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Coyotes of a Conundrum - Anheroic Fantasy Headgames I

Autumn 2003

  1. Featured Story: D-Brig 3 Go to Hell
  2. Introductory Remarks
  3. Hestia Housekeeping
  4. Today's Topic: Coyote Headgames 1
  5. Graphics, footnotes and off-page links
  6. Latest List of Sites with Loads of Graphics
  7. Latest List of Lynx to Samplings of previous Web-Publisher's Commentaries
  8. Latest List of Phantacea Publications available in print and digital

Laughing Ruin overlooking Hasankeyf, Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003

House Head spotted and shot in the ruins of Hasankeyf overlooking the Tigris River in Turkey, 2003


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[Featured Story logo done on Photoshop by Jim McPherson, Year 2002]

"There remains Virginia Mannering, Living Agate," snapped Argiope. "I would have the Aegis of Athene but I would also have revenge on her for all she drove us to do, myself in particular."

"You shall have to be satisfied having your life, girl," the Mithraic Magus declared. "As for Granny's regalia, it will have to be returned to her family but we can't very well do that until we locate another way onto the Head, one accessible to everyone, especially me. I'm not about to start walking around the streets of Baghdad hoping a waft of sewer gas will take me to another world."

"Sewer gas can do that?" Bright Face gasped.

"The Magister does not joke," Mystery Might insisted.

"Actually, I do," old Joe contradicted her.

-- from 'Enter Magister Mandam', the final chapter of "Helioddity"

Introductory Remarks

Greetings. Welcome, or welcome back.

Whether you are a first time visitor to PHANTACEA on the Web, or someone who bookmarks 'pHpubs' such that you can come back here whenever you want (in my humble) entertaining online reading or viewing, you might be curious as to why I call the adjacent column Hestia Housekeeping. Although I provided a full explanation of that a few seasons ago, here it is again, complete with some additional images, ==>.

On this webpage, there are any number of day-glow lynx that will take you all over PHANTACEA on the Web. As with most any website, however, there's a chance you'll quickly get lost and forget where you were.

Because of that, my best advice is to read this season's pHpubs: Web-Publisher's Commentary down to the bottom then hit the Top of Page text link, come back up and start clicking away to your heart's content.

Want to buy into the PHANTACEA Mythos? Go straight to the downloadable order form and do just that.

Want to browse? Best places to start are:
  • Right here, on my flagship page, which I often refer to as 'pHpubs';
  • The 'primer page', formerly the 'pH-Webworld' home page, where you can always find lynx to PHANTACEA Features and Photo Essays, new, old, and recently revised;
  • The overall synopsis page, where you can access all the story synopses I have ever web-published; or
  • From the main menu, which consists of lynx to almost every webpage still out here in Cyberia. (Once you reach it, the menu page is also available in a framed version, which many readers find convenient because it opens an area beside the menu list that stays put, even when you click on a link and go elsewhere.)

I appreciate your interest in PHANTACEA on the Web and welcome any 'pH-Webworld' commentaries you might have. Let me know what you like, do not like and/or would like to see in future installments.

Jim McPherson
Writer, Web Designer and Publisher

Hestia Housekeeping

Last time up, in Summer 2003, the caption at the topmost row of the index page read: "PHANTACEA gets downsized". Which it was, though hopefully not much so as you'd notice what with all the colour I added to almost every constituent of pH-Webworld.

What I did, besides adding colour and removing a few long-serving webpages that still haven't made their return, was downsize most of the kilobyte-eating GIF's and JPEG's I'd been showing off out here in WWW-Dotland since it sometimes seems to me approaching forever.

Nothing quite so dramatic this time. At least not visually. I've added more colour, placed webpage indicises at the top of many of the synopsis pages and started gold-mining them for bits and bytes of information pertinent to the PHANTACEA Mythos that might otherwise escape your notice.

Still no FLASH opening, no FLASH anywhere. Still no Web Gallery either, though I've been experimenting with PHOTOSHOP in that regard and might have something to show for it next time around.

What new images there are can mostly be found in the topic section of this very edition of pHpubs. One of them pops up while, beyond the usual text mouse-over, a couple click to the Notes on Graphics section where I provide more details on the image itself.

Should tell you most are scans of photos I took in Eastern and Central Turkey during September 2003. The larger ones are accompanied by an extemporaneous coyote of a composition. Bingo, bango, boffo bilge for the most part but, hey, it's my website!

There are two new entries in the Serendipity section. Both have to do that fellow I kept forgetting to mention when I was doing synopses for the 'The Trigregos Gambit' and nowadays keep forgetting about when I do a dot-ditto for 'Helioddity'.

What does the VAM Entity have to do with the possible Mayan vampire cult I detected in Copan, Honduras, in January 2003 and wrote about in that Summer's Serendipity segment -- other than bats and the first three letters of vampire, that is? Answer is the word 'maya'.

As for that crack I made at the tailend of "Godly Caterwauling and other Rude Awakenings" regarding Cleopatra making an asp of herself, well, as much as it pains me to admit it its, um, 'Travels in my Pants' extrusion is displayed ass well.

Have to say there are barrages of verbal as opposed to visual dramatics to look forward to in the six new story installments I've uploaded. I also left up last time's featured story because, in my humble, "D-Brig 3 Go to Hell" really should not be missed.

While there remain two ongoing web-serials out here in Cyberia, they aren't quite the same two Web Wheaties they began as back when they began. Well, 'Helioddity' is and it isn't. That is to say I did some revision work on it recently.

Regarding 'The Damnation Brigade' sequences, they haven't been revised so much as re-envisioned. That's because I decided it was so long it had to be split in two. Its first 11 chapters now constitute Month One - After Limbo, which I've tentatively re-entitled 'The Weirdness of Cabalarkon' while Year One - After Limbo shall henceforth be known as 'Psychodrama'.

As for why it's called that, for one thing it's shorter than "What the hell happened to Saul Ryne's body after Marie Antoinette had her way with it?", which is its unifying subject matter. For another it sounds better than "Magnifico Drama".

Howsoever it goes by it's therein D-Brig 3 got sent to Hell. Whereupon, after fooling around there for a couple of chapters, all Heaven proceeds to break loose!

With respect to Oddity, after something like seven years of starts and stops it's finally stopping for good. That's because it's over, finished, kaput, done as a Thanksgiving turkey, American or Canadian variety. There's bound to be some leftovers, though, and we get going on them next time around.

Finally there are some new synopses to go with previous and current installments of the two web-serials. As always, -- good reading!

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Today's Topic: Coyotes of a Conundrum

(Anheroic Fantasy Headgames 1)

| One Coyote | Two Coyote | Three Coyote | Four Coyote | Five Coyote | Six Coyote |

Coyote #1: Huh? Run that by me again, will you?

Gladly. Always better to run by someone than run over them. As I've shown previously, predominantly and ever so appropriately on the Faeries webpage, sometimes faeries do get stuck in trees. Evidently they occasionally get stuck in cliffs as well, often in the form of heads. Caption reads "Sometimes faeries get stuck in tree",  prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2002In PHANTACEA fact I realized this a long time ago. Sooth said part of the inspiration for this installment of 'Today's Topic' came from the background image found on this page.

Variations of it have been out here for a long time. This version is the same one I used for the Summer 2003 edition of 'pH-pubs'. It's a deliberate distortion of a photograph I took on a sloping, sandstone cliff on Saturna Island, off the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, circa 1994.

They're apparently natural land formations that I believe are called hoodoos. Although I could be wrong about the name, they're definitely shape-suggestive. In this case, and indeed in the case of most of the images on this webpage, they're shapes suggesting head-like objects.

Furthermore, in addition to a hook, I'm sure you'd agree a topic should have a title. Hence 'Coyote Headgames' (for short). In cahoots with rambles on a pack of personal coyotes, what I'll be doing this time and next time in 'pH-pubs' is provide a pretty picture per coyote and indicate what to do with the picture in order to take you to the head or heads I see in it. Then you can click to it and see for yourself if you agree.

* Top of Page * Top of Topic * Cliff Heads * Note on Graphic *

One of perhaps two cliff-heads spotted in the same cliif in Cappadocia Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003Cliff head spotted in Cappadocia Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003Cliff head spotted in Cappadocia Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003Aspect of sign for The Witchery spotted in Edinburgh Scotland, photo by JIm McPherson, 2003

Coyote #2: What's all this then?

These would be three cliff-heads and a witch-head featured in this installment of the 'pH-pubs' topic section. (I'll have a fresh batch of cliff-heads next time.)

Click on a cliff-head and it'll take you to the cliff itself. Run your machine's mouse over the cliff's photo and, when a hand forms, click again. You'll promptly be back here at Two Coyote. That way you'll also be able to pinpoint where the head's hiding. (As for the witch-head, that's dealt with in Six Coyote.)

There's a bit beyond the mouse-over text on three of the cliffs, if not their heads, in the Notes on Graphics section below.

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Coyote #3: Okay, I get the cliff heads. Y-Coyotes?

Because they're tricksters, tricksters play headgames, PHANTACEA's full of tricksters and, as I'll be discussing in Coyotes 4 & 5, publishing's a tricky business. Not web-publishing, which for me isn't much of a business. Rather, it's an opportunity to get some of my weekend writings out there for anyone with access to the Internet to read, should they be so inclined, as well as to practice designing some decent-looking webpages. (Isn't overly tricky spotting heads where there shouldn't be heads either. I do that ordinarily.)

By way of illumination, what follows is a titularly topical BLOCKQUOTE from 'The Moloch Manoeuvres', both versions of it.

In mythological terms one-eyed Odin, the Hanging God of Aesgard, could have been the first Wanderer in the Weird. There were others, however; had been since Ragnarok and likely long before. Could be or two cliff-heads in this photo  of a cliff taken in Turkey by Jim McPherson, 2003One such appeared before the young buck he raised as his son virtually since his birth nine months after the Summoning. This teenager was cleaning his pistol. He looked up, unsurprised to see the insubstantial grey visitor from beyond the void."What is it, Shaman?"

"Perhaps nothing. I see you are already doing what I came to tell you to do. Although I was there and didn't hear him, before the Battle of Little Big Horn Crazy Horse reportedly said: 'It is a good day to die.' No one quite knew if he meant himself or Yellow Hair, General George Armstrong Custer. I say the same thing to you today. And with the same ambiguity."

"You always did speak too much. What you mean is it's better to kill than be killed."

"You know me so well."

"Would that I knew myself. My gun's been fired. And I have no idea who by!"

"Now that is a coyote of a conundrum."

Thus far in PHANTACEA on the Web I've presented two full-blown novels set in 1938, a mini-novella set in 1955, the start of a story sequence set in 1960 that I never got around to finishing, and I'm now in the midst of a series of novels set in the early 1980s. There's three more novels set in 1938 in the can. (Can still be ordered on floppy disk or CD as well. So can the four novels making up 'The Launching of the Cosmic Express' Tetralogy, of which more momentarily.)

Sitting in my archives are plenty of notes for more story sequences set in the 80s. Initially intended for PHANTACEA comic books and graphic novels, they're now waiting for me to get around to reworking them in prose. That's a good deal of material not contributing very much in the way of materially to any additional 'Travels in my Pants', let me tell you. (And I guess I just did.)

What to do about it, that's only the start of my coyotes of a conundrum. Expounding on my options, at least for the next couple of coyotes, that's my excuse for this time up's Web Publisher's Commentary.

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Coyote #4: To self-publish or not to self-publish?

Fuller version of a  cliff-head spotted in Cappadocia Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003In terms of PHANTACEA on or off the Web this is the biggest and potentially ugliest coyote of a conundrum currently glaring at me. With the advent and increasing competency of On Demand Publishing ("ODP") companies both in Canada and the States it's positively slavering with temptation. It's also fraught with the proverbial perils. Coyotes, I'm reliably informed, will eat anything, -- including your savings account.

True, ODP does eliminate most of the need for storage, other than in a computer, and it does diminish the risk of either over-printing or under-printing. I've also heard the argument outside publishers like to see novelists whose novels aren't available in standard, take-to-bed print format biting the bullet and taking a shot, as it were, at getting their work out there for all to see. And, more importantly, for anyone to buy and read.

It works maybe they'll pick up the rights for the next print run and publish it themselves. Or be more receptive to any follow-up novel you send them. It doesn't, at least so ODP proponents will tell you, you're only out a few thousand dollars. Except of course it'll inevitably be a lot more than that. For one thing the cost of hiring a professional editor, one with a proven track record, can be quite daunting. For another you almost have to be better at marketing than you are at writing. Otherwise how are you going to make any money from it?

As for the storage issue, say you find a distributor, say that distributor orders a few hundred books, only then, a year or so later, instead of that cheque you've been expecting for so long you get all these returns. Where are going to put them? Not back in the computer that's for sure.

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Coyote #5: I do self-publish, what do I self-publish?

Now that is a puzzlement in a pickle jar. Unless, by the time you read this, it's a pickled coyote in some university bestiary's DNA bank.

The 2002 revised version of 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' came in at around 1300 pages, double-spaced and in Times New Roman 12-point type. Even allowing for the long windedness fantasy novels are notorious for, I'm to understand that translates into two publications.

Cliff with Hidden Head, spotted in Cappadocia Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003Somehow it doesn't seem fair to print-publish the first half of a novel when the second half of it might never see the bedroom light. So what's the alternative? Don't all the PHANTACEA novels lead into the next one? Answer is: Not necessarily.

For example, despite its length 'Manoeuvres' could be published as one book. Although, again in my humble, the saga of the Summoning Children begs for continuance, it doesn't need a sequel. Have to admit its length does present a hefty ponderable, however.

By contrast 'The War of the Apocalyptics' is only a hundred pages more than a third of 'Manoeuvres' length. Since it ends, to say the least, so apocalyptically it could be a good place to start, or stop, self-publishing PHANTACEA novels. Depending on how well it sells, I go that route I could go backwards to the 1938 sequences, carry on with the rest of 'The Launching of the Cosmic Express' Tetralogy or contemplate complete retirement from recounting the PHANTACEA Mythos.

Seems I'm acquiring quite the cage of coyotes.

(By the way, if you click on the image of this coyote's Cappadocian Cliff Face a slightly bigger version of its cliff-head pops up.)

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Coyote #6: How do you spell 'plagiarism'?

Actually, given today's spell checkers, that's no big deal. What is a big deal, especially with respect to what images I dare up-load onto PHANTACEA on the Web, is what constitutes plagiarism.

Sign spotted in Edinburgh Scotland, photo by JIm McPherson, 2003Aspect of sign for The Witchery spotted in Edinburgh Scotland, photo by JIm McPherson, 2003My dictionary (Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary, Canadian Edition, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited, 1974) defines 'plagiarize' as follows: 'To appropriate and pass on as one's own'. Which I get; it's a no-no. It also defines it as: 'To appropriate and use passages, ideas, etc. from'. Which I don't get; not altogether anyhow.

The images to the right and left of this coyote are from two sides of the same outdoor sign. I spotted it in Edinbugh, Scotland. I thought their incorporation of hidden heads quite clever so I photographed them. Nothing wrong with that. Hundreds, likely thousands of folks must have taken similar photos.

Only now, primarily because PHANTACEA's ever-burgeoning cast contains witch characters, I've scanned in aspects of my own photos and used them on pH-Webworld. Does that mean I've appropriated and used something inappropriately, in what amounts to an act of plagiary? I don't think so.

However, I also don't know who designed and rendered the signs so I can't give credit where credit is due. Should I nevertheless put scanned-in photos of them out here on my minuscule portion of the Web? Tell you what, even if they aren't of cliffs or cliff-heads, until I resolve this particular coyote of a conundrum I'll just leave them Halloween-here.

Which-witch strikes me as a good place to end this edition of 'pH-pubs'.

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Graphics: Footnotes and off-page links

I spotted this laughing coyote of a ruined building high up on a rocky spur overlooking the Tigris River in Eastern Turkey. Given my propensity for peculiar perspectives it belongs in a House Head Museum. Which, due to Laughing Ruin overlooking Hasankeyf, Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003 my ongoing downsizing project, I don't have anymore. Should I decide to revive the museum this fellow would definitely qualify for inclusion.

Part of a crumbling settlement known as Hasankeyf, it goes back to Roman times. In some respects unfortunately, the valley and town below it aren't going to survive much longer in modern times. That's because they'll soon be submerged beneath a coming deluge caused by the construction of a dam at Ilisu, some klicks downstream.

Since they're so far above the river I understand the crumblies themselves will remain high and dry. Not so a great looking Tholos Tomb currently visible from up top. Too bad I was too far away from it to get a decent, 'scanable' picture of it.

As for what a Tholos Tomb looks like, have a gosling-goose-gander at the Beehive Ghost Houses webpage.

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I initially did this graphic in late 2002 using the Macromedia FLASH software program. The caption reads: "Sometimes Faeries Get Caught in Trees." The tree in the background is the same one wherein I spotted a female face years ago. You can see it on the Faeries webpage.Caption reads "Sometimes faeries get stuck in tree",  prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2002

As for the two imposed and distorted heads they're from a photograph I took of a wooden nicknack I spotted in a window some years ago in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Allowing for the way I sometimes see things, the nicknack resembled one of my PHANTACEA comic book characters, Thalassa D'Angelo (Sea Goddess).

I used the same photo in a graphic I did of Thalassa that's been sitting on one of the 'Weirdness of Cabalarkon' synopses pages for awhile now.

* Top of Page * Top of Topic * Cliff Heads * Comments *

Could be or two cliff-heads in this photo  of a cliff taken in Turkey by Jim McPherson, 2003Cliff with Hidden Head, spotted in Cappadocia Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003Fuller version of a  cliff-head spotted in Cappadocia Turkey, photos by Jim McPherson, 2003

These three fellows were taken in Cappadocia, Turkey. The whole area is filled with wild-looking land formations caused by, I'm told, 'differential erosion'. Be that as it may, they are some of the finest examples of cliff-heads I snapped during my return trip there in September 2003.

In the first two there may even be more than one cliff-head. I'm not persuaded of that but, if you ever go on a cliff-head hunting expedition of your own, Cappadocia should be near the top of your itinerary.

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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 long running, but 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; ordering lynx for individual mini-novels are 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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