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Y which someone might achieve salvation from both A bullied child seeks vengeance within a bed's hollow box spring A lucid dreamer is haunted by an impossible The Secret eBook #236 house A dummy reveals its own anatomy in simple steps A stuttering librarian holds the key to a mill town's unspeakable secrets A commuter's worldview is shattered by two words printed on a c. It is best not to think about what must come next It might be too dismissive to call The Secret of Ventrilouism merely a short story collection It s much than that It s than just the sum of it s parts and as you experience each story layers are built onto the themes location and characters and you ll realize that the stories form one cohesive whole It s similar to what Laird Barron also did last year with Swift To Chase The book opens fittingly with a guided meditation on horror called The Mindfulness of Horror Practice It s a perfect primer that sets the disturbing tone and seems designed to put you in the right mindset to tackle the rest of the book And from there you will journey into a strange dimension that is all Jon Padgett s creation A place where reality is fickle and a trifle and the line between dreams and what s real is constantly blurred In my lucid moments I know that this life such as it is will not last much longer The man I once was would consider that a mercy but I no longer even believe in the release of death It is only a transition into yet another borrowed reality I m not sure who Jon Padgett is or where he came from but he definitely left an impression with this one and I ll be on the lookout from now on for of his work There is a level of creativity and bravery here that I personally rarely see in story collections Every story has an undeniably uniue voice and perspective and each one is impressive in the way that the tension and unease builds and carries over to the next There are things in this book that I m almost positive that I recognize from my own nightmares In that way Padgett s work really is pretty unsettling and I would go so far to say that it s a masterpiece of horror and weird fiction and will probably end up on my favorites list at the end of the year Any fans of dark work should decide if they are ready to gain the knowledge of Greater Ventrilouism And if that is case tune out the Static buy this book read it slow and let it soak and while doing so don t forget to count the fingers on your right hand Oh and don t worry Being sick to your stomach now is perfectly normal

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The Secret of Ventrilouism

Jon Padgett's The Secret of Ventrilouism named the Best Fiction Book of by Rue Morgue Magazine heralds the arrival of a significant new literary talent With themes reminiscent of Shirley Jackson Thomas Ligotti and Bruno Schulz but with a strikingly uniue vision Padgett's work explores the mystery of human suffering the agony of personal existence and the ghastly means b. Edited 32117 to add This book is FREE today everyone Do yourself a favor and check it out scroll down to link below The genre of fiction that I identify as weird tales has always appealed to me though it s hard to describe There are alsoflavors of weird tales they re not always the same even though they may belong to the same genre For instance Thomas Ligotti may be described as an author of weird fiction While I love his style I often find his work too nihilistic for me Laird Barron could be described as an author of weird fiction as well though his style generally leans toward cosmic horror Lastly Robert Aickman is admired as an author of weird fiction but I often find his stories to be ratherunsatisfying Jon Padgett however satisfied ALL of my wants and needs as a reader of dark and weird fiction These stories have a clear beginning and end though some continue on in other stories and are as utterly satisfying as short fiction can be In fact I d call them brilliant That s right BRILLIANTStarting with the appealing cover what horror fan could resist it and ending with Little Evie singing in the story Escape to the Mountain which makes me shudder just thinking about it These amazing stories are beyond impressive each and every one of themAfter Origami Dreams I will never look at folded paper in the same way again I will never see the word appendage again and not think of Solomon Kroth and his endless research in the University Library I will not pass the abandoned paper mills in nearby towns without thinking of those ugly paper mill days and the filth they spewed upon the town of Dunnstown I will never again pass a swamp without thinking of the room in Indoor SwampPerhaps there is a room that contains a worn vintage tea party set with frilly dressed dolls but one of those doll s heads gradually rotates completely around going from an expression of knowing smiling perversion to an open mouthed silent O of horror and back againI cannot possibly give this book a higher recommendation As you read it you may feel dizzy at times or maybe even a little sickYou may begin to imagine you hear something that sounds like static or even the roar of an airliner you may feel lightheaded like you are going to pass out Ignore these feelings They are normalThey are a trifle YOU are a trifle If you want to fully understand the meanings of these things you MUST read this book For me it started with the cover It was the cover that made me BUY this book rather than accept the free copy submitted for review to Horror After Dark That s right I bought it You should too Seriously Right NowGo here The Secret of VentrilouismYou can add the audio for only 199 Usually this is where I say I was provided a free copy in exchange for honest feedback However see above I bought this book and this is my honest opinion

SUMMARY The Secret of Ventrilouism

Ardboard sign An aspiring ventrilouist spends a little too much time looking at himself in a mirror And a presence speaks through them all Contents Introduction by Matt Cardin The Mindfulness of Horror Practice Murmurs of a Voice Foreknown The Indoor Swamp Origami Dreams Simple Steps to Ventrilouism Infusorium Organ Void The Secret of VentrilouismEscape to Thin Mountain. 45 starsTHE SECRET OF VENTRILOUISM by Jon Padgett is a collection of stories ingeniously interconnected to each other This is one book that you really need to read the stories in the order presented to get the full effect of just how powerful this book as a whole isEven the cover I own the paperback version has bearing on the stories contained withinPadgett gives a great deal of credit to Thomas Ligotti for the inspiration of this collection Right from the beginning in the selection titled The Mindfulness of Horror Practice the stage is being set for the reader to alter their awareness The following stories all build upon this some using overtly recognizable pieces from previous stories others ambiguous ones such as the fog or a dreamlike sensation while looking in a mirrorAlthough I enjoyed all of these stories my personal favorites were The Infusorium The Indoor Swamp Murmurs of a Voice Foreknown and Origami Dreams Now ventrilouist dummies are creepy to begin with but after reading these stories you may find yourself looking at them with a newfound horror altogether It is best not to think about what comes next A great new voice in horror that I will be anticipating from in the futureHighly recommended


10 thoughts on “The Secret of Ventrilouism

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    Edited 32117 to add This book is FREE today everyone Do yourself a favor and check it out scroll down to link below The gen

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    Do you want to see something strange? Are you certain? Ok First take a look at the cover illustration on this boo

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    I cannot think better way to start this 2017 New Year than with a good book And with Jon Padget’s “The Secret of Ventrilouism” which is published by Dunhams Manor Press I have found a real winnerThe book is a collection of Mr Padget’s short stories and a play now packaged all together in a single volume that should be sou

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    Over the past few years I have been tantalized by and read several overhyped debut collections In the somewhat incestuous seeming seg

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    Why the long face? Life got you down? What’s eating you? Aw you say it’s Horror Week and you have nothing to read? Well fret not my friend for there’s a simple solution What if I could show you how all of life’s troubles are but trifles Now doesn’t that sound appealing? And no it’s not Chicken Soup for the Soul merely 20 Simple

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    It is best not to think about what must come next It might be too dismissive to call The Secret of Ventrilouism merely a short story collection It's much than that It's than just the sum of it's parts and as you experience each story layers are built onto the themes location and characters and you'll realize th

  7. says:

    45 starsTHE SECRET OF VENTRILOUISM by Jon Padgett is a collection of stories ingeniously interconnected to each other This is one book that you really need to read the stories in the order presented to get the ful

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    A dark and brooding collection of Ligotti inspired shorts Make no mistake about it though the superb writing and brooding atmosphere is all P

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    That's my favourite doll on the cover

  10. says:

    After a few recent lackluster experiences with story collections I approached Jon Padgett’s The Secret of Ventrilouism

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