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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos
This cell's background image is a blurry version of the front cover for
Hit here to initiate orders directly from amazon.com and some its affiliates. Books from Phantacea Publications currently available include
Kindle versions of
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:
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.
Welcome. Or welcome back, as the case may be.
Accelerated Mini-Novels Now Available
And what, you might ask or pray tell, are accelerated mini-novels?
Sooth said, I only invented the term a while ago. It came about because I wanted to attend a couple of conventions locally and didn't have anything new to sell.
(Which, I'm sure you'll agree, is vastly superior to not having a thing to wear.)
In case I haven't mentioned it to the point of ridiculous redundancy elsewhere, 1000-Daze and Gambit are the follow-ups to
Also in pHantacea-pHact, at least in some respects Gambit overlaps
(More on their relationship to every other phantacea publication, printed and/or as yet never printed (except on the Web), is properly left for the future file. After all, I'm always in search of topics for the Publisher's Commentary section of pH-Webworld, as also linked from down below, and interconnection would make a good one.)
I didn't have, and still don't have, though it's in the works, a print-worthy cover for 1000-Daze. But I do have the one I prepared shortly after I first announced that the sequel to Feel Theo was on its way, way back when.
I'd also written 1000-Daze in three sections complete unto themselves. Indeed, I'd conceived of it as a mini-trilogy. Breaking it into mini-novels followed naturally. So did preparing collages that included some of my own photos for the covers of the two sections I decided to publish separately.
In order to accelerate the action sequences, I carefully clipped, and in some areas completely cut, some of their background details and side-stories. As for what resulted, well, there's a teaser for
I hasten to add, in the same spirit of speeding things up, that I intend to restore the clips and cuts edited out of the mini-novels before I finally release
As always, good reading!
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More shameless promo for the Autumn 2010 edition of www.phantacea.com
Mini-novels are hardly the only PHANTACEA Mythos print publications available for ordering. Plus, orders for PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novels can be made with credit cards through amazon.com as well as many other major online ordering sites.
Dependent on location, booksellers and bookseller cooperatives can place bulk orders for the novel via either Ingram Books or Ingram International, as per here.
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phantacea.com is the only website thus far dedicated entirely to print publications featuring Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos. Unless noted differently in the text or image mouse-overs, everything is written, photographed, scanned-in and/or otherwise prepared by Jim McPherson.
All sorts of ever-so-pertinent lynx to all sorts of often impertinent webpages, including where its previous Welcoming Page went, can be accessed from here. That's a dot-ditto for Web Publisher's Commentaries preserved in pH-Webworld.
This particular page also contains a table of graphics with lynx to larger views of the same graphics within this or related websites. As where noted on a slowly increasing number of suchlike graphics tables, you can now double-click on the image in order to enlarge it in a separate window.
Should additionally take this opportunity to mention,
hardly for the last time, that Lightning Source Inc (LSI) has exclusive rights
to distribute both mosaic novels. That means individual copies of
Click the lynx provided or go to their sites, type Jim McPherson, PHANTACEA, or the novel's name(s) into their search engine and proceed from there.
In much the same way, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through the Ingram Book Company, Ingram International and/or Baker & Taylor. I'm assured that the terms you're used to shall apply.
There's a partial list of LSI's worldwide distribution partners here. I've seen online listings for Feel Theo from as far afield as South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK. A friend of mine in Germany ordered and received it within a few days of doing so; meaning you should be able to order either of the novels wherever you are and in whatever currency you prefer to use.
Or you can email me today and I'll arrange to fill them myself, albeit for a slightly additional cost to cover shipping, tax and customs issues, especially if you reside outside of Canada.
The list price for both novels is $24.00 CAD in Canada and $23.00 USD in the States. As linked from here, the graphic novel,
An additional cost of 15% on the complete purchase covers Canadian and provincial taxes. Plus, shipping and handling fees are extra. Be forewarned that I can only accept certified cheques and money orders. Sorry, no pay pal or credit cards accepted on this end. To conclude ...
Comments are always appreciated. With your permission, I may reproduce some of them somewhere at sometime. Until then, as I used to end off this sort of thing when I was publishing comic books, be pHantacizing you. JMcP
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| Images that went into Hellion's cover | Images that went into Contagion's cover | Direct Lynx to Bosch and Durer images elsewhere | Notes on the Page and Panel Backgrounds |
I shot this satyr in NYC's Met Museum in 2009
Even though I've collected a few other likenesses of Tomcat, which currently sit in my archives awaiting a mini-essay on him, I decided use this one because of the anguished facial expression.
As for why he goes by the Q-name of Squirrelly in Hellion, hey, just look at him.
The Death's Head Hellion
As for why I refer to her as the Weirdom of Cabalarkon's demonically-empowered Master, well, guess whom she somehow got hold of after she got rid of the devil possessing her.
NYC's Faux Bosch
Many painters tried to emulate Bosch's style in the 16th and 17th centuries. I took this picture of one such painting (unaccredited as near as I could discover) in New York City's Metropolitan Museum in 2009.
I use part of it to represent Magnus Minus, the mighty Minotaurus of Minius (Absudyl), which lies directly beneath the Weirdom of Cabalarkon (Sedon's Devic Eye-Land on a map of the Hidden Headworld).
Double-click on the map to enlarge it to its 1978-standard black on white format.
The figure representing Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night, is by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).
He called her Great Night so how could I not choose her to stand in for one of phantacea's most misunderstood stand-outs?
Below Lunatic Lily (who's still a mass murderer no matter how justifiable her actions could be considered), the Smiling Fiend, or someone similar, seems to be in one of his two-eyed Daemonicus moments.
I took it from a postcard I bought in Germany back in 2008 whereas the background is from a postcard I bought in Sintra, Portugal, on that same 6-week European vacation.
As for whether Demon Queen Lilith or Demon King Daemonicus-Smiler even appear in either mini-novel, well, let's just say not explicitly and leave it at that.
The Rat-Catcher of Hamelin
Yes, I cannot spot the signature of Jordan "Q for Quill" Tethys in this shot either.
Yes also, in the Legendarian's defence, it is a copy of the a stained glass window he purports to have done early in the Outer Earth's 14th Century.
And, no, none of the rats are tee-tees. They're children. The koppen or calvary-like hillock is shaped like a tholos. though.
As for the cave's entrance, well, at a stretch it might pass for a skull-shape or golgotha. Myself, though, I don't stretch that far.
The copy reproduced here dates to 1592. It's by Augustin von Moersperg. The actual window was destroyed in 1660.
(This information is from FT 264, of which more here.)
The Anonymous Fiend
The Smiling Fiend is obviously not smiling in this shot of Budapest's famous Anonymous.
That said, given what Smiler's main attribute appears to be throughout the phantacea Mythos — namely that no one can remember him unless he's standing right in front of him or her and mindfully wants them to remember him — Anon has to be him.
It's almost impossible to hit a webpage on either of the two main phantacea websites that doesn't reference Smiler.
Bosch's 'Ascent of the Empyrean' provides the background on the front and back covers; lynx to it and his Garden of Earthly Delights are below
The original blurb re the Contagion Doctor is here
I shot the cliff-dwellings or, as they're called there, hoodoo housing in Cappadocia when I passed through it again in 2003.
Although they're not usually found on the coast of rainforests, something about the air beneath the Sedon Sphere allows for exceptional, um, exclusions from normality.
The double-click opens a new window with a larger version of the one I used on the Contagion cover. This one is more mound-like, which fits with who built the Hoodoo Hamlet visited in the mini-novel.
There are plenty of websites that display artwork by Hieronymous Bosch (Bosco, age 26, in
In terms of Bosch, I took the Juggler and the lower edge of the front cover for Contagion from a triptych entitled 'The Garden of Earthly Delights'. For reasons made clear therein, it's called the garden of earthy delights in Contagion. The mini-novel also makes clear that Bosch didn't make it up — at least he didn't within the phantacea Mythos.
'The Ascent of the Empyrean', which appears on both the front and back cover of Contagion, is one-fourth of a major work entitled 'Visions of Beyond'. The version I used is from a poster replacing the actual painting in the Doge's palace of Venice. Apparently the original was being cleaned while I was there in 2008.
As for Durer, the putto (who once ate Sinistral Envy), Drang (not yet a dachshund, thus not yet having wolfed down the murine crud containing Camorva Freeflight) and Herta Heartthrob (a technically daemonic, hence soulless, earthborn eidolon given flesh) come from Melancholia.
(Should perhaps add, as a bonus teaser, that Herta is a melancholic angel in the sense that she has wings and is lovely, except she seems plagued by sadness at her own lack of fulfillment. Above all else, she wants to wholly devour the Unity of Balance, whom even she perceives as Beauty Incarnate, instead of simply settling for gathered-up scum-cream left behind on Tholoi hearthstones that Harmony used to get to the Outer Earth in pursuit of Tomcat Tattletail long, and often, pre-book.)
Both Death and the goatish Devil came from 'The Knight'. The 'Four Horsemen' came from just that. As for why he depicted the rider with the Scales of Justice (unless it's for weighing produce in times of pestilence, drought, and/or consequential famine) as a man instead of the most incomparably gorgeous woman ever beheld by everyone, well, assuming the phantacea Mythos isn't pure fantasy, Dire was only 4 at the time of Contagion and might have been missing his mother, if not his dog.
The British Museum has piles of Durer's prints. It even puts out a small hardcover that can probably be ordered online as if just to prove it. I scanned in the ones I used for the covers on this page, as well as its background images, from art books I already had at home.
Just by the bye, Durer's Death looks a lot like old King Cold, Tantal Thanatos, did in the comic books. Which is doubly appropriate since Cold is one of the aforementioned Death Gods of Lathakra – the other being immediate sister Methandra, Hot Stuff, Mithras's Virgin (in both Feel Theo and Hellion, though no longer in the comic books) or just plain Heat (after her attribute) – and Thanatos is the name of the Ancient Greek God of Death.
Just as interesting (to me anyhow), Durer's Devil might well be someone the recurring deviant, Pusan Wanderlust, would fall for in both Hellion and Contagion. That's because, as per here, Pusan's a female faun or fauna and everyone knows what fauns are best at doing, a lot.
|The background image for this page is a variation of a black and white collage/cover I prepared for War-Pox's 1000-Daze bonus chapter; as also per here I did a colour version of it as well; a perhaps too busy variation of it is here and here; a light greenish version can be seen here and in the masthead; some of the shots that went into these collages can also be seen here, here and here; as per here and here there are hints as to the identities of three mainly minor players in the upcoming
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