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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.

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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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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 of s
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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.”
Jon Padgett, The Secret of Ventriloquism

“Houses dream, did you know that?” I asked the shock-haired boy who followed me, head bowed (perhaps in prayer). “All things dream, to one degree or another. And sometimes our waking selves share dreams of the darkened hollow, the deep forest, city squares. Like them, houses dream, and when those dreams are nightmares, we call them haunted. This is such a house.”
Jon Padgett, The Secret of Ventriloquism

“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.”
Jon Padgett, The Secret of Ventriloquism

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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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