[Welcome to Night Vale with the purple eye-shaped logo with a crescent moon as the iris. Below the logo is the show’s podcast avatar, a purple background with the eye logo and the black outline of a water tower, power lines and antenna on a roof.]
Welcome to Night Vale.
In a small desert community in the Southwestern United States, a local radio host tells us about his hometown of Night Vale. Through the show’s host, Cecil Gershwin Palmer, we learn about life in Night Vale, a town where conspiracy theories live and breathe and build tiny cities under the bowling alley. The show includes updates about local weather, community news, and announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police and the radio station’s owner, Strex Corp. It almost seems like anything can happen in this peaceful desert community, as long as you stay away from the dog park, and the library, and the subway, and the blinking light up on the mountain…
The endeavor of writers, Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor, and the voice of Night Vale, Cecil Baldwin, Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast like no other. To date the podcast has 45 episodes, tours for two different double-length live shows, and Night Vale book slated for release in 2015. Fandom for the show grew big very quickly in the summer of 2013 after it broke the number one spot on the iTunes top ten podcasts list. Around this time, some fans began transcribing the show to help widen its audience even further. Co-Producer Jeffery Cranor attributed the fandom’s quick growth to the support and activity on Tumblr, and to fans of the television series Hannibal. Fans have engaged with the show in a variety of ways, from showing their support of the relationship between Cecil and town scientist, Carlos through art and fics, to creating fanvids or show trailers that imagine what life in Night Vale might look like.
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