For several weeks, the Spawn has been
hectoring encouraging me to check out a podcasted “radio show” called Welcome to Night Vale. Last night I decided to celebrate my birthday by snuggling up with her and listening to the first three (of 33, with two more each month) episodes, each of which is about 20 minutes. I’m glad I did.
The show’s premise is that it’s a broadcast from a community radio station in the small desert town of Night Vale, a place where strange, occasionally disturbing, and otherwise Fortean things happen. Hooded figures may be seen at the dog park, and glowing clouds rain dead animals from time to time. There is an annual Dead Citizens Impersonations Parade. It’s a little creepy and often funny. It’s been described as Lake Woebegon mixed with Stephen King, but my take on it would be a blend of Twin Peaks and Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater.
The show has apparently become Quite the Thing in geek culture, so I’m late as usual for this one. All the same, I’m glad the Spawn turned me on to it, and the introduction made for a very satisfying birthday present. The show is available through iTunes, but may also be found as a playlist on YouTube. Highly recommended.