The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel (Hardcover)

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If a faceless old woman lives in your home, never seen but injecting an almost imperceptible sense of unease into your life, you're probably a resident of the little desert town of Night Vale. In the newest story from the creators of the wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, the Faceless Old Woman recounts her story before she arrived in Night Vale. She had a blissful childhood in the Mediterranean hundred of years ago, but after tragedy struck she turned to a life of lawlessness and danger. When a trusted friend betrayed her, she vowed revenge--and this is what she's still seeking, centuries later, and Night Vale holds the key to her scheme. Even as listeners of the podcast flock to this story, readers who enjoyed Alice Isn't Dead and others looking for highly original adventure with a touch of the surreal will enjoy it as well.


— From Cindy's Recs


From the New York Times bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast, comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.

In the town of Night Vale, there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. Told in a series of eerie flashbacks, the story of The Faceless Old Woman goes back centuries to reveal an initially blissful and then tragic childhood on a Mediterranean Estate in the early nineteenth century, her rise in the criminal underworld of Europe, a nautical adventure with a mysterious organization of smugglers, her plot for revenge on the ones who betrayed her, and ultimately her death and its aftermath, as her spirit travels the world for decades until settling in modern-day Night Vale.

Interspersed throughout is a present-day story in Night Vale, as The Faceless Old Woman guides, haunts, and sabotages a man named Craig. In the end, her current day dealings with Craig and her swashbuckling history in nineteenth century Europe will come together in the most unexpected and horrifying way.

Part The Haunting of Hill House, part The Count of Monte Cristo, and 100% about a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home.

About the Author

Joseph Fink created the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts. He lives in the Hudson Valley and Los Angeles. 

Jeffrey Cranor cowrites the Welcome to Night Vale and Within the Wires podcasts. He also cocreates theater and dance pieces with choreographer/wife Jillian Sweeney. They live in New York.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062889003
ISBN-10: 0062889001
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 24th, 2020
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Welcome to Night Vale