Imagination Forced to Life: My Experience of the Welcome To Night Vale Live Show

welcome-to-nightvale-podcastWelcome To Night Vale can surely be classified as a worldwide phenomenon. For a few weeks in October and November, Cecil and the crew have been touring Europe with a live performance of “The Librarian.” A couple of weeks ago, I was one of the lucky ones who got to see the show in Copenhagen. Seeing Cecil and others in the flesh was amazing, but also weird. I don’t know what I expected, but seeing the actors on the black empty stage made it difficult to see Night Vale the way I usually do while listening to the podcast, and I left the theater feeling slightly underwhelmed.

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Welcome to Welcome to Night Vale

“If you love someone, set them free. Set them free now. This is the police. We have you surrounded.”

—Welcome to Night Vale Episode 22, “The Whispering Forest”

Most of my new fandoms these days come from word of mouth, care of my Tumblr dash. Welcome to Night Vale is no exception. If you’ve heard of it, you probably know that WTNV is a free podcast series created by Commonplace Books, presented in the style of a community talk radio show. The twist, as there has to be one, is that Night Vale is no ordinary community. Far from it. Night Vale is a desert town rife with strange phenomena, from the strange lights in the sky above the Arby’s to the dog park where no people or dogs are allowed, and which the Sheriff’s Secret Police would prefer you don’t really think about, at all, like, ever.

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