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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!

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Covers for 2 1000-Daze mini-novels, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010covers for Contagion Collectors and Death's Head Hellionphantacea Goes Fast

"The 1000 Days of Disbelief" is on target for release before the end of 2010.

But, for those who can't wait, two accelerated mini-novels entitled "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors" are now available for ordering at website prices of $10.00 each.

The same as the two thus-far-published, full-length mosaic novels featuring Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos, "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics", both mini-novels are set in large measure on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head.

Their ensemble casts include, at the top of the food chain, Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities (the incomparable Harmony, Lightning Lord Order and Uncle Abe Chaos) in their freewheeling prime.

In its entirety 1000-Daze constitutes Book Two of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories. A growing selection of lynx to out-takes from all three parts of the overall novel can be found here.

Both mini-novels are complete unto themselves. In order to speed up the descriptive mayhem, some of the background details and side-stories found in the original mosaic novel have been carefully trimmed or removed so as not to damage the patient (i.e., either story sequence).

Freshly printed in stapled, booklet form, Hellion and Contagion can also be ordered via the phantacea Mythos Online website: http://www.phantacea.info/phorder1.htm.

(Send certified cheques or money orders to the address provided below. For the time being, prices include Canadian taxes as well as shipping and handling costs. Feel free to email phantacea for more information.)
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"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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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos in Print and Digital

Full covers for the latest PHANTACEA Mythos print publications

This cell's background image is a blurry version of the front cover for "The War of the Apocalyptics", as adjusted by Jim McPherson, 2009; the background image behind the covers in the adjacent panel is much the same; the cover artwork for the two most recent, full-length PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novels are as credited there; as for the characters depicted on War-Pox's front cover, that's here; notes on the backgrounds for this cell, this cell and this cell are here and here

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Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

Front covers for two most recent PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publications

"Feeling Theocidal" Cover Artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

"The War of the Apocalyptics" Cover Artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

©copyright 1977 - 2010 Jim McPherson
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Welcome. Or welcome back, as the case may be.

Black and white version of a potential cover for 1000 Daze, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2009Cover Collage for 1000 Daze, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2009Accelerated 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.)

I did have, however, and still do have, various drafts of "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" and "The Trigregos Gambit" sitting in my computer (and backed up in a number of other places for safety's sake).

In case I haven't mentioned it to the point of ridiculous redundancy elsewhere, 1000-Daze and Gambit are the follow-ups to Feeling Theocidal. That of course makes them the final two books in ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy.

Also in pHantacea-pHact, at least in some respects Gambit overlaps The War of the Apocalyptics, the first entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle. Equally in truth, as well as fantasy, aspects of 1000-Daze could constitute War-Pox's prequel.

(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.

(That'd be these two fine fellows. Both enlarge in a new window when you double-click either/or. There's more on them here.)

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 "The Death's Head Hellion" here and one for "Contagion Collectors" here.

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 "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" come a couple of months time. The continuity won't change, though. That I can assure you.

As always, good reading!

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Cover for The Death's Head Hellion, art prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Tura's Allegory of Spring reminds me of Morgan Abyss, the Master of Weir circa 4825 YDThe Death's Head Hellion

In 4825 Year of the Dome, forces loyal to the Death Gods of Frozen Lathakra threaten to overwhelm the Utopian Weirdom of Cabalarkon. Its demonically-empowered Master counterattacks mercilessly.

In the nearly 5,000 years since the Moloch Sedon preserved it from the Great Flood of Genesis, the Hidden Continent has never experienced such approaching apocalyptic devastation.

Set in the Year of the Dome 4824/5, Hellion presents a terrifying dilemma that Thrygragos Everyman and his Unities, freewheeling anarchists the loathsome load of them, must resolve lest the post-Thrygragon Era of Empires results in a second Genesea.

As for Master Morgan Abyss, it isn't a matter of better the Devil you know. It's a matter of, when dealing with the Devil above, singular and capitalized, never forget the devils below, small case and plural.

It's a lesson she learns all too rapidly. Ah, but is it a lesson she also learns all too fatally?

Double-click on the images in this frame to enlarge them in a separate window.

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Datong Harmonia, collage by Jim McPherson ,2009Cover for Contagion Collectors, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Contagion Collectors

Despite often violent suppression by forces blinkered by monotheistic absolutism, at the height of the Renaissance seekers after secrets are determined to discover all there is to know about the universe.

Yet, right here on the earth beneath their feet, there is no bigger secret than that there is a Cathonic Dome. The second biggest secret beyond the Cathonic Dome is that a continent the size of Africa lies underneath it.

Two hundred years earlier, someone who knew all there was to know about the Hidden Headworld was none other than the infamous, panpipe-playing Rat Catcher of Hamelin.

Three Outer Earthlings you may have heard of play howsoever insignificant roles in Contagion. They are Twisted Tommy (Tomas de Torquemada, age 56), Bosco (Hieronymous Bosch, age 26), and Dire (Albrecht Durer, age 4).

Dire and Drang (a hound, not yet a dachshund) are having a wonderful boy/dog adventure until four already much feared riders on psychopomp steeds burst into their hence no longer exclusive paradise, the Garden of Earthy Delights.

As for the god by then sitting high above them all, in a Brainrock throne on a mushroom cloud, he's the deviant half-son of two of the terrifying riders, the one with the buzzsaw scales and the one with the bow and already notched arrow.

Double-click on the images in this frame to enlarge them in a separate window.

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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.

The gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of ancient mythologies have been trivialized, their worship proscribed and the entities themselves mostly confined to another realm. Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos chronicles their ongoing striving for a return to paramountcy.

Culminating in the Genesea (aka the Great Flood of Genesis), the graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA", recounts many of the challenges these then only eventual gods and goddesses faced prior to their apotheosis. Of them, about half of take place pre-Earth.

Nothing less than the PHANTACEA version of the origin of the Devil Himself highlights this 1990 collection of short featurettes drawn by Ian Fry and initially intended for the phantacea Phase One project.

(Secular Note: according to some faiths, fallen angels became devils. They had to have fallen from somewhere, which in my books makes them extraterrestrials. Are the heavens not outer space? Of course they are.)

Set primarily on the consequently Inner Earth of Sedon's Head, "Feeling Theocidal" sketches and/or details, more grimly than graphically, many more stories involving these undeniable little gods. (Undeniable because, as per here and here, that is precisely what the word 'devil' means -- and don't let anyone tell you differently.)

Foremost among the tales told is that of Thrygragon. For not just devazurkind in particular, Mithramas 4376 Year of the Dome (Christmas Day 376 AD) may yet prove perhaps the singly most important event in Whole Earth history since Xuthros Hor, the Biblical Noah, caused the Genesea.

(Pun Alert: As for why Hor looks Japanese on the cover of pH-4Ever, when I first heard about Japan's famous Noh theatre as a kid, I decided it had to be named after Noah. The notion never left whatever else is left of my peabrain.)

Feel Theo also contains an afterword by the author. Albeit with the bonus of three or four contextually nifty photographs taken in Mexico City, it is reprinted here.

"The War of the Apocalyptics", the latest in what looks to be a long line of PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novels, brings their saga into the final fifth of the Twentieth Century our time (the Sixtieth Century of the Dome). Back cover bluster promises what War-Pox delivers:

"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."

Set on both the Outer and Inner Earth in 19/5980, War-Pox additionally contains a foreword and an afterword by the author. More, it ends with the first chapter of the immediate sequel to Feeling Theocidal.

The second book in ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy, it is entitled "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" and will be released in late 2010. There's a list of lynx to extracts here. Notes and lynx re the two mini-novels adapted from 1000-Daze can be found starting here.

Online lynx for War-Pox include the following:

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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.

Aires' AerodAll 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 "Feeling Theocidal" and/or "The War of the Apocalyptics" can be ordered from amazon.com and its affiliates, including amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as from Barnes & Noble.

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. Text reads Sea Goddess calls her water wand an Aqua Ankh

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, "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA", can be ordered via email from pH-Webworld. Like the accelerated mini-novels, it is still being sold at its original list price of $10.00 in both Canada and the USA. Remainder copies of the first four PHANTACEA comic books are also available for $5.00 per comic in both currencies.

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 ...

Both "Feeling Theocidal", Book One of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy, and "The War of the Apocalptics", the first entry in the Launch 1980 sequence of stories, can be ordered online for delivery virtually anywhere in the world.

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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Lynx to the Latest Graphics and Text Excerpts

| 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 |

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Tomcat Tattletail

A satyr reminiscent of Tomcat Tattletail, shot in Met Museum NYC by Jim McPherson, 2009

I shot this satyr in NYC's Met Museum in 2009

Tomcat Tattletail is the faerie-type Harmony is so enthralled with in Hellion. There's more on him here, here, here, here and here.

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

Front and back cover for The Death's Head Hellion, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

The front and back cover for "The Death's Head Hellion"; the back cover text is here.

There's an enlargement of the Cosme Tura picture here; there's another here, along some more details as to why I decided it represents Master Morgan Abyss.

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.

Or, if you're not one for guesswork, you could just click here, here and/or here.

NYC's Faux Bosch

An unidentified painting spotted in the Met Museum in NYC done in the style of Hieronymous Bosch, photo by Jim McPherson, 2009

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).

inverted map of Sedon's Head, prepared by Jim McPherson and Tim Hammell in 1978

Double-click on the map to enlarge it to its 1978-standard black on white format.

A clickable version of it is on the Peculiar Places page whereas the more than just moderately amazing story of what I spotted in Cairo's Egyptian Museum is retold here and here.

There's more on Magnus Minus, who appears as a daemonic demiurge in Hellion, here, here and here.

Daemonic Royalty (Daemonicus & Primeval Lilith)

Lilith and Daemonicus, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

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.

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The Rat-Catcher of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin, as scanned in from Fortean Times, 2010

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

Budapest's Anonymous, shot by Jim McPherson in 2010

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.

One taken from Hellion is here. A bunch of others link from here, here and here.

Contagion Collectors

Front and back cover for Contagion Collector, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

The front and back cover for "Contagion Collectors", the back cover text is here

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

Cameo of a Venice Plague Doctor, shot by Jim McPherson, 2008

The original blurb re the Contagion Doctor is here

Hoodoo Housing

Hoodoo housing spotting in Cappadocia, photo by Jim McPherson, 2003

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 three brief travelogues re my trips to Turkey linked from here; the spookiest one, appropriately entitled 'The Phantom Train and other not quite Turkish delights', is here.

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Covers for 2 1000-Daze mini-novels, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010covers for Contagion Collectors and Death's Head HellionThere are plenty of websites that display artwork by Hieronymous Bosch (Bosco, age 26, in "Contagion Collectors") and Albrecht Durer (Dire, age 4, in "Contagion Collectors"). Wikipedia, for example, has plenty by both. In order to save you a search, I've highlighted a few of them.

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. Two version of page backgroundsTwo versions of potential cover for 1000 Daze, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2009As 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.

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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 "The 1000 Days of Disbelief"; as for why Durer's 4 Horsemen remind me of Thrygragos Lazareme and his firstborn Unities, that's here;
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