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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 PDFEPUB or 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. Over the past few years I have been tantalized by and read several overhyped debut collections In the somewhat incestuous seeming segregated and cliuish horror and weird fiction communities writers publishers and reviewers were bending over backwards to heap praise and accolades upon newer writers who uite frankly still had a long way to go to hone their craft Don t get me wrong I m not saying that I didn t get anything out of reading these fledgeling collections or that there was no merit to be found within the pages of these books What I am saying is that I learned to take overly glowing reviews and blurbs with a grain of salt There may just be a gem or two within these collections of tales I was going to eventually get around to reading but I knew that I had to hone my expectations I began reading Jon Padgett s THE SECRET OF VENTRILOUISM with these resevervations in mind All the reviews I had read of this collection were full of the praise and accolades I was somewhat wary of Granted I had read a few of these stories in their first appearances in anthologies and as chapbooks and I knew that they were in fact uite good However I was not prepared to have my mind blown so completely and thoroughly Here again finally is a book that lives up to all the hype if anything perhaps it has not been hyped uite enough This collection is a dark marvel of unsettling sharp prose that cuts its way deep into the marrow of the psyche I haven t read a book that affected me this way since I first discovered Ligotti imbued with that bleak grayness that underlies reality no matter how shiny and pretty its surface might seemAs I have stated I have read several of these pieces before and thought they were uite good But read together as a continuum they are beyond good they are stupendous and mindblowing Because of my poor memory when reading the pieces several months if not years apart I did not notice the common threads and themes that ran throughout them Having devoured this collection over the past couple of days I can only marvel at the sheet brilliance of how all these disparate themes and common imagery come together a true example of synergy the sum truly is greater than all of its parts and the greatness of this sum is truly staggering My mind will be teeming with sinister disembodied voices static smog and sheer nothingness for some time to come There is than just pessimism here though there are several moments of absurd humour which had me laughing out loud at their bizarre hilarity there are segments of poetic prose that are heart wrenchingly beautiful there are profound philosophicalspiritual insights that had me uestioning my own views of reality and there are truly terrifying moments and images that I m sure will permeate my nightmares far into the forseeable future I wish I had the type of mind that could analyze the stories and write a piece by piece criticism that was worthy of this book Sadly I experience any form of art subjectively and find it very difficult to provide objective viewpoints in writing This perhaps overly emotional gushing will just have to suffice then Matt Cardin expounds uite effectively in his introduction about how Jon Padgett has developed his own distinct authorial voice and I must concur wholeheartedly It s a voice that I hope to hear much from in the future even if it s through my own trembling mouth that is not a mouth and is indeed nothing like the voice I once recognized as my own projected and willed by the Ultimate Ventrilouist

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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

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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


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  1. says:

    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 hi

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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 book Study the details You will remember them later Next pay close attention to the details in each consecutive st

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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 sought out Not only does the book offer a fantastic dust jacket there are also some

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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 segregated and cliuish horror and weird fiction communities writers publishers and reviewers were bending over backwards to heap praise and accolades upon newer writers who uite frankly still had a long

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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

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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 that the stories form one cohesive whole It's similar to what Laird Barron also did last year with Swift To Chase The book

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    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 stor

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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 Padgett Plus everybody knows ventrilouist dummies are fucking creepy Ligotti would be proud

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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 with wary anticipation

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