- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Dunhams Manor Press; 2 edition (17 Oct. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692799648
- ISBN-13: 978-0692799642
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Secret of Ventriloquism Paperback – 17 Oct 2016
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About the Author
Jon Padgett is a professional—though lapsed—ventriloquist who lives in New Orleans with his spouse, their daughter and two cats. Padgett is a Senior Editor of Vastarien: a source of critical study and creative response to the corpus of Thomas Ligotti. He has work out or forthcoming in Pseudopod, Lovecraft eZine, Xnoy-bis, Antenna::Signals and The Junk Merchants: A Literary Salute to Wil-liam S. Burroughs.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jon plays with methods of storytelling- a self-help meditation, a guide to ventriloquism in 20 steps, and a play in 1 act scattered between the stories, and the cumulative effect is brilliantly sustained, utterly unsettling.
The Infusorium and Origami Dreams were my personal favourites- genuinely weird, artfully constructed.
A brilliant book. I recommend it unreservedly.
The stories within cover a range of styles and influences: 'The Indoor Swamp' for example is a largely plotless, Ligotti-esque mood piece, whereas 'The Infusorium' is a longer work, full of vivid characters, plot reversals and the influence of noir. Padgett also gives us jet-black humour in 'Murmurs Of A Voice Foreknown', a one act play, and a story written in the style of a ventriloquism manual.
But despite this impressive variation, these stories all seem to take place in the same fictional geography, with images, events and motifs criss-crossing between them. Padgett-land is a place of thick smogs, mysterious plan-crashes, dream-logic, and the mysteries of 'greater ventriloquism'.
As such, The Secret Of Ventriloquism is not just a collection of good stories, but a good collection of stories, structured and arranged to hint at wider horrors that we never see. If the key to good horror writing is atmosphere (as I keep repeating) then Padgett proves himself a master of it here. Each story builds tension individually, but also contributes to the overall, escalating feeling of unease, of a malaise physical and mental. It's magnificently done and demands to be read by all aficionados of the genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An entertaining collection of very strange short stories unlike anything I've read before. I'm not sure what to make of them except to say that they are incredibly weird. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Barnsey's Books
THE SECRET OF VENTRILOQUISM, by Jon Padgett, is a collection of stories ingeniously interconnected to each other. Read more
Ignore the comparisons to other writers, Jon Padgett has his own voice. His influences are there, but are just that, influences. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul R