Review: Welcome To Night Vale – The Novel

This is the first book in a very long time that made me want to write a review.
This is also the very first review I’ve ever written. I got it for my birthday, twice. Thank you, you beautiful creatures.

This book is so bloody fictitious that it comes out super real on the other side of the spectrum.
It is so stubbornly absurd that it might get on your nerves, when you haven’t yet dived into the Genre mix of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller and Lovecraftian Undertones that is the podcast of Welcome To Night Vale.

The twice-monthly published podcast is written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor who are also responsible for the novel. It is about the daily life in a quiet desert community as told by the local Radio’s host Cecil Palmer (you can play fck-marry-kill with that voice and it wins in all categories). Strange phenomena occur in this little town that seems to be cut off from the rest of the world. Many strange things seem normal to the citizens, like Helicopters kidnapping children and the existence of five headed dragons. Other things have yet to be investigated, for example by the Radio’s interns, whose mortality rate is beyond measure.

Much like the podcast, the book doesn’t stop pulling off one ridiculous detail after the other – just to give you a punchline that is so profoundly real and triggers so much out of your personal life, that you want to slap the writers with the Hardcover edition and scream into the hidden cameras they placed all over your room: DAMN YOU, I WAS JUST OVER IT.

The cover blurp says, “I’m packing up and moving to Night Vale”.

Are you crazy?
Who in their right mind would want to go there? People disappearing, often dying, on a regular basis, being shrugged off as something that just happens, like taxes and mail. Secret Agents obviously lurking around following and Weiterlesen