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    The 42 Stages Of "Welcome To Night Vale" Addiction

    Welcome, dear readers, to Night Vale Addiction.

    Two weeks ago, I had no idea what "Welcome to Night Vale" was. Today, I'm okay with admitting I'm more than a bit addicted. Here are the 42 stages to complete and total Night Vale Addiction. Warning: Off-limit dog parks, beautiful hair, and possibly spoilers.

    Enjoy, dear readers. Enjoy.

    1. Out of nowhere, your tumblr feed, twitter, whatever starts getting posts about something called "Night Vale."

    2. What's Night Vale? Where did it come from?

    Whaaa?

    3. Nothing about the posts on your dash makes sense.

    4. Then, you start stumbling across really impressive fanart, usually tagged, "I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BUT NOW I DRAW NIGHT VALE."

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    Artist: karmabees

    You gaze in wonder at this fandom's frankly awesome skills.

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    Artist: opsci

    Suuuccchhh cool fanart.

    Seriously, huge amounts of talent in this fandom.

    5. But at this point, you still don't know what the heck Night Vale is, besides weird and pretty.

    But based on those two things, you're feeling inclined to like it.

    Dog park? Cecil? Floating cats? Evil librarians? Fake clocks? WHAT'S GOING ON?

    6. Then you find Night Vale's twitter account and your curiosity is whipped into a frenzy.

    7. Finally, you can't take it anymore. You HAVE to know what the heck is up with the FLOATING CAT and the DOG PARK and the BEAUTIFUL FANART and FREAKIN' NIGHT VALE.

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    A LINK, A LINK, MY KINGDOM FOR A LINK.

    Artist: gabdar

    8. Someone (eagerly/impatiently) gets you the link.

    9. First Episode: you're half...

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    What just happened?

    Artist: Kino

    10. ...and half INSTANTLY IN LOVE.

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    Artist: jenndrawsthings

    11. A few episodes in and you realize how amazingly imaginative and smart it is.

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    Artist: halorvic

    12. You start imagining the characters...

    You have sooooo many headcanons. So. Many.

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    AND THEY'RE ALL AWESOME.

    Artist: abnest

    Especially...

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    Artist: Sash-kash

    ..for...

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    Artist: dani (thevultureking)

    ...Cecil!

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    This fandom is boss at sneaky gif-pics. You're looking at a picture happily then IT BLINKS AT YOU AND YOU FALL OFF YOUR CHAIR.

    Artist: vojuu

    And Carlos, with all his beautiful, beautiful hair.

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    Artist: spesiria

    After all, Podcast = IMAGINATION

    13. Then you start to realize how cool the production background is...

    14. You start daydreaming about Carlos's hair.

    That beautiful, beautiful hair.

    Actually, you get rather invested in that hair.

    Goddammit Telly.

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    Artist: hackedmotionsensors

    15. Number 15 has been cancelled due to a scheduling error.

    16. Between episodes, you start listening to fanmixes.

    17. By now, you've chosen a comfortable, secure place to listen regularly.

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    Under your desk: comfy and with the added bonus of an illusory sense of safety.

    Artist: jenndrawsthings

    18. You start craving Arby's.

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    And, strangely enough, SUBWAY.

    Artist: Sash-kash

    19. Men in tan jackets suddenly seem ominous.

    Well, not this one.

    20. Doppelgängers too.

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    To be fair, doppelgängers were always creeeeepy.

    Artist: kurzz

    21. You get really, really emotionally invested in Carlos/Cecil.

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    Artist: iisjah

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    Artist: ashley (thimblings)

    They're so NEAT.

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    Artist: Nadja (chilidraws)

    CUTIES.

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    Artist: kurzz

    Ahem, back to the list...

    22. You realize that between the adorableness...

    23. ...there is actual horror.

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    Which makes it even MORE awesome.

    Artist: ashley (thimblings)

    24. You have a favorite intern.

    25. Then...

    Wait, I'm sorry, did I write a number 25? I, I don't actually remember...

    And it's gone from my drafts folder. Huh.

    ALL HAIL THE BUZZFEED. ALLLL HHAAAIILLL.

    26. You become sensitive to various shades of purple.

    27. You start appreciating fan theories.

    28. You get to the point where someone mentions Night Vale and you just go...

    29. You consider yourself an ALERT citizen.

    30. You start seeing mysterious hooded figures.

    31. And angels.

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    But you know better than to acknowledge them.

    Artist: Vex

    Uh-oh. A rather hideous envelope has just popped under the door.

    Please disregard numbers 30 & 31. You start to see nothing.

    32. You walk into your bathroom and are surprised not to find a floating cat.

    33. You hear Carlos's voice for the first time.

    It's like episode 59 of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

    34. You start getting upset that the forecasters on your local news channel don't break into song.

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    Artist: theopteryx

    35. You know how to cast your vote CORRECTLY.

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    Artist: Regina (thepixelcat)

    36. You feel irrational hatred towards...

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    Artist: Kino

    Really hate that guy.

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    GET IT TOGETHER, STTTEEVVVEEE.

    Artist: karmabees

    37. You find out that listening to Night Vale as you fall asleep = pretty weird/epic/terrifying dreams

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    You might need to get a dream journal. And work around the whole illegal writing utensil thing.

    Artist: Kateordie

    38. You find this comforting.

    39. You start to appreciate the incredibly awesome fanart EVEN MORE.

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    Artist: theviewykingoffools

    Just, wow.

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    Artist: opsci

    This fandom has the art of [drawing + sneaky/creepy/cool gif] DOWN.

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    Artist: cacoethic

    Seriously readers, I'm in AWE of the fan work coming out of this fandom.

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    Artist: ofsparrows

    40. You eagerly await the next episode like it's a date with Carlos.

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    Artist: scholla

    41. The 1st and 15th become your favorite days of the month.

    42. And finally, you develop the need to get everyone around you as addicted to "Welcome to Night Vale" as you are.

    Goodnight, dear Buzzfeed. Goodnight.

    Thanks to all the amazing artists who gave permission for their work to be added to this list!

    That's all! Is it? Yes. Is it? YES.

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