Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale

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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062351432
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Welcome to Night Vale Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 35,367
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)

About 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. 23 reviews.
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.
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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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good night listeners, goodnight.... Subway: eat fresh; eat terribly, terribly fresh.
juicedbooks More than 1 year ago
I firmly believe that we all need a little silliness now and then. I'm not a follower of the Night Vale podcast, but I'm happy that I picked up this book, especially because I was feeling a little down. The book follows a group of characters in Night Vale, a town where rules of logic don't apply, irrationality is king, and librarians are evil and violent (all in good fun, of course). The story follows different residents who are drawn to King City, an unknown location that has cropped up in their lives. To be honest, there's not much depth to the plot. The characters all search for information about King City and how to get there, experiencing trials and danger along the way. The main reason to read this book is for the absurdity. Somehow it's very calming to read about a business that is kept alive by paying its customers after a long day at school or in the office. Somewhere out there, I hope Night Vale actually exists. You should try it out for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just yes.
purrsian73 More than 1 year ago
You have been warned!!!
Virginiaw More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there was a book that surpassed the deep thinking and smart entertainment of "Rick and Morty: The A**holes of all the universes", this without a doubt is it.