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.”
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!