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An Emporium of Automata

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An Emporium of Automata is a sewn hardcover book of 222 pages with dust-jacket, silk ribbon, endpapers and a full-colour frontispiece. Edition limited to strictly 150 copies.

Whether it be recalling the fading entertainments of the British seaside and the infant graves of a forgotten Welsh lead-mining town, or conjuring a troupe of fantastical travelling players that divert
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Hardcover, 1st Ex Occidente edition, 222 pages
Published September 2010 by Ex Occidente Press
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Justin Steele
You sit in the darkened theater waiting for the show to begin, at a table close to the stage. The glass of absinthe sweats in your hand, and you can't recall if it is your third or your fourth. Come to think of it, you can't recall how you came to be here. Quiet murmurs and muted laughter blend together into an incoherent background noise. As you glance around you have trouble making out any of your neighbor's features in the dim, murky light yet you are sure that a man in a top hat two tables t ...more
Benjamin Uminsky
This was a wonderful collection of the bizarre, supernatural, uncanny, and flat-out weird. The collection is separated into three parts: Phantasmagorical Instruments, Geneological Devices, Ex Nihilo.

I think a far more insightful and discerning reader can make better sense than I as to how each story was placed in one of those three sections... unfortunately, I can only surmise a few key themes in each section. In fact, when I thought I started to comprehend, one of the stories in Ex Nihilo (Arch
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Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Note! This review is based upon the Eibonvale Press edition of An Emporium of Automata (2013).

Eibonvale Press has done a very big favour for all readers, who enjoy imaginative and beautifully written speculative fiction, by re-publishing D. P. Watt's An Emporium of Automata. If I'm not mistaken, this collection was originally published by Ex Occidente Press in September 2010 and hasn't been available since then, until now. This new edition contains two new st
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Paulo Brito
Just finishing another amazing book published by David Rix: An Emporium of Automata by D P Watt. A book that reminds me a quote of Dr. Who - yep I'm seeing when I can all the season Fiona Duffin: "You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!" The books published by Eibonvaile Press are beautiful weapons of ignorance destruction. So time to read. :)
Laura
A feast of strangeness from a writer of great originality and growing ambition. Very varied tales but with recurrent ingredients such as puppets and automata. Sometimes a little reminiscent of Ligotti but a number of stories have an Eastern Europe setting and outlook that is very different from him. Extra star for the afterword which is credited to Peter Holman. I don't know if Watt is Peter Holman too, but the story acts like a kind of critical review while being good in its own right, funny an ...more
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