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The Creepy World of 'Welcome to Night Vale'

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

'Welcome to Night Vale' is among the most downloaded podcast on iTunes. "Welcome to Night Vale" is among the most downloaded podcast on iTunes. (Designed by Rob Wilson/Welcome to Night Vale)

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor talk about creating the podcast “Welcome to Night Vale,” along with narrator Cecil Baldwin. The show takes the form of fictional community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, and announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. The show has been described as "the news from Lake Wobegon as seen through the eyes of Stephen King." In July 2013, Welcome to Night Vale became the most downloaded podcast on iTunes. Up until that point, the show had reached 150,000 downloads total, and in July of 2013, it reached 150,000 downloads in a single week. 

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Welcome to Night Vale also has a tremendous amount of Fan art. Here is just a small sample of the many illustrations and graphics online.

 

Guests:

Cecil Baldwin, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink

Comments [179]

Emily from NZ

Would you ever do a tour in other countries besides America and Europe?

Sep. 04 2014 12:31 AM
Heart115

Where did the idea for Strexcorp and Lauren and Kevin come from?

Sep. 03 2014 09:30 PM
Thea from Tampa

When you refer to Cecil as "The Voice of Night Vale" and mention his becoming a radio host was foretold, is that literal? Is Cecil the human avatar for the land the town is built on?

Also, I think it would be great if for the next April 1st show you broadcasted from Nulgorsk. In Russian.

Hugs and meat hats for everyone!

PS: Kevin and Intern Maureen should have a "Sass Off".

Sep. 03 2014 06:43 PM
Emily and Taylor from NY, NY

What field of science is Carlos a scientist in? I'm a bio major in university and want to know if we share a passion.

Sep. 03 2014 06:16 PM
Mel from Switzerland

Hi there, is there any chance you'll tell your listeners what question Steve wanted to ask Hiram in "The Debate"? I'd love to know. :)

Sep. 03 2014 03:50 PM
Louise from somewhere near Toronto

Who got to choose (character) Cecil's last name? Middle name? Is there a story to be told about that?

Sep. 03 2014 01:19 PM
Amy from Manhattan

"Dolls"? Don't you mean "action figures"?

Sep. 03 2014 01:19 PM
Katie from Spain

Is Dylan Marron gonna be at the Europe liveshows?

Sep. 03 2014 01:13 PM
Charlotte from UK

Will we ever find out more about Cecil's mystery brother who he can't remember?

Sep. 03 2014 01:11 PM
Dan from Weehawken

I just wanted to relate the first time I listened to Nightvale. My fiancé and I had to drive a few hours to get our marriage certificate. We loaded it up and listened to the first bunch of episodes along the way. We were already hooked by the time we made it to the city building, only to find a sign outside heralding that they were just about funded to a donation campaign of a dog park! We made a donation :)

Sep. 03 2014 01:00 PM
Alex from New York

Does your fan base ever creep you out?

Sep. 03 2014 12:59 PM
Pamela Winchel's podium from By the dog park

Who decided that the weather should be more of an auditory experience?
How did Carlos find Night Vale? He seems to have come from somewhere else, whereas all the other characters are Night Vale natives?

Sep. 03 2014 12:57 PM
Sydney from Valley Stream, NY

Where was Cecil's sister during the events of Cassette? I'm wondering because there has been some speculation that she IS the brother mentioned there, but that she's a transgender woman who hadn't yet come out at the time of the recordings. That would explain why Cecil comments on not remembering having a brother instead of making the connection that it was his sister before she transitioned, since he wouldn't remember her ever having presented/identified as anything other than female. Is it possible that there's something to that theory, or is there another reason why she wasn't mentioned in Cassette?

Sep. 03 2014 12:11 PM
Jae from Portugal

Yes, hi.
Lately I've been having long-horned beetles crawling out and in of my skin. I believe they are in some of my organs too? I'm fairly confused because I abide with the city council rules, yet i seem to have been picked by the beetles to be the body of the new beetle king. My question is, will the transaction from my mortal and fragile body to a transparent, more ethereal and long, very very long, body be painful? Thank you so much.

Sep. 03 2014 12:07 PM
John from New Jersey

Over the course of the show, Welcome to Night Vale has transformed from an exploration of the town through only the very subjective eyes of one Cecil Palmer to a platform for a wide variety of equally oddball characters to have themselves heard, in the process demystifying the world of Night Vale. My question: why?!

Sep. 03 2014 11:59 AM
Jill from the Witch City

Writing a podcast you have the advantage of audio editing, but when writing a book that's not entirely possible (unless it becomes an audio book, tee hee).

Will you be experimenting with the writing style on the Night Vale novel? Or will it be like a prose novel with a regular story arc? What's your approach?

Sep. 03 2014 11:58 AM
Chelsea from Las Vegas, NV

Have any of the show's creators lived in a small desert town before, and why did you choose the desert as a backdrop for WtNV? As a Las Vegas resident, I particularly appreciate the beautiful desert locale!

Sep. 03 2014 11:28 AM
Scott Banks

I absolutely love your podcast-- particularly, I enjoy the stories that are not focused on Cecil Palmer or those he is immediately connected with. Which isn't to say I don't like hearing about Palmer's life-- I do. I love hearing about Cecil, and Carlos, and John Peters (you know, the farmer?), and all of those other magnificent characters. But my favorite episodes-- "A Story About You", "A Memory of Europe", and the most recent "September Monologues" always focus on other parts of the town or its inhabitants. So my question is--- where do you come up with this stuff? Where do you draw the inspiration, and get ideas for, things like Nulogorsk, or the Desert Behind the Doors, or Steve Carlsberg's visions in the sky? Is the entire town already fleshed out, story-wise, or do you make it up episode by episode?

Sep. 03 2014 11:26 AM
Oliver Hong from Brooklyn, NY

To WNYC: Is this the most comments you've gotten for a question request post?

As for my question, how did WTNV start? Was it some sort of Passion project? A series of weird, classified experiments on how many times you can mention spiders in a podcast? And a follow up question, did you ever expect this project of yours to gain such a large following?

Sep. 03 2014 11:05 AM
Katheryn Bliss from Montgomery, Alabama

What do your friends and family think of the podcast? Are they fans, or is it just a job?

Sep. 03 2014 10:56 AM
Brun from Brazil

Do you record the tour live shows? If you do, what are the chances of releasing them like you did "Condos" and "The Debate".
Also will the Thrilling Adventure Hour crossover be available anywhere?

Sep. 03 2014 10:22 AM
The Glow Cloud from The School Board Meeting

Have you existed today?

Sep. 03 2014 10:22 AM
Branwyn from Baltimore

Would you say that Cecil is pretty normal by Night Vale standards, or would other people in Night Vale consider him a tad eccentric? For example: when Cecil elected to wear furry pants and a tunic on his first date with Carlos, was he making an individual fashion statement, or was he embodying Night Vale's latest fashion trends?

Sep. 03 2014 09:44 AM
Victoria from Canada

If you didn't have the eye logo, what other symbol might you use to define your show?

Also, just for Cecil: Have Jeffrey and/or Joseph ever written something that was so out-there you had to take a break from recording to laugh?

Sep. 03 2014 09:36 AM
Hannah from PA

Have all the creators (joeseph & Jeffrey) become close with actors like Dylan and Cecil?

Sep. 03 2014 08:49 AM
Laura from New Jersey

Will we be hearing more about Cecil and the tapes in the future? Can you give us a hint of what's in store for Night Vale?

Sep. 03 2014 08:18 AM
Nelly from New York

Is writing for Welcome to Night Vale more of a scriptwriting experience or a prose writing experience? Has this changed since adding more voiced characters?

Sep. 03 2014 08:03 AM
The Doctor from inside somewhere dark, and warm

Hallo!
Quick couple of questions here:
Carlos: How is your hair so perfect?
Will we be seeing Kevin again soon?
Will Steve Carlsberg ever understand that NO ONE CARES STEVE CARLSBERG!
Would any off you like a jelly baby?
And can someone please let me out? I can't find the door.I can't find anything, actually. Wait, I just heard something. It would seem I'm not alone after all. I can just make out a shape in the dark. Its tall, with long arms and glowing eyes. It's hovering 3 feet above the ground. I'm... I'm going to try to talk to it. I pray that it likes jelly babies. Wish me luck!

Sep. 03 2014 07:55 AM
Rebecca

What's Carlos's Last name?
Who bought Lot 37
why the September monologues?

Sep. 03 2014 07:37 AM
Moriah

Will Carlos and Kevin meet in the desert?

Sep. 03 2014 07:28 AM
Rebecca L from N.J.

In the most recent episode, you showed a new side of Steve Carlsberg, as someone who wants the truth, and for everyone to know it. Is this an intentional reference to the Snowden leak, and the truth vs. safety debate following?

Sep. 03 2014 07:25 AM
Bobo from sweden

Can night vale ever become a tv show? I'd be like the biggest collector of merch and blurays :O

Sep. 03 2014 05:58 AM
fleur

will you ever come to australia??

Sep. 03 2014 05:47 AM
Your double

Do you think you're going to open up again the writing submissions in the future (if you believe in the concept of "future", at all)?

And, do you think you're ever going to come to Italy?

Sep. 03 2014 05:20 AM
KING BEAR from WITHIN

Do any of you have any favorite bits that never made it into an episode? If so, what are they?

Also, looking back, what are your greatest regrets concerning the show's run so far?

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Sep. 03 2014 05:03 AM
berglind hrefna from iceland, earth,

will cecil ever actually leave night vale?

Sep. 03 2014 04:29 AM
Thomas from California, USA, Earth, Milky Way, universe

My question is for the Desert Bluffs side of the podcast. We know Carlos is not from Night Vale, but does he have a double in Desert Bluffs, I.e. Cecil and Kevin?

Sep. 03 2014 04:10 AM
Brenna from Duluth, MN

I have cerebral palsy, and Night Vale's unique take on people with disabilities- treating them as people first - is wonderful, especially when compared to the portrayal of characters in most other media? How is Megan Wallaby doing? Will we be seeing more of Janice?

Sep. 03 2014 04:04 AM
Maddie from Australia

Is it possible you could tell us about Carlos' life before Night Vale? Or how he came to discover it? :)

Sep. 03 2014 03:57 AM
rosemary parrish from united Kingdom

There's a huge movement of fans creating visual media based on the show (I am personally a cosplayer). Do you like the fan interpretations of the characters or do you have an idea of what they should look like? I know Cecil has said before that his character definitely does not have a third eye or magic tattoos.

Sep. 03 2014 03:55 AM
Joanne from house that doesn't exist

Does Cecil Palmer have a third eye?

Sep. 03 2014 03:12 AM
Oliver from the abyss

HAVE YOU EVER EATEN A DRAGON FRUIT AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE

Sep. 03 2014 02:43 AM
ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD ALL HAIL from Night Vale

Mountains? Myth or Legend?

Sep. 03 2014 02:42 AM
Maddie from Somewhere beyond the sea, Georgia

Have you Cecil ever considered following people around and narrating their life? You have such a smooth voice for the job.

Sep. 03 2014 01:37 AM
Katie from Beneath the Glow Cloud

What is reality made of, anyway? And does anyone know where I can buy a good, strong umbrella?

Sep. 03 2014 01:31 AM
Anna B from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I have multiple sclerosis and am currently in a wheelchair. Representation for people with disabilities is rare and usually it's followed by being "cured" because someone was "worthy" or otherwise proved themselves. These character rarely have more to them beyond helplessness, sob stories, or vilification because "life is soooo hard and I can't handle it but can you blame me? I'm MISSING an ARM!" So naturally, learning about Janice and watching you make her an actual character... and THEN give her a disability? I was amazed. Furthermore, the outrage from both Cecil and Steve at the mere idea that she should be "cured" made me honestly start crying. The message that there is nothing broken so therefore nothing to fix is rare and I just want to know more about Janice if at all possible???

Sep. 03 2014 01:30 AM
Destiny from Des Moines, IA

When you started did you have any clue as to how much Night Vale would mean to people? I think that for many people, myself included, Night Vale feels like home.

Thank you.

All of you.

Sep. 03 2014 01:23 AM
J.S.R from the desert, WA

Question for Mr. Baldwin- you've said in past interviews that a lot of your acting choices in playing Cecil Palmer are very much rooted your own personality. Has developing this character and learning more about him from Jeffrey and Joseph changed your self-perception at all? Would you say that your work with the Neo-Futurists has shaped the way you've chosen to play Cecil Palmer and if yes, how so?

Sep. 03 2014 12:40 AM
Haley from Your house

I don't think I can express how much night vale means to me, maybe because I'm not real and never have been and can't be sensed in this world? Big question though, why are you all so awesome? Is there a nonstop slumber party you guys have going that I can score tickets to?

Sep. 03 2014 12:15 AM
Whit from North Carolina

- How long did it take you guys to come up with the idea of a fictional town radio-cast?
- How early ahead do you write each episode?
- How long does it take to tape each episode?
- Cecil, do you dictate the entire episode without a break? It sounds that way, but it may just be superior audio editing..

Sep. 03 2014 12:13 AM
Jay from Anchorage, Alaska from near mountains because deserts don't exist

Hey guys, I do have a question, but I also wanted to say thank you for sharing the bi-monthly news of this place with such zest and warmth. I think I would like to take a vacation there someday!

My question is this; is it currently pre or post unraveling of the universe, or did it happen at all? I forgot to flip my calendar and I would really like to know.

And I'd like to give a shout-out to Cecil. I was wondering how you have such wonderful cultured tones in your voice and if you took voice training or acting classes. Thanks!

Sep. 02 2014 11:46 PM
Ckat from The Not Too Distant Future

Wherefore Arby's?

Sep. 02 2014 11:39 PM
Maddie Forrest from Los Angeles

Have you had any dreams about episodes you've written/voiced and have they inspired future episodes?

Sep. 02 2014 11:34 PM
Alex from Charlottesville, VA

-What advice would you give to aspiring podcasters/actors/writers?
-What is the timeline of creating an episode, from writing to recording to editting? What is the time gap between the writing of the episode and the release of the episode?
-What is the writing process like? Do you come up with bits and pieces of ideas and put them together, or write each episode as a unit?
-Where did the idea come from? What inspired you to make WTNV?
-What is the most interesting piece of fan art/ fan fiction you've seen?

Thank you!

Sep. 02 2014 11:31 PM
Isha from San Jose

Who is your favorite character to write for/interact with on the show?
(Also, will you be doing a live show in the Bay Area any time soon? I made a deer painting for Joseph.)

Sep. 02 2014 11:27 PM
Grace from Down Under Your Bed

Where did Carlos and his team of scientists come from?

Sep. 02 2014 11:24 PM
Tracy from New Jersey

How has your concept of Cecil as a character changed between the initial planning stages of the show and now?

Sep. 02 2014 11:07 PM
Pacific Obadiah from Denver, Co

What lead to the creation of Welcome to Night Vale?

When did you realize it became popular?

Sep. 02 2014 10:54 PM
Samantha from New Jersey

I just wanted to know how is Kevin and who are his interns at the desert bluffs community radio?

Sep. 02 2014 10:51 PM
Shannon from West Palm Beach, FL

Are any of your female characters canonically queer? Also, if your main characters were Disney characters, who do you think they would be? Thank you!

Sep. 02 2014 10:49 PM
Shelby K from Wisconsin

What is Hiram up to, now that his plans of being Night Vale Mayor fell through? I'd hate to have a five headed dragon sitting idle. Goodness knows what he'd get up to.

Sep. 02 2014 10:48 PM
McKenna from Indiana

Will we be hearing more about Pine Cliffs?

Sep. 02 2014 10:48 PM
John from The Lights Above the Arby's

Are you guys influenced by Albert Camus and Absurdism?

Sep. 02 2014 10:47 PM
Sami Langston from Richmond, VA

In The Candidate, Hiram is said to have "blue and red and black and green and yellow eyes," and ever since, I have been curious: which head has which color eyes?

Sep. 02 2014 10:41 PM
Brenda Saenz from México

How did it start the idea of something like NightVale?

Sep. 02 2014 10:39 PM
Sarah from Ontario, Canada

I love the format of the episodes with the weather and the news and traffic and various other segments that glimpse into this bizarre town but I can't help but be even more intrigued by the not so typical episodes like A Story About You and the recent The September Monologues. Do you have any plans to make more episodes that aren't a "typical" episode? And will we ever hear from Old Woman Josie?

Sep. 02 2014 10:39 PM
Char & Megz from Florida

Hello there! This is a joint submission with 2 questions. Both of us love the show and are constantly inspired by the creativity.

First question, way back in the beginning of the series why did you decided to make all the biographies available in the library about Helen hunt.Was that a particular choice for a reason or did you just choose someone at random?- Megz

Second question- Was the creation of the Apache Tracker meant to be a social commentary on cultural appropriation, a plot device, or just another one of your amazingly eclectic characters?- Char

Keep up the amazing work!- 2 huge WTNV fans!

Sep. 02 2014 10:38 PM
Hailey from Washington State

Will we ever find out more about Pine Cliff (which was mentioned only once, I believe, in episode 30)?

Sep. 02 2014 10:34 PM
Hailey from Washington State

Hello! I was wondering, how long on average does it take to write and produce an episode of WTNV? Also, does this mole on my arm look weird to you? It has grown eyes and a mouth and teeth. Its whispering sometimes wakes me up at night. Send help.

Sep. 02 2014 10:26 PM
Michael from Phoenix, AZ

What does Cecil look like? I know a lot of fans have chosen to make him look certain ways, but I don't think he has ever described himself. Anyways love the show! Keep doing what you're doing, I know thats impossible because eventually reality will collapse in on itself, so just keep doing it for as long as possible.

Sep. 02 2014 10:26 PM
Squid

Who bought Lot 37? Will we be finding out more about Earl Harlan and his past relationship to Cecil? What about Carlos has Cecil not told us about (personality, habits, backstory, etc.)?

Sep. 02 2014 10:25 PM
George you know the kid that sings in back alleys

Do the schools of night vale have musical? And if so what are the requirements for being part of the production?

Sep. 02 2014 10:24 PM
Monicat from Bronx, NY

Wow, I wish I could call in, aw. Glad I could at least leave a comment online, in spite of the many you're already receiving. Anyway.
We've noticed some words had a tendency to come up...teeth, deer, etc. Is that a coincidence, or symbolism?
What promises can you make for the future?
Will the novel be its own subplot?
Thanks!

Sep. 02 2014 10:14 PM
Lexi Martinez from Anywhere But Here, TX

1) Can we look forward to another WTNV tour next year? 2) Who do we have to talk to if we want to open a movie theater in Night Vale?

Sep. 02 2014 09:56 PM
Nico Doades

What does the Faceless Old Woman secretly living in my house like to snack on? Just want to make sure since I'm going to get groceries in a bit.

Sep. 02 2014 09:54 PM
Thomas S from The Handprint Land (Michigan)

One of my favorite elements of Night Vale is the development of the plotlines. The stories start with a small seed, and then grow and interconnect into a tapestry.

Is there another large arc like StrexCorp and The Smiling God in the works, even if it's slightly smaller than that year-long saga?

Also, since you have said you'd like to distance yourself from association with Lovecraft's body of work (though I feel that's a bit of a disservice), what other influences would you say give Night Vale it's character?

Sep. 02 2014 09:52 PM
Laura from WI

I'm thinking of the episode in which Cecil discovers the old tapes/recordings of himself as a younger man. Is he that same person that we hear on those tapes? Does Cecil only think he is Cecil? What's the deal with his family, aside from his lovely niece?

Sep. 02 2014 09:39 PM
natalia

what are you guy's favorite side characters?

Sep. 02 2014 09:37 PM
Lynn from *peanuts growling*

Will we ever be able to hear the voice of Earl Harlan? And if not will he be used to reveal more of Cecil's past?

Sep. 02 2014 09:31 PM
Erika (with a K) from The dog park

What is the best/most elaborate fan cosplay of night vale you've seen?

Sep. 02 2014 09:24 PM
Jennifer from Massachusetts

What was the inspiration for creating the Smiling God?

Sep. 02 2014 09:24 PM
Taylor Walton from Phoenix, Arizona

What are the influences behind the show? Stephen King, or H.P Lovecraft or some other nameless being from the void?

Sep. 02 2014 09:23 PM
Intern Jesus from Hovering 4 feet from the floor of the men's bathroom

Are angels real?

Sep. 02 2014 09:20 PM
Frances Keer from Oakland, CA

How did you come up with the idea for this podcast and how hard is it to stay motivated and creative for new episodes?

Sep. 02 2014 09:18 PM
Sadie from Des Moines, Iowa

What was your inspiration for the show? What demons come to you at night and whisper the strange things you talk about into your ear? Where did they come from? The dog park?

Sep. 02 2014 09:17 PM
natalia

what is the best part of making this podcast?

Sep. 02 2014 09:14 PM
Hooded Figure from night vale

MMMMMAaaaaaaaaaahhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmaahhhh
*deep throated humming noises*
*ritualistic chanting*
*silence*
*screaming*

Sep. 02 2014 09:11 PM
Selena the angel. If we are real wich we aren't. from longueuil, Quebec

Will we ever heard of Carlos's past? If not why? Thanks for the amazing show you are offering us and don't forget. We love that show. We love you. Love us. Love us all. Thanks.

Sep. 02 2014 09:11 PM
Sarah from The Dog Park

I find the medium of radio/podcast particularly well-suited to Welcome to Night Vale's particular brand of surreality and paranoia. If you were hypothetically to adapt it to a televisual format, what would have to change in terms of format, tone, or content?

Sep. 02 2014 09:04 PM
Janie from the Condos

Did you record any episodes while you were tiring? If so, how? Also, Will you be releasing "The Librarian" and/or the Thrilling Adventure Hour crossover eventually?

Sep. 02 2014 09:02 PM
Tucker from Portland, Maine

Where do the youth and young adults hang out in Night Vale? Any good hot spots for potential visitors? (Sorry if this posts twice my internet connection sucks.)

Sep. 02 2014 08:57 PM
Dani (and also Michael) from South Carolina

My friend and I were having this discussion of questions we would ask if we called in, even though they probably won't be answered, but here goes:

What is the deal with the airliner that has been appearing in different places for two years?

Who bought lot 37? Was it Carlos? I hope it's Carlos.

Why has Cecil never mentioned his sister before?

Who the heck is Chad and what did he summon?

This is the most important one: WHEN IS CARLOS COMING HOME?!?!?!

Again, fairly certain we won't get an answer because these seem like major plot points, but I'm way too invested in this podcast right now and to be honest it's kind of ruining my life and I love it. But I would still like to have those answers, my friend. Would love to have those answers.

Sep. 02 2014 08:57 PM
Ryan

How often does Carlos send you pictures? Can you get your perfect hair fix through SnapChat?

Sep. 02 2014 08:56 PM
Tucker from Portland, Maine

Where do the youth and young adults hang out in Night Vale? Any good hot spots for potential visitors?

Sep. 02 2014 08:55 PM

Is there anything that you've done in the shows that you wish you could redo or remove, and what is it?

Sep. 02 2014 08:50 PM
Victoria from A place between what is known and what is unknown

Night Vale influences and inspires me as a writer. It has awoken the strange glowing darkness in my soul. It is how the fill the silence at night, that deafening silence of the forest. What is your advice for those aspiring to create works of non-fictional fiction and how to survive in a world of spiders?

Sep. 02 2014 08:50 PM
Kate from Spain

Is the Chad from the last episode the intern Chad that disappeared in one of the first episodes?

Sep. 02 2014 08:42 PM
Hey from Europe

Is Dylan Marron gonna be at the Europe liveshows?

Sep. 02 2014 08:41 PM
Jordan from Japan

Are the non-traditional style of shows that have been going on for the past few months (the live shows, the monologues, etc.) the new pattern for Welcome to Nightvale? Should we expect more episodes in these styles?

Sep. 02 2014 08:36 PM
Vitória

Can you tell us more about the wtnv book that's coming out next year?

Sep. 02 2014 08:32 PM
Erin

Do you think the diversity of your characters (queer characters, people of color, disabled characters, et cetera) has impacted the popularity of WTNV?

Sep. 02 2014 08:31 PM
The reflection at the corner of the mirrow from Behind

I have seen you. And I know you are there. I will get out. Soon. We are almost out of milk.

Sep. 02 2014 08:30 PM
Niamh from The Vacant Lot Out Back Of The Ralph's

As you guys know, the Night Vale fandom is a very diverse and creative one, and one of the biggest advantages of Night Vale being part of an aural rather than visual medium is that characters can be interpreted and visualised according to individual listeners. Of course, the downside is that I've noticed this can sometimes lead to quite heated exchanges between fans, usually along the lines of whose interpretation is 'correct'. Has there ever been any fan activity that you've disapproved of, or felt missed the point of the show?

Sep. 02 2014 08:27 PM
Dan Reeser from Helena, MT

I was going to ask about something that I recently witnessed, but I drank and then I forgot.

Sep. 02 2014 08:23 PM
Brendan from unsure

Sorry. That was two questions.

Sep. 02 2014 08:19 PM
Max from The Void

For Cecil- Do you ever find yourself acting a little bit like your character/ notice little things or quirks that are similar to him?

Sep. 02 2014 08:19 PM
Emily

What would Cecil and Carlos' snapchat names be?

Sep. 02 2014 08:16 PM
Brendan from Night Vale, MA

Forgive me if this question has been asked already: Will you be doing a movie, series, or both? When?

Sep. 02 2014 08:16 PM
Zoe from From the Tiny City

Will we ever get more from any of the characters in The September Monologues? Hear the occurrences of "Not-Chad", hear Michelle discuss more popular music or how she tricked more people into buying blank Panic! At The Disco CDs, and ESPECIALLY more about Steve Carlsberg (apologize to him for everyone that heard that episode, by the way) and his relationship with his double-brother, half-brother, step-brother? Love the show!

Sep. 02 2014 08:16 PM
Anne from London

Jeffery and Joseph: What does your day-to-day look like? (Is WTNV currently your only project? How much time does it take up--touring, podcast writing and editing, novel writing? What is the writing process like? Is it something where you have to sit down each day or only when inspiration strikes?)

Sep. 02 2014 08:13 PM
Catrin Westerland from Cardiff

For the last two years WTNV has been such a companion to me, the imagination, humour, messages, and atmosphere are things that not only in a group setting can be shared by many people, (yes, I continue spreading the cult) but directly connect with individuals in solitude. The magnificence of your work is evident in the universal response it receives and its powerful following, but I'd still love to thank you personally. Unbelievably; the supporting work of Disparition also upholds these incredible standards of artistry.

My question is: What album or artist has been a significant companion to you (each) in the past?

Sep. 02 2014 08:13 PM
Iain Croall (Crow-l) from Glasgow, Scotland

If "Welcome to Night Vale" was ever made into a TV series (which it should), would you prefer it to be a set cast playing the various roles or have each character played by a completely different actor each episode (overdubbed/acted by the original voice actors in either case) to preserve the idea that no-one truly knows what the characters look like?

Love the pod-cast and can't wait to see you all in Glasgow.

Sep. 02 2014 08:10 PM

First of all, thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into Night Vale! (I know that it does actually exist, whether we like it or not, so it's helpful to know when we should be 'concerned' about what goes on there.)

One of my favorite things about the podcast is that the stories are more-often-than-not told with a purpose that transcends entertainment, as they usually contain an underlying message or "moral" about how to navigate through life with courage, love, and understanding. As you are writing and coming up with these stories, do those "morals" come out naturally? Or, do you consciously decide on the message that you want to deliver as you're putting the story together? Does that process vary by episode? Thank you!

Sep. 02 2014 08:10 PM
Lila

Hey guys I was jut curious what is the wtnv book going to be like and do you have any aproxomite release date yet? Love your podcast!

Sep. 02 2014 08:05 PM
Elisabeth

Will "September Monologues" become a recurring episode this time of the year? This type of unsettling was very timely.

Also, will we ever be able to get a Faceless Old Woman full backstory?

Overall, thanks for making this show , it is brilliant.

Sep. 02 2014 08:04 PM
Sosa, a Houston fan from Houston

The metallic, three bladed, whirling device that I am wonders when is it going to be official that Cecil breaks up with Carlos, I realize you've been hinting at it for several episodes now. Do they get into a fight? Is Cecil just a ho? Also love you guys, you inspire me to do so much.

Sep. 02 2014 08:01 PM
Gus

Have you ever envisioned some sort of end to the Night Vale podcasts? Or do you somehow expect (or despairingly pray) this work will endure beyond our lifetimes and never given it any thought?

Sep. 02 2014 08:01 PM
Jonathan from Nowhere, Everywhere

Is this the real Joseph Fink, or a collective hallucination? Either way, what inspires your guy's writing? The sense of humor coupled with the horror/sci-fi is an ingenious creation. Oh, I seemed to have asked too many questions. I hear helicopters outside my house. I believe it's the sheriff's secret police. Off to visit the librarians again.....

Sep. 02 2014 07:59 PM

Is it Night Vale real?

Sep. 02 2014 07:59 PM
Jessica from Albany, NY

The comments here prove that Night Vale fans are the best fans!

My question: Will we ever find out about Cecil's childhood/forgotten memories/family? For storylines such as that, do you prefer leaving it open for potential exploration, or merely just putting it out there as one more normally strange thing about the town?

Sep. 02 2014 07:56 PM
Monica 0. from California

Cecil seems to have a lot of powerful moments of reflection. What are the fundamentals of his worldview?

Sep. 02 2014 07:55 PM
Erika, with a K from Old Woman Josie's House

Your minds are wonderful and weird places, for which we're all grateful as fans. You really mix returning characters and subplots with fresh ideas masterfully. How do you keep the inspiration flowing over this long a period?

Sep. 02 2014 07:54 PM
Ewan Milne from England

Having listened to the series 7 times now I am impressed by how early in the show the plot lines creep in. Did you know about the Kevin/Strex plot arc straight from the first mention in episode 19 or did in just develop over time?

Sep. 02 2014 07:54 PM
Netania from Seattle, Washington

If you could do a crossover with Night Vale and any other movie, book, ect... (not including past collaborations), what would you choose and why?

Also, I've noticed lately we've been diving more deeply into the backgrounds of other characters like Cecil, Kevin, and Steve Carlsberg, yet we know almost nothing about Carlos the Scientist. Is there ever going to be an episode where we learn more about him as a character?

Sep. 02 2014 07:52 PM
Courtney Warwick from New Zealand

My life has been changed by this podcast. I want to live in Nightvale now. What was the major inspiration for this amazing show? By the way, I'm from New Zealand, so your show has reached basically the whole world :)

Sep. 02 2014 07:48 PM
Lauren from Ohio

Since you first brought in Lauren Mallard as a character, it appeared as if her relationship with Kevin was pretty good. However, as the story progressed it seemed as if by the Old Oak Doors part B Kevin disliked her. Was that done to illustrate how fake corporate relationships are, or was it influenced by the fans? It seemed as if the fans took a better liking to Kevin rather than Lauren. (also thanks for making us name twins!)

Sep. 02 2014 07:47 PM
Hannah

What is the wtnv book going to be like?

Sep. 02 2014 07:46 PM
Bookgal1977 from Massachusetts

Huge fan of the podcast. I'm a librarian, and with all the wonderfully wicked things you do with your librarians in the show, are you aware of the huge librarian following the podcast has?

Sep. 02 2014 07:46 PM
Alice Curtis from Melbourne, Australia

Are you the real Joseph Fink, Joseph Fink? Are you sure? Who IS Joseph Fink?

Sep. 02 2014 07:45 PM
Luna from the Scrublands and Sand Wastes

First, thank you so much for all the queer and PoC representation. It's wonderful. Carlos and Cecil are adorable, and Megan Wallaby can be read as a delightful trans*positive storyline. The diversity of the community is one of my favorite things about Night Vale. Even Hiram McDaniels, literal five headed dragon, has a home there. I love it!

In light of all that, I wonder, is there anything you wish you could do better, in terms of representation? Is there anyone who has said, "why don't you include a character who is xyz?" and you haven't been able to work them in yet? This is not meant to make you guys feel bad or anything!

Sep. 02 2014 07:44 PM
Miranda lost in the dog park...send help from Dog Park, Nightvale

Cecil, I was told You Are My Father...Is This True Or Are The Hooded Figures Lying To Me?

Sep. 02 2014 07:41 PM
Erica from Wisconsin

If Steve Carlsberg can see all of the arrows and dots then can Janice see them too? Also dose the arrows and everything mean or look like a map to somthing that could harm or help nightvale in the future?

Sep. 02 2014 07:41 PM
Cindy from New Jersey

You've had a few collaborations with writers in the past, like Zack Parsons and Glen David Gold. Have any other established writers expressed an interest in collaborating on an episode?

Sep. 02 2014 07:40 PM
Kate B from Coralville, IA

Strexxcorp is gone for the time being, but they were not destroyed by any means. Will they be coming back?

And this isn't a question, but thank you so much for creating and sharing this wonderfully weird world with all of us.

Sep. 02 2014 07:40 PM
Natalie from LA

Megan's hand can be read as a metaphor for so many things - she's both silly and incredibly sad. How did you come up with her?

Sep. 02 2014 07:39 PM
Melissa

Cecil and Carlos's love story has been the sweet point in all this craziness that's been taking place in Night Vale. Through the various episodes we've seen the two grow close, finally get together, and even at one point Carlos bought the two of them a condo (but that didn't work out too well).

If the sweet, perfect Carlos does end up finding his way back to Night Vale, could listeners one day hear wedding bells for this couple in the future?

Sep. 02 2014 07:39 PM
Katy from England from London

If you were to find yourself by the Whispering Forest what would it whisper to you?

Sep. 02 2014 07:38 PM
Nick from Your Id

Will we find more out about Nulogorsk? Are the Apache tracker and Nulogorsk connected? And is the hand that is Megan Wallaby really what is left of Apache Tracker in some long term resurrection story arch to help save Nigh Vale from whatever happened to Nulogorsk?

Sep. 02 2014 07:37 PM
Jessie from A Lovely Village in Wisconsin

Where does pink belong in the rainbow?

Sep. 02 2014 07:35 PM
Kitty from Right behind you, but don't look.

We hardly hear about Khoshekh anymore; how's the little guy doing, and what about the kittens? Are any more unfortunate would-be cat owners dead?

Sep. 02 2014 07:35 PM
Kirsten from Connecticut

For all of you, who is your favorite character? Least favorite?

Sep. 02 2014 07:35 PM
Michellenore Thomas from Sacramento, California

If you could live in one building or district in Night Vale, where would it be and why?
Also, what is Cecil's favorite bedtime story?

Sep. 02 2014 07:35 PM
NOT Hiram McDaniels from Los Angeles

What gave you the idea to make Dana the mayor and not, lets say Hiram McDaniels, you know I heard he is a very attractive five headed dragon

Sep. 02 2014 07:34 PM
Gigi from Berkeley, CA

Are we going to be finding out more about Cecil's sister sometime soon?

Sep. 02 2014 07:33 PM
Katherine from Brooklyn, NY

What would you say were the biggest difficulties in taking the show live, and how have you gauged your audience in international cities?

Sep. 02 2014 07:32 PM
Ashley from Canada

I have two questions:

This is a very diverse show already, but I was wondering if you're going to add other characters that aren't exactly "normal"? (ie characters that aren't non-binary, trans, bisexual, pansexual, etc).

And, to the Jeffery and Joesph, who are your favourite characters to write?

Sep. 02 2014 07:31 PM
Owlneck Marigold from Hillsborough, NC, USA

Does Steve Carlsberg endanger his friends, family, and the townspeople of Night Vale by knowing the things he does about the superior powers in control of the town?

Sep. 02 2014 07:31 PM
McKenna from Indiana

Is there a possibility of a Desert Bluffs spin-off podcast?

Sep. 02 2014 07:31 PM
zsghost

How come you don't return my calls anymore?

Sep. 02 2014 07:31 PM
Lexie from A Tiny Town in Indiana

Every episode is so amazing and seems really well thought out (good job on that, you guys are awesome), but I can't help but wonder how you manage to come up with all of these different ideas every time. How do you do it?

Sep. 02 2014 07:28 PM
David Gordon from The Wilds of New England

I have a question for the Welcome to Nightvale crew.

The moon rose slower tonight. It fills me with dread.

Sep. 02 2014 07:28 PM
Myriah from Denison, Iowa

How did you guys start out, and what made you choose Cecil to be the face- or voice- of your podcast? Also, who's the creepier writer: Jeffrey or Joseph?

Sep. 02 2014 07:27 PM
Royce from Gamma Cyngi

How did you come up with the setting of Night Vale

Sep. 02 2014 07:26 PM
Meera

What influences you most when thinking up new characters? Will we get to hear more and more from the Night Vale community as time goes on?

Sep. 02 2014 07:26 PM
Royce from Gamma Cyngi

How did you come up with the setting of Night Vale

Sep. 02 2014 07:26 PM
Valeria M.

Is the fact that some characters share their names with their Voice Actors a coincidence(Kevin, Lauren)? And what does Night Vale mean to you? (The experiences, memories, people you've met, everything?)

Sep. 02 2014 07:25 PM
Meera

What influences you most when thinking up new characters? Will we get to hear more and more from the Night Vale community as time goes on?

Sep. 02 2014 07:25 PM
Michelle

I haven't heard all of the episodes (I'm still catching up) but I have noticed that there seems to be no talk of obsessions (other than that of Cecil for carlos). What kind of things does Cecil like?

Sep. 02 2014 07:24 PM
Sarah Libman from Our great town of Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale is my absolute favorite thing in the whole world! Have you guys ever thought of making a WTNV show? ;^)

Sep. 02 2014 07:24 PM
<> from the Void

What inspired you to deviate from the norm in this latest episode?

Sep. 02 2014 07:22 PM
That Dude With the Legs from Desert Bluffs

Can anyone help me? It is imperative to my well-being that I get a definitive and absolute answer. Do birds have legs?

Sep. 02 2014 07:22 PM
Nate from Michigan from Michigan

How far out do you plan storylines? Did you know you wanted to do the Strexxcorp storyline when you started the podcast? Can we expect more long-term storylines like that?

Sep. 02 2014 07:18 PM
Joan N from Buffalo, NY

How much post-production goes into the creation of the podcast? I'm curious to know some of your editing styles, as well as how you find appropriate music for the podcast. Thank you for your time! :)

Sep. 02 2014 07:17 PM
M from M

Which character would you like to make a spin-off about?

Sep. 02 2014 07:17 PM
Mike F.

What is that? Sweet jesus what is that thing? Why is coming towards me? Why is it screaming into my brain?
Why does it smell of fear and rum? WHY IS IT LOOKING AT ME?

Sep. 02 2014 07:16 PM
Nina from San Diego

What can you tell us about the Night Vale novel coming in 2015?

Sep. 02 2014 07:15 PM
Jessi from Washington State

What would be Cecil and Carlos' Starbucks order?

Sep. 02 2014 07:15 PM
Cameron M from Florida

Is it hard to come up with character names and personalities?

Sep. 02 2014 07:14 PM
Nicole

Was the decision to describe the physical features of your characters as little as possible a conscious decision? Or was it something that happened organically due to the nature of the medium that the scripts were being performed in?

Sep. 02 2014 07:10 PM
a twitter user

I have the sense that Jeffrey's more of a cat person and Joseph's more of a dog person. Does this have an impact on the writing process?

Sep. 02 2014 07:10 PM
Mia from New York City

What is the most exciting thing about creating new side characters? Ex) Dana, Tamika, Old Woman Josie, Faceless Old Woman, etc

Sep. 02 2014 07:10 PM
Darrin Katz from Toronto, ON

Does anyone in Night Vale play Dungeons & Dragons?

Sep. 02 2014 07:10 PM
Jess/John from vermont

do cecil and carlos do any cute couple things like leave each other little notes in each other's lunches or anything? does cecil try to impress his boyfriend with some neato science facts he found out?

Sep. 02 2014 07:08 PM
Amy from England

I've noticed that we're getting a lot of new characters, and a lot of new information about old characters recently, espically after the September monologues, is this a trend and can we expect more of this?

Sep. 02 2014 07:06 PM
J. Ivory from A Dark and Dreary Aether

Are there any events or subjects that were drastically changed or scrapped enturely?

Sep. 02 2014 07:05 PM
Alex

For Cecil, What's your favorite segment to record for an episode? (i.e. sponsored ad, community calendar)

Sep. 02 2014 07:04 PM
McKenna

Will we ever find out who bought Cecil in the Auction?

Sep. 02 2014 06:57 PM
Hannah

How hard is it to write from the perspective of characters other than Cecil Palmer? I'm mostly asking in regard to The September Monologues.

Sep. 02 2014 06:56 PM
nikki from im not sure. help

what's your guys' favorite episode?

Sep. 02 2014 06:53 PM

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