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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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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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Jim McPherson's First Web-Publisher's Commentary of PHANTACEA's New Era

[Portion of the back cover of pH-3, artwork by Ian Bateson, circa 1978]

[Logo reads Web-Publisher's Commentary as prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2002]

Autumn 2001

  1. Featured Story
  2. Introductory Remarks
  3. Today's Topic
© copyright 2003 Jim McPherson
[CAIN. SLAYER OF ABEL, RAISES THE GOLDEN CALF, artwork by Ian Fry, circa 1987]

Titular Topic: Old Endings -- New Era Beginnings

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1. Featured Story - October 2001

Only reason Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck, agreed to give her an audience was because she was alive; could not, therefore, possibly be here. And otherwise inexplicable things intrigued even Lord Lazy.

-- from Pyrame's Progress, the premier chapter of 'D-Brig: Year One -- After Limbo'

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2. Introductory Remarks

Greetings. Welcome, or welcome back, to PHANTACEA on the Web.

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 my flagship commentary page; my home page, where you can always find lynx to PHANTACEA Features and Photo Essays, new, old, and recently added onto; the overall synopsis page, where you can access all the synopses pages I have ever web-published; or from the main menu, which is also available in a framed version. Let me know what you like, don't like and would like to see in PHANTACEA on the Web. JMcP []

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3. Hestia-Housekeeping

So much for the obligatory introductory remarks, -- onto our usual Hestia-Housekeeping.

First up is where last time up's Hestia went. Over to my new What's Old Page, if you must know. Next up is what's new this time up. Should announce that I finally got around to securing the rights to Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet but here's where you'll find out first.

PHANTACEA fact of the matter is the purpose of pHpubs is now, and ever will be, to focus your attention on stuff I've put up this time around; stuff, it should go without stuffing, that's either not been stuffed previously or isn't stuffed where it used to be stuffed. Read pHpubs as you please, check out the new story installments at your leisure, then chase lynxes to your heart's content. Lot's of stuffed-stuffing-stuff out here.

Lynxes, by the way, -- at least in terms of 'pH-Web' --, are the little blue highlights sprinkling the above. Might not be able to avoid them, but you should be able to resist hitting them until you've read/reached the end of pHpubs. If you can't, well, as of now, down at the bottom of every pH-Webpage you might feel like Hittite-hitting is a mouse-click back to it, here. Is also a link to the order form and my various email addresses. Which now include, when I remember to check it, one I can access most anywhere in the world [].

As always, -- good reading[!]

4. Today's Topic: Old Endings -- New Era Beginnings

PHANTACEA has always been a mosaic piece. Structurally speaking, no one character can be called any one story's hero or villain. Sooth said, in most of my story sequences no one character even dominates its proceedings. Guys and gals come and go. Some die, never to return period, -- except, perhaps, in an earlier epoch. Others die, ever to return. Devils tend to fit into that latter, everafter-returning category.

Aren't the only ones, though. Then again, Heliosophos dying is nothing special; not for him. In [']Forever And Forty Days['], for example, he dies at least 4 times; five if it turns out he was/is Cain, the Biblical Slayer of Abel. That's the thing about the Male Entity, Helios called Sophos the Wise, he's a time-tumbler; a time-bumbler, if you prefer. As such, he has all these different lifetimes.

Including '4-ever & 40', as well as the comics I published in the late Seventies and every story sequence I've web-published thus far, he's one of PHANTACEA's two main constants. Other one's the Female Entity, Milady Mnemosyne, aka Miracle Memory among many a myrionymous other apple-ape-apt appelation. Of the Dual Entities it might even be said that, in one way or another, she has appeared even more often than her masculine counterpart.

Thanatoids of Lathakra were not the only victors in the recently concluded Launch Tetralogy. Machine Memory achieved her own victory when she managed to keep Heliosophos alive without her Herr Hel Him being able to program her what to do any more. In fact, as will become obvious as we progress through it, she's pretty much going solo in 'Year One -- After Limbo'. Can she keep it, her, and him that way? Ah, that's I write the stories and you read them!

In the Heliodyssey quintet of novels, -- as set in January 1938 and continuing on from the preceding, stand-alone 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' --, Mnemosyne D'Angelo is still very much in her original fully alive, life- and love-loving self. Is also, however, there in her Machine Memory mode; that is to say, like Helios, is in her Eleventh Lifetime. Interesting stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.

(All the more so, albeit primarily for the benefit of would-be publishers and/or enterprising literary agents out there in Make-Moneyland, Moloch's up again out here in WWW-Dotland.)

Always assuming his original self is not Cain, Slayer of Abel, when you consider that Her Herr Him's main objective in this self-same Eleventh Lifetime of theirs is to make sure he, his original self, Kadmon Heliopolis, never gets born in the first place, you might say both Memories, the invariably human and the variously humanized Memories, have their hands full. Always assuming they have hands of course.

As I've said many a time before, -- good !

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