That’s Europa Heliopolis, not the continent or Jupiter’s moon, at least not entirely

Graphic reads "Annuling Nihila", prepared by Jim McPherson

2012 composite graphic prepared by Jim McPherson utilizing artwork for Verne Andru and Pacheco, as spotted and shot in Merida ca 2010. Nihila will be reappearing in “Hidden Headgames” this year (2017)

Lower insert taken from pHantacea on pHacebook using the embed feature. Something of an announcement to note herein. More once “Hidden Headgames” gets nearer to its release date.

In the meantime have another graphic ==> and a different set of lynx connecting the one below.

Freespirit Nihila appears in the sequence promised below, which marks the return of Europa Heliopolis to the Phantacea Mythos after a fifteen to twenty year absence.

Hit here for a couple of mentions of Europa during the “Aspects of Amoebaman” web-serial and here for a 5980 spoiler that may or may not have made it to “Decimation Damnation“.

Something like it will certainly make it to “Hidden Headgames”, however.

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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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Not what you’d want to see on Boxing Day … even in a little lacquered box

Not what I’d want to see, that’s for sure.

Image of a disembodied brain superimposed on a computer circuit board taken from the web

Image of a disembodied brain superimposed on a computer circuit board; taken from the web where it was used to illustrate story of Google’s AIs communicating with each other in their own, thus far indecipherable language

As per “Decimation Damnation“, it was Boxing Day, albeit on the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head, the 26th of Tantalar 5980, in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon, to be precise, that tiny Tina (Athena Zeross), age 6, asked the question that delayed, if perhaps not permanently prevented, Blind Sundown killing Wilderwitch:

BTW, the Percy Sundown thinks about in this quote is Tina’s eldest sister, Persephone, who’s just recently turned 16. He didn’t kill her either … yet.

“Where’s your pretty little box, skinny Auntie Wildie?” wondered Tina, tears under control now that she felt, howsoever erroneously, safe in her mother’s arms.
Sundown let Wilderwitch go. Thought better of it immediately, picked her up bodily just as she started to swoon and carried her over to the nearest available sofa. Whereupon he laid her down, stepped back and let Mel deal with redressing the seepage-drenched bandage around her right thigh.
He didn’t feel bad about her. Didn’t fell bad about what he’d been intending to do to her ever since Percy begged for her life by blaming the Witch. He felt bad for them, all of them, for himself as much as for her and everyone else, what was left of the Family Zeross and their just-this-morning, four lost fellows in D-Brig.
He knew what fit into a little lacquered box. The remnants of Psycho’s brain!

Guess that means Crystallion and her atomic firedrake didn’t kill Magnifico in “Nuclear Dragons” after all.

Front and Back Covers for "Nuclear Dragons"; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

Front and Back Covers for “Nuclear Dragons”; artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980/2013; text by Jim McPherson

Hit here to reach online article entitled: “Google’s AI Are Sending Encrypted Messages to One Another That No One Can Decipher”

Final cover for print edition of "Decimation Damnation", collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Final cover for print edition of “Decimation Damnation”

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Happy Xmas – Top of the Solstice Season

It being 8 December 2016, must be time to recall the tragedy of 36 years ago. Around here that generally means pulling out one of my three favourite seasonal songs. It’s called ‘Happy Xmas (War is over)’.

It also must be time to start prefacing my greetings with ‘Top of the Solstice Season’. Which of course might also be Merry Mithramas.

Solstice Season celebrations, image found on web, 2016

Image found on web re various Solstice Season celebrations

John Lennon’s song actually is called Happy Xmas. Which, in turn, bring to mind the attached graphic and this comment, as made on pHantacea on pHacebook a couple of days ago:

“To which might be added: You don’t need to be a Xuthrodite to like swimming on Xmas Day in warmer climes. (Xuthros Hor = the Biblical Noah in the Phantacea Mythos. He looks Japanese and rides a Raven’s Head according to cover of “Forever & Forty Days — the Genesis of Phantacea” — wraparound cover double-clicks there

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Likeable pHanta-posts pHrom pHacebook

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.

Comments appreciated at bottom of entry.

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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Phantacea Publications's photo.
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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.

Jim McPherson's photo.
Jim McPherson's photo.
Jim McPherson's photo.
Jim McPherson's photo.
Jim McPherson's photo.
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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Jacks are, by default, orange

Other than when it comes to promoting a cure for aphantacea, Phantacea Publications is determinedly apolitical. That in mind, here are some of the leading lights of Halloween 2016’s Jack-o’Lantern photo-prowl in Vancouver Canada. (Well, two of seven are lit.)

This year’s pick of the pumpkin patch. Even though all jacks are orange by default, nothing here meant as a comment upon this year’s smear campaign south of the border

Phantacea Publications's photo.

Phantacea Publications's photo.

Phantacea Publications's photo.
Phantacea Publications's photo.
Of course pHantaJim is not necessarily apolitical. He also feels the need to point out that all jerks aren’t necessarily orange. However, in terms of the seemingly neverending smear campaign that finally concluded (?) last night, there is at least one jerk that is orange.

Halloween lantern unlt, 2016

Jack shot in Vancouver. Has something of the Man in the Moon look to it, albeit not Helios on the Moon

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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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These greens aren’t edible; hopefully, they’re editable

It’s happened again. Caught it in time, this time, but still …

Artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Helios on Moon tested at 300%. Note lack of green. That means it passed 2014 Acrobat test.

Artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Helios on Moon cover tested at 240%. Note the green. That means it failed. Yet it’s still available from same POD printer. Go figure.

In case you were wondering why “Decimation Damnation” didn’t come out on or about Midsummer’s Day 2016, check this out.

<<==  A year and a half ago Ricardo Sandoval produced a print cover for Helios on the Moon. It passed the 300% overall coverage test on Acrobat.

==>> Times change. It wouldn’t today because the POD company I use now requires covers must first pass a 240% overall coverage test.

Collage by Jim McPherson, 2016

Note the green. First choice cover tested at 240% failed.

Cover collage by Jim McPherson, 2016

Again, note the green. Would have failed in 2014, so back to square one.

Cover collage Jim McPherson, 2016

Cover collage initially prepared for second entry in Wilderwitch’s Babies saga “Destination Damnation”

As per here, I had to abandon my first choice print cover for DecDam. Then my craftily reworked second choice <<== did not pass the Acrobat test at 240% total overall coverage.

Small conciliation, it would not have passed the 2014 test either. ==>>

<<== So I tried out the cover I initially intended for the follow-up entry in the as yet open-ended saga of Wilderwitch’s Babies.

Cover collage originally prepared for "Destination Damnation" by Jim McPherson, 2016

Even at 300% the DestDam cover was only a borderline pass.

(Likely title, in case you were wondering, “Destination Damnation”)

It was only marginally better. ==>>

Here’s the requirement:

“When the Output Preview window is open you can move your cursor over the PDF and view the CMYK values in your file.

“This is a good time to verify that the barcode used is 100% black only and that your cover does not have large areas of color that exceed 240% Total Area Coverage.

“If concerned about excessive color density you can select the box at the bottom of the window labeled “Total Area Coverage”, select a maximum limit and all offending areas will be highlighted.”

Concerned I was; concerned I still am. But I’m submitting Revision 4 anyhow. Stay tuned. If gasket blows, well, at least I’ve got comparatively affordable medical insurance.

Cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, July 2016

The fourth revision of the cover collage for “Decimation Damnation”. Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, July 2016

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Orgasmatron — Bad Rhad’s Theme Song

Don’t know if Motorhead’s Lemmy (Ian Kilmister, 1945-2015) and band mates were writing about Bad Rhad when they wrote, and he sang, ‘Orgasmatron‘ for their 1986 album of the same name but one here-familiar writer reckoned he was: http://www.phantacea.info/summer05.htm#BadRhadWantsAll .

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“Orgasmatron”

I am the one, Orgasmatron, the outstretched grasping hand
My image is of agony, my servants rape the land
Obsequious and arrogant, clandestine and vain
Two thousand years of misery, of torture in my name
Hypocrisy made paramount, paranoia the law
My name is called religion, sadistic, sacred whore.

I twist the truth, I rule the world, my crown is called deceit
I am the emperor of lies, you grovel at my feet
I rob you and I slaughter you, your downfall is my gain
And still you play the sycophant and revel in you pain
And all my promises are lies, all my love is hate
I am the politician, and I decide your fate

I march before a martyred world, an army for the fight
I speak of great heroic days, of victory and might
I hold a banner drenched in blood, I urge you to be brave
I lead you to your destiny, I lead you to your grave
Your bones will build my palaces, your eyes will stud my crown
For I am Mars, the god of war, and I will cut you down.

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Bad Rhad was known as Rhadamanthys as well as Smiler during the initial PHANTACEA comic book series of the late Seventies, appearing on the cover for pH-6.

Flyer prepared for April 2014 launch of "Cataclysm Catalyst", the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Flyer prepared for April 2014 launch of “Cataclysm Catalyst”, the second Phantacea Revisited graphic novel

Nearly thirty-five years later, Verne Andru took his original and improved on it, in almost every respect, for the cover of “Cataclysm Catalyst.”

Bad Rhad appears as a pivotal character in “Feeling Theocidal” and “Goddess Gambit“. (Verne Andru did both of those covers as well.) Therein he’s often called the Judge but, as per here, doesn’t object when he’s equated with Ahriman.

A character called Bad Rhad actually shows up in Feel Theo. He’s a panpipes-playing ne’er-do-well whom George Tethys’s mother, Master Helena Somata, she of the ages’ old Weirdom of Kanin City (after Cain, Slayer of Abel), considers a bad influence on her precious son.
(If you have to know, Georgie’s the Emperor Constantine’s half-brother in the Phantacea Mythos. He’s also an incarnation of Jordan Tethys.)
However, since Smiler can’t be remembered unless he’s standing right in front of you and wills you to see him, who’s to say if that Bad Rhad and PHANTACEA‘s Rhadamanthys are one and the same. Well, a certain here-familiar writer might be able to tell you but he probably wouldn’t.
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

(Or, as far as that goes, Tomcat Tattletail during the three mini-novels comprising ‘The 1000 Days of Disbelief‘. Like Bad Rhad the panpipe player, Tomcat only has two standard human eyes. Devils are of course shape-shifters.)
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NOTE 1: The Cretan Rhadamanthys was a son of Europa and Zeus. Along with brother Minos he became a Judge of the Dead. As interesting as that may be, that isn’t why Smiler’s called the Judge. It’s because it rhymes with Druj (meaning ‘The Lie’ in Zoroastrianism.)

Demonic train cover for Motorhead Orgasmatrom 1986

Cover for 1986 album by Motorhead. No art credit given; taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Orgasmatron.jpg

NOTE 2: The third brother was named Sarpedon. The Sarpedon Underclass of Cabalarkon’s Weirdom played minor roles in “The Death’s Head Hellion“. As pure blood Utopians, the Summoning Child twins Demios, who’s black, and Melina Sarpedon, who’s white, are members of that selfsame underclass.

NOTE 3: A coyote character named Squirrelly Tethys smiles suspiciously throughout the D-Head mini-novel. Could be he’s the then latest stolen identity of the aforementioned Tomcat Tattletail, who plays on the incomparable Harmony’s heartstrings throughout ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ epic fantasy trilogy as released by Phantacea Publications from 2008-2010.
NOTE 4: Motorhead’s album was produced by Bill Laswell. Its front cover (above right)  features a demonic train. It’s only got two eyes, though, so probably not inspired by the never-remembered Smiling Fiend.
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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