TIH 149: Jon Padgett on The Secret of Ventriloquism, Weird Fiction, and Eckhart Tolle

TIH 149 Jon Padgett on The Secret of Ventriloquism, Weird Fiction, and Eckhart Tolle

In this podcast Jon Padgett talks about The Secret of Ventriloquism, weird fiction, Eckhart Tolle, 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

  • [02:00] Scaring the reader and creating a sense of dread
  • [07:30] The Secret of Ventriloquism audiobook/ Little Evie and ‘Return to Thin Mountain’
  • [09:55] Daily mindful breathing practice
  • [17:35] Takeaways and implementable points from The Power of Now
  • [23:10] Brian Asman, via Patreon, asks about constructing a Mount Rushmore of weird fiction authors
  • [28:00] Favourite stories dealing with ventriloquism
  • [31:45] Jake Marley, via Patreon, asks about story connection and planning in The Secret of Ventriloquism
  • [34:55] Dominic Voyce, via Patreon, asks if there is a film/book/tv show from childhood that was a prime source for horror
  • [43:25] David Powell, via Patreon, asks about writing to music
  • [49:50] Kev Harrison, via Patreon, asks what scares Jon
  • [54:35] Connect with Jon


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