TIH 148: Jon Padgett on Thomas Ligotti, Writing Lessons, and Impostor Syndrome

TIH 148 Jon Padgett on Thomas Ligotti, Writing Lessons, and Impostor Syndrome

In this podcast Jon Padgett talks about Thomas Ligotti, writing lessons, impostor syndrome and much more.

About Jon Padgett

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.

Show notes

  • [04:50] First experiences with story
  • [18:40] Friendship with Thomas Ligotti
  • [27:35] Thomas Ligotti misconceptions
  • [33:30] Writing lessons learnt from Thomas Ligotti
  • [54:40] Conquering the fear of being a fraud and keeping writing


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  1. Really enjoyed this. I found it through Padgett’s Twitter feed. I’m in the middle of his book now (I actually just finished “20 Steps” just this week). How did all of you find out about it? In my case, it appeared in my Amazon recommendations one day.

    1. Thanks, Eric. So glad you enjoyed the podcast. Who would you like to hear us interview in a future This Is Horror Podcast?

      Have a great day!

      All the best,

      Michael David Wilson

    • Tim Jeski on June 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm
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    Nicely done!

    Tim Jeski

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