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Automata…

Posted: November 13, 2013 by douglasthompson in An Emporium of Automata, Reviews

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Our stalwart American follower, Adam Groves of The Fright Site has posted a glowing review of Dan Watt’s extraordinary tour de force “An Emporium of Automata”. Adam comments

“A most welcome reprinting of a collection originally published in 2010 by Ex Occidente Press, who specialize in extremely expensive limited editions. For this trade paperback version Eibonvale Press provided a gorgeous cover design, but of course it’s the content that really makes this book one of Eibonvale’s finest publications to date…

D.P. Watt has a decidedly unique imagination and a love of esoteric wordplay (sample sentence: “I had not taken you for one who skulks behind the scenes to see God’s entrance debased to pure mechanism”). His writing is reminiscent of horrormeisters like Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, yet it displays the verve, literary mastery and idiosyncratic worldview that denote a standalone master of the form…”

Please do check out Adam’s review in full at: http://www.fright.com/edge/AnEmporium.htm

Automata at Agony Column

Posted: May 8, 2013 by douglasthompson in An Emporium of Automata, New Titles, News, Reviews

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Seasoned reviewer Mario Guslandi has reviewed D.P Watt’s An Enporium of Automata over at The Agony Column website, picking out six stories in particular which he enjoyed most. Mario writes:

“If you ask me what kind of writer is DP Watt, my answer is that it’s hard to tell. Partly a horror writer, partly a new “decadent”, by all means a creator of weird fiction, somewhere between ETA Hoffmann and Ligotti. The present collection (previously published in hardcover edition from Ex Occidente Press) effectively represents the many faces of this eclectic author continuously shifting from the bizarre to the grotesque, from the baroque to the uncanny…

..”All His Worldly Goods” is an excellent mix of horror and nostalgia where a copy of Montague Summers’ famous “The Supernatural Omnibus” keeps haunting a lonely bookshop clerk while “Erbach’s Emporium of Automata” is a tantalizing tale about childhood memories, describing an odd emporium of mechanical toys and its unspeakable secrets.

In the offbeat and disturbing “The Butcher’s Daughter” the appalling private affairs of a recently deceased old lady are finally revealed when a couple of newly-weds goes to live in her former house.

“1<_0" is the disquieting report of the gradual physical and spiritual disappearance of a man becoming quite invisible to his own family.

…if you're a daring person ready to experiment with unusual types of fiction, introspective journeys into the human psyche and you're not as old fashioned as I am to require stories with a clear-cut plot and actual characters, I suspect you will greatly enjoy this offbeat book."

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Just Steel has reviewed D.P Watt’s An Emporium of Automata at The Arkham Digest website. Justin writes:

“When I reviewed Shadows Edge, I noted how much I enjoyed D.P. Watt’s story, and said that I wanted to read more of his work. As luck would have it, Eibonvale Press recently printed an expanded reprint of his hard to find first collection, An Emporium of Automata. Watt’s background in theater is apparent in his stories, and his unique, eloquent voice lends an ethereal beauty to his fiction…

…Mr. Watt’s fiction puts one in mind of decaying Europe cities. Bizarre, archaic secrets hide behind the facade of fringe theater, puppetry, and mechanical toys. The language is reminiscent of older theater, poetic, and at times using words that have an eccentric, archaic feel to them. This itself is present in the titles of the stories (which are wonderful): Erbach’s Emporium of Automata, Dr. Dapertutto’s Saturnalia, Of Those Who Follow Emile Bilonche, Archaic Artificial Suns, and Pulvaris Lunaris or The Coagulation of Wood just to name a few. Almost every single story in this book is deep enough for the reader to benefit from re-reads…

…The first section, Phantasmagorical Instruments, features eight weird tales, each one a pleasure to read. Although it’s hard to choose favorites from this section, as all eight stories are great, there are some I enjoyed even more than others. In Erbach’s Emporium of Automata a man recounts his childhood memories of a mysterious arcade of mechanical toys that opened in his seaside town. Of Those Who Follow Emile Bilonche features a crazed narrator obsessed with the works of Emile Bilonche. They Dwell in Ystumtuen looks at a small excerpt from a history book about a woman’s hanging, and then takes readers to see the history behind it which involves fairies and sacrifice. It’s a sad, beautiful story. The Butcher’s Daughter features a couple who moves into the house of a recently deceased 110 year old woman. After a startling discovery in the woodshed, the couple starts to uncover the woman’s disturbing secrets. Room 89 follows a grumpy, misanthropic man on holiday in a mysterious hotel. The story blends humor and scares for a particularly effective weird tale. Dr. Dapertutto’s Saturnalia sees an inspector (in Russia or some Eastern European country) drawn into investigating a film reel sent to him by a mysterious “entertainer”, and makes for one of the best stories in the book…

…This collection offers much to weird fiction connoisseurs, and up until now was only available as an expensive, hard to find hardcover. Watt’s collection appeals to the curious child in all of us; the macabre mysteries within shot through with a melancholy, captivating beauty.”

Our hearty thanks to Justin for this very in-depth review, and please do check it out in full at the Arkham website.

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The very first review is just in of Eibonvale’s edition of D.P.Watt’s ‘An Emporium Of Automata’. The Speculative Fiction Junkie wesbite have named the book as one of its TOP FIVE READS OF 2012(!) and praised the book in glowing terms as follows:

“… D.P. Watt’s stunningly excellent collection An Emporium of Automata… I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give this collection the review it deserves.

These stories make clear that Mr. Watt is a master storyteller in every sense of the word, but–as you should expect by now–there is actually more going on here than simple storytelling. Consider a story like “They Dwell in Ystumtuen.” It begins with a bored and distracted historian trying to recall the details of a public hanging that took place in 19th century Britain. But this image is then juxtaposed with the heart-wrenchingly tragic and brutally violent story of what actually happened to the person who was hanged. The contrast couldn’t be clearer and Mr. Watt states it plainly:

‘Imagine, if you can, dear reader (mindful, kind or otherwise) the infinite neglect of history by the historian. Imagine the millions of lives heaping up, untold, forgotten, yet undead in the graveyard of memory; begging, or praying, with skeletal hands to be brought back to mind, if only for an instant.’

This is as concise and as beautifully written a statement as one can find of a theme that seems to be a near obsession of Mr. Watt’s, which is the overwhelming weight of the absent mass of humanity that has been lost over the ages.

…This preoccupation with not just the humanity before us but with all of the individual humans who are absent is, I believe, at the root of several of the other strengths of Mr. Watt’s work, including the extreme beauty of his prose and the way that his narrators directly address the reader. While these traits obviously owe a debt to the author’s roots in the theater, their real impetus is the urgency that results from the dizzying work of confronting such a terrible vision.

An Emporium of Automata is a truly landmark collection and is as rich a treasure as literature is capable of producing.”

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Just a reminder that both our latest titles are now available to order in the normal way on the Eibonvale website.  With the promotion period closed, I have now launched standard order buttons for both these titles.  Click either picture here to be taken to the book’s page.

DSCN0407You can look forward to our next promotion for our next new title (Quentin S Crisp’s Defeated Dogs) being announced in a week or so, with some very special extras!

 

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Well – here’s the first glimpse of An Emporium of Automata by D P Watt. These will also be shipping soon to everyone who got a pre-order placed. There are still a few copies available of this title that will be specially ‘lettered’ and personalised by the author.  When the pre-order period closes in a few days, these will no longer be available so don’t delay!  :-)

Click here to read more: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_automata.htm

Rhys Hughes’ Tallest Stories is now at the printers! People who missed the special promotion can now order normal unsigned copies of the book through the Eibonvale website

And don’t forget, there are still a handful of An Emporium of Automata available specially personalised by the author.  Click here to order.

Right – I am going to pass out now . . .

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Well – how about that!  I am not used to such wild goings on here at Eibonvale.  But our Special promotional pre-orders of Rhys Hughes’ Tallest Stories have now totally sold out in just one day and I have withdrawn the order buttons.  The book will become available in its usual unsigned form soon.

However, there are still a few copies of D P Watt’s stunning collection An Emporium of Automata available.  A marvellous book originally published by Ex Occidente and out of print. The same deal applies here.  You can pick up a lettered copy specially personalised by the author with a nice laid in bookplate, and you can also combine it with other Eibonvale Titles for a special price.  Click here to place your order!

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It’s 6 o clock – that means that as this blog post is published, I will be opening the ordering page for the very special promotional pre-orders for Rhys Hughes’s Tallest Stories and D P Watts An Emporium of Automata.

Click here to read more and go to the order page:

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Just to recap, the first 26 copies of each title will be specially lettered and personalised.  In addition, Rhys Hughes has provided some amazing material to give away, so each copy of Tallest Stories will also come with a bundle of original hand-written manuscripts and/or drawings by the author in his uniquely strange, quirky style. There’s also a few rare chapbooks thrown in for good measure. The biggest prize is letter A, which will come with a complete notebook filled with Rhys’s jottings and stories.  That is 26 handwritten stories, including a few not yet published anywhere at all.

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These books will be available on a first come first served basis and as soon as the 26 copies are shifted, I will be reverting the ordering to the usual unsigned copies.  So don’t delay.  And if you move really fast, you might be in with a chance to bag the coveted ‘A’ copy!

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PLEASE NOTE – YOU MIGHT NEED TO REFRESH THE PAGE OR CLEAR THE CASH TO SEE THE NEW ORDERING BUTTONS.  

good luck with it!

 

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They are not completely finalised, but given the current excitement about both books and the rather spectacular promotion that will be launching on the 5th, I decided to push on and share the covers of our next two books.  These books will be coming out pretty much together in late January / early February.

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Full info about the promotion has now been launched on the Eibonvale Press Website – including an ordering page, though this is not yet functional.  It will come alive at 18:00 hours on the 5th January, but for the moment you can have a look round and see what will be available – and be ready to move fast if you are at all interested in the wonderful extras Rhys Hughes has put together.  Click here to read all about it: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/preorders/preorders.html