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The wind out of the desert is changing. I feel it; you feel it. A shiver in the midday heat. A crackle in the television broadcast. A shift in your immune system. It is September, and something is different. It is September, and the days have gone sinister – from first eye’s open to last slow breathing. It is September, and so, listeners – dear listeners – Night Vale Public Radio is proud to introduce The September Monologues.
— Cecil

"The September Monologues" is the 53rd episode of Welcome to Night Vale. It was released on September 1, 2014.


It is September, and something is different.

Plot Developments[]

  • Mayoral Election of 2014 The Faceless Old Woman still believes she is Night Vale's rightful mayor.
  • Chad: Chad summons something into his home which is terrifying enough that it scares the Faceless Old Woman away.
  • Michelle Nguyen: Michelle at Dark Owl Records spends her days ripping off customers or degrading them in some way...or locking them in the basement of the store.
  • Steve Carlsberg: We find out the reason why Cecil hates him, where he gets his ideas from, and that his scones might be better than initially thought.
  • Cecil's family: Steve is Cecil's brother-in-law due to his marriage to Cecil's sister.

Recurring Segments[]


Series Continuity[]

  • The Faceless Old Woman says she "stopped googling bees." In Episode 35 Lazy Day she was mentioned as "clicking the same apiology website she has read a million times."


— Proverb


  • This episode features monologues from three people: the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home; Michelle Nguyen, owner of Dark Owl Records, and Steve Carlsberg. Between these recorded monologues are messages from Cecil.
  • Quite a bit of static appears in the podcast: cutting off Joseph Fink's thanks, during Cecil's messages and in the proverb.
  • Cecil's intro mentions Night Vale Public Radio instead of Community Radio.
  • The regular Night Vale theme is not played in this episode, save for its use as background music for Meg Bashwiner's ending spiel. Cecil does not say, "Welcome to Night Vale," nor does he say, "Good night, Night Vale. Good night."
  • Steve Carlsberg's confusion about his relationship to Cecil is a nod to it being referred to in contradictory terms up until this point in the series: this episode firmly establishes he is Cecil's brother-in-law.
  • Technically, there is no weather for this episode (just few seconds-long excerpt of "Postcard from 1952" by Explosions in the Sky): it is the subject of a joke where Steve mentions his first conversation with Cecil was about the weather; they just stood there awkwardly until the music ended.