Wild Speculation: The Same Universe?

It is totally word of god that Ursula Vernon’s Hidden Almanac was inspired by Welcome to Night Vale:

A bunch of friends of mine kept telling me that I needed to listen to this podcast called “Welcome to NightVale” because it was delightful and weird. Several of them described it as “Lake Woebegone meets Lovecraft.”

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It is not at all like Lake Woebegone meets Lovecraft. Lake Woebegone is the town in Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, of which I happen to be a totally rabid fan* and I was going “Oh my god, do any of these people listen to Prairie Home Companion? Because this is not that! This is a very nice little community radio spoof, and PHC…is a radio variety show with a monologue. Seriously! And anyway, if you were going to do a parody on a Garrison Keillor show and make it freaky and weird, you wouldn’t even pick PHC because it’s too long and you’d have to be a master humorist to pull off the small town thing and you can only throw tentacles at a Lutheran pastor so many times before it stops being funny so obviously the one you’d want to parody would be the little short daily podcast he does called The Writer’s Almanac where he talks about stuff on this day in history and then reads a poem and ohshitthisisactuallyagoodidea.”

She also claims that it takes place in a “totally fictional world mostly inside my head,” but I’m beginning to wonder if that’s, if not untrue initially, then at least becoming less and less true as time goes by.

Between the Intern Infestation in the garden, and the celebration of The Void’s feast day, I’m beginning to wonder if the Hidden Almanac takes place in the same “universe” as Welcome to Night Vale. If Night Vale is this universe’s typical southwestern desert town, perhaps Rev. Mord broadcasts from a typical New England town (I don’t know why I picture the Rev. broadcasting from New England, but there you are).

So, what do you think of my wild speculation? Think there’s any sense to it? If so, feel free to fanfic it up, and post a link! If not, tell me why — and show your work!

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Wild Speculation: Dana Part 1

In the Welcome to Night Vale episode “Numbers“, two major things happen: Cecil investigates the numbers station, where Fey wishes for freedom (and may or may not be an AI), and Cecil receives an email from Intern Dana.

Français : Vue de la vallée de Dana

Français : Vue de la vallée de Dana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Personally, I thought Fey and Dana sounded similar; combined with the fact that Dana feels physically drawn to the mountain and may or may not be on another plane of existence, I propose that Fey is Dana.

We know that Dana can interact with the people of Night Vale — she shows up on the radio show sometimes — but that they cannot see or hear her. Is it possible that, rather than Fey being the computer, she is merely sitting at the computer, but Cecil cannot see her? Or, perhaps Dana/Fey is trapped elsewhere, physically, and the computer is just a transmitter, perhaps intended to throw people like Cecil off the scent.

It’s Night Vale, after all.  Perhaps Dana is trapped inside the computer. Why not?

So that’s my wild spec: Dana is Fey. But I actually had an idea that takes it a step further.  But you’ll have to wait a bit for that. In the meantime, do you agree? Disagree? Show your work, but I want to hear your thoughts!

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