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Have to remind myself that nowhere near everyone has Fb and that therefore those that don’t can’t access pHantacea on pHacebook as readily as those that do can. Here are four copy and pastes from the last little while.

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After a lengthy absence, finally got around to adding some more entries to Serendipity and Phantacea. Got three monstrous newcomers to start with; more work budgeted for tomorrow, wherein lynx shall be thoroughly vetted.

Alabaster Leadface, a new entry on Serendipity and …, quotes extensively from a Fortean Times article entitled “Fashion Victims” (FT 345, October 2016) that’s not online yet.
Queen Elizabeth I of England (aka Leadface, pictured) caught smallpox when she was 29 in 1562. Because it left her scarred, “after her illness, she resorted to applying thicker layers of makeup. … Lead and mercury lotions caused [her skin] to react: breakouts and impurities were covered by increasingly thicker layers … and eventually [her] skin was corroded by the chemicals at work.”

May not be pHant-applicable but it is hard to resist

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And you didn’t even need rainbow hair back then

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Day of the Deadhead

The Day of the Dead was last week. Except in what will henceforth be known as the United States of Am-idiocy. Actually, thinking about it this morning, yesterday was more like the Day of the Deadhead down there.

Have some sugar skulls shot at a local Vancouver restaurant on October 27, 2016.

Note that (presumably) the same Katrina (second one down) found its way into the Wilderwitch’s Babies promotional collage currently found on www.phantacea.com. Evidently she does not need to be kept in a refrigerator to last from year to year.

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Jim McPherson Phantacea Publications has this year’s pick of the pumpkin prowl. Even though Jacks are by default orange, no comment meant re last night’s conclusion to smear campaign in Am-idiocy.
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Dragon’s can get eaten, too

And, as far as we know, Hiyati Samarand (the humanized form of Yati, Byron’s Dragon) is still being digested on Incain

Byron has a dragon. Last seen in Helios on the Moon (http://www.phantacea.com/hel-moon_mainpage.html) eating Sharkczar then getting swallowed whole by All of Incain, who featured predominantly in Feeling Theocidal (http://www.phantacea.com/FeelTheoPage.htm) and showed up again in Contagion Collectors (http://www.phantacea.com/1000DazePage.htm#10SecondSyn)

Stories about dragons have always taken their inspiration from real-world animals. Does this mean dragons could feasibly exist?
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Phantacea Publications Some images of All can be found here (http://www.phantacea.info/term.htm#sphnxs1) and here (http://www.phantacea.info/sum14.htm#promoRow). She also appears on the cover of Helios on the Moon to Helios’s left. She’s how Freespirit Nihila escapes Sedon’s Head, howsoever temporarily. Will return as Wilderwitch’s Babies (http://www.phantacea.com/witchBabsPage.htm#logo) continues.

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Don’t be a stranger, Mephistopheles

Actually, now that I think about it, please continue to be a stranger. Oh, and kindly keep your crows to yourself.

Published by CBC News · 27 September at 08:40 ·

Some twenty odd years ago, when Phantacea on the Web (pH-Webworld — http://www.phantacea.info/) began someone calling himself (or herself) Mephistopheles e-mailed to warn against publishing any more stories making fun of devils. He (or she) got the standard reply: ‘Hey, it’s only make-believe.” Whereupon he/or unleashed the crows.

Maybe she/or should have had Phantacea Publications charged under: ‘Section 296 of the Criminal Code of Canada states, “Everyone who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.”‘

Did you know blasphemy is still an offence in Canada? It’s true, and that’s why the B.C. Humanist Association asked Victoria City Council to declare Sept. 30…
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Holy Hola Hoops — Y blog’s been offline for awhile

“Holy Hola Hoops, Harry lad!” Young Death almost spoke those words of greeting to Harry “Ringleader” Zeross during Pregame Gambit (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec). Seems an appropriate hola from down here in Touristic Dentistry land. Got one last appointment b4 heading home next Sunday so have been mostly offline for a while.

Been rereading the Weirdness of Cabalarkon” (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#limbo1) and, boyo el toyo, is it different from “Decimation Damnation” (http://www.phantacea.com/#comingSoon). So, feel free to cheat howsoever slightly and read Weirdness’s synopses (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#month1) before ordering the latest mini-novel (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec).

You’ll be very surprised just how wrong I got a very nearly canonical storyline originally scripted for the Phantacea Phase Two series of 1980s comic books (that never were) back in the early 20-Zeros,

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Vexatious Nonentities?

Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone

Was going to use the word ‘nebbishes’ but online dictionary objected (wrongly, as it happens) but even when it’s defined as “a pitifully ineffectual, inept, and timid person” it still implies they exist.
As this telltale sequence from “Decimation Damnation” reveals, that’s not necessarily so in the case of Stone Gnomes:
The girls had been terrified of Dervish Furie, with his horns and fangs, but had taken an immediate liking to Jervis Murray, he with his darkish, though not altogether jet-black skin and still thick but now trimmed beard. They were in charm mode; were competing with each other trying to tell him how matter transducers kept working despite the fact no one in Cabalarkon knew how to make, let alone service, one anymore. He was distracted, was forever looking around for Wilderwitch, who had yet to show up, and missed most of what Harry’s youngest, Athena, was saying.
“What was that again, Tina? What’re stone gnomes?”
“Gnomes made of stone, silly,” the 6-year old repeated.
“They’re what keeps everything going, Uncle Monster,” elaborated 12-year old Helen, who liked to sound superior and could be quite rude. “Tinny thinks she saw one this morning in the old palace.”
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Which, since she thought she saw it in a refrigerator while ‘stealing’ ice cream as well as for those of you don’t follow Phantacea Publications on Facebook (pHantacea on pHacebook), brings us to this, a variation of which also appeared recently on Serendipity and …:

A mite nippy out there, eh? And not just in the dying days of what’s been passing for summer in Vancouver. Great start, though … in May.

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 And this, also from (pHantacea on pHacebook):

Is that a stone gnome on the cover of JLA 15?

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Neither of which tells us that stone gnomes actually exist. Something does, though, hence — hopefully without giving too much away — this sequence, also from DecDam:
Wilderwitch was still silently cogitating … when they arrived at Raven’s digs. She wasn’t as swift as Johnny or Raven were to realize the walls were no longer the mess she and Furie had made of them; were in fact back to being as good as new. Was barely swift enough to pick up on the significance of Raven’s exclamatory squawks. Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone she was thinking when Sundown made another observation.
“And if they’re demons, they’re shape-shifters.”
“Wait a minute there,” the Witch protested. “You’re suggesting I’m a demon?”
“Not at all,” said Sundown, regarding her querulously, through Raven’s eyes and with her perspective. “Should we have been?”
“Of course not. What were you saying then? I must have missed it.”
“Only that stone gnomes must have fixed the walls and stone gnomes have to be demons. Demons are shape-shifters.”
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Much more on Stone Gnomes can be found by using the search engines on www.phantacea.com and pH-Webworld
Screen shot from the Welcoming Page of phantacea.com as of Saturday, August 4, 2016

Wilderwitch goes into labour with “Decimation Damnation”, the first mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga

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Did Lord Lazee morph into Sinistral Sloth

As much as I like Round Robin in the middle of the top row, note the bottom right cover. Lord Lazee? Could he be related to Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck, a Phantacea Mythos character scheduled to return in “Destination Damnation” (‘DesDam’), the second mini-novel in the open-ended saga of ‘Wilderwitch’s Babies’?

(The first mini-novel in the saga is still on track for a release, at least in PDF form, this summer {June 2016}. It’s still called “Decimation Damnation” {‘DecDam’} and it still needs a cover, though.)

Six superhero covers from Harvey Comics in the 1960s

Six superhero covers from Harvey Comics as taken from pHantacea on pHacebook

Re Lord Lazee, here’s a blow up of the cover that sparked the sublimation query made above.

Blow up of Jack Q Frost superhero comic cover from mid-60s, artist uncredited

Jack Q Frost attacks Lord Lazee, artist unlisted, note the fiery demons

The biggest problem with identifying him as Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck is that Sloth’s equivalent of Lazee’s little devils are notoriously flammable. Of course there could be fiery demons down there in Sedon’s Temple but, if so, D-Brig 3 haven’t come across them in DesDam as yet. That might change in the editing phase to come of course.

BTW, Sinistral Sloth’s Illuminary-given name in the Phantacea Mythos is

Baaloch Hellblob. He’s  called ‘Blob’ at least as often as Lord Lazy even though sheer laziness is his attribute.

Transparent enlargement of Lord Lazee's devils, artist unknown

Satanwyck’s Demons are notoriously flammable; evidently not so Lord Lazee’s little devils

Ditto, as per here, Domdaniel-Pride, Lady Lust, Santa Mammon (aka Sinistral Avarice) and so on. All but Arisandesam the Conquering Worm (aka Sinistral Gluttony) play roles in DesDam.

So too does Bobby Badboy, that envious little sprite or cupid (for Cupidity), who has already played a role in “Contagion Collectors“. He was (what else?) the putrid putto hanging out with Herta Heartthrob in Nuremberg when the latter, a biomage-made demon, abducted the ill, hence highly contagious, boy Dire, age 6, and his loyal dog, a dachshund named Drang.

There’s more on DecDam here and here.

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

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

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Stone Gnome Artwork No OOPArt

No, this is not an OOPArt (out of place artifact), despite what Fortean Times #338 (March 2016) seems to be suggesting on p7. I reject the notion that the 1st or 2nd Century BC relief depicts a laptop computer, complete with USB ports.

Funerary frieze from 1st Century BC supposedly showing a laptop computer complete with USB ports

Image scanned in from Fortean Times depicting an out of place laptop in a 1st or 2nd Century BC funerary frieze

As per the upcoming Phantacea Mythos mini-novel entitled “Decimation Damnation”, it may be an example of Stone Gnome Art circa 5980 YD (our 1980). As such, it could be depicting Klannit Thanatos (the Mirror Mentalist, from both “Goddess Gambit” and “Helios on the Moon”) psychically communicating with Cyborg Cerebrus, he in his mirror-lined coffin.

The apparent girl holding the device could well be yellow-skinned Sedunihas, the Thanatoids youngest, who only ages one year in five, cross-dressing.

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Pronounce Ishtar like Easter because …

That’s where it comes from .. according to some.

Collage taken from web; text unattributed but image is of Queen of the Night from Brit Museum

Collage found online; text unattributed but image is of Queen of the Night from the British Museum in London

Colourized reconstruction of the Queen of the Night, scanned in from a book of the same name published by the British Museum in 2005

Colourized reconstruction of the Queen of the Night, scanned in from a book of the same name published by the British Museum in 2005

Notion that Easter derived from Ishtar is making the rounds again. Tis the season after all.

Myself, I always reckoned Easter came from Eostre or Ostara, hence the bunnies and Easter eggs.

Perhaps oddly, the Wikipedia article on Ishtar doesn’t mention she was the inspiration behind Easter, let alone the word itself. Wonder why that is?

Evidently she did resurrect, however.

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Cut out of shot taken at front facade of Notre Dame cathedral, taken by Jim McPherson in Paris 2014

To the right of the main entrance to the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is this stone relief. Seems medieval patriarchies reckoned the serpent in the garden was female; none other than the Demon Lilith, mother of Cain, Slayer of Abel

Michelangelo's version of Lilith as the serpent in the garden, image taken from web

Michelangelo’s version of the Demon Lilith as the serpent in the garden; image taken from the web

Lilith as Serpent of the Garden by Hieronymous Bosch's Vienna Last Judgement, image taken from web then adjusted by Jim McPherson

Lilith as Serpent of the Garden by Hieronymus Bosch’s Vienna Last Judgement, image scanned in from a wall calendar then adjusted by Jim McPherson

In the Phantacea Mythos, the image used in the top graphic isn’t of Ishtar. It’s of Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night.

Hieronymus Bosch, Michelangelo and the folks behind the ornamental front facade of Notre Dame seem to think she was the serpent in the garden.

Which sort of fits with the notion promulgated most recently in “Helios on the Moon” that she was the mother of Cain, Adam’s first born son and the slayer of Abel.

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The Queen of the Night has been in the British Museum for a number of years. This is the explanatory plaque as shot there by Jim McPherson in 2012

The Queen of the Night has been in the British Museum for a number of years. This is the explanatory plaque as shot there by Jim McPherson in 2012

Drawing of Ostara by Johannes Gehrts taken from web

Drawing of Ostara by Johannes Gehrts (1855-1921) taken from web

Scanned in the coloured reconstruction of the Queen of the Night from a booklet of the same name published in 2005 by the British Museum. Notre Dame GIF is mine, as is the shot of the British Museum’s explanatory plaque re same.

Like the collage at top of page, the Michelangelo Eden scene and Gehrts‘s Ostara came from the Web. Scanned in the Bosch from a wall calendar for 2015.

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Lethal Lily took over Master Morgan Abyss in “The Death’s Head Hellion” and features significantly throughout the upcoming, open-ended saga of Wilderwitch’s Babies.

Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) did a couple of the images featuring Lilith that appear in pH-Webworld. Great Night is here whereas his Night Hag is here.

From the sounds of things in the revised, more like rewritten, version of the ‘Decimation Damnation‘ web serial, Miracle Memory stole Primeval Lilith from Pyrame Silverstar in 5950 during the Male Entity’s eleventh lifetime and kept hold of her until his one hundredth thirty years later.

Potential Dust Cover for "Wilderwitch's Babies 1", collage prepared by Jim McPherson ca 2008

2008 version of cover for “Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 — 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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