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Not So Abounding Faceless Automatons And Not-Quite-So-Mainstream Crafting: Wanderings #17/52a

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Now, in my head 1970s/early 1980s British television is awash with faceless creatures and automatons, come to carry out their wickedness and fill dreams full of night terrors.

But funnily enough when I recently(ish) looked up such things, there weren’t all that many I could find.

Actually it came down to a creature/character in Sapphire & Steel and the “still terrifying all these years later” shop dummies come to life in Doctor Who (which strictly speaking aren’t faceless but in my head they are).

I suppose that as an effect it was cheap and relatively easy to do but there is still something particularly unnerving about such featureless faces.

They crop up from time-to-time around these parts and I though I would gather a few of them together.

So, we have the aforementioned bowler hat wearing character from Sapphire & Steel…

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And something of a classic and possibly one of my all time favourite book covers: the paperback cover to the virtual reality prescient pastoral-esque science fiction of Christopher Priest’s A Dream Of Wessex…

The faceless corn husk folk art-like figures from around these parts…

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Which set me a-wandering…

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There seem to have been a fair few books along such lines published, often from back when. And maybe it’s just me or a layering/other connections that have happened and gathered over time  but they can seem to have an air of quiet unsettledness or not-quite-so-mainstream pastoralness to them…


(File under: Trails and Influences / Year 3 Wanderings)

Intertwined wanderings around these parts:
Day #26/365. Christopher Priest – A Dream of Wessex and dreams of the twentieth century

Day #87/365: Faded foundlings and Tender Vessels…

Day #284/365: Sapphire and Steel; a haunting by the haunting and a denial of tales of stopping the waves of history…

Elsewhere in the ether:
Contemporary not-quite-so mainstream pastoralness: Tender Vessels #1. Tender Vessels #2.


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