TIH 193: Jon Padgett and Matt Cardin on Vastarien Literary Journal, Thomas Ligotti, and The Creative Self

TIH 193 Jon Padgett and Matt Cardin on Vastarien Literary Journal, Thomas Ligotti, and The Creative Self

In this podcast Jon Padgett and Matt Cardin talk about Vastarien, Thomas Ligotti, The Creative Self, and much more.

About Vastarien

Vastarien is a source of critical study and creative response to the corpus of Thomas Ligotti as well as associated authors and ideas.

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Show notes

  • [03:30] Vastarien origin story
  • [08:40] Why Vastarien title
  • [20:20] Penguin edition Conspiracy Against The Human Race/Cadabra Records Ligotti’s The Bungalow House
  • [28:10] Jon Padgett’s final message (in this podcast not in life)
  • [31:10] What is the worst thing that has happened to you as a result of your own mind or imagination
  • [34:20] Physical and mental and other sensations during sleep paralysis
  • [45:45] The creative self and self
  • [51:40] Andrew M. Reichart, via Patreon,
  • [54:40] Scott Kemper, via Patreon, wants to know about other Ligotti-esque authors to become acquainted with
  • [57:40] Films and TV shows that may appeal to Ligotti fans
  • [01:10:00] Kendra Temples, via Patreon, asks anti-natalism and philosophical pessimism and impact
  • [01:18:00] How Gnosticism fits into the vision of Vastarien
  • [01:22:25] What should and shouldn’t people submit to Vastarien
  • [01:26:35] Final question to ponder

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Vastarien. The forbidden tome. The impossible otherworld. A textual entryway into

“…a place where everything was transfixed in the order of the unreal. . . . Each passage he entered in the book both enchanted and appalled him with images and incidents so freakish and chaotic that his usual sense of these terms disintegrated along with everything else. Rampant oddity seemed to be the rule of the realm; imperfection became the source of the miraculous — wonders of deformity and marvels of miscreation. There was horror, undoubtedly. But it was a horror uncompromised by any feeling of lost joy or thwarted redemption; rather, it was a deliverance by damnation. And if Vastarien was a nightmare, it was a nightmare transformed in spirit by the utter absence of refuge: nightmare made normal.”

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