The Secret of Ventriloquism

  • by Jon Padgett
  • Narrated by Jon Padgett
  • 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jon Padgett's The Secret of Ventriloquism, named the Best Fiction Book of 2016 by Rue Morgue Magazine, heralds the arrival of a significant new literary talent. With themes reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ligotti, and Bruno Schulz, but with a strikingly unique vision, Padgett's work explores the mystery of human suffering, the agony of personal existence, and the ghastly means by which someone might achieve salvation from both.
A bullied child seeks vengeance within a bed's hollow box spring. A lucid dreamer is haunted by an impossible house. A dummy reveals its own anatomy in 20 simple steps. A stuttering librarian holds the key to a mill town's unspeakable secrets. A commuter's worldview is shattered by two words printed on a cardboard sign. An aspiring ventriloquist spends a little too much time looking at himself in a mirror. And a presence speaks through them all.


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Customer Reviews

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I've been excited about this book since it was announced and I'm pleased to say it was worth the wait. Jon Padgett has created a mythology, no a universe populated with characters eccentric and horrific where nothing is at all what it seems.
The author as reader is always an excellent idea as who knows their character's thoughts better than the god who created them?
Highly recommended.

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- lightbearer, fallen

Terrifying Ligottian-esque tales of horror

This book was incredible. If you like Thomas Ligotti's brand of horror, this book will not disappoint. Jon Padgett, the author, lends his years of experience as a ventriloquist both to his stories and to the creepy, creepy voices of his characters, dummy and animal-dummy alike.
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- Bjorn Smars

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-13-2017
  • Publisher: Jon Padgett