Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Micro Mention "Welcome to Night Vale"

Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

“Welcome to Night Vale” is a novel set in a creepy fictional town originally introduced from a podcast with the same name. It was a slow burn for me initially, but Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor won me over in the end, and now I’m listening to the podcast.

As a novel, there is a lot to overcome the presumption that you've listened to the podcast. Once you get past that, though, it's a delightfully quirky story. It's a "horror" story in the sense that while a lot of the imagery is technically scary, it never really lets go of its quirky humor to ever become truly frightening. 

Night Vale as a setting is probably the most interesting bit of the novel because it's a relentlessly weird place, and no one talks about it. Everyone just shrugs it off, which is uncanny and a bit creepy in itself, but still, it's more interesting than terrible.

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