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Welcome to Night Vale
     

Welcome to Night Vale

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by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
 

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Praise for Welcome to Night Vale

“This is the novel of your dreams. . . . A friendly (but terrifying) and comic (but dark) and glittering (but bleak) story of misfit family life that unfolds along the side streets, back alleys, and spring-loaded trapdoors of the small town home you’ll realize you’ve always missed living in.”—Glen

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Praise for Welcome to Night Vale

“This is the novel of your dreams. . . . A friendly (but terrifying) and comic (but dark) and glittering (but bleak) story of misfit family life that unfolds along the side streets, back alleys, and spring-loaded trapdoors of the small town home you’ll realize you’ve always missed living in.”—Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside

“Those of us who have gotten to know Night Vale through Cecil Palmer’s biweekly radio broadcasts can finally see what it’s like to actually live there. It is as weird and surreal as I hoped it would be, and a surprisingly existential meditation on the nature of time, reality, and the Glow Cloud that watches over us.”—Wil Wheaton

“Take Conan’s Hyboria, teleport it to the American Southwest, dress all the warriors in business casual and hide their swords under the floorboards — that’s Night Vale: absurd, magical, wholly engrossing, and always harboring some hidden menace.”—John Darnielle, author of Wolf in White Van

“I’ve been a fan of Welcome to Night Vale for years, and in that time writers Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink have delighted me with stories that are clever, twisted, beautiful, strange, wonderful, and sweet. This book does all of that and so much more. It’s even better than I’d hoped. I think this might be the best book I’ve read in years.”—Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind

“This small town full of hooded figures, glowing clouds, cryptically terrifying public policies, and flickering realities quickly feels more like home than home. . . . There is nothing like Night Vale, in the best possible way.”—Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Name of the Star

“They’ve done the unthinkable: merged the high weirdness and intense drama of Night Vale to the pages of a novel that is even weirder, even more intense than the podcast.”—Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and coeditor of Boing Boing

Editorial Reviews

Deb Olin Unferth
“Emotionally compelling and superbly realized. This seductive, hilarious book unfolds at the moment when certain quiet responsible people find they must risk everything on behalf of love, hope, and understanding. Not a single person who reads this book will be disappointed.”
Ransom Riggs
“Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange. I’m packing up and moving to Night Vale!”
The Guardian
“The hit podcast is absurd and hilarious, and as a book it’s similarly entertaining…”
Glen David Gold
“This is the novel of your dreams. . . . A story of misfit family life that unfolds along the side streets, back alleys and spring-loaded trap doors of the small town home you’ll realize you’ve always missed living in. When it says ‘welcome,’ it’s mandatory. You belong here.”
Cory Doctorow
“They’ve done the unthinkable: merged the high weirdness and intense drama of Night Vale to the pages of a novel that is even weirder, even more intense than the podcast.”
Maureen Johnson
“This small town full of hooded figures, glowing clouds, cryptically terrifying public policies, and flickering realities quickly feels more like home than home. . . . There is nothing like Night Vale, in the best possible way.”
Wil Wheaton
Welcome To Night Vale brings its eponymous desert town to to vivid life. . . . It is as weird and surreal as I hoped it would be, and a surprisingly existential meditation on the nature of time, reality, and the glow cloud that watches over us.”
John Darnielle
“Take Conan’s Hyborea, teleport it to the American Southwest, dress all the warriors in business casual and hide their swords under the floorboards -- that’s Night Vale: absurd, magical, wholly engrossing, and always harboring some hidden menace.”
Patrick Rothfuss
“As a fan of Welcome to Night Vale, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink have delighted me with stories that are clever, twisted, beautiful, strange, wonderful, and sweet. This book does all of that and more. I think this might be the best book I’ve read in years.”
NPR.org
“This is a splendid, weird, moving novel…It manages beautifully that trick of embracing the surreal in order to underscore and emphasize the real - not as allegory, but as affirmation of emotional truths that don’t conform to the neat and tidy boxes in which we’re encouraged to house them.”
Washington Post
““The book is charming and absurd - think “This American Life” meets “Alice in Wonderland.”
Austin Chronicle
“Longtime listeners and newcomers alike are likely to appreciate the ways in which Night Vale, as Fink puts it, “treats the absurd as normal and treats the normal as absurd.” What they might not foresee is the emotional wallop the novel delivers in its climactic chapters.”
Los Angeles Times
“Fink and Cranor’s prose hints there’s an empathetic humanity underscoring their well of darkly fantastic situations. . . . the book builds toward a satisfyingly strange exploration of the strange town’s intersection with an unsuspecting real world.”
BookPage
“Welcome to Night Vale lives up to the podcast hype in every way. It is a singularly inventive visit to an otherworldly town that’s the stuff of nightmares and daydreams.”
Detroit Free Press
“As a companion piece, “Welcome to Night Vale” will be hard to resist. Though the book builds toward a satisfyingly strange exploration of the strange town’s intersection with an unsuspecting real world, its mysteries - like the richest conspiracy theories - don’t exist to be explained. They just provide a welcome escape.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The charms of ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ are nearly impossible to quantify. That applies to the podcast, structured as community radio dispatches from a particularly surreal desert town, as well as this novel, written by the podcast’s co-creators, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.”
Shelf Awareness
“In their novelistic adaptation of the eerie yet comic landscape of Night Vale, Fink and Cranor have managed to create an excellent stand-alone book perfect for newcomers while also including plenty of winks to longtime fans…”
Paste Magazine
“As enjoyable and eerie as the podcast”
boingboing.com
“A marvelous book.... Like the podcast, the novel is full of people we love and root for, full of frightening things, and full of dramatic tension that pays off beautifully with resolutions worthy of any great tale of traditional conflict.”
AV Club
A wonderfully creepy tale filled with revelations about the nature of the town and its residents.”
Asbury Park Press
“’Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel’ masterfully brings the darkly hilarious, touching and creepy world of the podcast into the realm of ink and paper.”
Daily Californian
“Fast moving and sturdily written…an excellent introduction to a town everyone should get the chance to explore.”
Bustle
“This is the kind of book that’ll make you say ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD. Whether you’re a fan of the strange and upsetting Welcome to Night Vale podcast or you’re new to Night Vale and its quaint desert conspiracies, it’s never a bad time to visit Night Vale. ”
Vox
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel is easily enjoyed on its own terms - even for those who are new to the town of Night Vale - largely because the storytelling shines so brightly on the level of its individual parts.”
Deb Olin Unferth
“Emotionally compelling and superbly realized. This seductive, hilarious book unfolds at the moment when certain quiet responsible people find they must risk everything on behalf of love, hope, and understanding. Not a single person who reads this book will be disappointed.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062351432
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/10/2017
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
54,918
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Fink created the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts. He lives with his wife in New York.

Jeffrey Cranor cowrites the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. He also cocreates theater and dance pieces with choreographer/wife Jillian Sweeney. They live in New York.

Jeffrey Cranor co-writes--along with Joseph Fink--the hit podcast and touring live show Welcome to Night Vale. He also makes theater and dance. He has written more than 100 short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, co-wrote and co-performed a two-man show (What the Time Traveler Will Tell Us) with Joseph, and collaborated with choreographer (also wife) Jillian Sweeney to create three full-length dance pieces: Imaginary Lines, This could be it., and Vulture-Wally. Jeffrey lives in New York State.

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Welcome to Night Vale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dogs are not allowed in the dog park
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Familiar lovable characters and also new characters who you'll love just as much. The story was unique with subtle (and not so subtle) references to the rest of the 'series'. On that note, the book is very much kin to its audio counterpart and I found that the circular descriptions might be a bit hard to swallow if you aren't familiar with it. Which is the only reason I've rated it four stars instead of five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't listened to the podcast, this book will be extremely enjoyable. You don't need to know anything about it to enjoy the creative and fun writing. If you are an avid fan of the podcasts, like me, it's amazing. The expansion of the universe is perfect. The characters were great and felt like real people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long time fan of the podcast and now a huge fan of the book. Dark, creepy, emotional and intriguing in the best possible way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book so often catches the core of Night Vale while telling a story some what different from the normal Podcast. Night Vale's cast of characters make appearances, but also do not make it so any prior knowledge is needed to enjoy reading this story. I feel the story dipped a little in the middle, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Virginiaw 14 days ago
I don't know how to describe this book. It was fantastic. I think the best way to appreciate this book is listening to the audio version. I usually am not great with audio versions because I have a set way I want to hear the characters but this was fantastic. It was so enjoyable. I look forward to hearing the podcasts soon about Night Vale. This is such a strange town. I would not want to live in this town but it is great to hear about. I especially could not live in a town where I could not go to the library. I hope there will be more Night Vale stories. I got the audio version from my local library after my son told me I should read it.
Nat1Q84 11 months ago
I read this book before even listening to the podcast and really liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Welcome to Night Vale Novel was a great read and really had its own flavor compared to the podcast. It was refreshing to hear the voices of two new narrators and the friendship that developed between Jackie and Diane was great. I read it all in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KOrionFray More than 1 year ago
I am a long standing fan of the podcast of Welcome to Night Vale. I’ve been to a live show, I’ve cosplayed as Cecil for Halloween, my car’s license plate reads WTNVCR for Welcome to Night Vale Community Radio. I have a Night Vale NRA bumper sticker. When I heard that they were planning a book, I was thrilled. A whole book of Night Vale! That’s so much more than just an average podcast! I fully expected to give this a 5-star review without even needing to read it. I really wish that was true. Don’t get me wrong: this book is all the wonderful weird magic of Night Vale in book form. I could hear every word in Cecil’s voice. We met new characters, saw more of old favorites, didn’t believe in angels or mountains. It was a whole book of desert town glory. And in many ways, that was the trouble. The core issue, and the reason I can’t give this a 5-star review, was a pacing issue. While the story was all one cohesive story, and all one big plot line, it felt like a book of short stories. Each chapter felt like a podcast episode–and that works less when you’re reading the book all at once. It makes the book feel longer than it is, so by the end it feels like you’ve been on some epic journey–and not in the good way you feel at the end of a good book. Don’t get me wrong: this was a fantastic book. It truly does sound just like the podcasts. It’s a wonderful addition to the canon of the world, and gives interesting information about characters we’ve been hearing about since the early days. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, and I’m glad it exists and that I read it. I just wish it had flowed a bit better. All in all, this is 100% a must-have book for Night Vale fans. My recommendation is that if you can, read it in chunks. Possibly a chapter or two at a time, and treat it like a slightly faster version of the podcast itself. I think that would fix the vast majority of what bothered me about the book. Rating: **** (Recommended)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope this isn't the only novel they write of Night Vale. I really enjoy learning about the other characters not explored in the podcast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful! It brought me to tears! Every character is so genuine, every weird anomaly has significance, overall a fantastic read!
FaeQueenTitania More than 1 year ago
I first ravenously consumed this novel in physical form, speed reading the entire thing in one day. As a fan of the podcast, I was not disappointed; Fink and Cranor delivered the same superb level of surreal, strange fiction that we have come to know and love via Cecil's honeyed voice on Welcome to Night Vale. Filled with familiar characters, places, and references to the show, it's a great addition to the Night Vale canon, but is self-explanatory enough that it won't be confusing to someone who is new to this abnormal little town. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 in regard to overall story is my personal apathy towards one of the main characters. Diane, with her shape-shifting son and mysterious past, seemed to be set up to become a very interesting character, but just fell flat for me. Personally, I would have preferred less of her and more of her shape-shifting son, Josh. The other protagonist Jackie, however, (the eternally 19 year old owner of the Night Vale pawn shop) was engaging, bold, and likable; living up to the promise of her mysterious past and the unusual circumstances thrust upon her. Fans of the show will be delighted to find that while the book is not about Cecil (voice of Night Vale Community Radio and podcast narrator) nor his scientist boyfriend Carlos, they frequently pop up throughout the book via newscasts and character conversations. In one memorable chapter (and one of my favorites) Jackie goes to see Carlos and we get treated to a little backstory on scientists, as well as commentary of how various residents of Night Vale see Cecil and Carlos's relationship. Delightful. Another thing fans of the podcast will love are the details of Night Vale that are finally revealed to us, such as a more solid idea of how the town is set up, where in America it might be, and what going inside of the library really looks like. (Hint; spectacularly eerie. Hands down my favorite chapter.) As for it's qualities as an audiobook, you cannot go wrong with Cecil Baldwin. That man's voice is pure pleasure, but what makes the audiobook even more special are the "guest" voices from the original podcast, and the inclusion of the music of Disparition (fans of the podcast will recognize Disparition as the official musician of WTNV). All of these factors serve to elevate this audiobook from a great listening experience to an awesome one. In conclusion: fans, rejoice, Night Vale delivers. Newcomers, I think you'll enjoy it. Welcome to Night Vale.
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Blackryng More than 1 year ago
After two chapters I gave up on this. The writing style was so over the top I found it un-readable. I found it humorless and confusing. I would expect this from a teenager in her first creative writing class. I read Koontz, Kadrey and Weeks, and there is no comparison. I have never heard of the Podcasts, perhaps that is needed to overcome the lousy writing style. If I could have given a half star, I would have.