I’ve been a fan of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale for the past couple of years and I was excited to hear that a new show was in the works. Even if you aren’t Alice this is why you should be listening to Alice Isn’t Dead.
While Welcome to Night Vale is written like a radio show, with Cecil Beldwin, the voice of Night Vale, telling his listeners about what is going on in the city around them, Alice Isn’t Dead is instead a woman talking on a CB radio to a woman named Alice. We can only hear our narrator, voiced by Jasika Nicole, talking to Alice. Now if you’ve listened to Welcome to Night Vale before you will recognize her voice as Dana Cardinal’s.
Jasika Nicole’s narrator introduces us to the series by informing us that this isn’t a story, but a road trip. We know that Alice was with her at some point, but that she left and she believed that she had died. The first episode titled Omelet, is introduced as Part 1, Chapter 1, which gives us a more book like setup. The story in this episode involves a scene in a gas station diner involving a man, an omelet, an unexpected murder, and travel sized deodorant. This first episode was slightly more murderous than I anticipated, but the story was really engrossing. I hadn’t even realized how quickly the episode went by while I was listening. Jasika Nicole is great as the narrator and the CB radio noises and brief cut outs are really creative.
I enjoy Joseph Fink’s writing and I look forward to hearing how Alice Isn’t Dead evolves. You can find the first episode on iTunes, or wherever else you subscribe to podcasts, and you can currently find it on the Welcome to Night Vale YouTube channel. The episodes will be released every other Tuesday, they started on March 8th and will finish on July 12th. You will be able to hear the first three episodes on their YouTube channel, but after that you will have to find the episodes on iTunes or other sites. This show is also sponsored by Audible.com, and you should definitely listen to the first episode for a special code for a free 30 day trial.
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