Do you enjoy X-Files? The Silent Hill games or movies? The writings of H.P. Lovecraft? Maybe Stephen King? A friend recommended a podcast that takes elements from all of these, lovingly seals them in canopic jar, shakes them all up and delivers the Welcome to Night Vale podcast to your now-shattered mind.
Here is the official description from Commonplace Books:
“…a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.”
Backed by fittingly soothing but spooky mood music, our narrator Cecil guides us through the happenings of the week, upcoming events, and any strange happenings that you can safely ignore as a resident of Night Vale.
The style of delivery has been described as very NPR, and while Cecil does have a great voice, the content is decidedly more local public radio, late at night when they stop playing all the NPR programs. There are also various guest voices from time to time.
I don’t want to ruin the mystique of the podcast for you because it is so joyous to discover it for yourself. I seriously advise listening from the beginning. The podcast does build sequentially and has its own callbacks, so much so that the podcast has its own wiki to keep track of the happenings and characters. It also has its own TV Tropes page. Episodes are full to bursting with references to the macabre, occult, and conspiracy theories, so if you’re a weirdness buff, you will enjoy it even more.
By the way, do yourself a favour and don’t visit the wiki until you’ve listened to at least one episode. Then, bask in the greenish glow of knowledge man was not meant to have.