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Helios on the Moon

- 2014 Print Edition -

- 2015 Digital Edition -

Covers for Helios on Moon print edition, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014; main web presence is here; back cover text is here; back cover characters, unobscured, are here; excerpts from the novel are here; additional lynx re 'Hel-Moon' are here; ordering lynx are here and here

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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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Cataclysm Catalyst

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

Phantacea Revisited 2

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. Dedicated webpage is here.

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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- The unpublished comic now novelized -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

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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

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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?

Text reads Graphic Novel coming soon or here

"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

Images in this row are double-clickable from here, here, and, to a lesser degree, here.

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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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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 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 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 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 and its affiliates, including and, 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, 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. 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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The PHANTACEA Mythos Online: A Glossary of Characters

| Illustrated Character Companions for mini-novels extracted from "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" | The Shining Ones — The First and Second Generations of Devazurkind | The Shining Ones — Master Devas | The Shining Ones — Devils Described | PHANTACEA Essentials | Non-Devic Pivotal Players | Additional Non-Devic Characters | Deviants | Golden Age Patriarchs | Gypsies & Etocretans | Supranormals | Teutonic Templars | Utopians of Weir | Witches | The Moloch Sedon | The Thrygragos Brothers | The Trigregos Sisters | Byronics Listed | Lazaremists Listed | Mithradites Listed | Devils — by Tribal Affiliation | Celestial God | Recurring Dual Entities | Supranormals/Deviants by Group Affiliation | Places Peculiar to PHANTACEA | Terms Peculiar to PHANTACEA |


- Supras and Near-Supras Described during the course of Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos -

| Publicity Announcements | Devil-Ray or Miracle Key Victims | SOS - The Society of Saints | The Soviet Supra Supreme | Supra Survivors post 1955, pre 1980 | Supra Survivors ca late 1980 | Supra Semblances - Hell's Horsemen |

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Devil-Ray or Miracle Key Victims

"They’d have abilities probably similar to those imparted to the D’Angelos by their grandfather’s devil-ray getting close to forty odd years ago." Kinesis, who was born in late 1936 but hardly ever left Trigon during the war years, gave him a quizzical look.

"By that I mean," Max picked up, though he might still be talking mostly to himself, "Helios could be entertaining a Winterlady, a Madame Midnight, a Klarion, a Demon Land or, I expect, potentially any number of other, unrelated devils like your Devil Wind. If they got out, they’d cause him a lot of trouble. Hopefully that’d distract him long enough for us to take him down …"

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

| Amoebaman, Amoeba Prime, Leandro D'Angelo |

Amoebaman, Amoeba Prime, Leandro D'Angelo

"Let me tell you, while we had it, it was an awesome ability. Done entirely by concentration, as near as we could figure. However, where the bodies came from or where they went, we never learned – though the D’Angelo children’s Aunt Dolores, Superior Sorrow, occasionally talked about some place called Shadowland. She said we were shadow warriors given substance out of the Grey. According to her, this Grey was universal. She also called it Samsara, the stuff that binds."

"Well, whatever it is," observed Aremar, "These extra bodies of yours had to come from somewhere. That’s a certainty. We could speculate endlessly but I think St Synne’s device was well-named. Call it black magic if you like, but I reckon his ray caused people to become possessed, quite literally, by devils; turned them into supranormals. Somehow those devils are still around and, devil-ray, Miracle Key, or whatever, Mik is possessed by one – just like Leandro D’Angelo back in the Forties. Know any good exorcisms?"

"Death?" cracked Sean.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


NOTE: Amoebaman, Amoeba Prime, Leandro D'Angelo, Septupleman and variations thereof featured most prominently in 'Aspects of an Amoebaman', a web-serial; they additionaly appeared in "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon"; see also Doubleman Sean Smythe, Doubleman Johann Schmidt and the Psychic Siblings;

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The Society of Saints


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Supra Survivors post 1955, pre 1980

| Queen Scylla | Quinsecto | Steltsar |

Fisherwoman, Scylla Nereid, Lady Achigan

- from first to last, Fish is one of the great survivors of the Phantacea Mythos


Was Fisherwoman, ex-Queen Scylla born Nereid of Greater Godbad. She manifested herself in the midst of a glowing ring that seemingly just formed out of the air itself. Had her Brainrock fishnet in one hand, dangerously sharp, probably cut-anything fishhook in the other. Both glowed almost as brightly as the teleportal and her bellybutton bauble, what kept her possession-free.

Captured in the net was a nightingale psychopomp within which had to be Sedona Spellbinder. Had to be because the bird-thing was inhaling and exhaling, albeit only partially, as in not all the way out, visibly lustrous smog in the shape of a naked woman. It was as if the Nucleoid was stuck in a repeating, respiratory rut.

Devic power foci were ever so useful.

... from "Harry on the Head", the unpublished sequel to the 'Aspects of an Amoebaman' web-serial


main web-presence for the one-time Queen of Godbad, with Pisces-plenty of fishy lynx, is here

Quinsecto (Swarma, Kalka Locusta)

Or, dependent on the shape it took, Pestilence was not Queen Secto. Make that Quensecto, not to be confused with Swarma, sometimes Quinsecto, an East Indian Summoning Child born in Calcutta, but raised in South Africa. Melina Sarpedon was among those in the know who speculated that she was somehow the devil, Calcutta Famish, reborn as a mortal supra. Which, with respect to Summoning Children, proved itself a not at all unknown occurrence in a larger world whose populace, almost to a one, didn’t realize it lived on only an Outer to an Inner.

(Swarma’s ever so apt given name, Kalka, translated as ‘foulness’ or ‘filth’. Apparently it was meant reverentially, to suggest the Great Goddess Kali the Destroyer. Her surname was actually the even more apropos Locusta, which others said, albeit without proof, had to be spurious. Kalka initially came across the Outer Earth’s Kinsecto in South America. A few years later, she joined up with Strife’s Sinister Sisterhood under the sobriquet of this Swarma.)

Was definitely a Quensecto today in Godbad City, though
... from "Harry on the Head", the unpublished sequel to the 'Aspects of an Amoebaman' web-serial


more lynx re Apocalyptic of Hunger and Famine here; more on the perhaps only hypotethical devil Kinsecto here;


... Definitely had a brain, seemingly a number of them. Somehow or other it, or him, was eminently regenerative. The first known Steltsar was produced by the Conqueror, some years before he revealed himself to be Jesus Mandam in the late Forties, very early Fifties. Even though he never revealed his secrets, old Joe’s son – the first supra ever born, albeit only by a manner of seconds over Headmistress Virginia Mannering –  must have learned how to do so from Satanwyck biomages that specialized in manufacturing demons to order.

... from "Harry on the Head", the unpublished sequel to the 'Aspects of an Amoebaman' web-serial


plenty more Steltsar links from the old Baron's main web-presence here

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The Soviet Supra Supreme


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Supra Survivors ca late 1980

| On the Cosmic Express | The Psychic Siblings | The Damnation Brigade | Utopian Pseudo Supras | Sharkczar |

On the Cosmic Express

"Is it or is it not true that all those aboard the Express were the children or relatives of documented supras from the war until roughly '55?" [asked James Aremar.]

"In other words they were potential supras themselves," Sean Smythe understood.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle
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The Psychic Siblings

"Maybe you better tell us what you could do when you were a supra, Sean." [James Aremar said to Doubleman Sean Smythe.]

"Maybe I better clarify that a little. The only thing myself or any of the others could do after roughly mid-'46 was communicate with each other mentally over distances great or short. That’s why we were called the Psychic Siblings. However, what Leandro did was manufacture bodies.

“Not necessarily duplicates of himself, though he could do that too, but other functioning, generally short-lived adults. These constructs, for want of a better word, were amoeba-men. Leandro was Amoeba Prime. We Amoebamen could do that, too -- albeit with even shorter life spans for ours -- but, like I said, not for long after Prime died on Sakhalin in '46."

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


Sean Smythe – who, at fifty-plus, was probably not physically fit enough to be in space in the first place, let alone the Liberty’s Number Two ...

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


The Psychic Sibling, Barbara Black, one-time wife of Andrew ‘Android’ Dulles – the supra code-named Mr Automatic – had been romantically entangled with Max’s adoptive father, Colonel Jock Maxwell. They first got together at the conclave called by Jesus Mandam in September 1952 and stayed together long enough to have a child a year later. Not wishing to hurt his adop­tive mother, Bonita nee O’Ryan Galvin, Big Max as much as accepted paternity for Dolph Dulles and took it upon himself to support the lad.

Perhaps ironically, after Barb’s death a couple of years later, and as Max’s duties with the Alliance of Man increasingly kept him away from Ottawa, it fell to the elder Maxwells to raise the boy. Thus Dolph was brought up by his real father. That young­ster’s situation was somewhat analogous to that of Simon Lancz and Bruce Dre’Ath a decade earlier.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


NOTE: The Psychic Siblings, Septupleman and variations thereof featured most prominently in 'Aspects of an Amoebaman', a web-serial; they additionaly appeared in "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon"; see also Doubleman Sean Smythe, Doubleman Johann Schmidt and Amoebaman;

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- formerly Steltsar, once the old Baron Tyrtod von Alptraum;


Steltsar had reshaped his latest body to suit his new nomenclature. It was based on a grotesque parody of a hammerhead shark; hence just that, Sharkczar. Its head resembled a claw-hammer more than anything natural. He’d had himself given an oversized mouth and three layers of sharp teeth. Nearly ten feet long, he stood on legs like a man but his feet were webbed and dispropor­tionately long. His arms doubled as pectoral fins. His hands had long, spindly fingers that ended in talons.

He had a pronounced dorsal-like fin that stuck out of his spine from just below his neck to his tail-bone. His entire body was armour-plated more like a rhinoceros than a shark. His skin was dun-coloured and inlaid with a grey, metallic mesh that took the place of clothing.

It was a body built for battle; there wasn’t much it couldn’t withstand and not much that could withstand it. He could breathe underwater as well as in the air but was most comfortable in the ocean. Plus, it retained all the qualities its predecessors had in terms of being both a machine master and Solidium in-swimmer.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


Spoiler Alert

Near the end of the Launch 1980 story cycle, the Little Trickster (Hush Mannering) speaks to the Fatman (Alfredo Sentalli, aka Alpha Centauri) re her take on Sharkczar/Steltsar. Here's a snippet of their conversation:

“There’s something nearly unique about him. Like Strife, he may be a spirit being or, like devils have been known to do, he could have found a way to externalize not so much his soul but his mind."

“But you think,” Centauri said, “If I’m reading you right, that Steltsar will have survived. That my homo, God rest whatever soul he may have had, didn’t abolish him.”

“Highly unlikely, especially since your island is largely manmade. You won’t remember but, back in ’65, when we thought we’d dealt with Strife and Daemonicus – them for hardly the first time, I should add – Pluman presumably finished off Steltsar just before he had his heart attack and died. I think Steltsar not only survived then, too ...

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


see also the old Baron, Tyrtod von Alptraum

Utopian Pseudo Supras

One thing Melina nowadays Zeross, white-as-daylight twin sister of black-as-midnight Demios Sarpedon, was sure about: those were ambulatory snowmen come to haul her and her mixed-blood daughters elsewhere.

And she was helpless to do anything to stop them.

A purebred, hence absolutely alabastrine Utopian woman, her Outer Earth supra-codename had been Illuminatus. But that had been over a quarter century earlier. She was now the High Illuminary of Weir; had been, actually, since even earlier. All things being equal, then Master Kyprian Somata, who trained her, wanted Melina to succeed her as Master of the Weirdom of Cabalarkon.

It didn’t happen. Something else that didn’t happen was her marrying Master Kyprian’s eventual successor (in 5950), Saladin born Nauroz, Kyprian’s grandson. What did happen was her training in all things devazur — the Weirdom’s ancestral enemies. It stuck. It didn’t need to in order to realize where she was.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

- main entry on Mel-Illuminatus is here


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The Damnation Brigade, after Temporis

| Airealist | Blind Sundown | Cyborg Cerebrus | Raven's Head | Radiant Rider | OMP-Akbar | Sea Goddess | Untouchable Diver | Wildman Dervish Furie | Wilderwitch |


Airealist was his codename. An aerialist’s costume, complete with a cloud-printed sky-blue cape, was his outfit. Under a variety of glamours cast by Wilderwitch and/or one of her fellows sisters – Fish perhaps; Sorciere more often; Superior Sarpedon most often; sometimes even her little mother, Hush Mannering – being an aerialist was also his profession.

(Aires D’Angelo was the only one of the ten re-embodied supras to wear what passed for a uniform. He wasn’t the only one to either hold down a regular job or have to wear glamour, however ... In Aires’ case, it was because he, like his twin sister, barely aged after turning twenty-one.)

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle
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Computerized man, w/brain, taken from BBC Online, 14 March 16[David Ryne] did not have access to rings, witch-stones or howsoever Jesse got about inter-spatially. Wilderwitch, though, had a soul-self. He had seen it, a frightening sight if ever there was one, and he knew from firsthand experience a few of the supranormals he’d come across during the Secret War of same, the roughly ten years he was able to participate in it as a supra and not as a drooling, bed-wetting near-vegetable, could externalize their ectoplasms, as it were. Externalize more than that, too, some of them.

His godfather, Sedon St Synne, whom he’d learned that first few days out of Limbo back in Vancouver was still somehow alive, wasn’t one of the latter but he was one of the former. He called what he could do Wayfaring in the Wild Weird. Perhaps he, Cyborg Cerebrus, could learn to become a Wayfarer in the Wacky Weirdom. First, though, he had to concentrate on sending his consciousness, his spirit as he conceived of it, outside the stone sepulchre where his body was stuck.

Which he eventually did.

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga
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Pacheco's Mayan Warrior, shot in Merida Mexico by Jim McPherson, 2010Blind Sundown kept the full range of his supranormal attributes a carefully guarded secret. He could not fly, though he could hover and had been seen walking on the air. His skin was hardly impervious and he was nowhere near as swift as Dervish Furie. Nor was he as physically strong as the Wildman or OMP-Akbar especially, though he came close.

Another of his supra-aspects allowed him to see through Raven’s eyes and, indeed, anyone else’s; so long as he was in physical contact with him or her, it should go without stipulating. His lack of eyes further granted him extraordinary perceptions. His uncanny ability to anticipate and avoid attacks was therefore more concomitant than nowhere-near-inexplicable.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


The native American’s cosmic aura was such that, so long as he was within even a yard’s distance, Gentleman Jervis Murray could not become Wildman Dervish Furie any more than the Diver could become untouchable or Gloriel rainbow-radiant let alone rainbow-ride.

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga


Although he had no facial hair and was more than half a foot shorter than his massive companion, John Sundown was also a powerfully built man. Cloaked as he was in buffalo hide, a star blanket he called it, he too presented a magnificent figure. He wasn’t just decked out in his star blanket either.

On his head he wore an ‘issiwun’, a de-skulled bison head with its horns pointed upwards whilst about his empty eyeholes he’d strapped a colourfully-beaded blindfold. A similarly strung-together bead breastplate, hence oddly reminiscent of a washboard, was overtop his embroidered, leather shirt. Leather pants and moccasins completed his ensemble.

Carrying his solar spear, its spearhead giving off the faint but perceptible glow of Brainrock-Gypsium, with his dark hair braided and falling to his chest, all that was really lacking was war paint. Not that anyone in D-Brig was complaining. War paint meant just that, war, no holds barred, no matter against who.

Distance shot of statue spotted in back of Leighton House, London, ca 2000... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga


The Cheyenne Summoning Child rarely joked. Was not one for talking much either. Silence for Blind Sundown was akin to green for grass. Truth told he was more often silent than he was sightless.

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga
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Not just his father Joshua and his aunt Marea – the old-time Anthean who had helped raise him [Gentleman Jervis Murray, onetime superstar athlete, ex-wartime battlefield medic and Wilderwitch’s long time lover] after his mother Victoria, her sister, died having him – feared that, if the full Furie ever really got going, chances were nothing could stop him.Satyr, shot in Merida Mexico by Jim McPherson, 2010

He [Wildman Dervish Furie] would just get crazier and crazier; become a berserk juggernaut of sheer, raw might. Much more of this and he would not be able to tell who was friend or foe, let alone give a damn. So he feared it, too.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


There was a reason Gentleman Jervis Murray made a point of dressing so well. Even if he wasn’t – the Godling, Joshua Murray, was Jerry’s father – the Black Death always called Furie ‘son’; hence it was a matter of like father, like son.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


No one, not even Dervish himself, knew what the full Furie looked like, let alone what he was capable of doing. Not having reverted to his Jervis-Jekyll persona since he and Cerebrus encountered Mars Bellona, Lord Tornado and the Shadow Woman in the Tokugawa Era Cavern of Temporis, on the morning of the 6th, he was beginning to suspect it would be a lot more murderous than anything Sundown or Raven had done in the past.

At least an argument could be made their extreme actions – sanctions, more like – were justifiable. The full Furie might kill for fun.

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2015 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga
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Diver artwork from pH-6 by Verne Andrusiek, 1980

Yehudi Cohen, the Untouchable Diver ... could never take off his wetsuit.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


A manniken diver resting in Puerto Morelos, photo by Jim McPherson, 2016Yehudi Cohen was of Jewish descent, though there had always been some debate as to whether his father was Jewish or just his mother. In other words, was he a bastard? He’d say indubitably but it wasn’t because he knew for sure who his father was; it was because, regardless of their comprehensibility, he loved to make jokes.

Of middling height and fairly skinny. He was dressed, as always, in a rubbery wet suit with a crimson visor covering his eyes. Generally speaking, he kept the rest of his face and his exposed skin smeared with tar. Otherwise he tended to lose substance, to literally fall apart. Today though, infused with Gypsium as he was, he was fairly glowing with energy and pride of accomplishment.

... from the original, 2001 version of 'Trigregos Diver', a short story that formed the basis for the Month One - After Limbo: 'The Weirdness of Cabalarkon' web-serial


He’d long been an avid, lungs-bursting, underwater swimmer with a remarkable resistance to chilly conditions – so much so that, as an even younger teenager, had spent time training with Italian frogmen working in his Hamburg home.British frogman in 1945, taken from Wikipedia entry on frogmen(Italy actually started World War II with a squad of commando frogmen.) The wetsuit, though, was mostly his own invention; just made sense, he told Jacques Cousteau when they met, after the war. Seals did it, why shouldn’t humans?

It really was a wet suit; not at all like the rubber ‘immersion suit’ made famous by the (mostly) American showman, Paul Boyton. (Boyton, sometimes Boynton, who’d died in the early Twenties, designed his suit to keep its wearer relatively warm and dry as he propelled himself through the water on his back.)

For some reason he had yet to get around to stitching sleeves onto it, so he smeared the exposed skin of his face and arms with tar. Pushing a raft piled high with explosives, he swam out to a newly-launched des­troy­er. Taking his lead from what some of his co-religionists were doing in British-mandated Palestine at the time, his intention had been to sabotage the Nazi-built warship.

Spotted and fired upon, he dove deep beneath the water – the weight belt being another of his designs. The raft above him exploded just as he touched a strangely glowing rock he intended to use as an anchor to hold himself under for as long as his lungs held air. Which, as he quickly realized, thanks to the effects of the miraculous rock that, ten years later, he learned to call Gypsium, they no longer needed to do.

... from "The Weirdness of Cabalarkon", a web-serial published in the early 2000s that continued The Damnation Brigade saga


“Daddy’s back, mommy, and he’s brought some funny looking guy with him. He’s all dressed in blubber.”

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga


Cut of a wooden diver spotted and shot in Costa Rica by Jim McPherson, ca 2009First the Diver was caught near the kitchen glaciers, their refrigerators, off the floor level and beneath the second level of the mastaba. He was trying to ingest his meal privately, away from prying eyes. Ingesting for the Diver involved particlyzing his dinner, plate and all, inserting it into his gut, inverting the plate, shaking it off, pulling it out, whistle-clean, and starting to digest what he’d dumped inside himself.

Some of the time he burped and most of the time he did so breathing. Which he had to remind himself to do as he had no need of air; hadn’t had since ’38. Air just came to him if not exactly supernaturally then at least supranormally. Then, probably because, despite his best efforts not to be seen, he’d been spotted coming through the floor; was understandably given where he was, mistaken for a devil.

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga
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“As you might assume, the desert’s not the best place for an essentially aquatic animal like Sea Goddess. Apparently she turned to water one day and, if you can believe it – we’re talking supras here, so you should – actually evaporated.” Somewhat involuntarily she started giggling.

“Enter Dolores Rivera, Superior Sorrow ...

“In any case, Sorrow went to the same place Sea vanished with a tanker truckload of seawater. Lo and behold, who do you think reformed but Thalassa."

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle
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Although bodily equine, with a crow-like head and unicorn horn, she was no dumb animal. Was more his partner than his mount, truth told. She was also the last true ravendeer; at least she was when on the Outer Earth. A maybe magical species that went back to pre-Flood days, ravendeer – perhaps Raven’s Head herself, Sundown used to joke – were mentioned briefly in the Bible: Genesis 8:7, to be precise; albeit without the ‘head’ attached to it.

Ravens Head collage prepared by Jim McPherson for Raven – his beauty, as he often called her – could fly and even on the ground was far faster than Furie ever was. She could even access Samsara, the universal substance between space, the same as the Diver and most witches could, via their agates (a generic term for stepping stones, first coined by the Anthean Sisterhood thousands of years earlier).

As she proved in Temporis, when she overrode the devic Vultyrie’s attack-commands, Raven also had a supra-special mental affinity for all sorts of birdlife. Couldn’t control birds, not as such, but could often strongly influence their behaviour by sheer force of will exuded. Too bad the vultures composing the Cloud of Hadd seemed beyond her limits in that regard.

Together or individually, she and Sundown emitted a protective nimbus, their externalized cosmic aura or, more specifically to the Cheyenne, exclusion zone. While its exact nature was poorly understood, should they wish it this aura of theirs allowed them to hide within a kind of cloud – an undeniably useful ability outside the Dome, where raven­deer were unknown even in mythology.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle
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No, seemingly spun-silver for hair was not a good thing to have in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon. Best to cut it off and take it to the bank for deposit before anyone else did it for you, starting at the neck.

Although riding Raven, Radiant Rider was no Lady Godiva, if only due to the fact she was wearing clothes. With her soft-looking, very lightly olive skin, Caucasian but easily tanned, muscular arms and legs, comparatively moderate breasts and hips, she reminded some there of the Zeross girls and all too many of the older female hybrids, none of whom were beyond their teen years as yet ...

Gloriel was dressed in fine, shape-revealing silk or something similar. It was the same near-gossamer material Melina Zeross and her daughters wore under their warm, woolen sweaters and leggings or trousers, except hers was iridescent, all the colours of the rainbow. Even if her hair was an unlucky hue; even if she was not built to their preferred proportions; with no shoes or under­wear they could perceive, many of the more open-minded men could not help having the same thoughts about her that their non-mending-minded women had about Furie.

Sensual was not the word for either the Wildman or Radiant Rider. Sexual, plain and simple, was!

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2016 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga
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At perhaps 6½ feet Kronokronos Akbar may not have been as tall as most of the men and some of the Utopian women but, in terms of width and breadth, he was about the size of two or three of them standing back-to-back-back, arms-in-arms. His florid face, great beard and shaggy, greying mane suggested an advanced age for a human or near-human. Nonetheless, he appeared perfectly capable of snapping any one of them in two, as if they were matchsticks.

Near-human because he made no secret he was a Devason, like their Master of the last 30 years. Rumours being rumours some had already pegged him for Saladin’s … what? Quarter-brother in that they shared the same devic half-mother, Pyrame Silverstar? Was that even for sure? He might not know himself. Did know his parents were fucking faeries, though. Reputedly high and mighty fuckers as well, the highest, their king and queen of the time.

No question he had a devic half-father, Dand Tariqartha of Temporis, hence his full name Akbarartha. The six foot long, rune-carved cudgel he always carried with him ended in a 3-eyed head deliberately fashioned to approximate that of that selfsame Master Deva, Lazareme’s Earth Magician, whose star had been shining out of the night’s sky since the 6th of Tantalar.

... from "Wilderwitch's Babies", the 2015 continuation of the Damnation Brigade saga


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OMP-Akbar had no choice but to take them all on by himself. Notwithstanding his impressive size and strength, or his even more outstanding weaponry, they were more than willing to take him on, too. With bullets and even spears or arrows for those that, wisely, didn’t dare venture too close.

Hardly for the first time, he regretted breaking apart his regalia the week previous at Hideaway Damnation (formerly Crimefighter Central, within Grouse Mountain across Burrard Inlet from Vancouver city proper). Had he especially had his Cloak of Many Colours, what devils in here referred to as Lazareme’s Starcape, he would not be just invulnerable but shape-shiftily so.Tree carving spotting and shot in Merida Mexico by Jim McPherson, 2010

... His normal, as in more like supranormal, defense mechanism was, to say the least, counterintuitive. The Dand-head of his Homeworld Sceptre didn’t repel bullets and arrows; it as good as collected them.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


From Sunday night until he transferred himself, minus his regalia, to the Head on Lazam-Friday, OMP was busy sending selected folks dreams via his Homeworld Sceptre. Much to the horror of those of his D-Brig fellows who found out what he doing too late to stop him, he was letting them know the King Crimefighters were back and unaged, albeit as the Damnation Brigade.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle


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Supra Semblances

| Hell's Horsemen |

pages 1 and 2, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980pages 3 and 4, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980Hell's Horsemen

They were huge; glowered, more so than glowed, with a fire that seemed vaguely familiar to her – Emperor Energy’s monstrous offspring? Could his Headmistress (not the Virginia Mannering, once aka Ginny Gemstone, Headmistress) have borne something that frightfully unearthly? Surely not.

They had long necks topped by heads like frigate birds or pictures of pterodactyls (whom Sea, howsoever whimsically, was certain would eventually prove to be, hence never rendered extinct, oversized frigates). Their bodies looked metallic. Enormous wings beat against the sky audibly. Even from her remote, wave-riding vantage point, she could hear them.

If those weren’t dragons, she wouldn’t how else to describe them. All that was lacking was visibly fiery breath, though she had little doubt they came fully equipped.

... from "Helios on the Moon", the third entry in the 'Launch 1980' story cycle

- Images in this panel were extracted from "Cataclysm Catalyst" -

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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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