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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
Apr 11, 2013 Justin Steele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Karl
Apr 25, 2016 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Emporium of Automata" is an excellent introduction to D.P. Watt's writing. An amazing collection of "weird" stories that were so good that the collection has to be savored and not read too quickly. Eibonvale Press has produced a beautiful edition of this book.

The First Edition was Published September 2010 by Ex Occidente Press and was a much sought after book, now highly collectable, However Eibonvale has done an admirable job.

Highly recommended.

The contents of this collection are:

The Imper
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Apr 07, 2013 Seregil of Rhiminee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Laura
Nov 19, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
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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D.P. Watt is a writer living in the bowels of England. His collection of stories, An Emporium of Automata was reprinted by Eibonvale Press in 2013, and his second collection, The Phantasmagorical Imperative and Other Fabrications, is now available in paperback. A third collection, Almost Insentient, Almost Divine, will appear with Undertow Publications in 2016. He won the Ghost Story Award 2015 fo ...more
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