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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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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

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Winter 2004/5

  1. Featured Story: Cain, Slayer of Abel
  2. Introductory Remarks
  3. Hestia Housekeeping
  4. Anheroic Coyotes (FAQ)
  5. Today's Topic
  6. Stories and Synopses
  7. Notes on Graphics
  8. Sites with Loads of Graphics
  9. Previous pHpubs
  10. Novels in search of a paying publisher

2 potential covers for Decimation Damnation

pH-Webworld

- PHANTACEA on the Web since 1996 -

  • written by Jim McPherson
  • unless otherwise noted the web-design, photographs and/or scanning are by Jim McPherson
  • where applicable artwork is as noted in the mouse-over text
© copyright Jim McPherson

Lynx to complete novels within the PHANTACEA Mythos whose potential covers, background information and introductory chapters are still online

| 2002: "The Moloch Manoeuvres" | 2003: "The War of the Apocalyptics" | 2004: "Decimation Damnation" |


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

Sixty-five years after the death of Alorus Ptah, eight after Droch Nor's, in what was therefore 4661 BC, the Golden Calf, the idol Plathon/Serapis had Cain construct, was finally complete. Perhaps realizing what its heart contained, the Anti-Patriarch, in his eight hundred and eighty-fifth year, applied one last time for permission to visit the Tree of Knowledge. Yet again Amemp Tut, no doubt appreciating how old, how desperate, Cain was becoming, turned him down flat.

He finally forced the issue. For the first time in many ordinary human, as opposed to extraordinary Edenite, generations he and his three wives left Enoch City. Stealing a page from Droch Nor's non-violent advocacy, he marched towards Power Point Sumeria, amassing thousands of followers as he did so. Significantly but hardly unexpectedly given who he was, he did not bring Enoch-Cain nor any of his direct descendants with him.

They were massing too, though: Enoch's armies, Jared's navies and Mehujael's air force. With all of them nearby, Methusael's pilot-less drones overhead, Lamech-Cain firmly in charge of Enoch City, and carrying the Golden Calf, the Anti-Patriarch strode up the hill towards the Gates of Eden.

-- from 'Cain, Slayer of Abel', the latest installment of "Coueranna's Curse"


Anheroic Fantasy Coyotes

  • Coyote #1: Huh? Run that by me again, will you? (How Cliff Heads morphed into Coyote Headgames);Coyote #2: What's all this then - Part 1? (Images of the first batch of Cliff Heads, and a sign-head, from the Autumn 2003 installment of 'pHpubs');
  • Coyote #3: Okay, I get the cliff heads. Y-Coyotes? (Includes a titularly topical BLOCKQUOTE from 'The Moloch Manoeuvres', both versions of it);
  • Coyote #4: To self-publish or not to self-publish? (Currently Conundrum #1);
  • Coyote #5: I do self-publish, what do I self-publish? (1st Corollary to Conundrum #1: 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' versus 'The War of the Apocalyptics');
  • Coyote #6: How do you spell 'plagiarism'? (What's fair game to use in 'pH-Webworld', what isn't, -- at least in my humble);
  • Coyote #7: What's all this then - Part 2? (Images of the second batch of Cliff Heads);
  • Coyote #8: How to get going on a Today's Topic for 'pHpubs'? (Advice for those tempted to try doing something like PHANTACEA on the Web themselves);
  • Coyote #9: Coyotes of a Conundrum is a good name for a FAQ page, isn't it? (Except 'pH-Webworld' doesn't have have a FAQ page);
  • Coyote #10: Are two heads better than one? (2nd Corollary to Conundrum #1: Hiring an editor);
  • Coyote #11: How personal dare you be on the Internet? (A spooky sighting);
  • Coyote #12: Can a Clump of Contents Content a Coyote? (The dangers of fay-saying, or not);

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Introductory Remarks

Greetings. Welcome, or welcome back.

The usual 'Hestia Housekeeping' section is immediately below. (Click here to find out why I call it such.) On the other side of the table, below the Feat-Story seciton, is what I hope will become the equivalent of a PHANTACEA on the Web FAQ sheet.

In it are lynx to a number of questions I asked and answered myself in the Fall 2003 and Spring 2004 editions of pHpubs: Web-Publisher's Commentary.

Contact me [jmcp@phantacea.com] and feel free to ask any questions you might have regarding PHANTACEA. I'll do my best to answer them either directly or right here in ...

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Hestia Housekeeping

By this troth I hereby invite thee to peruse, immediately, one of seminal chapters in the entire PHANTACEA Mythos.

On second thought, please feel free to finish reading Hestia Housekeeping first. Then go ye to peruse it forthrightly.

What's so seminal, or germinal, about the 8th chapter of "Coueranna's Curse". It is after all, at least by my count, the 9th complete novel I've serialized during the course of web-publishing PHANTACEA on the Web? Does its title help: 'Cain, Slayer of Abel'?

Yep, that'd be that Cain, the farmer, though not that Abel, the shepherd, who's already long slain by the time this story sequence ends. That'd be in the 885th year of Cain's post-insemination upon, well, maybe, Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night.

And, yep, in another oddball case of Serendipity, that'd be that Lilith; the same Lilith I did a peculiar perspectives essay on last time up, in the Summer 2004 update of 'pHpubs'.

No, I'm not attempting to rewrite, yet again, a small portion of the oft-rewritten Bible. All I'm really doing is adding a few details that for some reason have been omitted from the current version of said stately tome as it's been handed down to us.

It's not like I haven't done this before either. Sooth said I published a comic book version of this selfsame storyline in the graphic novel entitled "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA". Did so way back in late 80s.

Title reads CAIN. SLAYER OF ABEL; it shows Cain raising the Golden Calf, drawn by Ian Fry in the mid-80s for  PHANTACEA Phase One but not published until 4-Ever & 40 Days, the Genesis of PHANTACEA in 1990It's still available by the way. But the prose version is free for all, albeit if only for now. So is the appendix taken from pH:4-Ever & 40. That's where I chart the birth and death dates of the 10 Patriarchs of Golden Age Humankind.

Where I also, thereby, demonstrate that #8, Methuselah, my Mythos's Amemp Tut, died in the same year as the Great Flood.

I have to admit it was fun putting words into the mouths of the likes of #s 2, 8 & 9. Providing a more 'PHANTACEA factual' explanation of the final moments of #6 was fun too. I'd like to tell you that making Cain's line of Anti-Patriarchs sound a lot like today's militarists was fun as well but, hey, there's nothing funnny about today's militarists.

So, what else is new this time up? Ah, as to that, besides the swap-over at the top of this webpage and a couple of additions to Serendipity Now, there are three more candidates for my ever-growing gallery of Character Likenesses down below in the Topic section of pHpubs.

There's also a revisited and now wholly revised webpage I decided to rename: "The 2005 Covers Gallery". As its name doesn't imply, it's where I placed a giveaway poster I never got around to giving away to anyone until now, albeit only on the Web.

It's also, as its name does imply, where I placed an assortment of potential covers I've designed over the years for some of my not-as-yet print-published novels. Perhaps PHANTACEA perversely, one of these last is a dust-cover for a novel I'm still writing.

It's called 'Wilderwitch's Babies, Part Two: Tsishah's Twilight' and, yep yet again, no heart attack here, it's what comes after 'Babies Part One'. Does it end the same way 'Psychodrama', the now-concluded, and perhaps final, online PHANTACEA serial set in the 1980s ended?

Does it end with the Second Coming of the Great Flood? Tell you what, although I do detail a fair amount of Two's plot beneath its potential cover, as soon as I find that out I'll make a point of first announcing it right here in pHpubs.

Feedback encouraged. And, as always, good reading.

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Stories and Synopses

'Coueranna's Curse'

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Jim McPherson's Latest Collection of Character Likenesses

Freespirit Nihila (Once Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Balance) / Cel-Spook (In death, as in life, the Celestial Superior) /Manifesting Gargoyles (Utopians from the Weirdom of Cabalarkon)


Freespirit Nihila, once Harmonia, the Unity of Balance

Although by the time 'The Trigregos Gambit' and 'Helios on the Moon' came along to finish up 'The Launching of the Cosmic Express' Tetralogy her appearance, if not her aggrieved attitude, had much improved, in the serialized version of 'The War of the Apocalyptics' Freespirit Nihila did not make the most favourable of first impressions:

With chains and scales-of-justice earrings suggestive of Freespirit Nihila and Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, scanned in from a newspaper and adjusted on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2003Yet another female devil manifested herself. Even more wasted-looking than the vampire, this one was at least flesh and blood, -- though there wasn't much left of the former and far too much of the latter. Not a pretty sight, especially with a great gash in her chest through which they could clearly see her heart pumping. She had a dirty, perhaps once golden torc around her neck and was dressed in a hole-riven smock made out of rusted chain mail. Both the torc and smock sparkled only slightly with the telltale glimmer of Gypsium.

Her torc and/or her vestment must be her power focus; the chains wrapped around Wilderwitch and Akbar, -- though manacled to each of her skeletal wrists --, merely extensions of it. What hair she had was white and clung to patches of scalp on her largely skinless skull. She yanked on her chains. Both the Witch and Akbar felt instantly weaker. Before their eyes her chest began to knit itself back together. She was debilitating them in order to rehabilitate herself.

In the 'Disuntion of the Unities' aspect of the serialized version of PREGAME-Gambit, we came to know Nihila as Harmonia, one of Thrygragos Lazareme's Unities, the Unity of Balance. That was also where we met her two fellow firstborn brothers, Lord Yajur (Order) and Unholy Abaddon (Chaos). As Balance she stands between them.

Long before events described in the Web serial, she was in love with a human, one Cadmus by name. Part of a mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, woman struggling against chains reminiscent of Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, photo taken in 2005 by Jim McPherson, graphic prepared on PHOTOSHOP, 2007In standard mythology, Cadmus was a Phoenician prince who brought the phonetic alphabet to Europe, founded Grecian Thebes and led the Spartae or Dragon's Teeth.

In the PHANTACEA Mythos he's all of that as well as, among many another thing, the destroyer of Strongyne (modern day Santorini) and, with it, the Goddess Culture so prevalent throughout the Mediterranean Basin circa 1500 BC. Among those other things King Cadmus of Thebes was of course the Male Entity in his second lifetime.

98 lifetimes thereafter, here's how we last saw Freespirit Nihila:

A few minutes later, when Freespirit Nihila finally arrived on the planetoid, all she found was the decapitated body of Helios called Sophos the Wise. It was buried in a big old hole full of moondust and covered by the still warm rubble of the unar Citadel. That was ruined but the decapitated remains of her lover from nearly thirty-five hundred years earlier weren't.

The gods, devils that they were, that she was and continued to be, had celebrated their wedding. They had celebrated his death as well, years later. Now though, they were nowhere in evidence."Why didn't you truly die then?" she cried to the stars.

They gave no answer but someone else did. The voice came from a dark, ectoplasmic ghost in a human form. More, in a devic shape. Hers!

So what, you may ask, has become of her since then? I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I finish writing 'Wilderwitch's Babies, Part Two: Tsishah's Twilight'.


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Cel-Spook: In death, as in life, the Celestial Superior

Even though I didn't start writing it until the mid-90s, I consider 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' to be the first novel in the PHANTACEA Mythos. Here's an abridged version of how it began:

The silver-haired, seven year old Sicilian awoke knowing something was very wrong.

The only other one actually awake was a fifteen year old Prussian girl whose first name she could not recall but whose last name sort of rhymed with cow dung. She was opening the window above her bunk. It was a foggy night and odious wisps of the city's choking smog wafted into the dorm.

Rainbow overlay suggestive of Cel-Spook; underlay part of a painting by Paul Delvaux, from a postcard purchased at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; rainbow overlay prepared by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2004Then they took shape, became a man, -- a night creature, a Black King, shrouded in darkness, with glowing red eyes and bright, impossibly sharp teeth. That was when the little girl was sure she was not dreaming, though she now wished she was.

This was a Blood Beast Prime -- a vampire!

The year was 1895. The little girl's name was Celestine D'Angelo. Less than a decade later she was on the Inner Earth of Sedon's Head, had acquired a new name, Celeste Mannering, and a first born daughter, Pandora Mannering.

This Pandora was the product of generations of genetic manipulations on the part of the Witches of Weir. Witch-which of course meant so was Celestine-Celeste, Her having her, shortly after the latter-her's birth, was the main reason the former-her became the Celestial Superior.

Pandora was bred to bear triplet daughters, incarnations of the Trigregos Sisters. Instead her firstborn was a boy, Saladin Devason. Consequently the Celestial Superior was forced to call the Simultaneous Summonings of 1920 (5920 on the Hidden Headworld). Hence the Summoning Children who dominate so much of the goings-on in the PHANTACEA Mythos.

Too bad, since she was killed in 1923, the Celestial Superior didn't live to see them to grow up. Death hasn't particularly slowed her down, though. Which-witch is why she's known as Cel-Spook throughout the 1938 story sequences.

As for why she's also known as the Horny Ghost, hey, that's why you read them!


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Utopians from the Weirdom of Cabalarkon

There are distinctions, albeit not so much so in physiognomic terms, to be made between the Utopians of Cabalarkon and the Utopians of either the first or second Weirworld (as featured in the PHANTACEA comic books and the graphic novel: "Forever & 40 Days, the Genesis of PHANTACEA"). The primary one is of course that the Weirdom of Cabalarkon is on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head whereas the two Weirworlds are (or was in the case of the first Weirworld) far, very far, some 170,000 light-years faraway from the Whole Earth of the PHANTACEA Mythos.

The caption reads: Mythos Utopian Eyeorbs Manifesting Gargoyle; images of Cacuceus and Gargoyles were taken from the Internet and  put together by Jim McPherson, using PHOTOSHOP, in 2004The full-blooded males are still black-as-midnight on a starless night whilst the full-blooded women are white-as-light on a sunny day; in other words, they're statuesque to an extreme. Hence, full-blooded female Utopians such as Melina nee Sarpedon (1938 serials) Zeross (1980/1 serials) and the Chryseis-clone, Gethsemane Nauroz (both serials), are oft-times described as ambulatory alabaster.

By contrast, Saladin Devason, the Master of Weir during the 1980 serials, is a hybrid. He's 60, has a beard, has to work out in order to maintain his gorgeous physique and, yes, both Hot Rox (1938) and the Witch (1980) get to know him in the Biblical sense. It's a damn shame he's such a jerk but, hey, nobody's perfect.

Which is part of the problem with him being in charge. Utopians think they are perfect; wouldn't call themselves Utopians if they didn't. They're extraterrestrial. Came to the Whole Earth ten years before the Genesea, the Great Flood of Genesis, and have been stuck here ever since.

Only some of their extraterrestrial gadgetry works anymore and no one has any idea why or how. Has something to do with the collective willpower of the Idiots of Weir, who are in the majority in Cabalarkon, as funnelled through the Master, though.

Among the gadgets that still work are their eyeorbs, which they mount on eye-staves. Eyeorbs can be used as devic prison pods. That is to say they can capture and hold devils. Except they don't work in devic protectorates, which is where most devils hang out.

They can also manifest gargoyles. These gargoyles are the physical forms taken by the force shields they project. There's lots of prison-podding and gargoyles-manifesting in 'Coueranna's Curse' if you're curious!


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4. Graphics: Footnotes and off-page links:

  1. The swap-overs in the masthead at the top of this time up's 'pHpubs' are of a pair of potential front cover I prepared for the latest novel, 'Decimation Damnation'. A potential dust cover, front and back, for this novel can be found on the entirely revised Covers Gallery.

  2. The 'Alt Txt' mouse-over for the first graphic in the Nihila-Harmonia essay reads: "With chains and scales-of-justice earrings suggestive of Freespirit Nihila, aka Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, scanned in from a newspaper and adjusted on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2003"; although I did not write down the date, the original picture ran in the Vancouver Sun; I believe the chained woman is supposed to represent the disputed territory of Kashmir, torn as it is between India and Pakistan;

  3. The mouse-over behind the second Nihila-Harmonia graphic reads: "Part of a mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, woman struggling against chains, reminiscent of Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, photo taken in 2005 by Jim McPherson, graphic prepared on PHOTOSHOP, 2007"; in the 1938 'Heliodyssey' serials there's a character often described as "Not that Diego Rivera"; this mural is by a contemporary of that Diego Rivera; along with my favourite, Carlos Orosco Romero, many consider Siqueiros and Rivera the big three of Mexican muralists; a different rendition of the same painting, as well as more on Nihila, can be found in synopses prepared for 'The Trigregos Gambit' and 'Helios on the Moon'; as per here, I also used a web-shot of the same painting in a graphic I prepared for The Cretan Snake Goddess mini-essay:

  4. The mouse-over in the Cel-Spook essay reads: "Rainbow overlay suggestive of Cel-Spook; underlay part of a painting by Paul Delvaux, from a postcard purchased at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; rainbow overlay prepared by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2004"; there's yet another entry re the Horny Ghost on the Witches webpage;

  5. I prepared the graphic shown in the Utopians essay for the backcover of 'Decimation Damnation'; its mouse-over is as follows: "The caption reads: Mythos Utopian Eyeorbs Manifesting Gargoyle; images of Caduceus and Gargoyles were taken from the Internet and put together by Jim McPherson, using PHOTOSHOP, in 2004"; the caduceus, as opposed to an actual gargoyle, is the preferred manifestation of white-as-light Illuminatus (Melina Sarpedon in the 1938 serials, Zeross in the 1980 serials); funnily enough, in the 1938 serials Mel's black-as-midnight twin brother, Demios Sarpedon, manifests a Quasimodo; in 'Decimation Damnation' Thobruk Grudal, another Trinondev Warrior of Weir, manifests a baby seal and uses it as a club.

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Cliffhead spotted and shot by Jim McPherson in Turkey, 2003Page background is a whitened, then lightened even more, cliffhead spotted and shot in Hasankeyf, Turkey, by Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, in 2003. It reminded him of a Tyrannosaurus, but he's somewhat pixilated after all these years writing phantacea-related material.

Another shot taken from the Roman ruins high atop the plateau of Hasankeyf is here. Many more cliffheads can be seen in the series of FAQs posted here and here. The Tyranno Cliff features as the background of Coyote Nine: "Coyotes of a Conundrum is a good name for a FAQ page" while the Hasan House Head shows up on the mockup cover for "Decimation Damnation".

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