Obadiah Theremin, MD

“Obadiah Theremin, MD” and his story have just been published in “Steampunk II: Reloaded”, an anthology of short stories and other wonderful things edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer. Check it out here:

Say what you will about Dr. Theremin, but there can be no question that the man was a dedicated clinician. Most psychiatrists rely on pills and talk to treat their patients, but since Obadiah saw the most hopeless of cases, he saw no harm in going that extra mile. Postulating that disturbed thoughts, like hot air, tend to rise only to precipitate misery upon their hosts, the good Dr. Theremin fitted himself with a device of his own invention that funneled the offending thoughts through a mysterious centrifuge and directly into his own cerebral cortex where he could process them thoroughly with his own unimpeachable sanity. Offending byproducts would pass harmlessly, he theorized, out of the handy faucet he implanted in his left ear, or could be simply exhaled with his pipe smoke – simple! In addition, those plagued by tortuous indecision could present their quandary to him at which point one or the other side of his forked beard would curl slightly at the tip, providing the querent with a definitive response. Meanwhile, his patented Mood-O-Meter hummed eerily on his desk, its needle spinning wildly to indicate his patient’s current state.
Okay, it’s true that he was eventually committed himself, the protective goggles he swore by notwithstanding, but among the seriously deranged, he remains a legendary favorite.

This 5” x 7” collage depicts the unfortunate Dr. Theremin wearing his formidable headgear. I constructed it upon a hand painted canvas board adorned with arcane images. Embellished with an embossed photo matte, photo corners and Dresden trim, this piece features goggles that are (gently) moveable, tiny screw brads and a working antiqued brass spinner.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2009. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!


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When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • thanks for the feature, Robyn!

    – WinonaCookie

  • т я
    т яover 3 years ago

    the dr is in. nice

  • “Psychiatric Help – 5 cents” Thanks :-)

    – WinonaCookie

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

    congratulations for your feature in the Hats and Hat Boxes group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thanks so much, francis!

    – WinonaCookie

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 3 years ago

    Love a lot that surreal humor !!!
    very well done !

  • Thanks Dwarkan :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 3 years ago

    Hehehehe…Love it :D

  • Thanks Belinda :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • unebandepart
    unebandepartover 3 years ago

    always a blast, bravo !

    HAMID IQBAL KHAN10 months ago

    Beautiful..this is splendorous

  • Thanks so much, Hamid!

    – WinonaCookie

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