Even Hirst at his Excessive Worst is better than …

Reviews were all but universally terrible but, being in Venice while the exhibit was running, at two locales simultaneously, proved too much for Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, to resist in September 2017.

Have three posts that first appeared on pHantacea on pHacebook, plus a couple of bonus shots. Commentary mostly taken from Phantacea Publications Facebook Page.

Scroll down for reiteration of images and comments …

Banner outside the entrance to the gallery, shot by Jim McPherson in Venice, September 2017

Shot in Venice, September 2017, the plaza is called the same as the gallery, Palazzo Grassi

Colossus somewhat unimaginatively called 'Demon with a Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement); shot in Venice Italy by Jim McPherson in September 2017

Damien Hirst’s colossal conceit is somewhat unimaginatively called ‘Demon with a Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement). Henceforth shall be referred to as Colossus

<== To the left is a shot of the banner for “Treasures from the WRECK of the Unbelievable. Damien Hirst” exhibit running in September 2017. Spotted and shot by Jim McPherson outside the Palazzo Grassi in Venice Italy.

It’s the second venue for the show but the first visited. Exhibit ran from 09/04/2017-03/12/2017

==> According to the brochure that came with admission, the image to the right (which needs a good clicking to fully appreciate its sheer, laugh-out-loud immensity) is somewhat unimaginatively called ‘Demon with a Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement).

Hirst Colossus, taken from second level of Palazzo Grassi gallery by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Colossus adjusted to bring out contours better, taken from the second level of the gallery inside the Palazzo Grassi

Sooth further said, enlargement is something of an understatement. For one thing, even in the narrative it’s just (?) an outlandish copy of a much more sensibly sized golem: “It seems … the figure served as a guardian to the home of an elite person.” In ancient Mesopotamia, also according to accompanying brochure.

<== To the left is a frontal view of the supposedly Mesopotamian Colossus as taken from the second level of the Palazzo Grassi. Some tinkering with the levels on Photoshop has brought out, for the better, the demon’s contours.

Hirst's demon taken from the gallery's third level

Back shot of Hirst’s Colossus taken from the third level of the gallery and looking downward

The squiggles and encrustations are artistic conceits perhaps left in to indicate the original lay “… submerged in the Indian Ocean for some two thousand years before the site was discovered in 2008.”

==> To the immediate right is a back shot of the colossus looking down, down, down from the 3rd level of the Palazzo Grassi. Once again the conceit of the artist, not to mention the demon’s forgers, is that the original was found underwater, hence the coral and other encrustations.

Hirst's sea monster seen through window and shot by Jim McPherson in Venice, September 2017

Sea Monster seen through the window on an upper floor of the Palazzo Grassi. It appears to be rising out of the Grand Canal

<== Looking through window on an upper floor of the Palazzo Grassi in September 2017 and what does one see but a sea monster rising out of Grand Canal. Note the Ca Rezzonico palazzo on the other side. It comes highly recommended for its massive gallery of Eighteenth Century Italian artwork.

Upshot of Colossus taken by Jim McPherson in September 2017 in Venice Italy

Shot looking up at Hurst’s Colossus from the ground level

==> To the right and again looking up, way up, from the ground level is a shot put on Facebook just to see if its censors were watching.

Supposedly the Colossus was and is anatomically correct. Or at least as proportionately correct as a 60-foot bronze behemoth could be.

(Again according to the brochure, it’s a facsimile of the original, which wasn’t at the Palazzo. Might have been at the other venue, Punta della Dogana, across the Grand Canal a few stops south of the San Samuele vaporetto dock.)

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Encrusted Mickey Mouse, photo of a wall slide taken by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Evidently Mickey, Goofy and, yes, even a scene from Jungle Book (?) were hauled out of the depths after spending two thousand or so years submerged

<== Have to ask, if it sank nearly two thousand years ago: What’s Mickey doing on the Unbelievable? Time warp, perhaps? Could be Disney partially funded Hirst’s extravaganza and wanted some of their characters to join in the very expensive fun.

Which sounds like something only a cynical dullard would say. Sorry about that, Damien.

Shot of underwater shot of a unicorn's skull and horn, taken by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Supposedly an underwater shot of a unicorn’s skull and horn

==> As for the shot to the immediate right of his paragraph, is that really what’s become of the skull and horn of a unicorn after two thousand years?

Might it be a Raven’s Head type from the Phantacea Mythos? For comparison have lynx to the covers for Forever & Forty Days – The Genesis of PHANTACEA and Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade, both of which have Raven’s Head on the cover.

Underwater Colossus, shot of a shot, taken by Jim McPherson, 2017

Presumably the original Colossus taken while still submerged

<== Colossus doesn’t look quite so large in this slide. Could there be two of them? Contextually speaking it’s more likely this is the original.

Shot of a shot of an idol taken undersea with diver's bubbles, Jim McPherson, 2017

Goddess idol taken underwater complete with diver’s bubbles; suggestive of D-Brig’s Sea Goddess

In terms of the Phantacea Mythos, can’t be Catastrophe (Headless Ramazar, the Apocalyptic of Sudden Destruction, a head shot of whom shows up a cpuple of paragraphs down), from the comics and novels, notably “The War of the Apocalyptics“. Too underdressed.

==> Tempted to say the shot of a shot to the upper right represents Thalassa D’Angelo, unless it’s Thalassa Thanatos, D-Brig’s Sea Goddess, notably from the obverse cover of pH-3, artwork by Ian Bateson​ 1978.

Too bad there’s only a hint of a third eye on the sunken idol. Like the bubbles, though.

Andromeda screams as Jaws leaps out of rock to eat her, taken by Jim McPherson, 2017

Andromeda’s chained to a rock screams while Jaws leaps out of ground intent upon eating her

<== Jaws butts in on the Kraken. Andromeda doesn’t look too pleased either way.

Five covers from Phantacea comics or graphic novels, artwork by Ian Bateson except for pH-5 which Ian finished over Verne Andru's original black and white cover

Plenty more on the Phantacea Comic Book series and graphic novels can be found here: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#logo

Wasn’t the best shot taken so darkened the background and greyed up some of the sides in hopes of bringing out characters better.

==> Something of Sea Goddess’s skinniness in Hirst’s Andromeda, too. Except D-Brig’s Sea Goddess would just state-shift into her watery element and get away instead of wasting time screaming.
As for what she could then do to either Jaws or the Kraken should she decide to come back … well, best leave that to your imagination.
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Close up of Hirst's Andromeda Screaming, part of the blue diorama based on myth of Perseus, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Andomeda is (silently) screaming so hard she turned the whole oversized diorama blue.

Diorama entitled Andromeda and the Sea Monster, shot taken by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Background darkened to bring out the three main characters of Andromeda, Jaws and the Kraken; the whole diorama really is blue for whatever reason

<== The elaborate diorama is not only huge it really is blue. As per shots later, and one put up last week, Andromeda really isn’t headless. She is chained, however, and does seem to have an extra hand in this shot.

==> Needs to do a Nihila and break loose pretty damn soon. Jaws and the Kraken look ravenous and could care less about social media.

Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, superimposed over Siqueiros's New Democracy, prepared by Jim McPherson, mid-200s

Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, superimposed over Siqueiros’s New Democracy (Nueva Democracia) as photographed in Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Palazio in mid-200s

<== Reference above is to what’s become of Datong Harmony as of Tantalar 5980. Google up Nueva Democracia for the unadulterated Siqueiros or just hit here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=nueva%20democracia&dcr=0…:

Demonic Head by Damien Hirst, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Severed head of a demon supposedly dredged up then cleaned prior to going on display

==> Only one mobile head in the Phantacea Mythos and that’s Bodiless Byron. He isn’t called the Unmoving One because he can’t get around — he can, by sheer force of will.

He’s called Unmoving Byron because no part of his face moves when he speaks, via a form of thought transference, through his mouthpieces … Sedona Spellbinder in The War of the Apocalyptics and APM All-Eyes in Hidden Headgames

Head supposed excavated in 1932, shot by Jim McPherson at the 'Unbelievable' exhibit in Venice,

Different shot of Damien Hirst’s demonic head. Brochure says it was excavated in the Tigris Valley back in 1932

<== Although definitely demonic I’m not sure this huge head would even fit atop the headless Colossus let alone if it really belongs there.

The accompanying brochure says it was tentatively identified as Pazuzu, a googleable Mesopotamian demon, and that it was unearthed in 1932 in the Tigris Valley. (Pazuzu had something to do with the horror movie entitled “The Exorcist”, may have even been the possessive devil who drove the girl to such head-turning extremes.)

Skull and long horn by Damien Hirst and co, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Dried out and scrubbed clean skull and horn might have belonged to a unicorn according to exhibit brochure

==> Also not sure if this really would pass for the skull and extended horn of a ravendeer in the Phantacea Mythos. Then again the exhibit’s claim that it belonged to an actual unicorn is arguably even more fanciful.

Skull and long horn by Damien Hirst and co, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Another view of a dried out and scrubbed clean skull and horn might have belonged to a unicorn according to exhibit brochure

<== Another view of the unicorn’s skull and broken horn unearthed (unwatered?) near the sunken wreckage of the Unbelievable. Skull looks like something you’d rub and expect three wishes from the genie wafting out of it.

Full wraparound cover for pH-40, artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

Full wraparound cover for pH-40, artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

NOTE:  The best in-colour, pictorial example of a ravendeer — Raven’s Head? — appears on the cover of 1990’s “Forever & 40 Days – The Genesis of PHANTACEA. Raven’s Head the character has her biggest role to date in Decimation Damnation.

In pHanta-pHact she appears in all of the 19/5980 novels and mini-novels. She even does a cameo, in her multitude, near the end of Hidden Headgames. It’s in Dec-Dam, the opening entry in Phantacea Phase Two, that she shows the petulant side of her nature.

Still encrusted 'Diver', so-called, by Damien Hirst; scanned in from a postcard bought at 'Unbelievable' exhibit in Venice, 2017

Still encrusted ‘Diver’, so-called, by Damien Hirst; scanned in from a postcard bought at ‘Unbelievable’ exhibit in Venice, 2017

<== Yehudi Cohen, D-Brig’s Untouchable Diver, is another long-serving character who reappears in Dec-Dam (after vanishing, then inexplicably, during Helios on the Moon“). He has a much more significant role than Raven in Games.

Hirst's Medusa scanned in from a postcard bought at 'Unbelievable' exhibit, September 2017

According to the brochure, among the fourteen venomous serpents represented are the African rock python, horned viper and coral snake

Have to say, though, that Hirst’s Diver, so-called, looks more female than male. Still, it’d be remiss not include it in post re treasures of the ‘Unbelievable’.

==> As for Hirst’s Medusa, the accompanying brochure claims that “fourteen of the world’s most venomous snakes … crown the Gorgon’s petrified features.”

Might have to add this one to the longtime pHanta-pHeature Medusa’s I have met.

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A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

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McPhersonal Mask Wall — Then and Now

Not sure I like the embed feature on FB for this sort of thing. Best scroll down and I’ll copy and paste the rest of the original posting(s) from pHantacea on pHacebook dated October 30 & 31, 2017.

Obviously both were posted to mark Halloween as well as the imminent anniversary of All Death Day on the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head (assuming it’s still around).

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2009 Mask Wall showing five occupants that are still there

pHant Central’s Wall mask is a lot more crowded these day but this lot (taken in 2009) are still on it, though the big fellow only half in this shot has moved to the other side of speaker on adjacent wall above book shelf

Mask bought in Mexico, mid 1990s, known as Double Mouth for reasons's obvious to look at

Mexican Double Mouth wearing Panamanian Bird Cap (for pinheads)

Date for shot to paragraph left is Sept 30, 2009. The Harpo type is an original. The Toothy fellow to his right is from Panama whereas the big blue nose is a Punchinello Comedia del Arte mask purchased in 2008 during first visit to  Venice, where he’s very popular. Has been for centuries.

Also from Sept 2009 series of snaps, Double-Mouth’s bird cap came from a heritage house on the outskirts of Panama City. Needless to say, him having two mouths there’s no point in talking out of both sides of either/or when he can do it with both mouths at the same time.

Not sure where the frond fan came from but a frond is Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth’s power focus, even though he uses Viceroy Ibal’s Evil Eye in “Hidden Headgames

Ecuadorian Maximon Type bought in 1998 that broke in suitcase

The fellow in the rain hat came from Ecuador in 1998. Clearly didn’t fare very well in suitcase upon return

2012 mask wall in pHant Central

Mask Wall has filled out considerably since 2009. Shot taken in 2012 looks somewhat unfocused for some reason.

Main mask in 2009 shot was bought in Ecuador in the late 90s. Reckon he was originally a Maximon type, assuming Incas had a Maximon type. Clearly he didn’t fare well in suitcase on return flight. Always found it interesting that Inca is a word jumble for Cain, whom no one was allowed to kill if memory serves.

Above right: 2012 mask wall. The fellow at the very bottom is from Costa Rica. Violated $50.00 limit to buy him. Fortunately he was lacquered because Canada Customs took him out of bag to test for mites and insect larvae.

2005 Mask Wall in Jim McPherson's pHant Central

First shot found of pHant Central’s Mask Wall in Digital Library. It’s from 2005. Might be more in Photo Albums but didn’t feel like looking

They didn’t do that with coconut heads, two of which came from Puerto Vallarta whereas the little coco-head (coke-head) beside blue nose came from other side of Mexico in a different Puerto, Morales.

Date on photo to the left is Oct 5, 2005. The two masks wearing hats are originals bought in Zihuatanejo Mexico in mid 90s. The ape figure wears a hat these days whereas the goatish Furie figure with the long horns is from Guatemala.

Any wonder why Wilderwitch stays away from Jervis Murray when he’s in Dervish mode? He’s now hiding behind Double Mouth. A couple more like him are in the Fur Mask row here.

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Here’s the earlier post on pHant Central’s Mask Wall, also embedded using Facebook coding. It’s dated 30 October 2017. As per 2011’s “Janna Fangfingers“, All-Death Day occurred on Maruta 1, 5494, the equivalent of our November 1, 1494.

On that date, thanks to the Unities of Chaos and Order — who, as we only found out (for sure) in “Helios on the Moon“, were doing Sedon’s bidding, hence its subtitle ‘Sedon’s Purge’ — there were more Dead Things Walking on the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head than there were Living Beings Talking.

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October 2017 Mask Wall in Jim McPherson's pHant Central, taken in October 2017

pHant Central’s Mask Wall in 2017, taken shortly after return from second time in Venice, hence the two new masks

Mask wearing a hat suggestive of Mars Bellona, pHant's Apocalyptic of War

One of the four original masks, bought in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in early to mid 1990s

To immediate left, pHant Central’s Mask Wall encroaching on book shelf in October 2017.

Note the gargoyle photo on third shelf from bottom and the solitary eyeball above it. Many of masks wear sunglasses and hats to protect themselves from sheer brightness of computer they look at all day.

The box atop the speaker contains the manuscript for “The Moloch Manoeuvres“, which Phantacea Publications doesn’t feel like publishing for some reason. (Might it have something to do with Jim McPherson not wanting to edit something that long, let alone chop anything sizable out of it?)

Monster mask bought in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, suggestive of Count Molech

Mask bought in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in late 90s or early 20-Noughts that’s suggestive of Count Molech near the end of “The Moloch Manoeuvres”

Mask to the upper right bought in Zihuatanejo Mexico, in mid-90s. Couldn’t resist buying because it so clearly resembled Mars Bellona, the Apocalyptic of War, from pH-3, as he first appeared in Phantacea Publications at least 15 years earlier. Mask was one of four that started the whole collection.

Maximon mask bought in Guatemala in early 2000s

Mask of Maximon, who despite looking white is a modern day Mayan deity

Mask to the upper left looks like what becomes of Count Molech near the end of ‘The Moloch Manoeuvres’. And yes, there are two different spellings … Molech refers to a highly unconventional stage magician in Rome Italy in January 1938 whereas the Moloch refers to the Moloch Sedon, who doesn’t even appear in the book.

Mask wall in late October 2017

Another shot of pHant Central’s Mask Wall as it was in late October 2017

May do in a couple of the follow-up pH-Webworld serials, however; more here.

The mask to the upper right is Maximon, the modern day Mayan deity of Conspicuous Consumption as well as Decadent Delights. Probably got his broken nose (hence the bandage) in transit from Guatemala sometime in 90s.

Five covers from Phantacea comics or graphic novels, artwork by Ian Bateson except for pH-5 which Ian finished over Verne Andru's original black and white cover

Plenty more on the Phantacea Comic Book series and graphic novels can be found here: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#logo

Note the middle section of pHant Central’s Mask Wall in late October 2017. The three-faced golden mask in lower centre and the bronze, jawless mask to its right and up a row were picked up in Venice back in Sept 2017.

Finally, just in case you doubted it, here’s a shot of the obverse side of pH-3, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1978. It was a flip-floppy — a comic that contained two storylines: Helios on the Moon and, on the flip-side half, that of the Damnation Brigade as they appeared during the War of the Apocalyptics.

All of the latter has been collected in 2013’s Phantacea Revisited trade paperback.

 

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Tit-Bottom — Fuseli at Tate Britain

Way back in the Winter 2005 update of pH-Webworld there appeared a few graphics re Phantacea’s Rainbow, Gloriel D’Angelo Dark.

Collage featuring Gloriel - D-Brig's Radiant Rider; prepared by Jim McPherson, 2005

An almost version of this collage, as prepared by Jim McPherson in the mid 20-Noughts has been on pH-Webworld for just as long

Fuseli's Titania and Bottom, shot at the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Actually called ‘Titania and Bottom’, it was done by Henry Fuseli circa 1790

Two of the collages utilized an image cut out from Henry or Heinrich Fuseli’s ‘Titania and Bottom’, the post-titular Tit-Bottom.

One of the collages and a doctored shot of said Tit-Bottom are to either side of this paragraph.

Even though she showed up, howsoever briefly, in both “Helios on the Moon” and “Decimation Damnation“, some might consider D-Brig’s Radiant Rider an underused character.

Might be right, too.

Close up of Titania from the Fuseli painting shot in Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Faerie Queen Titania and companions to the right of dancer and ass-headed Bottom

Sooth as always said, at least out here on pHantaBlog, Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, henceforth referred to as ‘I’ or ‘me’, might agree with you as well. However, she is mentioned in “Hidden Headworld”, which might be out by the time you read this.

Talk about briefly, here’s the extent of it:

So, not Sedon: ordinary mortals, albeit ones capable of manifesting gargoyles (grotesques) off their eye-staves, daring to take on Death’s Angels and those who’d come up here with the Diver via All of Incain. Among them, much to his shock and queasy knees, were five members of what was left of his very own Damnation Brigade, including the wondrous Gloriel, Radiant Rider, arguably their most singly powerful member.

Why were they involved? Were they actually joining forces with Sed’s men? What no doubt possessive madness was making them willing to die in a futile effort to fight them off?

Then Blind Sundown and Raven’s Head split in two … dozens of times!

The date, BTW, was the 14th of Tantalar 5980, which is about as far into “Wilderwitch’s Babies” as Games goes.

Some of Fuseli's faerie children shot at the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Isolation shot from bottom left hand corner of Tit-Bottom (presumably) featuring some faerie children

Fuseli’s a personal favourite. ‘Great Night‘, from the front covers of “The Death’s Head Hellion” and “Decimation Damnation” is one of his. So is the ‘Night Hag‘ from pH-Webworld‘s Summer 2004 entry on Primeval Lilith, who appears a whole lot more often than Gloriel.

Close up bottom right of Titania and Bottom, taken by Jim McPherson in the Tate Britain, 2017

The faerie creatures at the right hand corner of Tit-Bottom

This is one of them.

Eggs were eminently edible. Baaloch Hellblob was only egg-shaped; was also Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck. Then again the Highchair of Hell shouldn’t have been akin to a griddle either. It was hot; too hot for sitting. Demons were notoriously flammable. Lord Lazy had never moved so fast. Recovered, uneaten. Look up at Highchair.

“Now what?” he demanded of its occupant, a mass of darkness in a female shape.

“Ass-end of Hell?” said occupant wondered. “Does that make this its Hell-Mouth?”

Bottom? Ass-head? Guess I’ll leave it at that.

Full Cover Mockup for "Hidden Headgames", prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017,

Full Cover Mock-up for “Hidden Headgames”; proper font and background images to be added prior to publication

 

 

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Feel Theo at the Tate Britain

Well, not literally, but close.

Harryhausen's Perseus Strangling Medusa, photo taken in the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Perseus using his shield as a mirror in order to avoid looking directly at the Medusa. Shades, once again, of “Feeling Theocidal” , though it didn’t happen exactly that way when he, a deviant, tangled with his devic half-dad, a Great God, at the end of Feel Theo. Looks like the Amateramirror, with the Susasword on the ground . — taken at the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson in late August 2017

Harryhausen's Pegasus, taken at the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Chrysaor Attis, from “Feeling Theocidal“, was known as the Universal Soldier, but he was also many of the heroes of mythology, including Perseus. At least he was according to the Phantacea Mythos. He called his ride ‘Peg‘.  Not very imaginative of him but, hey, when you’re a product of imagination you can’t expect to have much of one yourself. — taken by Jim McPherson at the Tate Britain in late August 2017.

A lot of 2008’s “Feeling Theocidal“, Book One of ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories epic trilogy, was at least partially inspired by the Perseus cycle of myths.

In pHantacea-pHact its deviant protagonist, Chrysaor Attis, who was born circa 2000 BCE on the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head, was once Perseus himself.

He rode a pterippus by the name of Peg, not Pegasus. He wielded the Six Great Godly Objects including a golden sword known as the Susasword and a shield-cum-mirror known as the Amateramirror.

Like their sister object, the Crimson Corona, which causes the Untouchable Diver no end of trouble in “Hidden Headgames”, they shone with the telltale glow of Brainrock when in use.

What isn’t as well known in terms of Greek Mythology is their connection not only to each other but to Medusa herself:

Chrysaor was the brother of the winged horse Pegasus and son of Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. When Medusa was decapitated by Perseus, both Chrysaor and Pegasus were born at the same time. Little is known about Chrysaor; he was considered a stout-hearted warrior, and his name means “he who bears a golden sword”.

… from Chrysaor – Greek Mythology (https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Creatures/Chrysaor/chrysaor.html)

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Another model of Medusa made by Ray Harryhausen and shot in the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Harryhausen’s Medusa, a model for his 1981 film ‘Clash of the Titans’. The model’s behind glass. The painting in background is John Martin’s “Great Day of his Wrath”. Phantacea’s Medusa (Mater Matare, from “Feeling Theocidal“, “The War of the Apocalyptics” and the comic books did not have a serpentine tail. More re pHant’s Medusas here: shot at Tate Britain by Jim McPherson in late August 2017.

Harryhausen's Medusa, shot by Jim McPherson at the Tate Britain, 2017

Close up of one of Harryhausen’s Medusa models. Again it was behind glass, but still looks nasty.

Don’t recall if this was mentioned in Feel Theo but do recall that Attis’s half-parents were the time-tumbling Dual Entities (Heliosophos and Miracle Memory) whereas his devic half-parents were Thrygragos Varuna Mithras and his Ewe for Aries Fitna Marutia (also Kanin Marut, Kore-Discord).

{She grew up (down?) to become none other than Strife, a possessive ‘virus’ last seen in “Nuclear Dragons“, the second entry in the epic Launch 1980 fantasy trilogy.}

One of Harryhausen's sketches of Scylla, photo by Jim McPherson, 2017

Harryhausen’s version of Scylla. As per “Hidden Headgames”, Aortic Merthetis gave the future Fisherwoman that as a first name when she found her, a newborn, in the Belly of the Beast (Island Leviathan) in 5918 Year of the Dome. In terms of our time count that’s almost a hundred years ago now. The eye-stalks are called ommatophores. John Sundown ended up wearing a pair near the end of “Decimation Damnation“. They were a trap. Rather, they were intended to be a trap for him. More here re that.

Isn’t much of an assumption to suggest Attis was named by the Entities, who being from the (then) future knew their myths. Had even lived one, his Second, as Phoenician-born Cadmus, founder and long-serving king of Grecian Thebes.

(Heliosophos, the Male Entity, believed he was in his Seventh Lifetime around 2000 Year of the Dome, our 2000 BC. His time as Cadmus, also brother of Europa, hence the continent’s name, took place 500 years later, around 2500 YD, our 1500 BC. Time-tumblers do that sort of thing.)

Somehow doubt Ray Harryhausen would have known about the Phantacea Mythos when he did ‘Clash of the Titans‘ in 1981, though Phantacea One did come out in 1977. (As boldly stated on its front cover, the release of “Hidden Headgames” marks the {gulp!} 40th anniversary of the Phantacea Mythos in print.)

Still, with these shots, it’s hard to ignore the connection. All the more so when Pyrame Silverstar, another of the main devic characters in Feel Theo is about to make a big time return to the print canon with the release, later on this month, of said “Hidden Headgames”.

Model of a skeletal warrior by Ray Harryhausen, shot in Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Model of a skeletal warrior prepared by Ray Harryhausen for his film, 1981’s Clash of the Titans. Note the Medusa head on its shield. It’s a skeletal gorgon. Taken by Jim McPherson at the Tate Britain in August 2017

Pyrame’s hardly the only familiar pHace to pHanta-pHans who’s back in Games. Sooth as always said, at least on pHantaBlog, virtually everyone who appears in Games has done so before.

Tate Placards re Harryhausen Exhibit, taken by Jim McPherson, 2017

Placards quoting Harryhausen re his sketches of Charybdis and Scylla

That includes the fabulous, ever-fishifying Fisherwoman, whose birth name was Scylla Nereid. As also per “Goddess Gambit” and towards the end of “Decimation Damnation“, unless you’re a fan of monsters she’s vastly better looking than Harryhausen’s Scylla.

Still, yet again, when you walk into a free show at the Tate Britain, in August 2017, barely a couple of months before Games is due to go on sale, you not only have to start shooting (photographs) you have to do a pHantaBlog on a few of them.

So have a few more to finish. Have to say, as a last word, the bronze looks more like his Charybdis than his Scylla.

Harryhausen Bronze nominally of his Scylla, taken at Tate Britain, 2017

Looks more like his sketch of Charybdis. Since Arisandesam, the Conqueror Worm, once Sinistral Gluttony of Satanwyck, has a brief mention in “Hidden Headgames” might use in future to represent him/her.

Placard quoting Harryhausen, taken by Jim McPherson at the Tate Britain, 2017

Note Harryhausen’s explanation as to why ‘Force of the Trojans’ was never made

Harryhausen's sketch of Charybdis, taken by Jim McPherson at the Tate Britain, 2017

Harryhausen’s sketch of Charybdis, made as part of a pitch for a movie tentatively entitled ‘Force of the Trojans’ that never got made

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DaVinci does Trans

Tell you what, if the individual sitting to Christ’s right is supposed to be John the Apostle and not Mary Magdalene, then Leonardo daVinci was painting a transsexual five hundred years ago.

Post inspired by sights seen in Milan, September 2017.

BTW the bottom two shots are supposed to be of a young Jesus. Neither was by daVinci but the copy of The Last Supper above them was. Too bad they wouldn’t allow photographs in the Ambrosiana Museum.

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Croatian Covers 4 Hidden Headgames

So why’s the fact it’s raining in Dubrovnik, after ferocious thunder storms last night and more in forecast, make us happy Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, carted his Mini-Mac with him while on a ‘not writing, traveling’ sabbatical?

Backcover for "Hidden Headgames"

Headgames back cover pieced together on a rainy day in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Because we get this for pHantaBlog. Too bad his mini-mac didn’t have the right font on it or all the links for background images. Means print version won’t be identical but it’ll be close.

Text probably won’t be changing. It’ll just fit together better:

The creator of the Phantacea Mythos presents three intertwined novellas leading up to and into “Wilderwitch’s Babies”

Set entirely on the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head, ‘Hidden Headgames’ tells untold tales of a wide swath of characters who came to feature in “The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories” and “Launch 1980” epic fantasies.

Who was behind Crystallion, Hell’s Horsemen and their Nuclear Dragons? How could the Dual Entities survive ‘Helios on the Moon’? What became of Cosmicar 6?

Vignettes, verisimilitudes and at least one vampire setting up and carrying on “Phantacea Phase Two”

Full Cover Mockup for "Hidden Headgames", prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017,

Full Cover Mockup for “Hidden Headgames”; proper font and background images to be added prior to publication

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House Head’s home going under

Hasanclef, 2003 … Have some lynx.

One’s a rollover in the Header here: http://www.phantacea.info/fallof03.htm#logo. There’s a comment on it further down the page (http://www.phantacea.info/fallof03.htm#graphics), wherein Hasanclef is spelled Hasankeyf, that makes mention of the coming dam, albeit fourteen years ago.

Tyrannosaurus Rock Rex (Coyote 9) was also taken there (http://www.phantacea.info/spring04.htm#coy9). If you’d care to linger on either page, even after all this time there are some very informative coyotes re early years of Phantacea Publications

Mention of a number of other structures being moved. Wonder if this fellow’s getting a reprieve. Doubt it somehow.

Ruins of a building in Hasankeyf, Turkey, shot by Jim McPherson, 2003

Hasan House Head shot in Hasankeyf Turkey in 2003 by Jim McPherson; probably underwater by now

Looks good with three eyes, too

Hasankyef House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

Hasankeyf House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

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Midwinter Meanderings Minus Maximon … also Minus Zero

In case you missed it yesterday on pHantaJim‘s pHacebook page …

January 12, 2017

Cold Snap-Shots – January 2017

Photo of Maximon Mask bought in 2003 probably in Guatemals

1. Photo of Maximon on pHantaJIm‘s mask wall, shot in early January 2017

Shot of person emerging from English Bay at Jericho Beach, photo by Jim McPherson, 170101

2. Jericho Beach Vancouver New Years Day 2017 Polar Person emerging from English Bay, RVYC, West End and North Shore mountains in background

Maximon Mask (1) thought it was too cold outside to come off the wall and go for a walk to Jericho Beach on New Years Day, so went bare-faced by myself. He was right about the cold, and the road-ice made for treacherous footing, but I made it down there in the early afternoon.

I don’t do polar bear swims but someone else did (2).

Shot of Jericho Beach's scary tree, taken by Jim McPherson, 170101

3. Shot of Herb Mire, Jericho Beach’s scary tree, taken 170101

Was old pal Herb Mire (3) shivering under his blanket of snow.

Kits Point arch, taken by Jim McPherson on 170112

4. Arch at Kits Point, with skaters, taken on 170112; arch is reminiscent of Poseidon’s Gate on Naxos in the Cycladic Islands of Greece

Might have been; still looked like he was stalking someone. Or was it something? Ducks on the frozen pond? A coyote in the underbrush trough, perhaps?

A week later a one-day rainstorm washed away a lot of the snow and melted most of the ice. The cold came back the next day, though, and shows no sign of leaving any time soon.

5, Vancouver's frozen over Kits Pool, shot by Jim McPherson on 170112

5, Vancouver’s frozen over Kits Pool, shot on 170112

So I went down to Kits Point to see if the teleportal (4) to Naxos, in the Cyclades, was working yet. It wasn’t. Weird how it never is whenever I try it.

Vancouver's Grouse Mountain shot across English Bay from Kits Point by Jim McPherson on 170101

6. Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain shot across English Bay from Kits Point on 170101

No one was swimming in Kits Pool (5). Mind you, no one was skating on it, either. Mountains looked nice (6).

Mexico, here I come!

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NOTE 1: More on Maximon can be found on Jim McPherson’s Travels page: El Retorno del Maximon;

Mock up for Helmoon Back Cover, 2013, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2013 using the Delphi Spinx

Mock up for Helmoon Back Cover, 2013, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2013 using the Delphi Sphinx

NOTE 2: Herb Mire, unnamed at the time, has appeared on pHantaBlog previously. Serendipitously it was posted on January 13, 2015, two years ago today: Marauding Mire Monster Shot.

Sphinx shot in the Delphi Museum, taken in 2012 by Jim McPherson

Sphinx shot in the Delphi Museum turns out to have been from the island of Naxos originally

NOTE 3: According to Wikipedia, what I was told was called Poseidon’s Gate, when I went to Naxos in 2004, is actually what’s left of the entrance to Apollo’s Temple.

Finally, since this is pHantaBlog, not pHantaJim‘s blog, I was surprised to discover that the Delphi Sphinx I used in one of my mock-ups for the back cover of “Helios on the Moon” is actually a Naxian sphinx.

Nothing on Wikipedia page as to why it ended up in the Delphi museum in time for me to get a shot of it in 2012.

Poseidon Gate on Naxos, shot by Jim McPherson, 2004, on island of Naxos in the Cyclades

Poseidon Gate shot on island of Naxos in 2004 turns out to be what’s left of the entrance to the Apollo Temple according to Wikipedia

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Wilderwitch’s Cover Candidates, Part 2

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Poster prepared by Jim McPherson featuring a number of images pertaining to Wilderwitch’s Babies

The cover for “Decimation Damnation” is finally coming together. And, yes, it will be a collage like the ‘Wilderwitch’s Babies’ poster depicted at top of page. The images that went into it can be found on the Character Companion page that recently appeared on the Phantacea Publications website.

Painting spotted and shot in Vienna, Austria, in 2010 by Jim McPherson

Painting spotted and shot by Jim in Vienna, Austria, by Jim McPherson, 2010. No further information on it available at this time

Other than the big shot of a young-looking Witchie-type on the right of the Babies poster, though, probably none of them will make it to the final cover of “Decimation Damnation“. (The link goes to some more lynx pertinent to the mini-novel.)

Here are a few that probably will …

==>Not sure who did this painting or when, though it is signed ALV 08, which could be 1908 as easily as it could be 2008.

Ran it through the Google Image identification system without success. Recall it was taken in the same art gallery in Vienna, Austria, as the equally unidentified painting I used for the back cover of “Janna Fangfingers” but that’s about it.

(Always thought the Janna-Vetala image for FANGERS, which can be better seen here, was by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) but Google Images doesn’t recognize it either, so can’t say for sure.)

Picture taken of a poster in Playa del Carmen in 2014 by Jim McPherson of brain coral

The ‘Boulder Brain’ Conqueror does not appear in “Decimation Damnation”. A character who knows that for sure does. And, yes, he does wear a boulder brain helmet just like the Conqueror did in the 1940s

Painting of a Mayan warrior reminiscent of John Sundown, shot by Jim McPherson in Merida Mexico ca 1999

Mayan Warrior, with Spear, by Fernando Castro Pacheco

<== The brain coral shot is from Playa del Carmen. It’s a poster spotted and shot there in 2014.

There’s a note re the Boulder-Brain Conqueror here. He doesn’t appear in “Decimation Damnation” but someone who could pass for him does. Unless, that is,  it really is the Conqueror.

Which would be remarkable since he was killed in 1953 by Blind Sundown ==> when he, riding Raven’s Head, dropped a prototype Hydrogen Bomb that the Conqueror made for the Soviet Union on top of him in an effort to wipe out the Moloch Sedon.

(Actually, as we learned in “Helios on the Moon”, that Conqueror wasn’t the original Conqueror. Still isn’t. We’ve been to where this Conqueror come from before, though, notably in “The War of the Apocalyptics” and “The Damnation Brigade” graphic novel.)

Which should do for today.

Image of expoding H-Bomb taken from web

Image taken from web; an otherwise unrecorded detonation of the Soviet H-Bomb on Salvation Island, in the South Seas, features in the back stories of “The War of the Apocalyptics”. “Nuclear Dragons” and “Decimation Damnation”.

 

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Hacienda Morelos does its best to keep town a secret

Psst .. Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, put the finishing touches on both 2013’s “Nuclear Dragons” and 2014’s “Helios on the Moon” in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

He’d didn’t bruit this about on any of the Phantacea websites because he mistakenly thought he was keeping the town a private delight. Guess what? It didn’t work. So much so that by the time he decided to return there this year it was packed.

He ended up staying — index fingers crossed in a warding gesture of just that, a cross — at the Hacienda Morelos. Here’s his report, as first published on the booking.com website earlier this week:

Business card used by Jim McPherson when in Phantacea mode

Business card used by Jim McPherson when in Phantacea mode; the Pharaoh’s head is actually a parking shot on Giza Plateau as shot by Egyptian air force circa 1929/30; Sedon’s Head by Jim McPherson and Tim Hammell, ca 1978

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“Gorgeous setting about only good thing about Hacienda Morelos”

Situated right on a ledge above a nearly endless, soft sand, Caribbean beach that’s kept fairly clean. (Trash cans could do with more frequent dumping and the sargassum sea weed, while not as bad as last year, needs more aggressive attention.) Gorgeous view of diving and fishing boats and tenders, with the port, hence Puerto Morelos, in distance.

View from the terrace of the Hacienda Morelos after a rain storm, photo by Jim McPherson, 2016

View from the terrace of the Hacienda Morelos after a rain storm

A short walk to town square (zocala), a selection of good restaurants and a decent coffee house. One place even serves Austro-Hungarian goulash while a couple have outrageously pricey lamb. Lots of music in the bars and restaurants, though nothing at hotel, fortunately, which was quiet at night. I say fortunately because much of my stay was unfortunate.

Had to ask for towels as none were supplied at first. When I complained about the lack of hot water in shower, the desk clerk suggested I didn’t get up early enough; that everyone showers between 7 and 9 a.m., and that water containers can only heat so much.

Beach shot of Hacienda Morelos, taken by Jim McPherson, 2016

Looking up at the Hacienda Morelos as shot from the beach in February 2016 by Jim McPherson

Besides, she added, it’s usually hot, so guests don’t mind tepid shower water. (It did rain a few times and the wind was nearly constant, so not the best weather. But I was there to write and the town was down the street, so didn’t mind too much.)

Kitchen ran out of black tea after two days and never replaced stock for remaining five days. (Couldn’t find any in the local store but never checked Oxxo, the omnipresent Mexican equivalent of 7-Eleven.) The continental breakfast consisted of stale white toast, dubious pineapple marmalade, juice and either coffee or tea, read Nescafe and caffeine-free Manzanilla Chamomile. Everything else is extra.

I asked for plain yogurt and granola but they never had any granola, so they didn’t charge me. Once they substituted pink lemonade for juice and another time powdered Tang or some such. So don’t jump at offer of a free breakfast likr . Or the advertised notion that WiFi is available throughout hotel. It isn’t.

Rainbow taken at Hacienda Morelos by Jim McPherson, 2016

Shot of a rainbow taken from Hacienda Morelos terrace, image flipped horizontally.

In fact, it’s only available in the lobby or on the terrace and even then you need two separate sign-ins. Fortunately (again) I was assigned a terrace room, which was actually on the pool deck. Scuba lessons started at 8 a.m. but were usually done by 10. The doors had no screens and the room had no overhead fans. The air conditioning was so loud I shut it off. Something of a blessing, the windows that opened did have screens.

Perhaps worst of all were the pillows. They were so stuffed with foam they had no give. Instead of cushioning your head they more like bruised it. I asked for down pillows but they didn’t have any. Gave me a couple of pillows with some of the foam removed, which was better. Except one of them hadn’t been sewn up properly and I ended up with foam all over the bed, floor and me, until I noticed it. Rather than replacing it they doubled up the pillow casing.

Won’t be returning to Hacienda Morelos anytime soon. Even without the to me shocking add-on of 19% tax, it’s an overpriced shell of what once, twenty or thirty years ago, might have been a fabulous place to stay.

Phantacea Publications logo utilizing a Sun-Moon wooden Carving spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2014

Phantacea Publications logo utilizing a Sun-Moon wood carving spotted and shot by Jim McPherson, 2014; taken to represent the Dual Entities during happy times

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