It's gods_lil_rocker's fault that I'm addicted to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast (and its wonderfully weird related books, as well). This is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, an omnipotent Glow Cloud (All hail!), and cultural events.
Think Lake Woebegone meets Stephen King.
If you haven't listened, October is the perfect month to give it a try, and here's a sample to whet your appetite. If you have listened, you may want to try the sister podcasts The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) (starting October 12!), Within the Wires, and Alice Isn't Dead, and here's a walk down memory lane...
From Episode 4: "P.T.A. Meeting"
Introductory Word: "The sun has grown so very, very old. How long cold, fading death? How long?"
Closing Proverb: "What has four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening? I don't know, but I trapped it in my bedroom. Send help."
From Episode 25: "One Year Later"
Introductory Word: "A friendly desert community, where the sun is still hot, the moon still beautiful, and mysterious lights still pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep."
Closing Proverb: "Fun game. Say 'toy boat' over and over. Do it for the rest of your life. Retreat from society and live on alms. Whisper 'toy boat' as you die."
From Episode 30: "Dana"
Introductory Word: "It takes heart. It takes guts. It also takes cash. It just needs your payment immediately."
Closing Proverb: "Look to the sky. You will not find answers there, but you will certainly see what everyone is screaming about."
From Episode 43: "The Visitor"
Introductory Word: "Listen to your heart. You can hear it deep under the earth, creaking and heaving, with roots snapping and birds flapping quickly away."
Closing Proverb: "You won't sleep when you're dead, either."
From the live show "The Debate"
Introductory Word: "We found a little piece of heaven here. It is black, smooth, oblong. It hums a soft, but discordant note, and we are afraid to touch it."
Closing Proverb: "Don't judge a book by its cover, by its leather cover, by its human skin-looking cover. Don't ever judge that book."