Inspired by this great post from Brookline Public Library’s Teen Services What to Read Next blog and my continual obsession with all things Night Vale, I tried my hand at making my own Welcome to Night Vale booklist. Finally a place to put all these weird, creepy, dark but funny books that I love and never know how to recommend other than to say they’re “quirky.” Enjoy dear listeners and good night.

Dark Humor

  • The Ghashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey (or all things Gorey)
  • Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (not that Shades of Grey)
  • Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride (talking head in Chapter Two)
  • Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith (imagine the Biblical Three Wise Men as murdering badass)
  • CHEW by John Layman, art by Rob Guillory (comic book as gross as it is hilarious, which is very, very gross)
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (I feel like Roach and Carlos could be colleagues)
  • The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson (obituaries from Night Vale would be epic)
  • Creature Tech by Doug TenNapel (how I imagine science works in Night Vale)


  • The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood (sure there’s a romance but its so dark it passes gothic and goes straight to horror)
  • Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Dezso (folktales haven’t been this terrifying since the bros. Grimm)
  • At the Mountains of Madness: A Graphic Novel by H.P. Lovecraft, illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard (Lovecraft = Night Vale, obviously)
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (beautiful art meets strangely lovely stories)
  • The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (DO NOT READ THIS ALONE AT NIGHT)


  • Good Neighbors: Kin, Kith and Kind by Holly Black, art by Ted Naifeh (much like Night Vale, each volume gets progressively darker and awesomer)
  • Anitgoddess by Kendare Blake (imagine if Mount Olympus became more like Night Vale, its terrifying)
  • First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci (makes you question your sanity and humanity)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Night Vale is probably the Night Circus’ winter home)
  • Lips Touch Three by Laini Taylor (do you like your romance mixed with danger and death? Of course you do!)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (he’s a detective-skeleton or a skeleton-detective)