WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE
From podcast to prose
released 20 October 416 pages | Hardback/ Ebook
Authors Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
Publisher Orbit Books
Something weird is going on in Night Vale. Weirder than usual, that is; the small desert town is, after all, the kind of place where pens are against the law, hooded figures roam the dog park at night, and a malevolent glowing cloud heads up the school board. This particular weirdness concerns an urgent message from a man in a tan jacket, though he’s so eerily forgettable that no one can quite remember who he is or what he wanted them to do…
A careful balance of the mundane and the fantastic, the macabre and the poignant, Welcome To Night Vale is a spin- off novel from the cultishly popular podcast of the same title. Writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have a well- practised rhythm that allows them to wring charm and humour from even the most grotesque ideas, and their distinctive style carries over seamlessly from audio to print.
Though the perspective of the novel is new, the jokes and quirks are so familiar that fans will sink comfortably into it, hearing most of the prose in podcast narrator Cecil Baldwin’s smoothly sinister voice. Newcomers might feel less at home, but there’s an easy fix for that – the podcast is free to download. Sarah Dobbs
Cranor based the Man in the Tan Jacket on a man he once glimpsed casually smoking beside a wrecked car.