinds. Aside from Disparition (the band that composes all the background music) the “weather” is actually a unique and typically undiscovered musical artist, many of which, have become a staple in my personal playlist. The show has also spawned untold amounts of fan fiction and art ,the latter of which, they often sell on their site.
As the years have gone on, it has also gained attention by celebrities who have guest appearances on the show. Some of these include Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda) and Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me).
The show is currently on hiatus so it is the perfect time to binge listen to the entirety of episodes before the next story arc starts. Today’s episode was actually a excerpt of the novel coming out in October which will feature all new stories and characters from this weird little town.
If you like creative, fringe, and weird stories and humor then I highly recommend you give the pilot a try. Once you do you’ll be hooked!
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(*Featured art is my homage to the logo)