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Jon Padgett

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Jon Padgett is a professional—though lapsed—ventriloquist who lives in New Orleans with his spouse, their daughter, and two cats.

Padgett is the founder and longtime administrator of Thomas Ligotti Online, and has been the first publisher for a number of Ligotti’s prose works, including My Work is Not Yet Done and Crampton.

Padgett has work out or forthcoming in Pseudopod , Lovecraft eZine , and Xnoybis. His first short story collection, The Secret of Ventriloquism with Introduction by Matt Cardin, is also available from Dunhams Manor Press.

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Jon Padgett I don't know how I missed your excellent question before, Karl. My apologies.

Via Thomas Ligotti Online, I had heard about the excellent…more
I don't know how I missed your excellent question before, Karl. My apologies.

Via Thomas Ligotti Online, I had heard about the excellent and unusual weird fiction published by Dunhams Manor Press for the past couple of years from such superb writers as Nicole Cushing, Clint Smith, Michael Griffin, Christopher Slatsky, Willum Pugmire, Jayaprakash Sathyamurthy, Joe Pulver and John Claude Smith among others.

How did I become associated with the press? I simply wandered onto the DMP website and queried editor Jordan Krall by email (or web form -- I forget). Krall quickly replied that he'd be interested in reading my work, I sent several tales to him, and soon he accepted and offered to publish my long story, THE INFUSORIUM, as a chapbook.

As a writer new to the publishing world, I couldn't imagine a better literary home. No, the print runs at DMP aren't large ones, but--as a long-time Lovecraftian--I've always been drawn to small publishing houses and the gems they produce. Jordan Krall--one of the best weird fiction voices in his own right--has been the most patient, helpful, and encouraging editor I could hope for. And the process of working so closely with the wizard-artist, Dave Felton, was a dream come true for me.

I'm honored to be member of the Dunhams Manor Press family. Long may it live!(less)
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The Secret of Ventriloquism

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Vastarien, Vol. 1, Issue 2

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The Infusorium

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The Broker of Nightmares

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Organ Void

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Murmurs of a Voice Foreknown

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Excerpt from Thomas Ligotti's new Foreword to THE SECRET OF VENTRILOQUISM (one of the three volumes published in SECRET GATEWAYS, a box set coming this August)

A great and unprolific author of supernatural horror fiction, T. E. D. Klein, once enumerated how many stories one must produce to secure a place among the masters of the genre, one who will be read in anthologies and whose books will be around for the foreseeable future. According to Klein, the number of needed to attain such a status: one. To test this assertion, we need only ask the ghosts o...
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Casy said, It'll be a short one." He bowed his head, and the others followed his lead. Casy said solemnly, "This here ol' man jus' lived a life an' just died out of it. I don't know whether he was good or bad, but that don't matter much. He was alive, an' that's what matters. An' now his dead, an' that don't matter. Heard a fella tell a poem one time, an' he says 'All that lives is holy.' Got to thinkin', an' purty soon it means more than the words says. An' I woundn' pray for a ol' fella that's dead. He's awright. He got a job to do, but it's all laid out for
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In 1996, a remarkable omnibus was published by Caroll & Graf: The Nightmare Factory, by horror author Thomas Ligotti. It contained three volumes of Ligotti’s work to date plus an additional volume featuring revelatory, new stories that had never been collected. ...more
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“Accept as the days and nights go by that you are a walking skeleton, an ambulatory miracle of meat. New thoughts come, but they arrive from beyond the foam, beyond the foam, beyond the foamy sponge of your brain.”
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“The night after the dental pill murder fake out,”
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“At first I couldn’t get the fucking skull to stop screaming no matter what I did. But you don’t want to hear about that. You want to know why I killed him.”
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“No other life forms know they are alive, and neither do they know they will die. This is our curse alone. Without this hex upon our heads, we would never have withdrawn as far as we have from the natural—so far and for such a time that it is a relief to say what we have been trying with our all not to say: We have long since been denizens of the natural world. Everywhere around us are natural habitats, but within us is the shiver of startling and dreadful things. Simply put: We are not from here. If we vanished tomorrow, no organism on this planet would miss us. Nothing in nature needs us.”
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Brandon Berntson Thanks for the friend request, Jon! Nice to meet you via cyberspace. Love the Ligotti lineup you have.

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