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Well, it isn’t exactly filching when it’s your own; rather, when it belongs to Phantacea Publications (James H McPherson, Publisher). So have a bunch of shots previously displayed on pHantacea on pHacebook as well as google+phantacea.

Card prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated since 1978

Text is by Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos. He took the pictures in Mexico City while he was there in January 2016.

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Dyana the Huntress, shot by Jim McPherson in Mexico City, January 2016

This fountain is right on the Paseo del Reforma, one of the main thoroughfares in Mexico City. Suggestive of Wilderwitch, except she usually wears clothes

‘Wilderwitch’s Babies’ will probably turn out to be two or three mini-novels long, with “Tsishah’s Twilight” either the last installment or, if expanded upon, as I’m currently leaning, a standalone novel.

Here are some Mexico City shots along with a bit of a plot summary for the first book. I’d call it ‘Decimation Damnation’ except for one thing. It gives away the whole story.

Statue of a faun groping a nymph, shot in Soumaya Museum by Jim McPherson, January 2016

Not sure who this is by but its in the Rodin area of the free Soumaya Museum in Mexico City; subtitled ‘Everyone know what fauns are good at’ by Jim McPherson, it’s a reminder that Wildman Devish Furie appears to be turning into a faun or satyr after D-Brig 4’s escape from Hadd in December 1980 (Tantalar 5980)

First of all, the titular Witch (#1) did not fare very well in “The War of the Apocalyptics“. Won’t be akin to Dyana the Huntress again for months, if ever. She’s still alive at the outset of new series, though. Has already had one child, Fey Woman, who was mentioned in that novel.

The series title is plural, not singular. Dervish Furie is infertile so that rules him out as father. He also seems to be transforming into a faun and we all know what fauns are good at. That’s #2, though that wouldn’t be the Witch pictured.

Mayan god called the Tulum Diver, photo taken in Mexico City's superb National Museum of Archaeology by JIm McPherson, January 2016

Spotted and shot in Mexico’ City superb Archaeological Museum, this statue is called the Diver. It’s originally from Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean where the deity is also known as the Descending God

She spends virtually all of the opening book either on her back being operated on in order to save her leg or in a wheelchair. Not saying if the operation’s successful, who performs it or where it’s done.

Statue of Mnemosyne, the Mother of the Muses, shot outside and up at the Palacio del Bellas Artes in Mexico City by Jim McPherson, 2016

Figure spotted and shot on the veranda out the Bellas Artes Palace in Mexico City; taken to represent Miracle Memory, the Female Entity, in the Phantacea Mythos

As recorded in “Helios on the Moon“, the Untouchable Diver disappeared during the final battle for Diminished Dustmound. #3 is actually called the Diver, though I’ve seen the same or a similar Mayan deity referred to as the Descending God.

Besides it being kind of neat, I scanned it in because he disappeared in Hadd/Iraxas and that’s where Native Americans go when they die according to one theory. Not saying if he’s back, please note.

Siqueiros Nueva Democracia, shot inside the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City by JIm McPherson, January 2016

Mural spotted and shot inside Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. It’s by Siqueiros and taken to represent Freespirit Nihila

Right side of Camarena's Humanity Freeing Itself spotted and shot inside the Palacio de Bellas Artes by Jim McPherson, January 2016

Right side of Camarena’s Humanity Freeing Itself spotted and shot inside the Palacio de Bellas Artes; taken to represent Pyrame Silverstar with a human head and only two eyes

We already know that Wilderwitch had a mother, Miracle Memory (#4), and that she needs to be possessed in order to become human. Wilderwitch is supposed to a reincarnation of Harmony, who’s now Freespirit Nihila (#5). Guess who’s vying for Memory, along with Pyrame Silverstar (#6). Harmony and Pyrame appeared together most notably in “The Death’s Head Hellion“.

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BTW, all of these places Google, as do the murals found in the Palacio de Bella Artes. pHanta-pHans may already be familiar with some of them from the Afterword for “Feeling Theocidal“, Book One of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories epic fantasy.

It concluded in 2012 with “Goddess Gambit“, though there was a perhaps unexpected addendum incorporated within 2014’s “Helios on the Moon“, which concluded the follow up trilogy, Launch 1980.

Didn’t conclude Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos obviously.

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

Three collages prepared by Jim McPherson using images taken from the Phantacea comic books and Mythos covers

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Did Camarena show Granny becoming a Phoenix in 1964/5

Not saying she does, but Sorciere’s quest to find a way to get Granny Garuda to phoenix leads directly to events recounted during ‘The Vampire Variations‘ web-serial that appeared on pH-Webworld in the Twenty Noughts (early Two Thousands).

It’s a storyline that Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, keeps threatening to revisit when he finally gets around to completing, as in completely revising, “Tsishah’s Twilight“. (Current reckoning has it as the third and final entry in the saga of “Wilderwtch’s Babies”.)

In this regard, he has discovered …

Jorge Gonzalez Camarena's Presence of Latin America, 1964–65, property of the University of Concepcion in Chile as taken from the Web

Jorge Gonzalez Camarena’s Presence of Latin America,1964–65, property of the University of Concepcion in Chile. One of its web-presences is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_Gonzalez_Camarena#/media/File:Mural_panoramico.JPG

Have a boo at the upper right hand corner of this mural (“Presence of Latin America”). Could that be Tsishah Twilight, who wears Sorciere’s daughter, the Shah Demon, as a way to keep them both semi sort of alive in 5980/1?

Could it be Sorciere herself, some fifteen years before her horrendous murder in June 1953? More importantly, is that really Granny Garuda phoenixing (to coin a word) at her side?

Of course not. Yet … it has to be, doesn’t it. Have a closer look and make up your own mind. Already have mine.

Camarena's non-commissioned rendition of Granny Garuda phoenixing in 1938

Jorge Gonzales Camarena did not receive a commission from Phantacea Publications for painting Granny Garuda phoenixing in 1965

As for what got McPherson researching Camarena, when he was in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle in January 2016 he not only spotted Camarena’s “Clash of Two Worlds”, he was allowed to take a picture of it.

Having already snapped impressive Camarenas in the opera house and the Archaeological Museum he decided to look online for some more, hence this serendipitous entry.

Camarena's Clash of Two Cultures, shot by Jim McPherson 2016

Camarena’s Clash of Two Cultures as shot by Jim McPherson in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle, 2016; web shots of same have been used on pH-Webworld for many years

BTW, the last time he was in the castle, fifteen years earlier or thereabouts, he was actually asked to leave for trying to take pictures inside it. Then again it might not have been a bonafide history museum then.

All of which explains why he had to appropriate a shot of it from the web to use on pH-Webworld here and here.

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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Vcon Fandom Bazaar features pHanta-pHleas

Phantacea Publications has a table at the Vcon flea market tomorrow (Solstice Sunday) in Burnaby.

Artwork by Ian Bateson from Phantacea Publications series of comic books and graphic novels

A selection of comic book covers by Ian Bateson, banner compressed for Word Press

Last minute confirmation but Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, will be there selling and signing just about everything tangible that’s still available from the pHantaZone.

The first 4 issues of the Phantacea comic book series from late Seventies at $5.00 a piece, including bag, are the featured fleas. (Check out Phantacea Ordering Form — certified cheques or money orders only for list and lynx)

More re Fandom Bazaar, including directions and a map to Bonsor Park is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/975778679101256/. Complete collection of covers for the Phantacea comic book series of the late Seventies is here: http://www.phantacea.com/#cmxLynx

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Auroral lights no Borealis Brolly

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, recently returned from his late winter, early spring brain break.

Front cover for Nuclear Dragons, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013; banner at top added by Jim McPherson, 2014, for digital versions of the novel

Crystallion leads Hell’s Horsemen against Centauri Island, artwork by Ian Bateson taken from the front cover of “Nuclear Dragons”, 2013

A brain break for him of course means a new book is on the horizon for Phantacea Publications and pHanta-pHans everywhere. At least it has in the recent past, witness “Nuclear Dragons” and “Helios on the Moon“, the long-awaited concluding entries in the Launch 1980 epic trilogy.

Artwork from front cover of "Helios on the Moon" by Ricardo Sandoval; promo prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Helios, with his ‘holocaster’, and the She-Sphinx (All of Incain) , with Thunder and Lightning Lord Yajur (Lord Order) sneaking up on them; artwork by Ricardo Sandoval taken from front cover of print version of Helios on the Moon, 2014

Maybe not this time; at least not in terms of ‘new’ so much as recombined.

More on that as the year progresses, though you might find a couple of mysterious additions to the Earthlings’ row in the ‘Devils by Tribal Affiliation webpage that appeared last January instructive.

For now he’s happy to report some serendipitous readings in the January 2015 edition of Fortean Times (FT 323).


Here’s something I didn’t know. According to ‘Blasts from the Past’, a column by Theo Paijmans in FT 323 (p 32; “#55: The Cities of Lost Children”), an American writer, none other than Charles Fort himself, coined the term ‘teleportation’. (Wikipedia seems to confirm that he did just that — in 1931, to be absolutely precise — here.)

This would be the same Charles Fort (1874-1932), who inspired the delightful oddballs behind Fortean Times to launch, as long ago as 1973, what’s now a regular dweller in my bin of bathroom readings. (In the same issue, Arthur C Clarke is quoted as considering forteans “… ignorant and opinionated science-bashers.”)

Nearer to the beginning of the same issue (pp 6-7), we read about something else — better make that somebody else — I’d never heard of: namely, another American, a stage-managing ‘visionary pictographer’ as much as portrait photographer by the name of William Mortensen (1897-1965).

Talk about Peculiar Perspectives, I’d provide a link re this ‘master of American Grotesque’ but don’t want to get pHantaBlog into trouble. Don’t mind getting the US edition of Huffington Post in trouble, though. So have a boo, literally.

Will say that I googled him, which was where I learned of his relationship to Cecil B DeMIlle and Fay Wray, not to mention King Kong and the Mad Hatter. Also recognized his fabulous photographic imaging of Belphegor, Hell’s perceived Prince of Sloth, among other things, including invention.

(Which begs for an entry on Phantacea and that I’ll pass on to Webmeister Oz after I’m done passing this onto  pHantaJim, Blogmeister.*)

E-book cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru

E-book cover for “Goddess Gambit” — ISBN 978-0-9878683-3-6

Header point being yet another article in FT 323: “I Sing the Mind Electric” by Marinus van der Sluijs (pp 40-43). As a preface, recall this from “Goddess Gambit“:

“Fisherwoman wasn’t there either. Not yet. Then she was, in a way. She was bigger than life, much bigger than Diminished Dustmound … She did look good in a glowingly golden, chain-mail hauberk; no question of that. And there was nothing better against incoming missiles, no matter what they were tipped with, than teleportive Brainrock chains.”

Or this, from the aforementioned:

Young Death, as he was best known below the larger Dome, didn’t blame the Diver. He reckoned – probably correctly – that Freespirit Nihila, whom he still regarded as Fisherwoman, must be taking it [teleportive Brainrock-Gypsium] all into herself; her Borealis brolly, put better.

Or this from a few pages later:

She [Fish-Nihila] twirled it, simultaneously raising it as if a Kevlar umbrella; impermeable not just over her, but over most of Diminished Dustmound. She thus rendered it akin to a roiling, Aurora Borealis sunshade; a whirling dervish’s flaring skirts, equally so.

So, not only am I and every other writer in books, for Star Trek, and many another elsewhere, indebted to Charles Fort for the word ‘teleportation’, it seems I’m personally indebted to the magazine he inspired for this quote from van der Sluijs’s article:

“… auroral emissions also occur at ultraviolet, infrared and other wavelengths. Enunciations of a dazzling geometry of dynamic shapes are common to both near-death experiences and eye-witness accounts of aurorae. And, bizarre as it admittedly sounds, there appears to be an uncanny logic to the impression that the auroral lights contain myriad units of incorporeal consciousness exchanging information.”

There’s also this caption under a pretty picture of the Northern Lights:

“… the Aurora Borealis [is] traditionally identified as the abode of posthumous souls.”

All of which makes for quite a stunning example of serendipitous reading, especially when you consider how my recently completed brain-break-writings concluded in terms of the as yet unresolved task of “Annuling Nihila“.

The Serendipity entry’s here. And just in case you need another dose of serendipitous same, on the day Oz prepared it, the CBC Online provided some stunning shots of, well, not Fisherwoman/Nihila’s Borealis Brolly per se, but close. They’re here.

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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Marauding Mire Monster Shot

Shot but didn’t drop. Sorry, ducks, I tried.

Photo entitled Tree Stalker

Spotted and shot, a number of times, by Jim McPherson, who also prepared the collage, in January 2015

If you’re going to shoot something, even a no doubt duck-devouring, stalking tree at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, best do it with a camera.

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Phantacea pHits pHlickr like a … pHill in the _________

copy-pHlickrBanner_1000x300.jpgpHantaJim, blogmeister, has been keeping Ozymandias McPherson, webmeister, busy. pHan-J makes comments and provides lynx then complains bitterly that something here or there on one of the two main sites (http://www.phantacea.info/ph1.htm#phantanchor) isn’t up to snuff and Oz has to correct them.

Heck of a way to while away a summer morning. At least Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, got a new header and a promo for “Helios on the Moon” out of it.

Promo prepared for upcoming release of Helios on the Moon by Jim McPherson, 2014

Double-click to enlarge; the better to read if you do. Artwork is from the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels.

– pHan-J’s latest phanta-phlickr web gallery (#4, and counting, with comments) is here.

– recent and particularly Peculiar Perspective essays on the Serendipity Now page are here and here.

– permanent placements for previous presentations on pH-Webworld are here and here.

– still waiting for offers from beta readers: http://phantacea.com/blog/?p=1045.

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Portents of Phantacea Yet to Be

Jim McPherson writes:

Here are a couple of mock-ups prepared by Ricardo Sandoval for the front and back covers for the upcoming, full length Phantacea Mythos novel entitled “Helios on the Moon“.

Potential Cover for "Helios on the Moon", artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Potential Cover for “Helios on the Moon”, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014; based on front cover for pH-3; that’s All of Incain (Ginny the Gynosphinx) beside Helios and Lord Order sneaking up on him from behind

For those unfamiliar with the PHANTACEA comic book series, Ricardo did the front cover for pH-3. And, yep, they look somewhat similar. That’s because I liked it then and, with the addition of All of Incain instead of the cowering woman (who was supposed to be Miracle Memory), I like it even better now.

As for the back cover, with the exception of Mik Starrus (based on the back cover of pH-1), the figures will spread out onto the edges. Text and the usual pasted boxes at bottom of cover will override Starrus a la the back  cover of “Janna Fangfingers“.

Back cover, minus text, for "Helios on the Moon"; artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014s

Background images for back cover of “Helios on the Moon”; text and obligatory boxes at bottom to be added; artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

The other inspiration for the back cover is the double-sided Mithraic slab that used to be in the Louvre. I was there in June 2014 but it wasn’t, at least not that I could find.

Which reminds me. A third installment of my Character Likeness shots from that trip, and blogmeister pHantaJim‘s commentary, are now on pHanta-pHlickr. More to come, I’m sure.

There’s also a rather strong suggestion as to where PHANTACEA might be headed here. Rather, since the novel concludes the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle (my prolonged effort to novelize the comic book series), where the comic book series would have gone had I been able to keep it going all those years ago.

Business card used by Jim McPherson when in Phantacea mode

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

Comprehensible comments appreciated.

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Mixed Swag

1. Now that his early summer travels and the World Cup are over, Jim McPherson, creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, is supposedly back at his work desk after a six-week hiatus. The weather’s wonderful in Vancouver, though, and the Folk Fest is this weekend, so don’t expect much more than a weekly update for pHantaBlog, at least in the near future.

2. Reports supranormal storytelling has added a couple of new raconteurs. Joining McPherson (PHANTACEA) and a fellow by the name of George RR Martin (Wild Cards), are Ian Tregillis (The Milkweed Triptych) and Lavie Tidhar (The Violent Century). Of the two, and after reading a couple of offerings by each, Tregillis seems worthy of recommendation, this despite his use of — drumbeat of dread, please — time travel.  Quel horreur!

3. Got a link forwarded from NY Times re, well, have a boo yourself. It’s long but fairly unbiased and impacts on self-publishing, a subject near and dear to not just McPherson and his bank balance:  “Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed“.

Feel free to register, if you aren’t one of the (literally) hundreds who already have, and leave a comment on article or issue in box at bottom of today’s entry. pHantaJim loves comments, so long as they contribute to the conversation. Spam gets rejected forthwith, so no more lynx to handbag websites or suchlike, por favor.

4. Character Likenesses 2 is now up on pHanta-pHlickr.  Commentary by blog-meister, yours truly.

5. Also check out the latest entry in Serendipity and PHANTACEA: “Tell-Talos Talaria”  for yet another oddball connection to “Helios on the Moon“, the upcoming final entry in the Launch 1980 epic trilogy.


 

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pHirst pHant on pHlickr

pHantaJim pHinally delivers.

Phantacea Character Likenesses now on flickr.

Might have to register to comment — pHantaJim did — but you can look (but not take) for free.

They’re in no particular order and make no pretence to excellence, or even scenery, but they do have comments, some of which are actually informative, and additional lynx aplenty. There are 18 shots, with many to more to come, should pHantaJim ever get around to commenting on them.

It starts here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/89008792@N06/galleries/72157645104151629/.

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Travelling in his Pants

Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, is on the road for a couple more weeks but it’s Monday and there’s supposed to be a blog update on Mondays. Except there wasn’t one last Monday nor the Monday before. So what’s the difference.

Spam is the difference. Some have got through our stirling defences. For that we apologize. Believe you we, it probably offends us more than it does you.

Maybe next week we’ll finally have some of the promised character likenesses he’s accumulated while on the road. All while wearing his pants, we’re assured — or at least his shorts, since it was quite warm in the south and east of France. Not so much so in Paris, so it’s back to pants.

At least it hasn’t rained much.

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