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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Nightsky
    October 28, 2014 @ 5:55 am

    I tried to rally the troops on Reddit, but was hampered somewhat by not myself being eligible to nominate this year.


  2. Theonlyspiral
    October 28, 2014 @ 6:22 am

    I was in on "the ground floor" so to speak. I started listening at episode 3 and was hooked.

    All I'll say is that the closing monologue from "The Librarian" had me in tears. It was exactly what I needed to hear, from the most trustworthy voice on the radio. Everyone who can should take the opportunity to see this show. It really is something special.


  3. Seth Aaron Hershman
    October 28, 2014 @ 6:27 am

    I came in at about the time "First Date" came out. Found it through Mara Wilson retweets.


  4. John Seavey
    October 28, 2014 @ 7:34 am

    My friend and roommate got me into it somewhere around "Capital Campaign", but by the time my wife and I caught up it was…well, pretty close to now. "The University of What It Is" was the first episode we all listened to together.

    I think, by the way, that "Old Oak Doors" both works and doesn't work as a live show (since you brought it up). There are parts of it that doesn't work, because the actors tend to play more broadly and theatrically when they have a crowd (Hal Lublin, the voice of Steve Carlsberg, for example, is much better in "The September Monologues" than he is in "Old Oak Doors"). On the other hand, Kevin Free is much better when he has a chance to play to a crowd, and the conclusion is so full of nods to the previous 48 episodes that it almost needs to be performed in front of a group of people who love the show in order to get the right reaction. I'd be interested in hearing a studio version of "Old Oak Doors", just to see what changed, but I think the live show does grow on you after a couple of listens.


  5. Brightcoat
    October 28, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    I was at the recording of Old Oak Doors and it was way better than listening to the podcast with my mom later on.


  6. Brightcoat
    October 28, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Fortunately, I'll be at the recording of The Librarian, too!


  7. quislibet
    October 28, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    I am highly vexed that even though I'm not very far away, my work schedule means I can't make the New York show without a TARDIS.

    My current attempt to describe "Welcome to Night Vale" to the uninitiated is "David Lynch directs the X-Files as 'News from Lake Wobegon.'"


  8. Dan Abel
    October 28, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    That. Yes, that


  9. Ciaran M
    October 28, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

    Old Oak Doors stopped me listening. Whilst undoubtedly fun in-person, the constant cheering and whooping got very tedious very quickly.

    Who would like to give me a recap so I can go back to listening to my favourite podcast?


  10. Ciaran M
    October 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    Also, I feel I should point out how great the Weather section is for showcasing lesser-known musicians and bands.


  11. encyclops
    October 29, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    In theory, yes. In practice I find that most of them are lesser-known for a reason, and that the need to fast-forward after the first 20 seconds or so makes Night Vale slightly dangerous to listen to in the car.


  12. Ciaran M
    October 29, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Ooft. I disagree entirely. And I'm a snob.

    I don't think I've ever felt the need to fast-forward through them, and I've certainly straight up enjoyed a lot of them.


  13. encyclops
    October 29, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    I think it's just a matter of taste. They're competent performances, certainly, and the songwriting is creative. And maybe they get better later on; I think I'm only up to episode 18 or so. As I recall there have been a couple of good hip-hop tracks, but the acoustic Dylanesque / alt-country stuff is just not my cup of tea. Just me, maybe.


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