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Welcome to Welcome to Night Vale: First steps in exploring the horror podcast

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This article seeks to open discussion on the steadily developing horror podcast genre, working to articulate and demonstrate the properties that new media offers to the horror genre. This is done by focusing on the highly successful Welcome to Night Vale (2012–present), a podcast that takes the form of a ‘community radio show’ for a community both disturbing and homely, and which offers unique insight into new audio media’s potential for Gothic and horror works. Through an exploration of the podcast’s narration, structure and live theatrical performance, it is argued that Night Vale is not simply a drama developed through audio means, but rather one that is based entirely in notions of audio mediation, consciously based in bringing to light the uncanny properties of both podcast and radio form, and offering a work that self-articulates the rich potential of new audio media for horror production.
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Keywords: Night Vale; audio Gothic; audio culture; horror podcast; podcast; radio horror; sonic horror

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of East Anglia

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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  • Horror Studies intends to serve the international academic community in the humanities and specifically those scholars interested in horror. Exclusively examining horror, this journal will provide interested professionals with an opportunity to read outstanding scholarship from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including work conceived as interdisciplinary. By expanding the conversation to include specialists concerned with diverse historical periods, varied geography, and a wide variety of expressive media, this journal will inform and stimulate anyone interested in a wider and deeper understanding of horror
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