From Sarah, With Joy

*Poet * Author * Wanderluster*

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Night Vale

It's a little hard to describe Welcome to Night Vale.

I guess the best explanation would be to imagine a podcast like Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon mixed with some Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

The description on their website is this:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.
This description somewhat conveys the delightful shiver-down-your-spineness of the show. It's not horror, per se, but it does live in the world of things that go bump in the night.

What this description does not fully convey is how profound the show can be.

 As with King and Gaiman and Keillor, there is an incredibly thought-provoking depth underneath the darkness and the humor. It is so well written and so well put together that I spend the 20-30 minutes per episode just in awe.
They have a huge variety of awesome and very off-beat music and some incredible guest stars (like Mara Wilson.) Their Twitter account makes me flinch and laugh and think every day.

So please. Do yourself a favor and just listen to the first episode. (There are lots of ways to do that, but here's an easy one).

And now, the weather...

Sarah Allen


  1. I'll have to tune into it. After the insanity of the Challenge of course.

  2. Very interesting post!! I didn't know Welcome to Night Vale.


  3. This does sound like a cool podcast. Reminds me of that Stephen King-esque game when the character goes inside buildings and the local radio talk host is on. Creepy how well they incorporated that. :)


  4. Like this post! And I will take a listen - but as someone else noted, after the Challenge. Good grief, there is simply too much to see, learn, read, enjoy each day!

  5. That is a striking combination there - King, Gaiman, Keillor.

    Garrison definitely adds something tangible to the equation.


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