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What might have been, will be for sure in 2014

Two versions of Rhadamanthys Revealed, art by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

Cover(s) by Verne Andru, 1980-2013; text by Jim McPherson, 2014

BTW, pHz-1 #12 only exists in script form; Kitty-Clysm is pH-Webworld shorthand for "Cataclysm Catalyst";

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Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst

Cataclysm Catalyst front and back cover in black and white, art by Verne Andru

Coming in the Spring of 2014, the third graphic novel from Phantacea Publications extracts another complete story sequence from Phantacea 1-7 and Phantacea Phase One #1. Artwork by Dave Sim, Ian Fry, Sean Newton, Verne Andrusiek, and Ian Bateson

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What was once, will be again

Helios on the Moon, bw versions of front cover for pH-3, art by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Thirty-six years after its original release, Jim McPherson completes his Launch 1980 project to novelize all the Phantacea comic books with the release of "Helios on the Moon"

pH-3 artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978; rollover adjustments made by Jim McPherson, 2013

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Phantacea Seven

- The unpublished comic now novelized -

pages 1 and 2, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

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

Check out the expanded Availability Listings for places you can order or buy Phantacea Publications in person

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

Nuclear Dragons are here!

- A phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel -

Jim McPherson continues his ongoing project to novelize the entire Phantacea comic book series

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Dedicated webpage can be found here; back cover text 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; for the time being its Auctorial Preamble is reprinted here and here

Centauri Island

- The web-serial enlarged radically -

pages 3 and 4, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".

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

Check out the expanded Availability Listings for places you can order or buy Phantacea Publications in person

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

Hit here to see what else is currently available there

Guess what isn't coming soon any more?

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"Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade"

A Watermarked PDF of the graphic novel can be ordered from Drive Thru Comics here

To order from the publisher, click here or go straight to 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

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No wonder they call themselves the Damnation Brigade

Variations of DB cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012, collage by Jim McPherson, 2012

Now available from Phantacea Publications

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Two Damnation Brigade Collages, 2009, 2012

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The Phantacea Revisited Project

D-Brig covers

Collecting the Phantacea comic books 1977-1980, 1987, Rv1:DB contains material from pH #s 1-5 + pHz1 #s 1 & 2.

This will be the first time in the better part of 30 years that material from pH-5 has been available except from online traders.

Watch for "Phantacea Revisited #2: Cataclysm Catalyst" coming in the Spring of 2014

 

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Contribute to the all-new pHantaBlog and download a free PDF of Mythos Mag #1 while you're at it
Get hold of "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade", a graphic novel collecting the DB-storyline from pH 1-5, as well as Phantacea Phase One #s 1 & 2 (unpublished) now available for ordering from Phantacea Publications

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"Goddess Gambit"

– Now available from Phantacea Publications –

Eyemouth over cover for Gambitsedonic eyes"For the Dead to Thrive, the Living must Die!"

So proclaims Nergal Vetala, the Blood Queen of Hadd.

When her soldier falls out of the sky she's not only back in the pink again – as in arterial – she reckons she's found the perfect foil through which to play, and win, a Trigregos Gambit.

She might be right as well.

Thus Ends 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Trilogy


For more on the actual celestial phenomena upon which the eye-collages were based, click here. There's additional information re the Sedonic Eye here and here. The complete cover for Phase One #1 is here whereas yet another variation of it is here. The left eye double-click is the full cover for "Goddess Gambit", artwork by Verne Andru 2011/2. The right eye double-click is of Ian Bateson's enduring, 1986 Sedonic Eye as prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011. Gambit's main webpage is here.

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"The 1000 Days of Disbelief" is not only 3/3rds Done, it's E-done (albeit for Kindle, not kidding nor kindling)

In part to celebrate the 35th Year of Anheroic Fantasy, Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce that "Feeling Theocidal", Book One of the trilogy, and all three mini-novels extracted from 1000-Daze are available on the Kindle platform from amazon.com and a number its affiliates worldwide.

Alternative covers for Goddess Gambitcovers and characters from Janna FangfingersSubtitled Sedonplay, Sedon Plague and Sedon Purge, the mini-novels commence, continue and conclude Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy.

Watch for e-versions of Book Three, "Goddess Gambit", and its full-length predecessor in the Launch 1980 story cycle, "The War of Apocalyptics", coming soon from Phantacea Publications.

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Like the first two mini-novels extracted from 1000-Daze, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers" contains a book-specific character companion. An Auctorial Prefatory and the opening chapter extracted from Gambit round out a 230-page volume bargain-priced at only $12.00 per book CAD and USD, vastly less as an e-book.

(Please note: although their character companions are for the most part applicable to Feel Theo, in large measure they're not so much so to either War-Pox or Gambit, which tend to feature characters more prevalent in the phantacea comic books and web-serials.)

Together they carry on recording the multi-millennia-long chronicles of the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of antique mythologies — the same seemingly endless saga also presented in the 1990 graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of phantacea", and the three, thus-far-published, full-length mosaic novels featuring Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos.

Variations on covers prepared for Goddess Gambit

Each of the mini-novels is complete unto itself. Among many another character, they feature Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities (the incomparable Harmony, Thunder & Lightning Lord Order and Uncle Abe Chaos) in their freewheeling prime. On top of that, Fangers presents a framing story set in 5980 Year of the Dome. As such it could be considered a prequel to the Launch 1980 story cycle that began in earnest with War-Pox and eventually picks up again in Gambit.

[Check out www.phantacea.com for extracts, synopses, teasers, and a grab bag of even more intriguing graphics pertinent to Phantacea Publications' 35th anniversary.]

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Cover for the Death's Head Hellion, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Cover for the Contagion Collectors, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

"Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", a graphic novel with additional features written by Jim McPherson, "Feeling Theocidal" (Book One of 'The Thrice Cursed Godly Glories'), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the opening entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels, "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers", that comprise "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice Cursed Godly Glories'), the trilogy's concluding novel, "Goddess Gambit", the graphic novel "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade", "Nuclear Dragons"(the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), plus the latest graphic novel, "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst", and "Helios on the Moon", the culminating entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, should be available at your favourite book stops.

If they're not, kindly direct local librarians and neighbourhood booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to start rectifying that sad situation. Either that or, if you're feeling even more proactive, click here, copy the link, paste it into an email and send it to them, along with everyone else you reckon could use a double dose of anheroic fantasy. It will certainly be appreciated.

Help build the buzz. The more books sell, the faster the PHANTACEA Mythos spreads.


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Covers for Feeling Theocidal and Forever and Forty DaysTwo Ian  Bateson covers of the same scene

Individual copies of "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics", the three mini-novels comprising "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" ("The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers") and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered from amazon.com and its affiliates, including amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as from Barnes & Noble.

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

E-books for Kindle, Kindle Fire, I-pad, I-phone and other applications can be ordered through amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and other amazon affiliates worldwide. An interactive e-book containing the entirety of "Feeling Theocidal", as built specifically for Adobe Reader, is available direct from the publisher. (Certified cheques or money orders only, please.) E-books on other platforms are also available. Check you favourite online bookseller for the latest list and ordering instructions for Phantacea Publications.

BookFinder.com lists the latest releases from Phantacea Publications along with a goodly number of additional booksellers carrying them. Also listed therein are almost all of the PHANTACEA Mythos print and e-publications, including the graphic novel and some of the comic books.

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 many releases from Phantacea Publications.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say and always assuming it's still around in what be its 61st century), well, 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.

Of course you can always email or send me 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. Just be aware that I can only accept certified cheques or money orders. Plus, I'll have to charge an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial goods and sales taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping.

I do use bubble mailers, though.


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[Photograph of Egyptian Sphinx, taken from The Message of the Sphinx by Hancock and Bauval, 1996]

Jim McPherson's
PHANTACEA Mythos

The 1938 HELIODYSSEY Serials

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| The Moloch Manoeuvres (Original 1996-1998 Version) | The Moloch Manoeuvres (Revised Version) | Helioddity | Coueranna's Curse | The Volsung Variations | The Vampire Variations | Phantacea Publications available in print and digitally |

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'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

(Original 1996-1998 Version*)

Pity poor Count Molech, the Melanchlaeni Magician. Melancholy more like,-- because he is poor. His luck's been changing of late, however. He now has a legitimate genie, a jinn appropriately enough named Djinn, indentured to him. He wears him in the Ring of Nebuland. Which is not to be confused with the Ring of the Nibelung, although he has found the fabled Mithraic Treasury mistakenly known as the Hoard of the Nibelung. Found someone to sell the magically-sealed Tantalus to, too! [COUNT MOLOCH DEALING WITH SEAN DRE'ATH IN THE ROMAN COLOSSEUM MIGHT HAVE LOOKED SOMETHING LIKE THIS, PAINTING BY FLORIS EXHIBITED IN VIENNA]

Trouble is there's all sorts of other things going on in Rome on the Twelfth of January 1938. And tomorrow, the night of the full moon, he will become fertile again. It doesn't happen very often and he can only be fertile with a certain sort of woman. That's because he's a Blood Beast Prime, a Vampire Maker, possibly the last of his unkind kind. Until he has a son, that is.

Oh, he could turn himself any time he pleased but he's a sun-lover, a gypsy, and hates the sight of blood, -- especially his own. With Djinn's help, he'll no doubt impregnate some unfortunately ideal young woman on the Thirteenth. She'll probably die giving birth to his son but, hey, if he decides to become a vampire by then he can always turn her as she's doing so.

By all means, pity poor Count Molech. He, with Djinn's help, is stalking Summoning Children, seventeen or nearly seventeen year old girls born as a result of the Summoning of 1920. Preferably they would be beautiful; even more preferably they would be of his own blood; most preferably their mothers would have died giving them birth. There are two things they have to be, though. The first is they have to be willing. Which means they have to know what they are getting into if they let him into them. The second is, it almost goes without saying, they have to be maidens.

He's a number of them to choose from and they are all in Rome. Most of them are at any rate. So are a lot of other Summoning Children and a good percentage of them, including the teenage girls he has his eyes on, may well prove to be incarnations of the Gods and Goddesses, the Demons and Monsters, of Antique Mythology. If they find out his intentions, they could become meddlesome. He's not overly concerned, however. In addition to his genetic heritage, he's lately become somewhat of an earthborn demon himself. And Djinn, well, Djinn's a devil, a Fallen Angel and therefore, by definition, an extraterrestrial. There isn't much he can't do between-space in his Nebuland and virtually nothing anyone can do to stop him.

Count Molech's real name is Etzel Sangati. His Mithraic Treasury, his Tantalus, his Hoard of the Nibelung, is filled with the goods and glories of the Teutonic Gods of Aesgard. The Nazis want it. So do the Volsungs and von Alptraums, who are not necessarily Nazis. Not yet anyhow. And there's another Tantalus out there. It's in the possession of Sangati's blood brother, Agenor Heliopolis, an avowed anarchist, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and an Etocretan Extremist. Heliopolis has found a way to get into it; he and his followers can use its paraphernalia. The Witches of Weir know it. So do Wayfarers in the Wild Weird. But even they aren't prepared for what happens once the seventeen year olds start realizing their Summoning Heritage.

Oh, in case you haven’t realized it yet, Count Molech's a notorious charlatan. Isn't a real Moloch at all. Neither, even if he is a devil, is Djinn. The real Moloch is Djinn's grandfather. And he may well be that of the Summoning Children as well!

Set in the first couple of days of the second week of January 1938, follow the saga of Count Molech, Djinn the jinn, the Summoning Children, and a certain little witch in monthly installments of PHANTACEA on the Web.

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'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

(Original 1996-1998 Version*)
  1. "Witches of Weir"
  2. "Wayfarers of the Weird"
  3. "Devil Doings"
  4. "Pagan Priestesses"
  5. "Devic Undoings"
  6. "Her Story in the Making"
  7. "Supras of the Supernatural"
  8. "To the Devil his Duel"
  9. "Celestial Intercession"
  10. "To the Devil a Son"
  11. "Doing the Devil's Duty"
  12. "Garuda Garrulous"
  13. "To the Devil his Doom"
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[*In the Spring of 2002 I revised 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' rather dramatically. It went from 13 subsections to 30, most of which are around 20 pages long, single-spaced. An overview of this revision, including a capsulation of relevant aspects of the PHANTACEA Mythos, some additional notes specific to Manoeuvres, and sample chapters of this revision are available elsewhere on the We b...]


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'Helioddity'

(Revised Summer 2002)

The Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head has been around for a very long time. Under a variety of names, Mu, Lemuria, the archipelago of Pacifica, the Places of Peace, Eden's Zoo, it predates even the Great Flood or Genesea. Some six thousand years ago, as a life-preserving, both reflexive and reflective reaction to that cataclysmic catastrophe, the Demon Sedon raised the Cathonic Zone out of his own essence and thereby separated it from the rest of the Whole Earth.

Separated it not exactly forevermore, however. Over the intervening millennia Cathonia -- or, more simply, the Dome -- has developed any number of cracks or gaps. Most were short-lived, often lasting less than an average human's lifetime. A few endured and one in particular, the so-called Kore Gap, kept changing its point of egress. For example, in the Nineteenth Century our time, it came out on tri-peaked Easter Island for awhile.

In early 1938, the Kore Gap opens on another tri-peaked Island, that of Trigon in the Aegean Sea. Tiny Trigon is the ancestral home of the Family Zeross, of whom Angelo Zeross (sometimes called Ringleader or Ringkeeper) is the eldest surviving member, and a refuge for a number of their Etocretan 'Cousins'. These include the elder Atreides, Pelops and Clymene nee Catreus. Although both are getting on in years, they remain fairly formidable characters.

[CAIN. SLAYER OF ABEL, RAISES THE GOLDEN CALF]Pelops or Pops Polyps, as the disrespectful gypsy and Greco-Cretan Summoning Children call him, is a veteran of just about every lost cause struggle for freedom fought in the last half-century; Republican Spain being the most recent example. His wife, the mother of their five children (only one of which, Laodice, is still alive), is a self-professed, old time witch. Folks call her Mystery Might for a very good reason. She has undeniable talents, perhaps even supranormal abilities, but the source of them's, well, mysterious.

Ant Clymene, as the likes of Megaera Kinesis now Zeross, Roxanne Heliopolis now Kinesis, and Artemis Zeross now Hyperenor (Sagitta, one of the Silver Arrow Assassins) refer to her, knows about Sedon's Head; has been there any number of times; and is acquainted with Kyprian Somata, the Master of Weir and the true Sister Superior of the Superior Sisterhood, that of Flowery Anthea (who was named after the wife of Xuthros Hor, the Biblical Noah).

She also knows about the Dual Entities. These two are most commonly named Helios, also called Sophos the Wise (Heliosophos), and his fellow, time-tumbling, perpetual companion, the miraculous Mnemosyne Machine (Machine-Memory, Miracle Memory, the Female Entity, a three-thing humanized by devils).

Clymene personally knows Miracle Maenad, Corn Queen of Apple Isle, Sedon's Human Eye-Land, on the other side of Trigon's Kore Gap. And who is she, other than an acolyte of that mysteriously missing Master Deva, Divine Coueranna, myrionymous Kore herself? Mystery Might suspects Miracle's Rhea Ararat, the unaging mother of the late Olympias nee Sangati then Kinesis, Mata now Avar, Medea now Annulis (who, after being driven off the Outer Earth by Sorciere and Granny Garuda in the later stages of 'The Moloch Manoeuvres', has taken refuge on Ap Isle), and the recently deceased Count Molech (Etzel Sangati).

Only trouble with this hypothesis is that Rhea, going by the name of Norma (the Demon Druidess), was killed by that other Memory, Mnemosyne D'Angelo, in 1923. And why would Memory of the Angels kill Rhea of the Ararats? As also recounted in Moloch, it was because the latter killed the former's sister, Celestine, the Celestial Superior, the day before.

It all has to do with vampires of course. But there are no vamps left, at least not on the Outer Earth. And Miracle Maenad is not Rhea Ararat, certainly not any longer. She is however a three-thing in her own right: a machine (Machine-Memory) made human (Miracle Memory as Miracle Maenad) by a devil; none other than the far-famed Pyrame Silverstar.

The sometime hairless, sometimes silver-haired, but these days, as Miracle Maenad, long, dark-tressed Pauper Priestess (so-called because she has neither a power focus to call her own nor a devic protectorate to call her home) is the possessive mother of the mortal sedons, small case. For reasons more mystical than mysterious, without living sedons on both sides of the Dome it would collapse. That happens, as the saying goes, you'd be buying beachfront in the Rocky Mountains.

What of the other Summoning Children? A lot of them are on Charan's Ark. It's steaming across the Mediterranean Sea from Rome toward Egypt and, thence, as far up the Nile as it can go. After that, many of those aboard it intend to continue on overland -- by rail, car, wagon, and ultimately by foot, if necessary -- into the very nearly inaccessible Northeastern Belgian Congo. What's there? The so-called Tholos Tomb for Pygmies for one thing. What for? To locate the missing Galvin-Shekmet party. And why were they there? Because it may well be the site of legendary Fountain of Youth!

One of the seventeen year olds on the Ark is Tanith von Blut. She's always silver-haired and may be carrying Count Molech's child. Could also be carrying that of Yehudi Cohen, who isn't on the Ark. Tanith is definitely in the early days of pregnancy, though. Another's Virginia Mannering, who's not pregnant but, as she has been on and off since 1923, may still be carrying the Celestial Spook.

A third's that great Cheyenne killer, John Sundown, and a fourth's Jesus Mandam, the self-proclaimed Mithraic Messiah (in contrast to his father of record, Magister Joseph Mandam, who is referred to as the Mithraic Master Magus). For Jesse that makes him the Saviour of Supranormalkind. Not that supras, most of whom are Summoning Children, need saving. Except, perhaps, from Jesse himself.

Barsine Mandam is Jesse's identically aged sister or half-sister. Although bought up as his twin, there are those who believe they had different mothers. She's another lookalike for Rhea Ararat and is one of those missing in the Congo. Jess is also the one who now has, in addition to the Mithraic Treasury of the Northern Gods, what's left of the Aegis of Athene. (Its Gorgon Goggles are now in the possession of the aforementioned Yehudi Cohen.) The rest of the Olympian Tantalus is still in the hands of Agenor Heliopolis.

Among other things, Agenor is Hot Rox's much older brother, Mystery Might's nephew, and the leader of the Black Rose of Anarchy. He and some of his closest associates in the Black Rose (the Malantheus) are the deadly dangerous Minoan Maniacs largely responsible for the Shootout in the Okay Colosseum and so much else of what went wrong during the Alliance of Man's ill-fated gathering in Rome. On top of all that, once he finds out about it, Heliopolis is blood-bound to avenge Count Molech's execution. And a couple of those most responsible for it are on the Ark.

Agenor's betrothed, Argiope still Zeross, wants the Aegis back. Bright Face, as everyone calls her, also wants a modicum of revenge on Jess for shooting her in the back on the Fourteenth and on his other possible twin, none other than Virginia Mannering herself, for forcing the situation that resulted in her being shot in the Colosseum. So, how's she going to get from Aegean Trigon to Charan's Ark? More importantly, what can she do about a ship full of supras, not to mention the Xuthrodites' patriarch, Loxus Abraham Ryne, and his professional mercenaries?

Nay probs in either case! She's Granny Garuda's regalia; can fly between-space; can do everything the late Kanin Nauroz could do. Does that mean Granny's dead? Temporarily anyhow. But she could become a phoenix and rise from her own ashes. Only if her body's burned with her feathers, though. Which brings us to Aquilla the Hunter and, lest we forget, Sorciere {Solace Sunrise, John Sundown's childhood bride), who's a prisoner of the Etocretans.

At least she starts out as their prisoner. By the time the ever-fishifying Fisherwoman, someone else Jesse managed to shoot in Rome, and her recently acquired personal genie arrive on Trigon, intending to access the Kore Gap and thereby return to the Hidden Continent, the situation is, shall we say, more mercurial. Not to mention Dionysian and, momentarily thereafter, terpsichorean. (Who, as opposed to what, has Angelo Zeross got in those rings he's been keeping anyhow?)

All that already too much for you? Hey, we haven't even got to the Argo Ghost Ship yet. And where there's a Female Entity, there's bound to be a Male Entity, right? So there is: Our titular Helioddity. That'd be Heliosophos, the Time Tumbler most responsible for bringing the Moloch Sedon into existence, albeit six lifetimes earlier. Only thing is, ten lifetimes earlier than this, his current one, which is to say in his original lifetime, he wasn't born until 1940. Two years from now!

What would be the one sure way Helios could undo Sedon's creation? By making sure he never gets the chance to accomplish it in the first place. And who were his parents? What would happen if he killed even one of them? Then he'd never be, would he? Then again, what if Heliosophos isn't Kadmon Heliopolis? What if he's Cain, Biblical Slayer of Abel, the man who, reputedly by divine decree, can never truly die?

Follow the adventures of the so very young, so very cocksure of themselves, teenage Summoning Children, the Etocretan Extremists of Aegean Trigon, and the Dual Entities of Subterranean Trigon in seasonal installments of PHANTACEA on the Web.

(Oh, and did I mention the Male Entity starts out as possessed as his female counterpart? By a certain ever-smiling fiend? Didn't! Must have forgot.)


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'Helioddity'

  1. "War Witches"
  2. "Boss Bovines"
  3. "Triple Trigons"
  4. "Hunter and Huntresses"
  5. "Helios Goes Nuclear"
  6. "Old King Kad"
  7. "Discussing Deviants"
  8. "Helios In Extremis"
  9. "Dancing with Devils"
  10. "Supras Awakening"
  11. "Jesse Does a Jesus"
  12. "The Wishing Hell"
  13. "Re-Enter the Horny Ghost"
  14. "Culling the Killers"
  15. "At Last, Magister Mandam"

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Coueranna's Curse

(Serialization began in Winter 2003/2004)

At the conclusion of 'Helioddity', Magister Joseph Mandam went to Aegean Trigon. There he, Magister Mandam, Dragon Joe, the Mithraic Magus, asserted his authority over the Etocretan Extremists. At his insistence they accepted the hospitality of that ever-accommodating devil, Djinn-Ghoster, the Heliodromus of Lazareme. Stone-carved old man reminiscent of Magiser Mandam, taken at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum in 2003 by Jim McPhersonGhoster agreed to expand his personal protectorate, the Nebuland, and take them all into it, somewhere between-space.

They, aka the Malanthean Minoans because most of them belong to Agenor Heliopolis's Black Rose of Anarchy (Black Rose = Malantheus), are therefore no longer an issue as far as he is concerned. He trusts they will remain that way as well. At least until he has chance to undo some of the damage they've done to his personal dream of Panharmonium, a world of friendship and togetherness, a world without war. (Old Joe has always been somewhat of a dreamer. Has even been known to cast a few of them in his lengthy time alive.)

He's kept four of the wannabe Minoans behind to aid him in his fence-mending missions. Along with a pair of D'Angelos, Mnemosyne (Memory) and her adopted niece Thalassa (Sea), a white-as-light Utopian Summoning Child named Melina Sarpedon (Illuminatus) and some of Golgotha Nauroz's Trinondevs, he sent two of them to Scotland. They were his grandniece, Megaera nee Kinesis (four-fingered Meg) and her husband, Angelo Zeross (Ringleader or Ringkeeper).

The other two, his grandnephew, Meg's older brother, Alexandros Kinesis (Alex), and his spouse, Roxanne nee Heliopolis (Hot Rox), he kept with him. Together with Aires D'Angelo (Air), Sea's twin brother, Scylla Nereid (Fish or Fisherwoman), Delphi (Fish's psychopomp, who stays between-space), John Sundown, Solace Sunrise (Sorciere), Morgianna Somata (Morg), Demios Sarpedon and Golgotha himself, they're off for Germany.

Statue of a dragon taken at Versailles, near Paris, France, in 1996 by Jim McPherson(The last three are Utopians from the Weirdom of Cabalarkon on Sedon's Head. Utopians were originally extraterrestrial humanoids; the women are white-skinned whereas the men are black-skinned. Demios Sarpedon is Melina's twin. Hot Rox, Air, Sundown, Sorciere, Morg and the two Sarpedons are Summoning Children. Only a couple of years older than the Summoning Children, Fish is also a teenager. Sundown and Sorciere consider themselves married, though they're not acting like it.)

Who's in Germany? Among others, the Baron Tyrtod von Alptraum, he with his still moderately anti-Nazi cadre of influential industrialists and Mithrant initiates. They're in Hamburg, however, and a great deal of the action set in Germany takes place in and around the von Alptraum estate on the Baltic Sea Coast of what was then Prussia.

Who's there? We'll get to that momentarily. Who's in Scotland? Also among others, Angus Dre'Ath and wife Gilda nee O'Ryan. They are two of the main-movers behind the establishment of an Academy of Man in Amsterdam. If everything goes well, the now 17-year old Summoning Children will commence their advanced schooling there come September 1938. Why is fence-mending needed in Germany? That was detailed in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'. Why in Scotland? That was detailed in 'Helioddity'.

Fence-mending isn't his only reason for going to Germany, though. The Magister has made a commitment to Golgotha Nauroz and his Trinondev Warriors of Weir. In return for their help on his various missions, not all of which have to do with fence-mending, he will lead them to Laodice Atreides, one of the Etocretan Summoning Children. (In case you missed it, in 'Manoeuvres' Lao went to Germany with Baron von Alptraum, the Annulises, and the Volsungs to help look after her 10-year old relative, Ramona Avar, a regular resident of Aegean Trigon whose parents were, um, unavoidably detained in Rome.)

Statute reminiscent of Joseph Mandam, probably taken in Prague, 196, by Jim McPhersonHe'll convince her to give up the Hellstone her mother gave her for protection before she left home at the beginning of January. Lao wouldn't dare turn him down. He might get upset, cross, and a cross Dragon Joe is not unlike a dragon with an upset tummy. Blazing belches are not just bad breath.

Lao's mother is Clymene Atreides, who's moved to the Nebuland with the majority of her Etocretan compadres. Clymene's been called Mystery Might for decades. What's in the Hellstone? The source of Clymene's mysterious might; what's now, albeit only arguably, become the source of Lao's mysterious might. And it's a who, not a what. It's Divine Coueranna, Kore-Concord, the devic Goddess of Apple Isle, on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, Big Shelter, the Otherworld of fable, the Inner Earth of PHANTACEA factuality.

And why do the Trinondevs want Coueranna? As was also detailed in 'Oddity', it's because their Master, the Master of Weir, Kyprian Somata, is being held hostage by Cruel Plathon, the Bull of Mithras, he whose devic protectorate is Corona City, on the aforementioned Ap Isle. And who, as opposed to what, do you think it would take to get him to release her? Could it be Myrionymous Kore? Yep.

Sounds simple right? The Zerosses and their companions get the Dre'Aths back into the Alliance of Man's fold, Magister Mandam and his cohort get von Alp and his fellow industrialists ditto, the Trinondevs get the Hellstone containing Coueranna, and they all regroup in Africa. Africa? Yes, Africa, at the Tholos Tomb for Pygmies, in the northeast corner of the Congo, in the vicinity of Lake Victoria, to be precise. (Don't tell me you didn't read either 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' or 'Helioddity'?)

Africa is where, everything goes well, they'll rendezvous with those on Charan's Ark, which is currently winding its way through the Red Sea toward Mogadishu, in Italian Somaliland, on the Indian Ocean. Again assuming all goes well, those on the Ark will thereupon catch a ride inland with the Baron von Alptraum on his airship, the Balder. Once in the Congo they'll bust through the aforementioned Tholos Tomb to the Inner Earth's Hidden Continent. Once on the Head, they'll race off to rescue Master Kyprian. After, it should go without saying, rescuing the missing members of the Galvin-Shekmet party, including the Magister's Summoning-aged daughter Barsine, who've been lost since Christmas.

Unholy Abaddon, as drawn by Ian Fry circa 1989That's the plan, Magister Mandam likes simple plans, and he's very intolerant when it comes to putting up with deviations of and/or interference with said-simplicity. In fact, at the risk of repeating myself, he's been known to get quite cross about that sort of thing. So, will everything go well? It could, probably would too. Except, hey, it wouldn't be much of an Anheroic Fantasy if it did, would it?

Cruel Platon, the Bull of Mithras, as drawn by Ian Fry circa 1989If only all those darn Summoning Children weren't in Scotland, in Germany, on the Ark and already in Africa. Teenagers cause enough trouble just by being teenagers and most of these teens are supranormally gifted. If only those bloody minded, Nazi supremacists didn't still want the Treasury of Aesgard. If only the contents of the Northern Tantalus, the goods and glories of the Teutonic gods and goddesses of myth and legend, weren't in the possession of a certain female trickster, a faerie fart, name of Jolene Callion (among other names, including Joli Blon, Hush Mannering and Young Life), who thinks she's a little girl again after not being one for nearly thirty years.

If only a real little girl hadn't been kidnapped in Scotland by, presumably, a bunch of changeling Selkies, faeries all. If only Hush's Gush (aka Aug the Dog, the male trickster, Augustus Nauroz, Auguste Moirnoir, and Young Death), who's also been a seven year old for something like seventeen years, hadn't brought his Uncle Abe back with him from Big Shelter. If only there wasn't a Kore-Discord to match Kore-Concord. If only Lao wasn't staying at the von Alptraums' Baltic Sea estate. If only 'alptraum' didn't mean nightmare. If only Aug's Uncle Abe wasn't Unholy Abaddon, the Unity of Chaos.

If only that titular odd fellow who wanted to kill his parents before he was even born had been killed by his presumably father-to-be at the end of 'Oddity'. If only, perhaps better put, he didn't just keep time-tumbling back into their lives again and again. If only Magister Mandam wasn't a rapidly-losing-it, as in approaching senile, late septuagenarian. If only he'd thought to ask Divine Coueranna if she wanted to return to Sedon's Head and thereafter submit herself to the Bull's ever-so-bullish attentions. If only she wasn't prone to cursing. If only, if only.

Structurally speaking, for some characters 'Coueranna's Curse' carries on from when they were last seen in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'. For others it carries on from 'Helioddity'. Like 'Manoeuvres' and most of 'Oddity', 'Curse' is set on the Outer Earth in January 1938. Each of its initial locales, Scotland, Germany, on the Ark and in Africa, has its own group of characters. Each chapter is akin to a mini-novel or short story with, foreboding aside, its own beginning, middle and end. Some characters move on to a later chapter, others stay where they were, perhaps to reappear even later on, there, elsewhere, or perhaps not.

Perhaps even more remarkably, especially given the amount of action and sheer number of characters it contains, 'Curse' started out as one of the shortest novels thus far presented in PHANTACEA on the Web. And, please trust me on this, by the end of the day everything does turn out well. For someone. Might that someone's name be Uncle Abe Chaos? Answer is, - it's already history!


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Count Molech

[COUNT MOLOCH DEALING WITH SEAN DRE'ATH IN THE ROMAN COLOSSEUM MIGHT HAVE LOOKED SOMETHING LIKE THIS, PAINTING BY FLORIS EXHIBITED IN VIENNA]

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Cain, Slayer of Abel

[CAIN. SLAYER OF ABEL, RAISES THE GOLDEN CALF]

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Magister Joseph Mandam

Stone-carved old man reminiscent of Magiser Mandam, taken at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum in 2003 by Jim McPherson

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Dragon Joe

Statue of a dragon taken at Versailles, near Paris, France, in 1996 by Jim McPherson

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Old Man Power

Statue reminiscent of Joseph Mandam, probably taken in Prague, 1996, by Jim McPherson

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Uncle Abe Chaos, Devic Suicide

Unholy Abaddon, as drawn by Ian Fry circa 1989

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The Bull of Mithras

Cruel Platon, the Bull of Mithras, as drawn by Ian Fry circa 1989

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The Giza Plateau Parking Lot, circa 1929/30

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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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