Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a quirky and odd tale of two women and two mysteries in Night Vale – a small town where the weird is normal. The book is based on the podcast by the authors that chronicles the strange events that occur in the town.

I am more of a grounded-in-realism reader and this book is not that. It has shape-shifting characters, alien sightings, and other odd occurrences. Although this is not my type of book, it does keep the reader’s attention.

The main characters Jackie Fierro (a pawn shop owner who is given a piece of paper with the only words “KING CITY” on it) and Diane Crayton (her son is a shape-shifter who is increasingly interested in knowing more about his absent father) try to figure out the weirder things going on in the town.

Two mysteries abound: who is a mysterious man who keeps handing out “KING CITY” notes and why does Diane’s ex keep popping up in town. In Jackie and Diane’s quest to find information, they escape with their lives as they visit the local library (local librarians are monsters).

Expect the unexpected and hang on for the weirdest ride of a tale.

Welcome to Night Vale Book Cover Welcome to Night Vale
Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor,
Fiction
Harper Perennial
October 20, 2015
416

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live. "Hypnotic and darkly funny. . . . Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in."--The Guardian Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge. 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.

About the author

Jeff Grim

Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.

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