My first encounter with ”Welcome to Night Vale” was trough the youtube channel Only Leigh, which referenced ”Welcome to Night Vale” in her video ” Night of the Raging Fangirls”. Where the fangirls have a meeting where some weird girls with ear-phones and a hollow look shows up, quoting weird non-sense. In the beginning I didn’t understand what it was about, then when I looked at it a second time I realized it must be some sort of pod-cast that was a ”thing”. But I left it at that.
Then I know I have heard or seen reference to Night vale somewhere else, but I cannot for the life of me remember from where (maybe it was the tanned man!). Anyhow, a couple of days ago I just felt I needed to look up this Night Vale-thing.
For you that are not familiar with ”Welcome to Night Vale” it is a pod-cast that is the form of news, traffic and public announcements in the little desert town of Night Vale.
The first pod-cast starts like this:
”Hello listeners. To start things off I’ve been asked to read this brief notice: the city council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Summerset near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.”
I couldn’t help but love it! It is so surreal and weird and everything is read by the amazing Cecile who can make the most bizarre statement sound like the most normal thing in the world.
Another great exctract from Night vales episode ”The Drawbridge”:
Commuters should have little delays, as highway patrol is fiercely denying this report. In fact, police representatives have just issued a statement claiming that there are no cars anywhere, and, “What are you doing, talking about them, talking silly lies, you silly people, there are no cars! What is this fiction? Oh, please, did you seriously believe for a second? Wait. Wait, you thought that cars were real?” The highway patrol continued, “Oh, that is rich.”
”Welcome to Night Vale” is written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and I guess produced(?), by Common place books.Where you also can buy a lot of ”Welcome to Night Vale” merchandise!
You can listened to ”Welcome to Night Vale” for free at Common place books website or Itunes!