Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you’ve ever heard are actually true. It’s the sort of place where you could get abducted by hooded figures and taken to a desert otherworld just for attempting to use the municipal dog park. If you get a parking ticket you pay it… without query… even if you don’t own a car… because the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.
Amongst all the usual day-to-day weirdness the lives of two Night Vale residents are going to be changed forever as their own private mysteries draw them closer to each other.
Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked ‘KING CITY’ by a mysterious man in a tan jacket. She can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City before she herself unravels.
Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.
Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: ‘KING CITY’. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures . . . if they can ever find it.
Welcome to Night Vale started life as a free pod-cast, broadcasting all the local community news, traffic and weather to whoever wanted to listen. It still exists in pod-cast form (still free, still weird, click here to see all the ways you can listen to it). It soon developed into several live stage shows touring across the world and now its a full blown novel too. Although the novel is standalone, the reader would benefit from the background and character knowledge gained from listening to the pod-cast.
Even if you don’t buy/read the book I highly recommend you listen to the pod-cast. A vague yet menacing government agency will want to speak to you otherwise.