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Welcome to Night Vale, Making the Odd Feel Normal

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For almost 5 years, the podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” has been providing Biweekly updates on the fictional small desert town of Night Vale, a city where the abnormal is normal and the normal is terrifyingly strange. In the small town of Night Vale, Valentine’s Day is a bloodbath, while an alien takeover is simply another Wednesday. 

            Welcome to Night Vale was created in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor, and was initially created as a creepy radio broadcast delivered by voice actor Cecil Baldwin (Through the character of Cecil Palmer) to the citizens of the fictional city of Night Vale, which Joseph Fink initially created as “a town in that desert where all conspiracy theories were real.”

 

            Since its creation, Welcome to Night Vale has grown from a small podcast done by a small group of actors into a national phenomenon, reaching the top of the iTunes Podcast charts on multiple occasions. As Night Vale continues to grow, so does the cast. With dozens of different characters come dozens of guest voice actors, From Jackson Publick as the Five-Headed Draconic Mayoral candidate, to main character Cecil Palmer’s scientist boyfriend, Dylan Marron as Carlos.

 

            Along with Welcome to Night Vale, the publisher (Once Commonplace Books, Now Night Vale Presents) has also released three other podcasts, all released to critical acclaim. The second podcast (After Night Vale itself) was “Alice Isn’t Dead” written by Joseph Fink, which is a more mature story delivered by Night Vale veteran Jasika Nicole (Who plays Dana Cardinal within the Night Vale universe), the third was “Within the Wires” written by Jeffery Cranor and performed and Co-written by Janina Matthewson. The fourth and so far final podcast released under the Night Vale presents network is “The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air” written and performed by Julian Koster.

 

            Night Vale has recently hit 100 episodes and used their 100th episode to celebrate the marriage of main characters Cecil Palmer and Carlos the Scientist. The other podcasts released under the Night Vale presents network have all finished their first (And possibly only) season as of February. Night Vale has also spread into Novels, with one Night Vale novel released previously and one more on the way.

For almost 5 years, the podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” has been providing Biweekly updates on the fictional small desert town of Night Vale, a city where the abnormal is normal and the normal is terrifyingly strange. In the small town of Night Vale, Valentine’s Day is a bloodbath, while an alien takeover is simply another Wednesday. 

            Welcome to Night Vale was created in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor, and was initially created as a creepy radio broadcast delivered by voice actor Cecil Baldwin (Through the character of Cecil Palmer) to the citizens of the fictional city of Night Vale, which Joseph Fink initially created as “a town in that desert where all conspiracy theories were real.”

 

            Since its creation, Welcome to Night Vale has grown from a small podcast done by a small group of actors into a national phenomenon, reaching the top of the iTunes Podcast charts on multiple occasions. As Night Vale continues to grow, so does the cast. With dozens of different characters come dozens of guest voice actors, from Jackson Publick as the Five-Headed Draconic Mayoral candidate to main character Cecil Palmer’s scientist boyfriend, Dylan Marron as Carlos.

 

            Along with Welcome to Night Vale, the publisher (Once Commonplace Books, Now Night Vale Presents) has also released three other podcasts, all released too critical acclaim. The second podcast (After Night Vale itself) was “Alice Isn’t Dead” written by Joseph Fink, which is a more mature story delivered by Night Vale veteran Jasika Nicole (Who plays Dana Cardinal within the Night Vale universe), the third was “Within the Wires” written by Jeffery Cranor and preformed and Co-written by Janina Matthewson. The fourth and so far final podcast released under the Night Vale presents network is “The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air” written and performed by Julian Koster.

 

            Night Vale has recently hit 100 episodes, and used their 100th episode to celebrate the marriage of main characters Cecil Palmer and Carlos the Scientist. The other podcasts released under the Night Vale presents network have all finished their first (And possibly only) season as of February. Night Vale has also spread into Novels, with one Night Vale novel released previously and one more on the way.

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