Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast from Commonplace Books. It’s a community radio broadcast from a fictional town in the American Southwest called Night Vale, where pretty much any kind of weird thing you can imagine happens. I’ve five episodes in, each are about 22 minutes, and they’re amazing.

I have a soft spot for anthology weirdness like this, from straight shows like the Twilight Zone, to absurdist parodies like the Scary Door from Futurama. I also love Twin Peaks, and, although I’ve only seen two episodes, Hemlock Grove is pretty great. Most of all, I love Alan Wake, it’s one of my favorite video games of all time, and the inclusion within that mythology of an anthology show called Night Springs, especially in the sidequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.

Night Vale is mostly funny, but every so often they get deep and downright creepy, and quite frequently they cross the same kind of lines that The Onion does, where even though the story is funny, it only thinly masks unnerving or downright depressing concepts.

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