A lot of this week has been busy with work, work, work but I did take some time to dig around for research items to support my interest in steampunk.  The truth is, there is something more fascinating about all the REAL items that really did exist than almost anything I could make up.  I spent far too many hours on YouTube watching these videos.  And then proceeded to have nightmares when I went to bed.  But it isn’t any less fascinating for it.

The Cleopatra below is awesome and a little freaky with the 70’s dream-like video.

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Next is a collection of classic automata and is the first half of the documentary where Cleopatra appears.

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This video is from a museum in New Jersey with some great stories behind their automata.

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And YouTube has so many more.  These are the ones where I began my online roving and they interconnect well to give a feel for the “eerie factor.”  Hmm, maybe this’d be better inspiration for horror.

Update:  Wednesday night we’re going to see Hugo which we heard actually had some of these classic automata in the film.

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.