June 2018

Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor: Welcome to Night Vale

"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."

If you're already a listener of the podcast "Welcome To Night Vale", this introduction might not surprise you but for anyone who has not yet been introduced to the wonders of this quite odd desert community, it is surprising but yet also intriguing and immediately catches your interest.

"Mostly Void, Partially Stars" introduces you to this desert community, called Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true and it is entirely normal for the townspeople.

It is the written up script of the radio podcast, in which Cecil Baldwin tells the stories of the town on his radio show, oftentimes in a quite humorous and also shocking way.

For anyone looking into some darker humour with intricate story telling and surprising plot twists, this book is the perfect read for you. It showcases quite easily how literary the writing of the podcast is, without being the least bit pretentious or stuffy.

In fact, Welcome to Night Vale manages to take clever, smart, and educated writing and use it for things that usually don't get taken seriously by literary-style writing—mysterious events, bizarre changes in characters and their world, social and political satire of the strangest sort, and unreliable narrators in an unreliable world.

It's a mashup of small town news stories, personal development, horror, weird science, and just plain strangeness, and it shouldn’t work, but it does. There's nothing else like Night Vale.

 

 

Josefine Knobbe, Year 12