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Covers for 2 1000-Daze mini-novels, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Vcon 35 2010 PosterPhantacea gets conn'd

Join Jim McPherson, the creator, writer and publisher of the Phantacea Mythos, as well as artist Verne Andru, who did the cover for "Feeling Theocidal" and plenty of artwork for the original series of phantacea comic books, in the Dealers Room at VCON 35, October 1-3, 2010.

In addition to the full-length mosaic novels, "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics", unbagged and unsold copies of the remaining comic books, phantacea #s 1-4, and the graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of phantacea", will be available for purchase at website prices.

(Albeit minus shipping and handling costs -- so now you know where you're going to go if you're in the Vancouver area come VCON weekend.)

As a bonus, two accelerated mini-novels, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors", will be available there for the first time.

Both were extracted from "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (which should still be out before the end of the year), cut back and therefore speeded up. Freshly printed in stapled, booklet form, autographed copies can be purchased at VCON for $10.00 each. Lynx to a partial selection of excerpts from all three sections of 1000-Daze can be found here.

(Sorry, nothing but cash accepted at VCON, but they're available from the original website too. That said, you still have to send certified cheques or money orders that includes Canadian taxes as well as shipping and handling costs.)

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From Comics to Novels

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Phantacea Revisited graphic novels morph into full length Phantacea Mythos mosaic novels; only the beginnings, middles and endings have changed to protect what really happened

Cataclysm Catalyst

The second Phantacea Revisited Graphic Novel

Full cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

Dedicated webpage is here

Full cover by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

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Internal Artwork Credits

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Artwork from pH 1-7 as well as Phantacea Phase One #1; samples link from here;

Images in this row double-click here and here; notes on panel background are here

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Phantacea Seven

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Unpublished Phase One cover by Ian Bateson, circa 1988

Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".

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Look out Below!

Full covers for Nuclear Dragons, art by Ian Bateson, 2013; text by Jim McPherson

Nuclear Dragons are here

- A phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel -

The second entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle is now available for ordering online

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Dedicated webpage is here; back cover text can be found here and here; lynx to excerpts from the book start here and here; check out material that didn't make it here and related excerpts from its scheduled follow-up, 2014's "Helios on the Moon", here; its Auctorial Preamble is reprinted here, here and here

Centauri Island

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Mockup for Nuclear Dragons cover adapted from cover originally intended for Phantacea Seven comic book, artwork by Ian Bateson circa 1980

At long last, the second entry in the Launch 1980 epic fantasy has arrived.

Ian Bateson's breathtaking wraparound cover for the novel utilizes his own dragons from pH-7. Those from the unfinished cover for the Phantacea Phase One project can be seen here and here.

 

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Phantacea Revisited #1

B/w first and last pages from DB graphic novel

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NEW: Read most of the mini-novels making up "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" today on Google Books

Look inside great swaths of 'Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade' here

Guess what's once again available for ordering in print?

Front and back covers for D-Brig graphic novel, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012; facial touch-up by Chris Chuckry

"Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade"

Print and PDF copies of "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade" can be ordered by credit card from Drive Thru Comics.

To order from the publisher, click here.

Postage is extra. Please be aware that as yet Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

The Damnation Brigade Graphic Novel

artwork by Ian Bateson and Vince Marchesano

Artwork never seen before in print; almost all of pH-5 available for the first time since 1980

Images in this row double-click to enlarge here

The entirety of Ian Bateson's until-now-unpublished contribution to "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade" can be seen here then here

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Goddess Gambit

Samples of Verne Andru's art, applicable to Goddess Gambit

double-click on rollover to open a separate window featuring the full cover of "Goddess Gambit"; red sampler enlarges here

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce "Goddess Gambit", the third and final book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy, is available for ordering both online and directly from the publisher

(Please note: Phantacea Publications can only accept cheques and money orders.)

"Janna Fangfingers - Sedon's Purge", can now be ordered as both a trade paperback and as the 4th Phantacea e-book.

With its publication, "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', concludes and, in some respects, the 'Launch 1980' story cycle begins.

Hit here for nearly instant ordering gratification

The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky

Sedonic Eye, image by Ian Bateson, 1986; text and manipulation by Jim McPherson, 2011 by Jim

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Covers prepared by Jim McPherson, 20104 covers for 1000 DazeThe Thousand Days of Disbelief

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', are available for ordering online by credit card.

Just as happily, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors" are available everywhere at $10.00 each. Being longer than its predecessors, "Janna Fangfingers" still goes for the highly reasonable price of $12.00 CAD and USD.

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Incomplete covers for upcoming publicationsIncomplete covers for upcoming projects

"Feeling Theocidal -- Thrygragon, Year of the Dome 4376" (Book One of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the first full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels making up "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'), "Goddess Gambit" (Book Three of the trilogy and in some respects the second – unless it's the third – entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) and "Nuclear Dragons" (the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) should be available at neighbourhood bookstores and public libraries all over the world.

"Janna Fangfingers", the third and final mini-novel comprising 1000-Daze, rather cleverly doubles as a prequel to both Gambit and the Launch 1980 story cycle. In its turn, Endgame-Gambit picks up from where War-Pox leaves off. Part Three of "Nuclear Dragons" connects to both War-Pox and Gambit. Parts One, Two and Four of Nuke also nicely sets up "Helios on the Moon", the last scheduled sequence in the Launch 1980 story cycle.

E-versions of Feel Theo, Hellion, Contagion,Fangers, War-Pox and Gambit are available on the Kindle format exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and some of amazon's other European and Asian affiliates.

Kindle e-books can be downloaded for I-Pads and I-Phones as well as a number of other devices. Many have text-to-voice capacity for the visually challenged.

Phantacea Publications e-books are also available in a variety of other formats. Please check your favourite online bookstore to download Phantacea Publications e-books to the device of your choice.

If you don't see the novels or mini-novels displayed at your local book stops, kindly direct purchasing agents and/or booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to help them rectify such a sad situation.

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The cover for War of the Apocalyptics, Ian Bateson, 2009, with a rollover of an alternative cover for the same book prepared by Jim McPherson, 2003The front cover for Feeling Theocidal, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008, with a rollover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2008, for the same book

Hit here to initiate orders directly from amazon.com and some its affiliates. Books from Phantacea Publications currently available include "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics" the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (namely "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers"), "Goddess Gambit" and "Nuclear Dragons".

Kindle versions of "Feeling Theocidal", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers", "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and four of amazon's European affiliates. Check your favourite online sites to order Phantacea Publications e-books in a variety of other formats.

Libraries, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through Ingram Books, Ingram International, Coutts Information (and Library) Services, Baker & Taylor, and a large network of other distributors worldwide.

Some of the Phantacea comics and graphic novels can be ordered through Drive Thru Comics.

Or, if you prefer to order directly from the publisher, email or send your order(s) via surface mail. No matter where you live or what currency you prefer to use, I'll figure out a way to fill your order(s) myself.

Please add an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping. At present Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

BookFinder.com lists both of the original versions of the mosaic novels: "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics". Also listed therein are most of the other PHANTACEA Mythos print publications.

Another interesting option for the curious is Chegg, which has a rent-a-book program. Thus far its search engine shows no results for phantacea (any style or permutation thereof) but it does recognize Jim McPherson (a variety of them) and the titles of the novels.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say), this page contains a list of a few other websites where you can probably order the novels in a variety of currencies and with credit cards.

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"Feeling Theocidal -- Thrygragon, Year of the Dome 4376" (Book One of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the first full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels making up "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'), "Goddess Gambit" (Book Three of the trilogy and in some respects the second – unless it's the third – entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) and "Nuclear Dragons" (the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) should be available at neighbourhood bookstores and public libraries all over the world.

"Janna Fangfingers", the third and final mini-novel comprising 1000-Daze, rather cleverly doubles as a prequel to both Gambit and the Launch 1980 story cycle. In its turn, Endgame-Gambit picks up from where War-Pox leaves off. Part Three of "Nuclear Dragons" connects to both War-Pox and Gambit. Parts One, Two and Four of Nuke also nicely sets up "Helios on the Moon", the last scheduled sequence in the Launch 1980 story cycle.

E-versions of Feel Theo, Hellion, Contagion,Fangers, War-Pox and Gambit are available on the Kindle format exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and some of amazon's other European and Asian affiliates.

Kindle e-books can be downloaded for I-Pads and I-Phones as well as a number of other devices. Many have text-to-voice capacity for the visually challenged.

Phantacea Publications e-books are also available in a variety of other formats. Please check your favourite online bookstore to download Phantacea Publications e-books to the device of your choice.

If you don't see the novels or mini-novels displayed at your local book stops, kindly direct purchasing agents and/or booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to help them rectify such a sad situation.

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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

Full covers for the latest PHANTACEA Mythos print publications

This cell's background image is a blurry version of the front cover for "The War of the Apocalyptics", as adjusted by Jim McPherson, 2009; the background image behind the covers in the adjacent panel is much the same; the cover artwork for the two most recent PHANTACEA Mythos print publications are as credited there; as for the characters depicted on War-Pox's front cover, that's here; notes on the page background as well the related backgrounds for this cell and this cell are here

Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

Front covers for two most recent PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publications

"Feeling Theocidal" Cover Artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

"The War of the Apocalyptics" Cover Artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

©copyright 1977 - 2010 Jim McPherson

Hit here to initiate orders directly from amazon.com and some its affiliates. Books from Phantacea Publications currently available include "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics" the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (namely "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers"), "Goddess Gambit" and "Nuclear Dragons".

Kindle versions of "Feeling Theocidal", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers", "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and four of amazon's European affiliates. Check your favourite online sites to order Phantacea Publications e-books in a variety of other formats.

Libraries, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through Ingram Books, Ingram International, Coutts Information (and Library) Services, Baker & Taylor, and a large network of other distributors worldwide.

Some of the Phantacea comics and graphic novels can be ordered through Drive Thru Comics.

Or, if you prefer to order directly from the publisher, email or send your order(s) via surface mail. No matter where you live or what currency you prefer to use, I'll figure out a way to fill your order(s) myself.

Please add an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping. At present Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

BookFinder.com lists both of the original versions of the mosaic novels: "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics". Also listed therein are most of the other PHANTACEA Mythos print publications.

Another interesting option for the curious is Chegg, which has a rent-a-book program. Thus far its search engine shows no results for phantacea (any style or permutation thereof) but it does recognize Jim McPherson (a variety of them) and the titles of the novels.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say), this page contains a list of a few other websites where you can probably order the novels in a variety of currencies and with credit cards.

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War-Pox Publicity Announcement

Welcome. Or welcome back, as the case may be. And, no, I haven't got a recurring case of the blues. In pHantacea-pHact, I'm pleased to announce The War of the Apocalyptics, the latest PHANTACEA Mythos print publication and the first book in the Launch 1980 story cycle, is now available for ordering worldwide.

Set primarily in the Aleutians, Vancouver Canada and Subcranial Temporis, beneath the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head, between November 30, 1980 and Tantalar 6, 5980, here’s a summary of how it begins:

On November 30, 1980 New Century Enterprises launched the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island, a tri-peaked, mostly man-joined islet off the coast of Maui. With its 6 detachable cosmicars, its central hub-vessel and its overall command-craft, over 60 individuals were on the Express. Intercepted by a Kamikaze craft seconds after launch it never made it to Outer Space. Instead, in what appeared to be a devastating explosion, it was thrust elsewhere.

Whereupon it broke apart!

One of the cosmicars crashed on Damnation Island, in the Aleutians, where the last battle of the Secret War of Supranormals was fought on Christmas Day 1955. A 3-eyed, blue-skinned being, conceivably the very deity once worshipped by Mesoamericans as 'hurican' or hurricane, came out of the sky riding a whirlwind conjured from his lower body. The downed space vehicle looked empty. It wasn't.

An earthen horror confronted the whirling entity. Devil Wind and Demon Land went at each other unrelentingly. When it was over, they apparently weren't around anymore. Neither were 5 more of their fallen angel ilk, including the four titular Apocalyptics: War, Disease, Disaster and Death, who looked very much pregnant.

In their place stood the 10 members of the newly christened Damnation Brigade. They were the last of the supranormals, back in the realm of the fully alive for the first time in a quarter century. Although mortal and mostly human, they may yet prove to be the sons and daughters of the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of antique mythology.

Regardless of that, they are to say the least aptly named.

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Orders paid for with credit cards can be placed through amazon.com as well as many other major online ordering sites. Dependent on location, booksellers and bookseller cooperatives can place bulk orders for the novel via either Ingram Books or Ingram International.

The book contains a foreword and an afterword by the author. It also contains the first chapter of the next PHANTACEA Mythos print publication. The sequel to Feeling Theocidal and the second book in ‘Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy, it is entitled "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" and will be released in 2010.

Relevant online lynx are as follows:

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More shameless promo for the Summer 2010 edition of www.phantacea.com

Of course War-Pox is hardly the only PHANTACEA Mythos print publication available for ordering. So, at the risk of repeating myself ...

The gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of ancient mythologies have been trivialized, their worship proscribed and the entities themselves mostly confined to another realm. Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos chronicles their ongoing battles.

Set primarily on Mithramas 4376 Year of the Dome (Christmas Day 376 AD), "Feeling Theocidal" told many of these tales. Foremost -- and from an eclectic, not to mention at times decidedly exotic, variety of perspectives (very few of them, um, heroic) -- was that of Thrygragon. For devazurkind, it proved perhaps the singly most important event in Whole Earth history since Xuthros Hor, the Biblical Noah, caused the Genesea.

Culminating in just that (aka the Great Flood of Genesis), the graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA", recounted many others, about half of them pre-Earth. (Of particular significance, one is nothing less than the PHANTACEA version of the origin of the Devil Himself.)

"The War of the Apocalyptics", the latest in what looks to be a long line of PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novels, brings their saga into the final fifth of the Twentieth Century our time (the Sixtieth Century of the Dome). Back cover bluster promises what War-Pox delivers:

"From the creator of the PHANTACEA Mythos and the writer of ‘Feeling Theocidal’ comes Fallen Angel Devils, comes unrelenting Action, comes the Damnation Brigade, comes the first book of the Launch 1980 cycle."

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phantacea.com is the only website thus far dedicated entirely to print publications featuring Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos. Unless noted differently in the text or image mouse-overs, everything you see is written, photographed, scanned-in and/or otherwise prepared by Jim McPherson.

Aires' AerodAll sorts of ever-so-pertinent lynx to all sorts of often impertinent webpages, including where its previous Welcoming Page went, can be accessed from here. That's a dot-ditto for Web Publisher's Commentaries preserved in pH-Webworld.

This particular page also contains a table of graphics with lynx to larger views of the same graphics within this or related websites. As where noted on a slowly increasing number of suchlike graphics tables, you can now double-click on the image in order to enlarge it in a separate window.

Should additionally take this opportunity to mention, hardly for the last time, that Lightning Source Inc (LSI) has exclusive rights to distribute both novels. That means individual copies of "Feeling Theocidal" and/or "The War of the Apocalyptics" can be ordered from amazon.com and its affiliates, including amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as from Barnes & Noble. Click the lynx provided or go to their sites, type Jim McPherson, PHANTACEA, or the novel's name(s) into their search engine and proceed from there. Text reads Sea Goddess calls her water wand an Aqua Ankh

In much the same way, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through the Ingram Book Company, Ingram International and/or Baker & Taylor. I'm assured that the terms you're used to shall apply.

There's a partial list of LSI's worldwide distribution partners here. I've seen online listings for Feel Theo from as far afield as South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK. A friend of mine in Germany ordered and received it within a few days of doing so; meaning you should be able to order either of the novels wherever you are and in whatever currency you prefer to use.

Or you can email me today and I'll arrange to fill them myself, albeit for a slightly additional cost to cover shipping, tax and customs issues, especially if you reside outside of Canada.

The list price for both novels is $24.00 CAD in Canada and $23.00 USD in the States. As linked from here, the graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA", can be ordered via email from pH-Webworld. It is still being sold at its original list price of $10.00 in both Canada and the USA. Remainder copies of the first four PHANTACEA comic books are also available for $5.00 per comic in both currencies.

An additional cost of 13% on the complete purchase covers Canadian and provincial taxes. Plus, shipping and handling fees are extra. Be forewarned that I can only accept certified cheques and money orders. Sorry, no pay pal or credit cards accepted on this end. To conclude ...

Both "Feeling Theocidal", Book One of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy, and "The War of the Apocalptics", the first entry in the Launch 1980 sequence of stories, can be ordered online for delivery virtually anywhere in the world.

Comments always appreciated. With your permission, I may reproduce some of them somewhere at sometime. Until then, as I used to end off this sort of thing when I was publishing comic books, be pHantacizing you. JMcP

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Transparent version of the page backgrounds

Transparent version of page backgrounds

Colourized version of the page backgrounds

Colourized version of the page backgrounds

Decolourized then tiled version of the page backgrounds

Tiled version of page backgrounds

The background image for this page is a variation of a black and white collage/cover I prepared for War-Pox's 1000-Daze bonus chapter; as also per here I did a colour version of it as well; a perhaps too busy variation of it is here and here; a light greenish version can be seen here and in the masthead; some of the shots that went into these collages can also be seen here, here and here; as per here and here there are hints as to the identities of three mainly minor players in the upcoming "The 1000 Days of Disbelief"; as for why Durer's 4 Horsemen remind me of Thrygragos Lazareme and his firstborn Unities, that's here;

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Durer's Apocalyptics along with some of pHant's Finest Fiends

Collage made up of Durer and Phantacea cutouts, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

There are loathsome loads of entries re phantacea's primary Apocalyptics starting here; notes on this particular collage start here; as for the rest of pHant's Pocks, that note is here;

 

The Devic Vultyrie

Collage containing images suggestive of the devic Vultyrie, Disater's mount; prepared by Jim McPherson using his own pictures, 2010

Notes on this collage begin here; the non-devic Vultyrie appeared in "Feeling Theocidal"; therein they were seen carrying the Glorious Dead of Valhalla, of whom there's more here, here, and here

 

Escaping the Cathonic Zone

Variation of Phase One cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, text by Jim McPherson

War-Pox is almost entirely based on the phantacea comic book series (1977-1980); this collage, though, is taken from the cover to phantacea Phase One #1; artwork is by Ian Bateson, who also did the cover art for The War of the Apocalyptics

 

Headless Ramazar, as shot in the Met Museum, Nyc, by Jim McPherson, 2009

Although there is only one headless Apocalyptic in the phantacea Mythos, as per here, headless statuary is hardly rare;

A headless statue holding a head

What is rare, at least what is rare in my experience, is finding a headless statue seemingly trying to place another statue's head on its shoulders, as also per here;

A pendant spotted and shot in the Met Museum, NYC, by Jim McPherson in 2009

Remarkably, finding shots to take of two-headed vultures is not as challenging as I initially thought it would be; there are a few others starting here; the note on this particular pair is here;

A multi-armed figure holding, among things, a hatchet

While, as per here, there are myriad Medusas, finding shots relevant to Mater Matare vis-a-vis War-Pox proved more difficult; there are a couple here, however;

A skull-headed deity shot in Mexico by Jim McPherson, 2005

War is everywhere, including Mexico; more of Pox's War start here;

Cameo of a Venice Plague Doctor, shot by Jim McPherson, 2008

Plague masks like this one (which I shot in Venice) are only one way I've chosen illustrate the head (as opposed to headless) Pox, that'd be Plague himself;

| Pestilence in the British Museum | Pacheco's 'Sequia, Peste, y Hambre' | Pacheco's Night Creatures in Merida | London's Disease Diorama | Hamburg's Death as a Straw Man | A Sandbagged Byronhead in Villahermosa | Hellhounds Harnessed | Kore-Queen of Heaven or just her own Hell | Kore-Cybele in Rome | The Growing Nergalid | All 4 of the British Museum's Pocks | Another plague mask from Venice | War is such a bonehead | An Actual Mars | An Actual Bellona | No such thing as a Deathless War | Drought and War still an item | Valkyrie Swan Maidens | Blazing skulls better than spitballs | Catastrophe fancies Deviant Heads | Airhead meets Mother Murder in Venice | Vultyrie Benches | Frankfurt Vults | More NYC Vults | Andy and Ginny | Haligonian Happenstance | Airhead with Aerod | A pair of Hieronymous Bosch's Wanderers as the Legendarian | Fauns frolicking - some of Giandomenico Tiepolo's faun frescoes as spotted in Venice |
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Phantacea Publications

- Up-to-Date Releases -

Phantacea Publications in Print

Phantacea Publications in Print

- The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

The 'Launch 1980' Story Cycle

The War of the Apocalyptics

Front cover of War Pox, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

Published in 2009; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Nuclear Dragons

Nuclear Dragons front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Helios on the Moon

Front cover for Helios on the Moon, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Published in 2014; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

The 'Launch 1980' story cycle comprises three complete, multi-character mosaic novels, "The War of the Apocalyptics", "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon", as well as parts of two others, "Janna Fangfingers" and "Goddess Gambit". Together they represent creator/writer Jim McPherson's now concluded project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series.

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'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Epic Fantasy

Feeling Theocidal

Front Cover for Feel Theo, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

Published in 2008; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

The 1000 Days of Disbelief

Front cover of The Thousand Days of Disbelief, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published as three mini-novels, 2010/11; main webpage is here

Goddess Gambit

Front cover for Goddess Gambit by Verne Andru, 2012

Published in 2012; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Circa the Year of Dome 2000, Anvil the Artificer, a then otherwise unnamed, highborn Lazaremist later called Tvasitar Smithmonger, dedicated the first three devic talismans, or power foci, that he forged out of molten Brainrock to the Trigregos Sisters.

The long lost, possibly even dead, simultaneous mothers of devakind hated their offspring for abandoning them on the far-off planetary Utopia of New Weir. Not surprisingly, their fearsome talismans could be used to kill Master Devas (devils).

For most of twenty-five hundred years, they belonged to the recurring deviant, Chrysaor Attis, time after time proven a devaslayer. On Thrygragon, Mithramas Day 4376 YD, he turned them over to his Great God of a half-father, Thrygragos Varuna Mithras, to use against his two brothers, Unmoving Byron and Little Star Lazareme, in hopes of usurping their adherents and claiming them as his own.

Hundreds of years later, these selfsame thrice-cursed Godly Glories helped turn the devil-worshippers of Sedon's Head against their seemingly immortal, if not necessarily undying gods. Now, five hundred years after the 1000 Days of Disbelief, they've been relocated.

The highest born, surviving devic goddesses want them for themselves; want to thereby become incarnations of the Trigregos Sisters on the Hidden Continent. An Outer Earthling, one who has literally fallen out of the sky after the launching of the Cosmic Express, gets to them first ...

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The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels

The Death's Head Hellion

- Sedonplay -

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Contagion Collectors

- Sedon Plague -

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Janna Fangfingers

- Sedon Purge -

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Published in 2011; two storylines recounted side-by-side, the titular one narrated by the Legendarian in 5980, the other indirectly leading into the 'Launch 1980' story cycle; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

In the Year of the Dome 4825, Morgan Abyss, the Melusine Master of the Utopian Weirdom of Cabalarkon, seizes control of Primeval Lilith, the ageless, seemingly unkillable Demon Queen of the Night. The eldritch earthborn is the real half-mother of the invariably mortal Sed-sons but, once she has hold of her, aka Lethal Lily, Master Morgan proceeds to trap the Moloch Sedon Himself.

In the midst of the bitter, century-long expansion of the Lathakran Empire, the Hidden Headworld's three tribes of devil-gods are forced to unite in an effort to release their All-Father. Unfortunately for them, they're initially unaware Master Morg, the Death's Head Hellion herself, has also got hold of the Trigregos Talismans, devic power foci that can actually kill devils, and Sedon's thought-father Cabalarkon, the Undying Utopian she'll happily slay if they dare attack her Weirdom.

Utopians from Weir have never given up seeking to wipe devils off not just the face of the Inner Earth, but off the planet itself. Their techno and biomages, under the direction of the Weirdom of Cabalarkon's extremely long-lived High Illuminary, Quoits Tethys, have determined there is only one sure way to do that -- namely, to infect the devils' Inner Earth worshippers with fatal plagues brought in from the Outer Earth.

Come All-Death Day there are more Dead Things Walking than Living Beings Talking. Believe it or not, that's the good news.

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phantacea Graphic Novels

Forever and Forty Days

- The Genesis of Phantacea -

Front cover of Forever and Forty Days; artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

Published in 1990; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

 

The Damnation Brigade

- Phantacea Revisited 1 -

Front cover of The Damnation Brigade, artwork by Ian Bateson, retouching by Chris Chuckry 2012

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Cataclysm Catalyst

- Phantacea Revisited 2 -

Front cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 2013

Published in 2014, main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Kadmon Heliopolis had one life. It ended in October 1968. The Male Entity has had many lives. In his fifth, he and his female counterpart, often known as Miracle Memory, engendered more so than created the Moloch Sedon. They believe him to be the Devil Incarnate. They've been attempting to kill him ever since. Too bad it's invariably he, Heliosophos (Helios called Sophos the Wise), who gets killed instead.

On the then still Whole Earth circa the Year 4000 BCE, one of their descendants, Xuthros Hor, the tenth patriarch of Golden Age Humanity, puts into action a thought-foolproof, albeit mass murderous, plan to succeed where the Dual Entities have always failed. He unleashes the Genesea. The Devil takes a bath.

Fifty-nine hundred and eighty years later, New Century Enterprises launches the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island. It never reaches Outer Space; not all of it anyhow. As a stunning consequence of its apparent destruction, ten extraordinary supranormals are reunited, bodies, souls and minds, after a quarter century in what they've come to consider Limbo. They name themselves the Damnation Brigade. And so it appears they are -- if perhaps not so much damned as doomed.

At least one person survives the launching of the Cosmic Express. He literally falls out of the sky -- on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head. An old lady saves him. Except this old lady lives in a golden pagoda, rides vultures and has a third eye. She also doesn't stay old long. He becomes her willing soldier, acquires the three Sacred Objects and goes on a rampage, against his own people, those that live.

Meanwhile, Centauri Island, the launch site of the Cosmic Express, comes under attack from Hell's Horsemen. Only it's not horses they ride. It's Atomic Firedrakes!

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