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Phantacea Publications in Print

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 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

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!

Phantacea Seven

- Comic Book to Web-Serial -

Unfinished cover for pH7, artwork by Ian Bateson ca 1980

Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".

Still unpublished-in-print artwork from pH-7 can be seen here.

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

 

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Ian Bateson's full cover for Nuclear Dragons, 2013

Cover art by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013

Nuclear Dragons are here!

The second full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle.

Dedicated webpage is here; back cover text can be found here and 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; its Auctorial Preamble is reprinted here, here and here

Lynx to online stores where you can order the book by credit card are here. To order from the publisher, click here.

Postage is extra. Please be aware that as yet Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

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Centauri Island

- Web-Serial to Novel -

Unpublished Phase One cover by Ian Bateson, circa 1988

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

Ian Bateson's breathtaking wraparound cover for the novel utilizes his own dragons from pH-7. Those from the then 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

NEW: Drive Thru Comics now provides an opportunity to flip through a few pages of the graphic novel.

The link is here.

Also, you can still 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. More free reads featuring Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos link from here.

Guess what isn't coming soon any more?

Text reads Graphic Novel coming soon or here

"Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade"

Hard copies and a Watermarked PDF of the graphic novel can be ordered via 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

Ian Bateson artwork never seen before in print; almost all of pH-5 available for the first time since 1980.

Click here and here for a preview of these pages exclusive to Jim McPherson's long-serving pH-Webworld.

Click here for a b/w ad for the latest graphic novel and its Table of Contents, wherein all the contributing artists are listed.

Images in this row double-click to enlarge here

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Goddess Gambit

Samples of Verne Andru's art, applicable to Goddess Gambit

double-click on rollover to open a separate window featuring the full cover of "Goddess Gambit"; panel's reddish background enlarges here

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce "Goddess Gambit", the third and final book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy, is available for ordering both online and directly from the publisher

(Please note: Phantacea Publications can only accept cheques and money orders.)

"Janna Fangfingers - Sedon's Purge", can now be ordered as both a trade paperback and as the 4th Phantacea e-book.

With its publication, "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', concludes and, in some respects, the 'Launch 1980' story cycle begins.

Hit here for nearly instant ordering gratification

The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky

Sedonic Eye, image by Ian Bateson, 1986; text and manipulation by Jim McPherson, 2011 by Jim

double-click on Sedonic Eye to enlarge in a separate window; blue, 2012 ad enlarges here
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Covers prepared by Jim McPherson, 20104 covers for 1000 DazeThe Thousand Days of Disbelief

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', are available for ordering online by credit card.

Just as happily, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors" are available everywhere at $7.50 each. Being longer than its predecessors, "Janna Fangfingers" still goes for the highly reasonable price of $10.00 CAD and USD.

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Incomplete covers for upcoming publicationsIncomplete covers for upcoming projects

"Feeling Theocidal -- Thrygragon, Year of the Dome 4376" (Book One of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the first full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels making up "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'), "Goddess Gambit" (Book Three of the trilogy and in some respects the second – unless it's the third – entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) and "Nuclear Dragons" (the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) should be available at neighbourhood bookstores and public libraries all over the world.

"Janna Fangfingers", the third and final mini-novel comprising 1000-Daze, rather cleverly doubles as a prequel to both Gambit and the Launch 1980 story cycle. In its turn, Endgame-Gambit picks up from where War-Pox leaves off. Part Three of "Nuclear Dragons" connects to both War-Pox and Gambit. Parts One, Two and Four of Nuke also nicely sets up "Helios on the Moon", the last scheduled sequence in the Launch 1980 story cycle.

E-versions of Feel Theo, Hellion, Contagion,Fangers, War-Pox and Gambit are available on the Kindle format exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and some of amazon's other European and Asian affiliates.

Kindle e-books can be downloaded for I-Pads and I-Phones as well as a number of other devices. Many have text-to-voice capacity for the visually challenged.

Phantacea Publications e-books are also available in a variety of other formats. Please check your favourite online bookstore to download Phantacea Publications e-books to the device of your choice.

If you don't see the novels or mini-novels displayed at your local book stops, kindly direct purchasing agents and/or booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to help them rectify such a sad situation.

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The cover for War of the Apocalyptics, Ian Bateson, 2009, with a rollover of an alternative cover for the same book prepared by Jim McPherson, 2003The front cover for Feeling Theocidal, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008, with a rollover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2008, for the same book

Hit here to initiate orders directly from amazon.com and some its affiliates. Books from Phantacea Publications currently available include "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics" the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (namely "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers"), "Goddess Gambit" and "Nuclear Dragons".

Kindle versions of "Feeling Theocidal", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers", "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and four of amazon's European affiliates. Check your favourite online sites to order Phantacea Publications e-books in a variety of other formats.

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

Some of the Phantacea comics and graphic novels can be ordered through Drive Thru Comics.

Or, if you prefer to order directly from the publisher, email or send 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.

Please add an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping. At present Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

BookFinder.com lists both of the original versions of the mosaic novels: "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics". Also listed therein are most of the other PHANTACEA Mythos print publications.

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 the novels.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say), 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.

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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

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"The War of the Apocalyptics", the first book in the Launch 1980 story sequence, is now available

The War of the Apocalyptics

Additional information on placing orders can be found here; much more on the novel can be found here and here

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The Thirty Second Synopsis

Cerebrus as he appears in comic booksThe gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of ancient mythologies have been trivialized, their worship proscribed and the entities themselves confined to another realm. Their ongoing battles are chronicled throughout Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos.

Fuseli's Spirit done up to look like Glory of the AngelsIn "The War of the Apocalyptics" a number of these acknowledged devils break out of the Sedon Sphere, the dimensional barrier between the Inner and the Outer Earth. Among them are four Apocalyptics: War, Death, Disease and Destruction. Death looks pregnant.

The 17-year Secret War of Supranormals ended in December 1955. At the end of November 1980, 1955's Last of the Supranormals re-emerge whole, bodies with minds, from nearly a quarter century in Limbo. Since they do so on Damnation Isle, in the Aleutian Chain of islands, they consequently decide to call themselves the Damnation Brigade. They may be all that can stand against the Apocalyptics and their allies.

Although evidently mortal and mostly human, they may also be the sons and daughters of the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of ancient mythologies.

Images in this panel double-click; more shots representative of the Damnation Brigade can be found here.
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Cover for The War of the Apocalyptics, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009lon,

copyright ©Jim McPherson (Phantacea)

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Front and Back Cover for "The War of the Apocalyptics"

OMP type, statue photographed in Prague, 1996James H McPherson, Publisher. Cover artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009. Text by Jim McPherson, 2009.

Raven's Head Collage, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Lynx leading to a partial list of excerpts from the novel can be found here. Back cover text can be found here. As above, much more on the novel can be found here and here.

List price is $23.00 in Canada and $22.00 in the USA. For a limited time, orders placed via email through www.phantacea.com will include postage for anywhere in Canada or the USA. I will still have to charge you 13% for Canadian and provincial Goods and Sales Taxes. Plus, you will still have to send me certified cheques or money via surface mail before I ship the book(s).

However, individual copies of "The War of the Apocalyptics" can be also ordered from amazon.com and its affiliates, including amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as from Barnes & Noble and a number of other popular online booksellers. Bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through Ingram Books, Ingram International, Baker & Taylor and/or many other distributors worldwide. Everyone wants your business so just ask and chances are it, or they, shall be delivered.

Since Lightning Source Inc (LSI) has exclusive rights to distribute the novel, a partial list of LSI's distribution partners, including a number outside of Canada or the USA, is here. Or you can email your order(s) directly to me today and I'll either arrange to fill them myself or send you details as to how you can order copies of the novel wherever you live. Enquiries cost zip.

Images in this panel double-click; more shots representative of the Damnation Brigade can be found here and here.
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James H. McPherson, Publisher, presents a PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publication

Front cover for War-Pox, Artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

Cover Artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

PHANTACEA: Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

Back Cover Blurb

The Launching of the Cosmic Express took place on November 30, 1980. The Moloch Sedon found the whole thing so distasteful he spat it out again.

The Great Eye-Mouth in the Sky, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

The night’s sky darkened but stars didn’t dim. They escaped. The ten members of the Damnation Brigade, one of who wasn’t anywhere near human, though she was supranormally gifted, couldn’t have been happier. They’d survived a quarter century in Limbo. For now!

Plague, Murder, War and Disaster, they're Apocalyptics; immortal devils. They're among the stars that escaped the Sedon Sphere. Murder's pregnant. She'll give birth on the Inner Earth if D-Brig doesn't stop her first.

From the creator of the PHANTACEA Mythos and the writer of ‘Feeling Theocidal’ comes Fallen Angel Devils, comes unrelenting Action, comes the Damnation Brigade, comes the first book of the Launch 1980 cycle.

 

copyright © Jim McPherson
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The background image for this page and the panels above and below this box are blurry versions of Ian Bateson's front cover for "The War of the Apocalyptics", as adjusted by Jim McPherson, 2009; the setting is Damnation Isle in the Aleutians; the characters depicted are Demon Land (Antaeor Thanatos) and Devil Wind (Vayu Maelstrom); the cover is a variation of one prepared by Ian Bateson for PHANTACEA Phase One #2 circa 1986; there's more on the Phase One project here whereas the rest of Ian Bateson's artwork for Phase One #2 are here and here.

The War of Apocalyptics

A Mosaic Novel featuring Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

| Background Information | The Damnation Brigade |

Nine months after the Simultaneous Summonings of 1920 ended around Easter of that year, dozens of exceptional individuals were born. These were the Summoning Children. A great many of them became supranormals (‘supras’). So did some of their parents, siblings, eventual children, other relations, friends and acquaintances. It was as if the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of antique mythologies everywhere were attempting to make a comeback.

From the late Thirties until the mid Fifties hundreds of self-aware supras were identified. Remarkably, the world as a whole never did learn of their existence. By December 1955 only 12 remained active. Then there were eleven, ten, one and, finally, none. By Boxing Day the world was effectively free of supranormals.

On November 30, 1980 New Century Enterprises launched the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island, a 3-peaked but otherwise largely man-joined set of once volcanic islets off Maui, in the U.S. state of Hawaii. With its 6 detachable cosmicars, its central hub-vessel and its overall command ship, over 60 individuals were on the Express.

Intercepted by a Kamikaze craft mere seconds after its launch, it never made it to Outer Space. Instead, in what appeared to be a devastating explosion, it was thrust elsewhere. Whereupon it broke apart!

One of the cosmicars crashed on Damnation Isle in the Aleutians. On Christmas Day 1955, the last battle of the Secret War of Supranormals was fought there. Devil Wind, a 3-eyed, blue-skinned, conceivable deity riding a whirlwind conjured from his lower body, came out of the sky to investigate the downed space vehicle.

Not just Demon Land awaited him.

Thus begins “The War of the Apocalyptics”, a fantasy novel written by Jim McPherson and published under the PHANTACEA imprint.

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Another collection of images representing the Damnation BrigadeCollage containing images of the Damantion BrigadeThe Damnation Brigade as they first appear in "The War of the Apocalyptics"

| Old-time Supras' Fundamental Precept | Gloriel | Cerebrus | Wildman Dervish Furie | Blind Sundown | OMP | Raven's Head | Wilderwitch | The Untouchable Diver | The Elemental Twins |

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The other, mostly earthbound returnees behind him, Wildman Dervish Furie was the first one there. He lifted the smoldering corpse up by its still-glowing topknot. "Doesn't seem to be much left for us lowly types."

"That's twisted, Dervish," the Diver upbraided him. "Even for you that's twisted. Johnny just killed a sentient being. Call us what you will but, Damnation Brigade or no, we don't kill."

... from War-Pox 2: "Advent of the Apocalyptics"
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Gloriella D'Angelo Dark

The Goliath golem blew apart. Maelstrom smiled in grim satisfaction. Even though he was perplexed as to where Demon Land acquired his shell if the cosmicar was as empty as it had seemed to be, his work was done.

Fuseli's Spirit done up to look like Glory of the Angels

Then something completely unexpected happened. The stones, pebbles, and dust that had been the Thanatoid coalesced into another being entirely. He caught the unconscious female in his arms before she could fall any farther.

Evidently in her early twenties and dressed in a sheer satin gown, she was beautiful by human standards.

The miracle of Glory of the Angels, as shot in Playa del Carmen 2010 by Jim McPherson

Had white skin, two eyes, and remarkably long, remarkably silver-coloured hair.

Which was what gave her away. Had to be Castella-Day, didn’t it?

... from War-Pox 1: "The Damnation Brigade"


Gloriel as Radiant Rider appears on the wraparound cover of pH-4; the top image is a combination of a Fuseli figure and a photo I took in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, circa 2003; it's of a woman looking at a distant rainbow; the bottom collage is of a rainbow angel; I took it Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in January 2010; more lynx re Gloriel can be found here;

Cerebrus David Ryne

No, one wasn't standing. His feet weren't on the ground; he was levitating. It was this one, a hooded man in a monk’s coarse raiment, who spoke. Spoke straight into his mind.

Image taken from Web and used to represent Cerebrus

"Greetings, Vayu Maelstrom, Devil Wind. I am Cerebrus David Ryne. In honour of both you, devil that you proclaim yourself and devil that you undeniably are, and where we find ourselves, thanks to you wholly ourselves again after a quarter century in Limbo, you may call us:

“THE DAMNATION BRIGADE!”

... from War-Pox 1: "The Damnation Brigade"

The hooded monk was floating in front of him. He lowered his cowl. Cerebrus as he appears in comic booksThe man was not entirely human either. He had a metal plate instead of hair or scalp wired into his skull. A cyborg, a cybernetic organism, possibly a Mantel, this Ryne-son, this latter day Golden Age Horrite as he now realized, was smiling cherubically, unhealthily proud of himself.

The throwback had learned the secret of both Centauri Island and Sedon's Head. And he had done it by playing Maelstrom for a fool.

... from War-Pox 1: "The Damnation Brigade"

The lower image of Cerebrus is from pH-4, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1979; the double click is Verne Andru's opening drawing for pH-3, 1978; the upper image and some more lynx re Cerebrus are from the Serendipity pages, as per here and here

Wildman Dervish Furie

Dervish Furie was akin to a werewolf: hairy, bearded, with a slight snout and pointy ears. Action, danger and doing something about it, empowered him. It also made him very dangerous.

A faun mask reminiscent of Dervish Furie, shot in Antigua Guatemala in 2001 by Jim McPherson

As his codename suggested he was a whirling dervish who, when he worked himself into a fury, became a virtually unstoppable juggernaut of barely under control ferocity.

A hybrid creature, he and his gentlemanly side, Jervis Murray, a black African born to a pair of Godling Guild members nine months after the Guild-specific Summoning of 1920, were not so much mutually exclusive as mutually antagonistic.

A faun mask from Antigua Guatemala by Jim McPherson in 2001

Murray always went about in the most expensive clothing he could afford. And the Crimefighters' paymaster, Loxus Abraham Ryne, Cerebrus’s born-with-the-century father, paid very well indeed. Furie took untoward delight in shredding those fancy duds every time he burst into motion.

Like the rest of them he was wearing what he had been when they were thrust into Limbo a quarter century ago. Which explained why he was dressed in the tatters of a tuxedo, a pair of oxfords, -- both of which were now minus soles --, and a crumpled top hat.

... from War-Pox 2: "Advent of the Apocalyptics"

The Furie-like masks are of fauns; they're built over actual goat skulls; the only place I've ever seen them is Guatemala Antigua, which is where I bought mine; there's link re them here; its double-click features some more masks and bottles along the same lines; the original shot of them is here; the double clicks in this column are of even more faun masks shot in the same place, albeit more than a year later in 2003;

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Blind Sundown

Riding her was an Irache, a red-skinned warrior whose eyes were covered by some kind of bandanna.

A John Sundown type, painting photographed in Merida, Mexico

He had a spear that glowed not just with Brainrock-Gypsium but with the power of the setting sun itself. He fired. Devil Wind ignited; burned; plummeted downwards.

... from War-Pox 1: "The Damnation Brigade"

The above image is of Nachi Cocom, a Mayan hero of the Conquest; the painting is by Fernando Castro Pacheco; it hangs upstairs in Merida's Governor's Palace, across the street from the main square or plaza, kitty corner to the cathedral.

The double-click is of a statue I photographed behind Leighton House in London, England a number of years ago now; stacks of lynx re this enduring character can be found starting here;

Old Man Power

Obadiah Melvin Power (or, as they usually referred to him, Old Man Power, OMP) stepped forward. Power was a near-giant, six foot six and almost as broad as he was wide.

OMP type, statue photographed in Prague, 1996

His horned helmet, with its demonic visage, what he called his Warmask, was strapped to his waistband such that his great Santa Claus beard hung down over his chest. For once not braided, his shaggy salt and pepper hair flowed freely to his shoulder blades.

It was impossible to tell how old he really was and, despite his pinkish skin colouration, impossible to tell where he came from as well. The first time the Society of Saints met him was on August the Sixth, 1945. He and his then mate, Crimson Corona, had just walked out of the A-Bomb blast that levelled Hiroshima but left them unscathed.

Wasting no time he swung his Homeworld Sceptre full-force into the devil. The resultant explosion was titanic. Maelstrom was vaporized on the spot.

"I ...," OMP sucked air, "I never hit anyone so hideous-hard. Never dared. Somehow something just came over me. I willed him daredevil-dead."

The other thing about Power was he tended to fay-say: speak in alliterations and sometimes nonsensical rhymes.

... from War-Pox 2: "Advent of the Apocalyptics"

Wilderwitch and OMP appear in the background on the front cover of pH-5

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Raven's Head

Something came out of the sky. It was the horse-thing with a bird's head, the wings of Mercury on the upper parts of its hooves, and a vestigial horn growing out of its head.

Raven's Head Collage, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Had to be a ravendeer, he finally appreciated. But one immediately recognizable as superior to the dwindling herds of the once majestic specie that were still found in the lower Cattail Peninsula.

... from War-Pox 1: "The Damnation Brigade"

Given, as per here, what happened to Raven's Head on D-Isle in November 1980, I couldn't resist taking this shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia when I was there in late August 2009.

Shot of the Split Crow pub sign, taken by Jim McPherson in Halifax, 2009

A ravenhead, though probably not D-Brig's Raven's Head, appears on the front cover of the graphic novel; ravendeer are mentioned in Feel Theo, wherein a deviated creature known as Hinny the Hippy (a psychopomp that is part ravendeer and part Pegasus) plays an important role throughout.

Wilderwitch

Altogether solid now, Maelstrom snapped his neck and head into normal alignment. "I am Byronic Nucleoid. I am whirlwind. I am devil. I cannot be killed!"

Wooden plaque with images reminiscent of Wilderwitch, spotted in Montreal, 2000

"Unless you know how." Once again it was Wilderwitch who spoke.

An actual witch, a member of the Antediluvian Sisterhood of Flowery Anthea, there was nothing Halloween Witchie about her. A master illusionist like most Antheans, she could appear to be virtually anyone she pleased.

Right now she pleased to appear as she usually did, an exceedingly attractive gypsy type in her late twenties with a mass of unkempt dark hair that could have been home to any number of bugs and bitty beasties.

Indifferent to the climate, she was wearing a fur, belly-baring chemise and a hide skirt, with moccasins on her feet and a leather pouch strapped by a thong to her belt.

Ordinarily this lack of clothing would make her even more attractive to any male lucky enough to be in the vicinity. In quieter times she was, in fact, Murray’s, though never Furie’s, lover.

Now, though, was not a quieter time. The whirling devil was decidedly unlucky to be in her vicinity.

She materialized a bow and glowing arrow out of her pouch, her bottomless bag. "I may be a life-loving Anthean by both nature and nurture. My flowery sisterhood may have coexisted with your unkind kind since before the Genesea. But, be assured, I’m as much an Athenan War Witch as I am an Ant. I can kill devazurs!"

... from War-Pox 2: "Advent of the Apocalyptics"

Wilderwitch and OMP appear in the background on the front cover of pH-5

The Untouchable Diver

Yehudi Cohen, to use his given name, was one of five Summoning Children in their number; that is to say, like the wildman, Blind Sundown and the Elemental Twins, he was one of those born some nine months after the Summoning of 1920 ended on that year’s Easter Sunday.

A wooden diver, spotted near Manuel Antonios National Park in Costa Rica, 2009

He had been with KOC, the King's Own Crimefighters, -- which is what most of them were calling themselves prior to Cerebrus arbitrarily deciding to change their name to the Damnation Brigade about five minutes ago --, and its predecessor group, SOS, the Society of Saints, on and off since shortly after supranormals, or supras, as they commonly thought of themselves, first became active during an Alliance of Man’s Assembly of Man in Rome, Italy, back in January 1938.

The Untouchable Diver wears Gorgon goggles

He was codenamed the Untouchable Diver not just because its initials sounded like Yehudi. It was also because that was what he could do: alter his bodily constituents such that he could become untouchable and dive into the earth as easily as he could water. Whereupon he could soil-swim as easily as he could dot-ditto. Could also become supra-dense and similarly alter the constituency of anyone with whom he was in direct contact.

From head to toe, except for scarlet goggles and the tar he smeared on his bared facial skin and arms, he wore a wetsuit. Story was if he ever removed it he would atomize on the spot. It was just a story, though. After his encounter with a boulder of Brainrock beneath Hamburg Harbour soon after he returned from Rome, still a Norman Normalman as far as he knew, he had never found a way to remove it.

... from War-Pox 2: "Advent of the Apocalyptics"

The Elemental Twins

'Look at them,' he [Devil Wind] mentally transmitted to their apparent leader.

Old graphic that reads Sea Goddess'

'So startled by their own good fortune. He, the beautiful Adonis with his cloud-white hair, proud jaw, determined stare.'

The devil was referring to Airealist, Aires D’Angelo, who wore the same circus outfit he was wearing when he was thrust into Limbo by Saul “Psycho” Ryne all those years ago.

Aires' Aerod

It consisted of a skin-tight, sky-blue acrobat's outfit, folded-flap leather boots, ostentatious gold belt and an even more ostentatious white cape.

'Who does he think he is, my brother in Byron Damon Goldenrod or, as outsiders called him, Phoebus Apollo?

'And she, this obvious twin of his, every bit his watery counterpart.

Sea Goddess's Water Wand

'With her sea shells instead of eyebrows, her braided, foam-white hair, her garlands of seaweeds, her jellyfish membrane of a dress, so brazen in her near-nudity.

'Don't you realize their skin is almost as blue as the sea, as blue as the sky, as blue as mine?'

... from War-Pox 1: "The Damnation Brigade"

As per the double-click on the first image, Sea Goddess appears on the back cover of pH-3; an enlargement of the bottom image in this column can be found by double-clicking the same image here;

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1990 Graphic Novel

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2008 Full Length Novel

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Book One in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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2009 Full Length Novel

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Opening entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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The Death's Head Hellion

2010 Mini-Novel

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Commences "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Contagion Collectors

2010 Mini-Novel

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Continues "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Janna Fangfingers

2011 Mini-Novel

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Concludes "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; doubles as the prequel to the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Goddess Gambit

2012 Full Length Novel

Front Cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru, 2011/12

Book Three in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; eventually meshes with the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade

120 page Graphic Novel

Front cover for Damnation Brigade graphic novel, art by Ian Bateson, touch up by Chris Chuckry, 2012

Published in 2013; artwork from pH 1-5 (1977-1980), pHz1 #1 (1987) and pHz1 #2 (unpublished), of which more is here; dedicated webpage is here

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Nuclear Dragons

2013 Full Length Novel

Final front cover for Nuclear Dragons

The for sure second, full length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, cover art by Ian Bateson; recounts, in four parts, the actual launch of the Cosmic Express and the immediate ramifications of its apparent destruction particularly on its launch site, the Outer Earth's Centauri Island; dedicated webpage is here

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Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst

96 page Graphic Novel

Ad incorporating the front cover for the Cataclysm Catalyst graphic novel, art by Verne Andru, ad prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Published in 2014; artwork from pH 1-7 (1977-1980) and pHz1 #1 (1987), dedicated webpage is here

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Launch 1980

Promo for The War of the Apocalyptics entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

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Promo for the Helios on the Moon entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

Trilogy completed in 2014; Phantacea Mythos story cycle novelizing the Phantacea comic book series

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Helios on the Moon

2014 Full Length Novel

Final front cover for Helios on the Moon

The climactic, full length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, cover art by Ricardo Sandoval; the Dual Entities have been back in their own timeline for a few years now; they're trying to change things for the better; how often does that work out; dedicated webpage is here

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