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Popular podcast Welcome To Night Vale getting its own spin-off novel

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Fans of the insanely popular Welcome To Night Vale podcast will soon be able to immerse themselves into their favorite fictional town in a whole new way. Welcome To Night Vale: A Novel is due out October 20 and was written by the show’s creators, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Though the local news-inspired podcast has running storylines, the book appears to tell the story of just a few of the town’s characters: 19-year-old pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro and Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton. Here’s the book’s official summary:

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 holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer 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, when they were both teenagers. 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.


As of right now, Welcome To Night Vale: A Novel is the No. 5 best-selling book on Amazon, even though it’s not out for more than seven months.


An audio book is also due this October and will feature the dulcet tones of the podcast’s host, Cecil Baldwin III.

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