From pod­cast to prose

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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.

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