Comments: If you like an adorable, not-quite-human Cecil (think tentacles and then some) and a heart-of-gold, science-minded Carlos, you are going to love all of this author's fic. It is funny. It is sweet. It is wonderfully detailed in its Night Valean quirks. It is occasionally terrifying. And the porn is always hot as hell.
Comments: These blogs are insanely difficult to get into but oh-so-worth it. The fact that so many different people all decided to become a family instead of fighting and then proceeded to make a dozen odd other family members and assorted extras (in addition to those linked above, a dozen others have ties to the Strex Family) is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and through all of the pain inherent in a half-dozen highly screwed up mad scientists becoming a family, there’s a lot of love between both the characters and the muns.
Synopsis: Set just before "Station Management" - Carlos receives a warm welcome from the Sheriff's Secret Police, which isn't so much warm as it is painful, and Cecil comes to his rescue, which isn't so much a rescue as it is an exercise in string-pulling. (AU because in this fic, Telly isn't so much the barber who cut Carlos's hair as he is a scapegoat for a much more complicated problem.)
Synopsis: The first book on Tamika Flynn's Summer Reading Program Sticker Chart is Lord of the Flies. She doesn't really like it.
Comment: Set during "Summer Reading Program", and read like a short YA novel. Beautiful, perfect, flawless narration about using the books and brains and friendship to defeat the monster librarians. Brilliant Night-Vale weirdness distilled into a love of reading.
Seconded SO HARD. Gorgeously written and powerful. -caughtbluehanded
Thirded. Be sure to check out the fan art linked at the end, for it is made of win and more win.-Nightsky
Synopsis: City Council announces a new secret law. The Night Vale Astronomy Club has officially denounced the existence of stars. The Night Vale Historical Society is throwing a barbecue for a tragedy that no one is allowed to talk about. It's the usual week's news in Night Vale except for one tiny detail-Cecil isn't the one reporting it. And as Head Intern Jessica ignores her normal inclination to not do any work ever (you don't become head intern by being a go-getter) to fill in for him while Carlos conducts his desperate search, she's beginning to think that maybe Cecil isn't the only one who'll disappear.
Comments: A perfectly in-character episode of Welcome to Night Vale, as narrated by Head Intern Jessica, whose personality manages to be distinctly different from Cecil's while still being intrinsically rooted in Night Vale.
Synopsis: Carlos is absolutely objective. It’s just that it’s quite hard to stay objective when you’ve got Hooded Figures living in your kitchen, radio news reporters stalking you with somewhat dubious baked goods, and everything is so soaked with chemicals, radiation and dark magic that half the time your food disparages your cookery skills while you’re trying to make dinner.
Comments: A rather lighthearted and somewhat relaxing tale of Carlos growing use to the oddness that is Night Vale. Includes quite a lot of input from others such as Old Woman Josie and Dana. Definitely worth a read.
Synopsis: As far as strange occurrences go, a snow day in a desert is one of the strangest that the sleepy town of Night Vale has lived through. Cecil gives us the news and updates concerning this peculiar storm.
Comments: Just another well-done fanfic in the style of the radio show, this one noteable for including a music rec for the weather section as well as a proverb in the credits. A fun, fairly light read.
Synopsis: Carlos is having the strangest dreams, and the strangest headaches, like there's something he's supposed to be remembering. Not to mention the intern's wedding coming up, and that new chemical Strexcorp wants him to develop. It's going to be a busy week.
Comments: Fantastically well written and creepy in an everything-is-a-little-bit-wrong kind of way.
Comments: Original Flavor insofar as it's not written in the style of a radio episode, this fic is dark but retains a few elements of Night Vale's off-the-wall-humor. Also, this headcanon of Cecil is intriguing and frankly impressive. Spoilers for Yellow Helicopters.
Synopsis: Faces do all sorts of things. Sometimes they make funny faces, or mad faces, or sad faces. Sometimes they get shy when they meet new people. There's a lot of variation in faces, and no one face is intrinsically better than another.
Comments: A weird and sweet look at some favorite characters and their blue box from the perspective of a Night Valien who comes off totally normal and distinctly other all at once.
Status: Complete, with a two-shot sequel and another sequel forthcoming.
Synopsis: Carlos and his Magisterium-approved team are on a mission to study Rusakov particles in the most theologically interesting community in Hispania Nova. They are in no way prepared for anything they're about to meet. (A partial list: angels, witches, hooded spectres, portals between worlds, and a man who walks around with no daemon in sight and knows things he shouldn't possibly be able to know.)
Comment: While the simple premise of "What if the characters of Night Vale had daemons?" alone could have served as an interesting concept, the author goes even further, seamlessly melding the two universes and giving us an interesting possibility to how Carlos reacted to the weirdness that is Night Vale.
Synopsis: AU. How Carlos scienced his way into winning the Hunger Games, coped with the ongoing attentions of terrifying Capitol commentator Cecil Palmer, and, eventually, found himself acting as mentor to twelve-year-old Tamika Flynn.
Comments: Considering that skewed perspectives on absolute horror are at the centers of both Welcome to Night Vale and The Hunger Games, maybe it's not surprising how well the two canons mesh. This fusion is completely seamless and utterly horrifying.
Synopsis: Carlos had thought, with a not inconsiderable amount of pride, that he was no longer surprised by the strangeness that Night Vale had to throw at him. In fact, he was more often surprised by the rare normal events than the reverse. Which completely invalidated the words ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal,’ but anyway—
Tags: Tentacles, first time
Comments: Hardcore tentacle porn with a soft gooey mushy emotional center? Yes please. Carlos' characterization is adorkable and wonderful, and all the little surrounding details about Night Vale are hilarious and perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the show. And the writing is top-notch. As is the porn. Did I mention the porn? Part I of the tentacles in fortunate places series, which is ongoing.
Synopsis: Maybe in Night Vale, where everything else works a little bit wrong, love works a little wrong too. Maybe in Night Vale, where time occasionally stands on end and gravity pulls slightly less than usual every second Thursday, someone like Cecil, a love like Cecil's, could come without any strings attached at all.
Synopsis: Carlos's reaction to the first date involves a lot more anguished cries than Cecil's, though to be fair, they're only anguished cries of "Why did I do that, why did I say that, why am I allowed to interact with other people" so they're still better than at least eighty percent of Night Vale's late night wails.
Comments: Carlos (over-)analyzes the events of "First Date." Adorable and hilarious in the extreme.
Synopsis: Carlos doesn’t know what “re-education” entails, but he thinks he knows what it means. It means that your thoughts are not your own and your doubt must be stamped out, no matter the cost. Carlos fears that, unless Cecil can learn to stop trusting and doubting in equal measure, that cost will be far too high.
Tags: re-education, memory loss, artificially-induced dementia, ordinary human cecil
Comments: Carlos watches as Cecil crumbles beneath his role as the voice of the town. Heartbreaking, but has an excellent bittersweet ending.
Synopsis: A temporal tornado reduced our most beloved scientist, Carlos, into a darling little toddler version of his already darling self, didn’t it? Yes it did, oh yes it did! Plus, a jellyfish migration is underway, a mysterious series of unexplained crevasses are appearing in the streets of Night Vale, and valuable advice is provided on the care and feeding of children.
Comments: A sweet fic about Cecil taking up a father role for little Carlos. Told entirely through the radio show along with the weather addition and some wonderfully written stories to what is occurring around town.
Seconded! A funny, adorable, brilliant homage to the format of the actual show, complete with the weather. -caughtbluehanded
Synopsis: So what if Cecil was some mind-shattering, eldritch horror, thinly held beneath the frail mask of a man? He seemed like a pretty nice guy. And Carlos lived in Night Vale now. What was he, a bigot?
Comments: Why does everybody like Eldritch Abomination!Cecil so much? Why do I like eldritch!Cecil so much? I don't know, either, but this is one of my favorite instances of it. Fluffy and not explicit.
Synopsis: It happens every third Wednesday in June. Unfortunately, Cecil does not speak French.
Comments: Read this after the shock that was "Yellow Helicopters" and it cheered me right up. Light, fluffy crack fic with cuteness and bad French. Perfect for when you want something ridiculous and entertaining.
Synopsis: "It doesn't hurt like that." The fear in his eyes, in his too-hard breaths, hardly sounds in his dull baritone. "I'm not the Voice of Night Vale anymore, it seems." StrexCorp makes its move against the Voice of Night Vale, and Carlos struggles to handle the aftermath and its impact on Cecil, as the entire town rallies to save their community.
Comments: What does it mean to be the Voice of Night Vale? Fans love to speculate on this point, and this fic presents one of the most coherent and compelling explanations around, deftly incorporating canon minutia throughout. More than that, though, it is a lovely portrait of Carlos and Cecil, their relationship, and the strange and dangerous town they both love.
Synopsis: Most of a town's radio station's staff has been abducted, there's going to be a debate a faceless woman and a five-headed dragon, and the town has been quarantined for its own good by a mysterious paramilitary organization. All in all, just an average day in Night Vale. (A crossover with SCP Foundation)
Synopsis: The two cities which are his concern do not appear to be any different from the lifeless Fata Morganas he’s seen. Their silhouettes shift every time he looks at them, and Dream does not blink. The roads leading in buck and writhe in front of him and behind, but stay constant under his feet. The mountains are hazy and obscured; below him, Night Vale resolves. (A crossover with The Sandman)