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Phantacea Publications in Print

Phantacea Publications in Print

- 'Phantacea Phase Two' 2016-2018 - The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

Phantacea Phase Two 2016-2018

Decimation Damnation

E-cover for Decimation Damnation, cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Published in 2016; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Hidden Headgames

Front cover for Hidden Headgames, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Published in 2017; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Daemonic Desperation

Promo collage entitled Daemonic Desperation

Tentative cover for Dem-Des; will probably be changed before it's published; scheduled to be released in 2018;

Phantacea Phase Two physically began with 2016's "Decimation Damnation", the first mini-novel extracted from the as yet open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies'. It was set between the 9th of Tantalar and the 1st of Yamana, 5980 Year of the Dome. However, its follow-up, "Hidden Headgames" was set between the 30th of Maruta and the 14th of Tantalar in that same year. "Daemonic Desperation" picks up Babes near the end of the second week of Yamana and continues through the Summer Solstice of 5981. As the last known member of the Damnation Brigade, if the Witch was fortunate to survive Dec-Dam, alive and pregnant, she may not be so lucky come the end of Dem-Des. Oddly enough, her unborn babies may yet still be both viable and unborn by then.
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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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Wilderwitch and Blind Sundown likenesses, shots by Jim McPherson taken in Vienna and Merida

Wilderwitch's Babies

Raven's Head with Brainrock over Raven-Rock collage with lettering

The saga of the doomed but ever-defiant Damnation Brigade continues ...

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Decimation Damnation

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Decimation Damnation -- Phantacea Publications 2016 Release

2004 and 2016 tentative covers for Decimation Damnation mini-novel and web-serial

<<2016 final cover double-clicks here; notes on the 2004 cover variations double-click here>>

"Decimation Damnation" -- Sixty Second Synopsis

The tragic tale of the doomed but defiant band of perhaps not-so-miraculously re-embodied supranormals known as the Damnation Brigade continues in the initial mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga of Wilderwitch's Babies.

By the time the Damnation Brigade regroups in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon only eight of the original ten are left. One of them is Wilderwitch. She’s lucky to be alive; even luckier not to lose her leg after battling the Apocalyptics and their fourth generational devic offspring in Subcranial Temporis.

Then she gets pregnant. Her soul-self does too. Make that two. And for much the same reason she’s still alive and comparatively intact, at least physically. Who said daemonic possession was malefic? Well, Wilderwitch for one; not that she has much choice.

You see, there’s this originally extraterrestrial Devil, capitalized, who’s not always in the sky looking down upon his Hidden Headworld. At least once a generation, on either side of the Sedon Sphere, he has to impregnate Mother Earth’s proxy, Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night, they in their generally unwitting hosts, in order to preserve the Inner Earth; prevent it from being swamped by a second Great Flood.

But are either/or, Devil and/or Demon Queen, responsible for the ongoing disappearances of the Witch’s fellows? Might it be her onetime baby daughter, who’s now years older than her own mother? Might it be the Witch’s lover, Saladin Devason, the Master of Weir? Might it be the Witch herself? Or is she merely the final target?

D-Brig really should have called themselves something less self-fulfilling.
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"Decimation Damnation" -- Back Cover Text

Wilderwitch's Babies 1

By the time the Damnation Brigade regroups in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon only eight of the original ten are left.

One of them is Wilderwitch. She's pregnant. Her soul-self is too. Make that two. And soon there might be none.

D-Brig really should have called themselves something less self-fulfilling.

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"Decimation Damnation" -- Auctorial Preamble

Thus begins Phantacea Phase Two.

Only thirty-five years late, you might say. You might, I wouldn't. I'd rather say: About time!

It's something of a misnomer anyhow. After the non-appearance Phantacea Seven in 1981 – due to the fact that pre-orders didn't warrant continuing the Phantacea Mythos in comic book form – I was left with all these characters, tons of ideas and way too many storylines to ever do justice to, in any format.

Phantacea Revisited covers, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012, and Verne Andru, 2014Still don't see continuing the Phantacea Mythos in comic book form. Writers may not expect to get paid, not if his name’s Jim, he created it, and has no intention of giving up his IP ('Intellectual Property', not 'Internet Protocol'), but artists certainly do. Can’t say I blame them, either. The characters, ideas and storylines wouldn't go away, not all of them, so I became a weekend writer.

Was a terrible typist and even worse at cursive long hand. (Remain quite good at cursing, however.) Then Smith Corona or someone like them devised the Personal Word Processor, which meant you could use an electric typewriter and an attached screen to pre-edit, albeit page by page, before printing. (Still have my PWP and, yes, it is a Smith Corona. Don’t know where to get it repaired or buy a new ribbon for it, though.)

Next, IBM concocted the Personal Computer. Then someone else – some say the US military, others say CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) – invented the Internet. Whereupon I came up with PHANTACEA web-serials, which got me writing and publishing again. "Decimation Damnation" (DecDam), first known as 'Month One – After Limbo', was one of the last serials to see the interior light of the computer screen worldwide.

Now it’s back, howsoever expanded, in print, PDF and e-book formats. So, let me repeat: Thus begins Phantacea Phase Two … officially.


So, where were we?

Not with a decision to make. Did that when I decided to carry on with the Damnation Brigade storyline rather than revisit any of the 1938 web-serials or pick up the Ringleader storyline in 1955, parts of which also became serials. Or Web Wheaties, as I used to like to say.Covers for War-Pox and Helmoon, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009, and Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

"Helios on the Moon" (Helmoon) ended the ‘Launch 1980 story cycle, my personal project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series. Perhaps unexpectedly, it also wound up the previous trilogy, The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories, albeit with one of the titular goddesses, who struck out so badly in "Goddess Gambit" (Gambit), stuck on the moon. Guess what? She may have died there. Or at least come as close to dying as Master Devas (devils) ever do.

She, once Harmony, nowadays Nihila, had already been reincarnated. Rather, she had according to her, in "The War of the Apocalyptics" (War-Pox). That would be as Wilderwitch, half of our overall title. (The other half, ‘Babies’, in the plural, remains for the future file. DecDam is strictly present tense.)

Here’s how her part in Helmoon, um, climaxed:

The Untouchable Diver – Yama Nergal, King Harvest, the devic Grim Reaper, beside him  – led the Glorious Dead against the Weirdom of Cabalarkon. Yehudi Cohen was wearing the Crimson Corona, had the Amateramirror strapped to one arm like a shield and was brandishing the Susasword with the other.

Turned out it was just the Master’s dream becoming something everyone could see. What Wilderwitch was experiencing that very moment, in that very bed, was real.

‘Yes. You’ll do just fine!’

She began to scream.


As you’ll shortly be reading, if you haven’t already, that’s not how DecDam begins. It does so with a different dream and, as you probably already know, most anything can happen in dreams; all the more so now that Phantast Thanatos, devic uncle of D-Brig’s already 'decimated' Elemental Twins, Aires and Thalassa once thought D’Angelo, has been decathonitized.

But wait … what the heck does that mean?

Covers for Goddess Gambit and Feeling Theocidal, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008 and 2012Well, you see, there’s this stellar eye-mouth in the sky; the sky above the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head, that is. He’s the Devil, capitalized; likes to appear that way anyhow, when he’s out and about in the immortal flesh. And it – the sky, not the eye-mouth – is called Cathonia, also the Cathonic Zone, Dome and/or Sedon Sphere.

Most of its brightest stars are actual devils, small case, punished by being catasterized for egregious misbehaviour. (Read murder, wilful or accidental, of lesser beings, thus depriving their siblings, cousins, fathers and, most seriously, solitary grandfather, this Devil, the Moloch Sedon by agreed upon name, of their worship.)

Phantast the Dream Weaver was but one of the 60-plus devils that escaped the Dome moments after the launching of the Cosmic Express on the Outer Earth on the 30th of November 1980. Some ended up beneath the Dome, others beyond it, but no one seems to know what’s become of him. (Won’t be finding out in DecDam, either.)

We do know that, later on the same day, far to the north of its Hawaiian launch site, ramifications of that selfsame event reunited the bodies and minds of the ten members of the thereafter self-proclaimed Damnation Brigade after twenty-five years in what they’d come to call Limbo. They’re the damned to be decked, as it were.

Should add ... On second thought, probably shouldn't. Not right now.

Won’t leave you altogether in the lurch, though. A lot went on in Phantacea Phase One and to help you get a handle on it, at the back of the present volume, short as it is, you’ll find a Character Companion, long as it is. Read it to start, read it to finish, don’t read it at all or … here’s my recommendation … mark and refer to it as you go along.

Better make it: Thus begins the open-ended saga of “Wilderwitch’s Babies”.

Jim McPherson
The Phantacea Mythos


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Wilderwitch's Babies 1 -- Decimation Damnation

| Final Print Cover | Unusable Print Cover | Still Possible Digital Cover | Boulder-Brain Allusions | Not Raven's Brainrock Egg | Babies poster | Demon Devils | Magdalena Witch | Fearsome Soul-self | Mel-Illuminatus | 2004 Cover Collage | The Original Web-Serial | Background Variations |

Final cover collage for the print edition of "Decimation Damnation"

Final full cover for Decimation Damnation, cover collage and text by Jim McPherson, 2016

DecDam is the first mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies'. "Destination Damnation" and "Tsishah's Twilight" are scheduled to follow within the next year or so.

That may change of course. What won't change are the main characters. And, while the sunset in background may be suggestive of Blind Sundown, the book is not entitled 'Sunset for Sundown'.

He is, as per here, only one of the ten original members of the Damnation Brigade. In other words, like the face-dancing Witch and Raven's Head, who do appear on the final cover, he's due -- overdue, according to too many -- for decimation.

Click here to order a read-only, interactive PDF of the mini-novel. "Wilderwitch's Babies" Character Companion starts here. All images double-click.

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Daemonic Desperation

Promo collage entitled Daemonic Desperation

There's a reason Wilderwitch remains alive long enough to get pregnant. There's a reason her soul-self does too; making that two (pregnancies).

Has to do the hooded thought-widow the still recovering Demios Sarpedon spots on what he subsequently should have started calling Demon Mound.

Unusable Cover Variation originally intended for "Destination Damnation"

Probable print cover for Decimation Damnation

A howsoever adjusted front cover of this variation may reappear as it was initially intended, with its original title.

A number of 'blackness' difficulties encountered when preparing a cover for the print edition of "Decimation Damnation" are detailed here, here and here


Back cover collage

Probable back cover for DecDam

Raven's Head also counts as one of D-Brig's original members. She doesn't telescope out her unicorn horn due to an absence of devils, other than the Devil himself, capitalized, in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon.

Back cover text is reprinted here

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Probable Front Cover for digital edition

Probably Front Cover for digital edition

Wilderwitch is a face-dancer. That means she can alter her appearance by mentally manipulating her external aura; not that her face dances as such, or that a skeletal revenant replaces her mouth.

She should have been killed in Temporis near the end of "The War of the Apocalyptics" (War-Pox). She wasn't. She should have at least lost a leg. She didn't.

And that's about it for the good news.

Another Unusable cover for print edition

Probable cover for digital edition of "Decimation Damnation"

Two of D-Brig's members have already been decimated, as in deducted from the original roll-call of ten strong. Appearances to the contrary, one of them is not Cyborg Cerebrus, their erstwhile leader and the fellow who so ill-advisedly named them thusly.

Neither are they the Untouchable Diver and Ringleader, an honourary member since rescuing what was left of D-Brig in Sisert and taking them to 'safety' in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon, aka Sedon's Eye-Land.

The already lost two, the Elemental Twins, reputedly have a distant sister, the Mirror Mentalist. She's an immortal azura. Rather, she thinks she is ... immortal, that is.

Babies' overall main page is here. Character Companion for the mini-novel is here. There are entries re Ringleader and the Weirdom of Cabalarkon on pH-Webworld.


Images for cover collages

Gif presenting images on front cover

Wilderwitch already has one child, Fey Woman. She's bodily older than her mother. Seems further that D-Brig weren't the only ones Demon Land brought back from Limbo on the 30th of November 1980 on D-Isle.

As per War-Pox and "Nuclear Dragons", that one is didn't come back whole, however. The Witch is his aunt. She's hardly the only one who reckons him long overdue for decimation.

One of those last isn't her daughter. Even more worryingly Fey can bodily traverse the Weird; can even get through the Cathonic Dome.

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Tariqartha's no more; not so Lakshmi's guard-body

Tariqartha from Paris, Moai from British Museum, collage and photos by Jim McPherson

Dand Tariqartha was the Devalord of Subcranial Temporis, his inviolable protectorate. (Inviolable by his fellow Master Devas, that is; not so by decathonitized devils like Mater Matare and the Primary Apocalyptics.)

He self-cathonitized (stellified or catasterized) towards the end of War-Pox. Lakshmi Arthadot seized the opportunity, and the Dand's power focus, to become the ruling Kronokronos Supreme.

Shortly thereafter she kicked what was left of the quasi-victorious D-Brig out of the Thousand Caverns. Evidently her mandroid guard-body looks like a Moai when she's not wearing it.

No unicorn horn = no devils nearby

Brainrock Raven with lettering, collage prepared by Jim McPHerson, 2016

It's true. Raven's Head and Blind Sundown did drop a Soviet-made H-Bomb on Salvation Island in 1953. Among the many they thereby killed was the Summoning Child they assumed had once been the Boulder-Brain Conqueror.

They might have been wrong about that. They weren't wrong about killing the Summoning Child. They also didn't know (or remember?) anything about Temporis twenty-seven years before "Decimation Damnation" (DecDam) takes place

The raven figure came from the Web whereas the Brainrock is the brain coral aspect of a poster for a scuba diving shop in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, taken some years ago by Jim McPherson

Sundown Sees -- with or without a blindfold

Painting of a Mayan warrior,  photo taken in Merida Mexico by Jim McPherson, 2010

As per pH-Webworld's online serials set in 1938, John Sundown wasn't always blind. As recounted in both pH-5 and War-Pox, he has been since the early 1940s.

Thanks to just one of his supranormal abilities, he can see through others' eyes when he's holding onto them. Something happens in DecDam that changes all that, at least temporarily.

Want a hint? Recall Trinondev eye-staves and Utopian technomages (from both "Contagion Collectors" and Helmoon) then look up 'ommatophorous'

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Wilderwitch only has one baby ... so far

Large carving spotted and shot in Puerto Morelos in 2014 by Jim McPherson

That'd be Fey Girl, nowadays Fey Woman. That won't change in DecDam, but it's only a mini-novel, so early days yet. The complete saga isn't called Wilderwitch's Baby, however.

In fact it might be presumptuous to assume Fey Woman even appears in DecDam. (Fey would be around 34 at the start of the overall novel. Thanks to a quarter century in Limbo, the Witch remains physically only 27 or 28.)

That doesn't stop her mother, among others, thinking she's been around, however. Might even be the main one doing the decimating.

Raven doesn't lay Brainrock eggs

Blow up of a raven looming over top of a brain coral

Trinondev eyeorbs are sometimes called eye-eggs whereas Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck, is occasionally referred to as 'Egg' due to how he typically appears.

The otherwise anonymous Conqueror did wear a helmet that resembled brain coral, hence members of the 1940s' SOS or KOC referring to him as the Boulder-Brain Conqueror

D-Brig on D-Isle

Damnation Brigade variant of cover for Revisited One, primary artwork by Ian Bateson, collage by Jim McPherson

Thanks to the densifying possessiveness of Demon Land (Antaeor Thanatos) on the 30th of November 1980 the ten members of D-Brig escaped Limbo.

This happened on Damnation Isle, in the Aleutians, hence their leader, Cyborg Cerebrus, dubbing them the Damnation Brigade. It is in the Aleutian Archipelago, hence the Northern Lights in the background.

Intentionally ironically, considering Freespirit Nihila told Wilderwitch that she's her incarnation, auroras were the special purview of Datong Harmonia (Harmony) throughout the epic 'Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' fantasy trilogy

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The Conqueror Worm

Conqueror Worm, shot by Jim McPherson on Isla Mujeres, 2013

Sinistral Gluttony does not appear in "Decimation Damnation"; put better, he probably doesn't; he may have been decathonitized, however, and there is a character at least superficially reminiscent of the 'Boulder-Brain' Conqueror in it.

Picture taken of a plaster of Paris worm on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in 2013

'Wilderwitch's Babies' Poster

Wilderwitch's Babies promo using digital front cover, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Collage suggestive of the open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies', the first mini-novel extracted from it being 2016's "Decimation Damnation" (DecDam).

At the min-novel's outset she's only had one; after everything she went through in "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "The Damnation Brigade" graphic novel, she's also very lucky to be alive.

Animals like Wilderwitch

Photo featuring a young woman surrounded by small animals, suggestive of Wilderwitch, taken by Jim McPherson, 2015

She likes them, too; apparently she likes having babies as well; doesn't eat them, though. (Wilderwitch is nevertheless a very bad witch; unlike her fellow D-Brig member Gloriel born D'Angelo Dark, she's not always a vegetarian.)

Tapestry picture was taken at the 2015 Vancouver Folk Festival

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Flowery Anthea, Lazareme's Epitome of Spring

Flowery face with 3 eyes, photo by Jim McPherson, Mexico 2014

While Wilderwitch isn't much of a supranormal compared to the rest of the Damnation Brigade, she was born with the ability to do almost everything most witches take decades to learn and master.

Nominally she belongs the Antediluvian Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea. Antheans, however, claim they were named after the otherwise never named wife of the Biblical Noah (Xuthros Hor) and not a devil.

Picture taken in a plaster of Paris studio on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in 2013

Primeval Lilith is not Katrina

Sugarcube skull shot in a Vancouver restaurant during the Week of the Dead, 2015, by Jim McPherson

Warning: Spoiler ahead

The word 'decimate' originally referred to the killing of every tenth person, a punishment used in the Roman army for mutinous legions.

Today this meaning is commonly extended to include the killing of any large proportion of a population. Not so in the Phantacea Mythos.

By the end of DecDam it's more likely that, of the original ten members of D-Brig (eleven, counting Ringleader), only the Witch will be left standing. And her only because of Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night

Sugar-cube skull representing Katrina, the elegant death-demon so popular in Mexico, shot in a Vancouver restaurant during the Week of the Dead, 2015

Wilderwitch is happiest in the wilderness

Tapistry featuring a forest growing out of a  witch's head, shot at the 2015 Vancouver Folk Festival

In the Phantacea Mythos be-brained demons cannot possess anyone. What they do is coat someone and then more like seep into their victim until they're either in control or as close as they can get in strong-willed people.

Might this be why the Witch appears on her feet a few times as "Decimation Damnation" progresses? And might that demon have a name?

Part of a tapestry featuring a forest growing out of a witch's head, shot at the 2015 Vancouver Folk Festival

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Wilderwitch has her very own phantasm

Phantasm by Walter Molino, Italian illustrator, image taken from Web

As one might imagine, events detailed in both War-Pox and the D-Brig graphic novel, left Wilderwitch not only barely alive but severely traumatized.

Fortunately her fearsome soul self has mostly recovered from what Blind Sundown did to it on Damnation Isle in the first week of December 1980.

Image is by Walter Molino, an Italian illustrator (1915-1997), who was a true master of mayhew. Another candidate for said fearsomeness shows up in the middle of the next row down.

Cyborg Cerebrus's Aunt was a Magdalena

Window shot of theatre near Munich, Germany, featuring shot of Magdalena

Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos has a character by the name of Mary Magdalene born Ryne. She was the mother (albeit only of record) of the twins, Jesus and Barsine Mandam, the first Summoning Children ever born by a matter of minutes.

One of them became Nergal Vetala, from "Goddess Gambit". The other became the Conquering Christ. Among many another, Blind Sundown and Raven's Head killed the latter on Salvation Island, in the Outer Earth's South Seas, on their thirty-third birthday. (Sundown's, too, as it happened.) It's an event that resonates throughout "Wilderwitch's Babies".

The picture was take in 2010 while looking for Fairy Castles in a town outside of Munich. It (presumably) shows a then-current Magdalena, as well as number of previous ones.

Can't recall details but suspect they were in a play put on every year to celebrate German Holy Week, possibly going back centuries.

"Humping hoolies, Harry lad"

Walter Molino illustration of the hula hoop craze in the 1950/60s

No, the Diver doesn't say this to Ringleader in "Decimation Damnation". He will, though, eventually, as part of its back story.

Yes, Rings (Harry Zeross) is back, from the Moon, and altogether the worse for wear. D-Brig welcome him as one of their own.

What's the mini-novel's title again? Guess who counts as among those decimated?

Another Walter Molino illustration. Many more here

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What are you getting us into, Witchie?

Spooky, black-eyed girl scanned in from Fortean Times by Jim McPherson, 2015

Wilderwitch only has one child as of Tantalar 5980; come September 5981 that may change.

However, as suggested a couple of rows up and two columns over, there is a small matter of what, as much as who, might be keeping her going until then.

Image of a black-eyed kid (BEK) scanned in from Fortean Times (FT 322 - Christmas 2014) via the Daily Star; a website using the same image is here

Wilderwitch's Fearsome Soul Self

Image called Ghost Witch, taken from Web, 2016

What if it's the Witch's soul-self that gets pregnant, not her? What if they're both pregnant? What if there are two?

Guess that's why the whole, thus far open-ended saga's entitled "Wilderwitch's Babies".

Spooky image, taken from ("The 10 Most Terrifying Native American Legends"), is actually called 'Ghost Witch'. More of its kin are used here.

Is that the Witch's metallic marigold?

Flower face painting shot in Mexico, 2015

Look more like roses than marigolds but I'm no gardener. Mel-Illuminatus does give the Witch a stunted eye-stave for protection. She renders her seemingly obligatory gargoyle a marigold with tentacular petals.

Being a face-dancer, the Witch does go all White Goddess on everyone during DecDam. But is there a hint of a demon is that flower face, which was shot in Mexico in 2013?

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The High Illuminary of Weir

Collage suggestive of Cabby Caddy, Mel-Illuminatus, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Melina born Sarpedon Zeross is a Summoning Child who previously appeared the 1938 web-serials, the "Forever & 40 Days -- The Genesis of phantacea" graphic novel and "Helios on the Moon".

She's back big-time in "Wilderwitch's Babies". So are her kids, Persephone (Percy), Helen (Paree) and Athena (Tina). And so is her much younger husband, Aristotle 'Harry' Zeross, the second Ringleader.

An earlier Mel (Melina Zeross Somata) featured in the 1000-Daze mini-novels. The latter day Mel is likely named after her.

Mel-Illuminatus's main entry, with plenty of additional lynx, is on pH-Webworld here.

Mel-Illuminatus with Gargoyle

Picture of a goddes with a caduceus identified as Commerce, taken by Jim McPherson in Australia, 2011

Pureblood female Utopians are always white-as-light whereas male U-Bloods are always black-as-midnight. That's been the case since the Phantacea Mythos began. (Saladin Devason was first depicted in Phantacea Six, 1980.)

Females are often described as ambulatory alabaster, so it was with some delight that I spotted statue, evidently representative of the Goddess of Commerce, in Australia in 2011.

It seemed and seems a perfect stand-in (sit-in?) for Mel-Illuminatus.

Cabby's Caddy

Cabby's Caddy, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016, features two images taken from the Web of American sculptor James Nathan Muir's Caduceus

Cabby = Cabalarkon, as in the Weirdom thereof; Caddy = Caduceus, as in the gargoyle Mel manifests off her stunted eye-stave.

Except, it may be an actual power focus, a devil's Tvasitar Talisman, and Melina Sarpedon may have been born with the devil it was made for inside her.

(This last in much the same way Barsine Mandam was born with Nergal Vetala inside her whereas Freespirit Nihila once told the Witch she might be her Harmony-self reincarnate.)

"Cabby's Caddy" collage, as prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016, features two images taken from the Web of American sculptor James Nathan Muir's 'Caduceus'. The web page where they came from is here.


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2004 Front Cover for Web-Serial

Original 2004 front cover collage for Decimation Damnation, prepared by Jim McPherson

Info on the original, somewhat related web-serial entitled 'Month One -- After Limbo' can be found on pH-Webworld.

Info on some of the images that went into this cover collage can be found on pHantaBlog.

Utopians of Weir on Earth

Mythos Caduceus Gargoyles, prepared by Jim McPherson

As told in the 1990 graphic novel entitled "Forever & 40 Days", Utopians of Weir on Earth came from the stars circa Year 10 Pre-Dome

The High Illuminary of Weir

Caduceus Gargoyles on Pink Bg, prepared by Jim McPherson

Mel-Illuminatus (Melina born Sarpedon become Zeross) plays a major role throughout "Wilderwitch's Babies"; as recorded primarily in pH-Webworld, she's a full-blooded Utopian

2004 Back Cover for Web-Serial

2004 Back Cover for Decimation Damnation, prepared by Jim McPherson

Double-click to better read what will likely still be the back cover blurb when DecDam's 2016 revision sees print.

This graphic, like the two immediately to the left, was prepared for a pH-Webworld entry initially entitled: 'Manifesting Gargoyles'.

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Wolf Woman Plaque

Wolf witch plaque shot in Montreal 2000 by Jim McPherson

Plaque spotted and shot in Montreal, 2000. The hollow-eyed figure in foreground represents the Witch's soul-self, who (what?) apparently ends up just as pregnant.

The Raven-Sundown double-click is one of a number prepared for the D-Brig as Deviants feature

Original full cover for 'Decimation Damnation' 2004 web-serial

Potential cover for Decimation Damnation 2004 web-serial

The chapter-by-chapter synopses of the web-serial is still available on pH-Webworld.

The figures to either side of the 3-eyed wall that represents between-space stone gnomes, stand for Saladin Devason and Blind Sundown.

<< Double-click for the alternative full cover for 2004 web-serial>>

To Be Decimated

Members of the Damnaton Brigade, from the cover to the graphic novel, artwork by Ian Bateson, coloured in 2012

You could add Harry-Ringleader to original ten members of the Damnation Brigade. That would make eleven. Take away the Elemental Twins to make nine.

Don't take away Wilderwitch, Gloriel or Cerebrus (yet) because, Rings' expectations to the contrary, they did survive War-Pox. Might not make it through DecDam, though.

<<Double-click for yet another variation the cover for the Damnation Brigade graphic novel. Artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012>>

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Raven's Head does not have white feathers

Variation of Witch Babs poser with silver-feathered Raven

But Wilderwitch could adjust her aura to make it seem like she does

Witch Babs Variations

variations of Witch Babies poster with silver-feathered raven

Rollover -- double clicks to either side of panel and single click to original web-poster. Page background can be best seen at bottom of page

Wilderwitch is a face-dancer

Variation on the Witch Babs web poster, collage by Jim McPherson, 2016

The Witch was born with abilities most witches take decades to master. That's what makes her a supranormal

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