Alice Isn't Dead
By Night Vale Presents
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A new fiction serial from the creator of Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead follows a truck driver in her search across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman. New episodes every other Tuesday through July 12. Performed by Jasika Nicole. Written by Joseph Fink. Produced by Disparition. Part of the Night Vale Presents network.
||CleanWithin the Wires: Relaxation Cassette #1||Cassette #1: Stress, Shoulders # # # NOTE: This is the only episode of Within the Wires that we will post on the Alice Isn't Dead feed. If you'd like to continue listening to all 10 episodes of this podcast, please subscribe now via iTunes or via RSS...||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 10: Thistle||Season finale. The end of one search, and the start of another. This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Get your first three meals free (with free shipping!) at blueapron.com/alice. Help us make season 2 by donating at aliceisntdead.com. Alice...||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 9: Go Home Again||She goes home. But something is waiting there for her. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free 30-day trial at audible.com/dead. Alice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our store. Music & Production: Disparition,...||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Podcast Teaser: WITHIN THE WIRES||Within the Wires, a new serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead. New episodes every other Tuesday from June 21 through October 25. Subscribe now on iTunes, Libsyn, or via RSS on your favorite podcatcher:...||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 8: The Other Town||What is happening in Victorville, CA? This episode is brought to you by Casper. Get $50 off your mattress at casper.com/dead and using promo code DEAD. Alice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our store. Music & Production:...||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 7: Let's Break into a Police Station||They break into a police station. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free 30-day trial at audible.com/dead. Alice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our store. Music & Production: Disparition, disparition.info....||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 6: Sylvia||A passenger leads her far from where she planned to go. Thanks to Squarespace for supporting our podcast. Get a free 2-week trial and 10% off at squarespace.com (offer code: DEAD). Alice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our store....||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 5: Signs & Wonders||The billboards have something to tell us.Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free 30daytrial at audible.com/deadAlice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our store.Music & Production: Disparition,...||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 4: The Factory by the Sea||A delivery in Florida turns strange. Thanks to Squarespace for supporting our podcast. Get a free 2-week trial & 10% off at squarespace.com (offer code: DEAD). Alice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our store. Music &...||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 3: Nothing to See||What was that sound in the trailer just now? Pre-order the first two volumes of Night Vale episodes with behind the scenes commentary and illustrations: welcometonightvale.com/books/. Alice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our...||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 2: Alice||What is happening in the town of Charlatan? Thanks to Squarespace for supporting our podcast. Get a free 2-week trial & 10% off at squarespace.com (offer code: DEAD). Alice Isn't Dead t-shirts & posters now available in our store. Music...||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1, Chapter 1: Omelet||A conversation in a diner gets ugly. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free 30 day trial at audible.com/dead. Music & Production: Disparition, disparition.info. Written by Joseph Fink. Narrated by Jasika Nicole. Logo by Rob...||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlice Isn't Dead - Teaser||Alice Isn't Dead, a new serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale. New episodes every other Tuesday from March 8 through July 12. Subscribe now via iTunes, Libsyn, or via RSS on your favorite podcatcher. Music &...||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
If you liked Night Vale… well, here’s more.
I can imagine it’s difficult for a writer of something so viral to try and do anything different, to try and live up to that standard, or try to remove any new work from the shadow of a goliath he’s created. Unfortunately, Fink’s writing doesn’t give “Alice” much opportunity to do so.
I’m a big fan of Night Vale, so of course I assumed I would enjoy this podcast. But here’s the thing: when I heard we were getting something new and different from the Night Vale team, I expected to get something new and different. But, so far (as of episode one, so I still have hope that this could change) it just feels like Night Vale. Yes it’s a different story, unsettling and interesting (I have more questions about the Thistle Man than I do about Alice), but the words feel to be lifted right from a Night Vale transcript. With its roundabout and complex analogies and its discussion of nonexistence and humanity’s insignificance, it’s more of what we’ve already heard from Joseph Fink. And that’s the downfall of it. It doesn’t sound like Fink is catering to an audience who expects the American Gothic, purple-prose-style writing that Night Vale is so famously known for, but rather that Fink simply can’t write anything else. You can tell that he’s trying, but as of episode one our narrator’s words strike me as no different than those of a certain Mayor of Night Vale.
Don’t get me wrong, Jasika Nicole’s acting is wonderful and Disparition’s score is excellent, but the writing makes it difficult to imagine we’re listening to anything other than another chapter in the Night Vale universe.
Nightvale gets its humor from a facade of normalcy over a world of creepy. It's hard to imagine living life normally of all the things that go bump in the night were real, and that tension is what makes that podcast.
Alice strips away that facade and drives right into the creepy depths.
I don't know if the truck driver is actually seeing all these horrors, or if it's all just a schizophrenic fantasy, but I think that tension, combined with the tension of the open road, is what's going to make this podcast
Alice should die.
Let me breakdown Alice isn't dead for you. It opens with an ad and a riddle. Followed by 9-10 minutes of fantastic storytelling followed by 11 more minutes of ads. Then finishes with the answer to the riddle (which is also an ad) then 4 minutes of music and finally the last 7 minutes is cut off. If you like this sort of thing then by all means please download.