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Your Chance to Own a Unique Victorian Gadget from the Cabinet of Curiosities

This strange device looks unassuming enough, but it could transform your life. For this is one of the last few remaining examples of a Mooney & Finch Somnotrope, a once-common device that has been removed from circulation. And it can be yours!


The Somnotrope is just one of the many strange items included in the Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of weird artifacts presented for your curiosity by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, plus a huge assortment of writers and artists. I had the honor of writing the explanatory text for the Somnotrope, and you can read my explanation of the device and its properties here.


Artist Jake Slatt created this device, and you can own his actual prototype — all you have to do is order a copy of the book online, and then enter the Cabinet of Curiosities Sweepstakes. More details at the link. [Ecstatic Days]

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