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Night Vale Presents (formerly Commonplace Books) is an independent Podcast network headed by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. Borne out of the publishing enterprise Commonplace books, Night Vale ended up being such a hit, it inspired other creators to make their own work with Fink and Cranor, causing a rebrand in 2016. Apart from hosting Night Vale and other works of Web Original Fiction by Cranor and Fink, the network aims to be a platform for other indie podcast creators. The network provides a wide and diverse variety of content, both fiction and non-fiction. Its stable of podcasts include:
  • Welcome to Night Vale: their first and most famous podcast from which the network takes its name, a work of Surreal Horror and a Parody of community radio shows, set in a small town where all things paranormal are treated as completely mundane business as usual.
  • Alice Isn't Dead: a Surreal Horror tale of the audio diaries of a greenhorn long-haul trucker, who's using the job as a way to search for her wayward wife Alice, as she stumbles upon traces of The Conspiracy Alice was involved in, and has paranormal encounters along the way.
  • Within the Wires: a Speculative Fiction work in the form of found audio (relaxation cassettes, museum audio tours, answering machines messages, etc.) in a Dystopian Alternate Universe.
  • The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air): a Surreal Humour work revolving around a janitor at the Eiffel Tower who aspires to perform in a strange radio variety show that broadcasts from the tower's top.
  • Conversations With People Who Hate Me: a non-fiction podcast by Night Vale cast member Dylan Marron, wherein he attempts cordial phone conversations with his internet trolls.
  • It Makes A Sound: the story of Deirdre Gardner, a nostalgic childhood fan, waxing rhapsodic over the life and work of Wim Faros, her favorite musician, on her amateur radio show in the podunk town of Rosemary Hills. Left the network for Season 2.
  • I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats: a non-fiction podcast wherein Joseph Fink, the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and various guests talk about songwriting, music and the making of art.
  • Pounded In The Butt By My Own Podcast: a podcast hosted by niche erotica author Chuck Tingle wherein various guest authors do dramatic readings of Tingle's work.
  • Dreamboy: a story about a musician uncovering mysteries at the zoo where he works.
  • Adventures In New America: the first sci-fi, political satire, Afrofuturistic buddy comedy, serialized for New Americans in a new and desperate time.
  • Start With This: A talk show hosted by Fink and Cranor giving tips and advice for upcoming writers. They discuss a theme, and offer two assignments at the end: something to consume and something to create.
  • Our Plague Year: A non-fiction podcast featuring poems, essays, and thoughts from the Night Vale creators and friends in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sleep With Me: A health and wellness podcast run by Drew "Scooter" Ackerman, designed to help people fall asleep with a bedtime story. Joined the network in 2018.
  • Harry Potter And The Sacred Text: Hosted by Vanessa Zoltan and Casper Ter Kuile, a commentary cast described as "Bible study for Harry Potter fans." Different techniques and themes are analyzed as they discuss each book chapter-by-chapter. Joined the network in 2018.