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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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The Volsung Variations

1. "Trigon Now; Twilight Then" ... 2. "Faerie Fight" ... 3. "Sea, Sickness, and Sundown" ... 4. "Head-Bangers and Balance Beans" ... 5. "In the Company of Chaos"

A Rude bust reminiscent of Herr Hel Helios, shot in the Paris Musee D'Orsay by Jim McPherson, 2004

Gold-Mining for PHANTACEA Factoids

| Shamanitoulin's Raven Fetishim | The Magdalene, Thea and the Panharmonium Project | Sedon-Speak as Pre-Babel Babble | Pyrame as Astroarche, Queen of Heaven |

1. The Volsung Variations: "Trigon Now; Twilight Then"

Solely for the sake of amusement, allow me to begin by introducing yet another character new to the PHANTACEA Mythos. Although he aspires to become and/or replace Daemonicus as the earthborn King of Demons, he debuts as Magnus Minus, Midget Minotaurus of Minius. As we discovered in Kore-9, the Dual Entities' Trans-Time Trigon is currently situated in his realm, what's also known as Absudyl, the Subterranean Land of the Mandroids. There it's known as Sub-Trig.

To save time later, allow me to provide something of a build up to the following excerpt. Magnus Minus is in Sub-Trig listening to a story being told by one Tom-Tiddly Taddletale. Tom-Tiddly is a faerie type, with blue skin and golden hair, but he began life as Tammuz Rhymer of Time-Retarded Dukkha, Sedon's Upper Lip-Tip. Before he [presumably] got kidnapped (by fairies) and dusted (with faerie dust), Rhymer was an Inner Earth Summoning Child.

Bust reminiscent of Helios and All of Incain, photo by Jim McPherson, Paris, 2004That might mean he's a supranormal, someone who was in effect born a mortal devazur. On the surface of it that devazur appears to be Rumour of Lazareme, which is interesting because the latest incarnation of Rumour's deviant half-son, Jordan Tethys, is among those listening to Tom-Tiddly's tale. Rhymer's father, yet another one there, is the Male Entity, Heliosophos or Helios called Sophos the Wise.

(NOTE: As detailed elsewhere, in his 61st lifetime Helios had blue skin and golden blond hair. Recall also that, once they go into action, the Elemental Twins, Aires and Thalassa D'Angelo, have blue skin, albeit with white hair. Hmm.)

In case you missed Oddity and Curse, Helios is in his Eleventh Lifetime. He's spent most of that time possessed by devils, primarily that fellow I always forget to remember, the one who just happens to thinks he's Daemonicus too. Consequently, even though he's physically in his late fifties, he hasn't quite aged to that extent in the intervening thirty years. Having been shot to shelly hell, as Fish might say, in Odd-14, he's definitely looked better, though.

Oh, and again in case you missed Kore-9, Rhymer's (presumed, not confirmed) mother, the Female Entity, who must have been somehow humanized when he was born, is back to being just the Mnemosyne Machine, the computerized innards of Trans-Time Trigon.

Amusement aside, the story Tom-Tiddly's telling has to do with events that took place between Kore-13 and Kore-14. Before I start selecting synoptic highlights of it, allow me to introduce you to a character who hasn't as yet appeared in any of 19/5938 story sequences. She shouldn't need any introduction but here goes anyhow ...

Welcome the future Wilderwitch to Heliodyssey. Welcome to VolVar a number of her fellow member's of 1980's Damnation Brigade.

I'll leave you to match which ones by the little trickster's statement to Gilda (Mama Goldie) nee O'Ryan Dre'Ath at the beginning of VolVar-1. As for the ones Hush lists who apparently aren't around for the 1980 serials, some were SOS-Sausages whereas others were SOS-Suicides or SOS-Socks, both or all three. I'm pretty sure all of them were also listed as SOS-Saints in the synopsis to Kore-14.

Needles to say, which Hush probably does say at some point during 'The Volsung Variations', the action begins now!

As always, good reading!


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2. The Volsung Variations: "Faerie Fight"

VolVar-1 ends with the following ...

Rising into the sky from beyond the headland yonder came a draconic sight, a butterfly-winged semi-serpent full of eye-like feathers, a sort of slither-slender peacock, -- only bodily this peacock was female-shaped; human female-shaped, a young one too. No more than twelve, I understand.

Then, just as quickly gone as much as her was one of the supranormals, the one Witchie named Cheyenne Raven. In his place, up towards the heavens, flew a raven, a real one, a crow-creature, one most of the supras had seen before.

"Dishwater and dirt-rags!" cried one of the invaders, no doubt noting the Fetishim's presumably foreboding reappearance. This was the one in the frogsuit and wearing the Gorgon Goggles. "Deep-dreck doo-doo's what we're in for now."

"About fucking time," trumpeted the Domdaniel-Deviant suddenly glowing even more brilliantly than earlier.

That was when the peacock-creature, all Hell too, broke out. Correct that: all Hell didn't so much break out as came out, -- of her, the feathered serpent.

Then it came at them!

Want action? Needless to say, action you've got! My problem is whether I should summarize any of it. Got an opinion? Come back to me, via email, and venture it ==>

Then there's Mara Macha, Nightmare herself, whose hands are seemingly composed of crow-creatures.

One guess as to whose makes up one of them!

The Raven Fetishim collage, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2007 using pictures mostly taken in Mexcio in 2005

Shaman Manitoulin once assigned a Raven Fetishim to look after John Sundown. Unfortunately, for some, it was a killer!

For now, how about I note that the title doesn't just refer to a chapter-long battle on a Twilight beach between Socks of [Supra] Saints and a whole bunch of hell-spawned fairies including the Mighty Milkman, whose boots are made for stomping, Plenty Pedals, bundles of Bumble Bums and truly nasty piece of work called Old Nuke, aka Night's Mare.

To that, because she'll be back, let me just add that most of the faerie fighters come out of Praxitheia (Queen Bee) Faerie Flight and she, all of not quite 12-year old she, is a daughter of Ophiomedea (Medea now Annulis but always Ararat), whom we last saw, in Kore-13, escaping to the Hidden Headworld through a gateway reserved for pregnant witches.

Huh? What? Who? Missed Manoeuvres and/or its continuations, Oddity and Curse? Even for non-fans of fight sequences, learning of her background is as good a reason as any to read VolVar-2. (HINT: As noted in the synopsis to VolVar-1, her father is one of those in Sub-Trig. hearing Tom-Tiddly tell his story.)

Oh yes, lest I forget, even if you have, there is a whole other set of variations currently being serialized out here on the Web. Ophiomedea appears there, too. So does one of her sisters, the dead one (Mountain Games) not the still alive one (Chelonian Basilisk from Mole-7).

Solar flares were going off in fair folks' faces. Ouphs [faerie-like elves] were dodging icicle-spears then living lightning. Did I mention the Selkies? No? Well, with all the mayhem going on around them they lost their sea-dogged determination to hold onto the talisman-less devils and scampered into the sea. Which meant Ringleader-Ringkeeper was back in business.

"Wondered when you were going to get to you, Tom-Tiddly."

"Wonder no longer, Jordan."

"Almost, Rhymer," said Magnus Minus.

"Come again?"

"Almost rhymed I meant.

As always, good reading!

Text reads Raven's Head Text reads: PHANTACEA Text reads: Blind Sundown Falling Warrior aspect of Orosco Painting The Eagle Knight Raphael, the Avenging Angel, aspect of Orozco Painting Subway wall painting Eagle Knight's head and helmet Cacama  Crow Creature YVR Transformer Mask Text read: "Raven Fetishim"
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3. The Volsung Variations: "Sea, Sickness, and Sundown"

Fights are as much fun to write as they are to read. Other than to note it's almost non-stop, I'm not going to synopsize the fight sequences in VolVar-3. Instead, I'll simply provide one of its highlights. [Check out the featured story in the Summer 2006 edition of 'pHpubs' for something that happened shortly before this happens.]

Even Socks of [Supra] Saints should know better than to try to take on a Master Deva in her own protectorate. Then again, most of the Outer Earth born socks have never wittingly come across a Master Deva before.

As for what else either happens or is revealed in VolVar-3, allow me to insert a gold-mining box here and go from there. It doesn't come from Volvar. It comes from that whole other set of variations currently being serialized out here on the Web.

It, the scheme to rebirth the three Great Goddesses, was termed the Panharmonium Project. There had to be precisely that number of them, though. Plus, it went without saying, they had to be female. All of them also had to be born simultaneously, albeit on either side of the Cathonic Dome and, according to higher-ups in the Superior Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea, not necessarily out of the same womb.

Mary Magdalene nee Ryne Mandam's Thea was born at the same time, to the minute, that Gloriel D'Angelo and Aranyani Nightingale, also a Ryne, were on the Outer Earth. That should make her a potential Trigregos Sister. Did too. Or three. But there were many another possibility, the Trigon Triplets most notoriously. And who were they? The 1909 ones? No matter. They failed the Totem Pool test.

Here's the queer, as a certain little devil child who doesn't appear in VolVar tends to say:

Her name? Shahiyeda, Shah for short!


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4. The Volsung Variations: "Head-Bangers and Balance Beans"

Funny title. I'll venture 'Head' refers to Sedon's Head. I'll further bet 'Balance' refers to Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, who's been gone for some 400-plus years. I'm pretty sure the rest of it, bangers and beans, refers to the breakfast the Socks of (Supra) Saints get cooked, probably by the Mighty Milkman, post Battle Beach. Could be wrong about that, though. It has been most of a decade since I wrote Volvar and the first time since then that I've re-read it.

This is the last chapter in 'Fred in Fairyland', the first of Volvar's three subsections. Remarkably, I've thus far managed to synopsize its preceding instalments without once mentioning Fred (Valfreja Volsung -- soon to be code named Cousin Contamination). Might it be about time I corrected that oversight? Sounds like a plan. Actually, now that I've had a few months to consider it, and you've had the same few months to read VolVar-4, there isn't much point, is there? Besides, I already have, over on the overview page.

Let's do a gold-mining box instead.

Sed-Speak as Pre-Babel Babble:

<<"Then you can understand this too?">> tried Angelo Zeross [the first Ringleader, aka Ringkeeper].

"Of course I do, though I can't identify the language," said Sense Seer [the SOS-codename for Homer, the blind Skullian]. "What was it, -- Arabic?"

Nelso Maravalhas's Abebelcedario, photograph taken by Jim McPherson in Brasilia, Brazil, 2007"Turkish," said Zeross, not even worrying what tongue he was using anymore. "What's the deal here?"

"You're the top notch intellect in this crowd, Angie," criticized Cybele St Synne [one of 1909's Trigon Triplets]. "Where'd Bible come from? Bibliography?"

"Byblos, -- the oldest still-inhabited city in the world."

"Actually that's Corona, over on Ap Isle," said St Synne. "But you're close. We're no babbling brooks," she hinted again, giving him a second chance.

"Babel," Zeross finally realized. "This Hidden Continent's pre-Tower of Babel, pre-Great Flood. Like it or not, we're all speaking the Universal Language!"

"Would go bit further than that, Rings," elucidated Suryad [one of the Trinondevs of Weir with the Socks of Supra Saints]. "What we do is understand universally."

There's stacks of this sort of revelatory material in VolVar-4. One of my personal favourites pertains to what else Homer Skullian can do. Ever heard of telephotography before? If not, you will here. You'll also discover why Magus Max sent him to Battle Beach.

"You've that telly no one wants to talk about," Angelo said to Homer. "You've telepathy. You're seriously psychic, aren't you?"

"Wouldn't surprise me if he's telegenic too," mock-drooled Cybele [St Synne]. Even though she hadn't seen an Outer Earth movie since her pre-1920 childhood beyond Cathonia, she always admired men she fancied would look good on the silver screen.

"Hey," boasted the blind man in an all-too-familiar, to the Zerosses, cocksure Summoning Child manner. "You don't know the quarter-qualifier of it, Red. Fact is, I'm telephotographic. Want to see?" He opened his sightless eyes.

For the next half hour, while they waited for Immanuel Dark's bangers and beans, all those in the Eventide dining hall, -- fays, deviants, and even those humans there now who had not been there then --, watched in stunned amazement, not to mention some amusement, as Homer beamed forth an on-the-spot documentary of the battle on the beach across Fearsome Fobbiat from Island Leviathan.

Goes without saying that Mouthpiece vocalized the sound!

So, if I was to remind you that Mouthpiece is Mycroft ("Mikey") Skullian, a deaf-mute, you'd no doubt figure out what, thanks to brother Max (Maxwell Dre'Ath, aka Magus Maxius, the seventh son of a seventh son), the other two Skullians, Jubal and Gregory, can do. No? Well, Jubal's a leg-crippled paraplegic whose codename is Chairman while Greg's a gentle giant simpleton whose codename is Rage Mage. Does that help?

Even if it doesn't, suffice it to say that VolVar-4 howsoever satisfactorily concludes the Fear Dark, Dana & Dinah born Maxwell and, as a separate subsection, the Family Dre'Ath storyline begun in Kore-3. As for what's to come, here's a hefty preview, one that I don't doubt I'll be referring back to as Volvar progresses.

The speakers are the White Witch (Morgianna born Nauroz but called Somata), Black Skull Face (Golgotha Nauroz, the Trinondev clone of Morg's grandfather, Ubris Nauroz) and the Grey Lady herself (Krepusyl Evenstar), who was last noted synoptically interacting rather curiously with a colossal whale (Fish's pal, and evident birthplace, Island Leviathan).

"You've proof of that, -- the Trigregos Sisters have finally been reborn?"

"As always you misunderstand me, Morgianna," Krepusyl all but laughed. It was in a kind of resignation not exultation, interpreted Golgotha again, -- though, as he would be the first to admit, he was no expert on empathy. "If it were them don't you think I'd be gleaming, not steaming."

"Who is it then?"

"Harmony!"

"Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, -- your eldest sister in Lazareme, the one Abe Chaos killed centuries ago?"

"Can you now appreciate why I must have Tsishah? Harmony can and will order me about, which is something Father, Chaos, Star-Face, Blacksun, even the Moloch Himself would never do."

"You'd be bound to obey a deviant?"

"Yes. Because, young as she is, she's my elder. Of those of my family [the Lazaremist tribe] still around, only Father and Grandfather are older than her and Chaos."

"Then that means ..."

"Not necessarily. We won't know until she's on the apex of seven, will we?"

"Who are the other two?"

"One goes by the name of Shahiyeda, the same as one of Young Life's many aliases. Her people, Iraches in self-imposed exile on the Cattail Peninsula, think she's the female of the Nergalids, though, the one your Illuminaries named Vetala. I think she's actually Demeter to Tsishah's Devaura and some other woman's three year old girl's Sapiendev, or vice versa verse visa."

"One born simultaneously, on the same date and at the same time, as mine and Sorciere's babies," understood Morgianna. "I'll find her for you. Just let me get done my business on Ap Isle and let the others go with me."

"I think not. You see, I'm seriously thinking about killing her. And, if I kill Harmony's incarnation, I may as well go whole hog and kill all your deviant buddies at the same time. They are mostly Mithras Spawn after all. Headworld's still got plenty too plentiful of their ill-tempered ilk about and the last thing it needs is a bundle more back again for another go-round."

"You do that, Dark Sedon will cathonitize you on the spot. Master Devas need all the worshippers they can get and Almighty He's never been one to allow his descendants to cull those they don't like, no matter what tribe they're from."

"If I may, my ladies," dared the clone. Krepusyl gave him another of her icy glares but didn't elf-strike him. As for his mistress, Morgianna encouraged him to speak his mind.

"We are at an impasse, Black Skull."

"Warriors of Weir are born and bred to kill devas. Ordinarily, therefore, assassination of mortals is beyond our mandate. The devil would be appalled were that not the case, wouldn't she?" It was a rhetorical question. He was not expecting, nor was it deserving, a response.

"However, if the mortal in, um, our hypothetical situation might prove to be an immortal, -- more, if the mortal might be a devil returned from the grave --, well then she is already dead, is she not?"

Morgianna looked to the Grey Lady, who simply nodded concordance. "So," she summarized for both their benefit, "If I understand you correctly, Skull, you're only returning a Master Deva to the grave she rightfully belongs in. You're actually assassinating no one."

"Quite the contrary, milady. With all due respect, I'm proudly performing a Trinondev's sworn duty. There's no 'only' when it comes to one's honour."

"Your call, Creeps-Devil," said Morgianna, allowing Krepusyl the last word. "I'll ask it again, -- who is she?"

"Who do you think, war witch?"

Put in the form of a cheat sheet:

So, what else happens in VolVar-4? For one, Fred cures herself, unwittingly at the cost of infecting others. So she unselfishly uncures herself (if 'uncures' is a word) by disinfecting those others and re-infecting herself. For two, Megaera Zeross becomes Meg-Aura, a living eye-stave, and tries to take out Krepusyl in her own protectorate. Despite her threat, noted above, it is a very good thing for not just Meg that Master Devas who've never been ill-starred don't kill.

For three, occasionally blue-skinned Thalassa D'Angelo (Sea Goddess) hears she might actually be Thalassa Thanatos, a fourth generational devil. For four, we learn that Praxitheia (Faerie Flight) is Medea Annulis's daughter by Sedon St Synne, Cybele's father. And, oh yes, for five, we learn the identity of the Harmonia-deviant, as if we hadn't guessed that already. (Or knew it if you read long deleted chapters such as 'The Faerie Garden', 'The Trigregos Gambit' and 'The Crimson Corona' when they were serialized howsoever many years ago now.)

Finally, as for 'Fred in Fairyland', well, we can't leave her dying anew, can we? Actually, I could. But I didn't. Recall 'Coueranna's Curse' and who ultimately ended with her (Kore-Concord), as opposed to it (the curse of holding Kore in a prison pod secreted between-space, as Laodice Atreides did at Castle Nightmare, or, worse, being possessed by Kore)? Put it this way, Cybele St Synne doesn't get an option anymore.

Let's leave the last word to our 4-chapter narrator, Tom-Tiddly Taddletale, the faerie-type with blue skin and sun-blond hair who covers an Inner Earth Summoning Child, Tammuz Rhymer of Dukkha (Sedon's Upper Lip-Tip on a map of the Headworld):

"I've come to know these supras. They won't last long; especially won't last long before they're at each other's throats."

"Spoken almost as if you were the Time-Tumbler, Tammuz." saluted History [Heliosophos, the Male Entity]. "Want a beer?"

"Thanks for the offer, dad."

"Don't get too familiar, kid. I find my parents there's a strong likelihood you'll never be."

"Put that way, maybe I'll have two."

As always, good reading!


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5. The Volsung Variations: "In the Company of Chaos"

Great title. I should copyright it.

The company part of it starts in the Totem Pool (aka Cleo's Bath and the Wishing Hell, Head-side of the Tholos Tomb for Pygmies, wherein Tanith von Blut jumps, evidently attempting to commit suicide yet again) and ends in the Dinq, Doinq, Danq Cavern Tavern. Are we soon to be done with Chaos yet again? Pending additional re-reading, I'll say nay to that.

Truth told we aren't done with Tanith, yet again, either. That's in part because VolVar-5 begins 'Queen of Heaven', the novel's second subsection. And guess who likes the notion of being a queen of heaven? As for the rest of it, let's call it foreboding and leave it at that.

What there is no wondering about is why she'll soon be acquiring an SOS-codename besides Silverhair. That codename? Cousin Constellation!

Will further say Akbar (who was once Old Joe but who's now very much a young Joe properly named Kronokronos Akbarartha) finally admits he was Michael D'Angelo from 1895 (when Azrael Sangati, a Blood Beast Prime and self-made vampire put the bite on him) until 19/5920's Simultaneous Summonings, after which he emerged from a cocoon as Magister Joseph Mandam.

He doesn't deny he was Barsine Mandam's father (by Olympias Sangati always Ararat). But he does deny he was Jesus Mandam's father (by Mary Magdalene born Ryne become Mrs Magister Mandam). He thinks, as it turns out probably quite correctly, Jesse's father was none other than the legendary 30-Year Man, our old pal Jordan Tethys.

Perhaps not at all coincidentally, the recurring deviant (whom you'll recall was among those listening to Tom-Tiddly recounting all that happened on Battle Beach a few days previously in Sub-Trig) is already drinking in the DDD. After he joins them, he admits he was Magister Mandam from 1895 until 19/5920's Simultaneous Summonings. While that doesn't necessarily mean he was Jesse's father, he confirms he might have been his grandfather.

What else? Well, someone tries to call Tanith Silverstar (as in Pyrame Silverstar) instead of Silverhair. She prefers Silverhair. Someone calls Jess Silverspoon, as per what he was figuratively born with in his mouth. Although he is wearing the head-to-toe silvery Aegis of Athena, hence Aegis-Jesus, he doesn't think it's funny.

Young Joe acknowledges that he himself was born, albeit as Akbarartha, sometime near the beginning of the Dome's 59th Century. He further acknowledges that might make him a faerie fart. He and Unholy Abaddon (the chapter-titular Chaos) get drunk in the DDD (the Dinq, Doinq, Danq Cavern Tavern).

It's hardly the first time they've got drunk together. Indeed, they both seem to have the capacity to drink dry an entire lake (so long as it's filled with beer). Tethys isn't far behind them, though of course he has a 30-beer maximum. Young Death and Tanith abstain. Both leave, he in his usual gruesome fashion. She just wants to be alone. Turns out alone isn't an option.

Jesse still fancies Tanith Silverhair. He probably always will. Somewhat significantly, Jordy leaves his sketchpad behind when he too retires for the night. Jesse flips through it and, bearing in mind what Tethys apparently can do with this quill of his, somehow twigs as to what may be really happening:

Recollect Second Fangs (Janna Fangfingers)? Of course you do. Her story was amongst those detailed years ago in 'PREGAME-Gambit' #s 2, 3 & 4. So why has she popped by the Dinq? Could it be she wants to get drunk too, albeit on Jesse's blood? We'll see soon.

I somehow doubt it, though.


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Bust of a Helios type with an All-like creature on his head; photo taken by Jim McPherson in the Musee D'Orsay, Paris 2004Bust of a Helios type with an All-like creature on his head; photo taken by Jim McPherson in the Musee D'Orsay, Paris 2004Shot of a demon, behind glass, taken by Jim McPherson in Lima, Peru, in 1998 and modified on PHOTOSHOP in 2007[SHOT OF MAAT, EGYPTIAN GODDESS OF JUSTICE, PEACE OR BALANCE, REMINISCENT OF TANITH SILVERHAIR AND HARMONIA/NIHILA, THE UNITY OF BALANCE, TAKEN BY JIM McPHERSON IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM, TORONTO CANADA, APRIL 2000]Nelso Maravalhas's Abebelcedario, photograph taken by Jim McPherson in Brasilia, Brazil, 2007Collage made up of a number of images scanned in or else taken from the Web by Jim McPherson, who the mother of the 3rd potential Trig Trip is contained within it; collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2007The Raven Fetishim collage, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2007 using pictures mostly taken in Mexcio in 2005

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The 'Crow Creature' collage, above, is an image map. A click on the individual graphics making it up will bring you back here for curiosity-satiation purposes:

  1. Text reads "Raven's Head"; there's a list of lynx that'll take you to more on Raven's Head here; return to image map
  2. Jim McPherson's photo of the Guerrero Aguila (Eagle Knight or Warrior), taken at the Museo de Templo Mayor in Mexico City, 2005; return to image map
  3. Text reads "PHANTACEA"; return to image map
  4. The Raven Fetishim collage, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2007 using pictures mostly taken in Mexcio in 2005The shot of the warrior with the green bird's head helmet falling or else just hanging downwards and the shot of the robed 'Raphael, the Avenging Angel' type are part of the same Carlos Orosco Romero painting spotted in Guadalaja; it's something of a serendipitous sighting when one considers what John Sundown and Raphael D'Angelo combined to accomplish on Charan's Ark the morning of January 14, 1938; photo by Jim McPherson, 2005; return to image map
  5. Text reads "Blind Sundown"; the main entry on this enduring character is here; return to image map
  6. Postcard of the same Eagle Knight's head and helmet, bought at the Museo de Templo Mayor in Mexico City, 2005; return to image map
  7. A scene spotted painted on a subway wall inside Mexico City's Metro; photo by Jim McPherson, 2005; also something of a serendipitous sighting; see blow-up and accompanying text here; return to image map
  8. Text reads "Raven Fetishim"; there's a list of lynx that'll take you to more on Manitoulin's Raven Fetishim here; return to image map
  9. Shot of a transformer mask spotted at YVR, the Vancouver International Airport; see blow-up and accompanying text here; this photo by Jim McPherson, 2007; return to image map
  10. Blow-up of another Eagle or Raven Knight, this one a statue spotted in a meridian along Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma; photo by Jim McPherson, 2005; it reminds me of the aquiline ace-in-the-hole Sorciere becomes when, as per here and here, she ingests faerie food; a variation of the same shot is here; return to image map

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  1. "Ophiomedea as a Cockatrice" correlates to Max Ernst's "Mythological Woman", ca 1940; I scanned it in from "Max Ernst" (Edited by David Larkin, Ballantine Books, 1975); back to image mapCollage made up of a number of images scanned in or else taken from the Web by Jim McPherson, who the mother of the 3rd potential Trig Trip is contained within it; collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2007
  2. "Nita D'Angelo as Night Wailing" correlates to "Night", by Edward Burne-Jones, 1870; I scanned it in from "The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones & Watts - Symbolism in Britain 1860 -1910" (Edited by Andrew Wilton and Robert Upstone, Tate Gallery Publishing Limited, 1997); although the book is a Tate Gallery publication, I saw the painting as part of an exhibition at London's Royal Academy of the Arts in late 2003; there it was part of the Andrew Lloyd Webber collection; back to image map
  3. "Medea's Lamiae as Psychopomp Wyrms" correlates to a cut-out from an image of Cronus, Kronos or Father Time that I took off the Web a number of years ago while searching for likenesses of Thrygragos Varuna Mithras; the wyrms pulling Time's chariot are irresistibly akin to Medea's lazy lamiae, Neath and Lathe; back to image map
  4. "Mama Rhea as Norma Screaming" correlates to an image I scanned under the entry for "Banshee" in the lavishly and often brilliantly illustrated book entitled "Encyclopedia of Things that Never Were" (Michael Page, Robert Ingpen, Penguin Studio, 1998); the illustration is by copyrighted by Robert Ingpen, 1985; back to image map
  5. I took the image of a nacreous sky that makes up the background for this collage from the Web; back to image map
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Page background is a whitened, then lightened even more, shot of the famously transplanted temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt. Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, spotted and shot it in 2000.Cliffhead spotted and shot by Jim McPherson in Turkey, 2003

A peculiar perspective side shot of the same massive monument to the absolutely astonishing ego of Ramses II (BCE 1303-1213) can be seen here and here. Quite a few more phantacea-related shots taken in Egypt on that same eventful trip are preserved in the Winter 2000/1 update of pHpubs. There are also a pair of long-serving photo essays re Egypt 2000 here and here.

Additionally, as per here, it turns out these two Helio-heads are actually of a Shelios. In 2004 the Musee D'Orsay's explanatory placard didn't note that the sculptor François Rude (4 January 1784 - 3 November 1855) used the bust as a model for "Le Départ des Volontaires" (aka La Marseillaise), his contribution to the Arc de Triomphe in Central Paris.

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