Found but unfudged — Full-length Gambit Press Release

Goddess Gambit Email Press Release

B/w covers of all the novels, mini-novels and graphic novels to date released by Phantacea Publications, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

B/w covers of all the novels, mini-novels and graphic novels to date released by Phantacea Publications

Black and white covers of the various Phantacea comics and graphic novels

Black and white covers of the various Phantacea comics and graphic novels

In-page lynx

Whoever writes these things really needs an editor.

Oh, wait. pHantaJIm wrote this and, even if he does occasionally invent his own punctuation rules, he is an editor.

Full Cover for "Goddess Gambit", artwork by Verne Andru 2011/12

Full Cover for “Goddess Gambit”, artwork by Verne Andru 2011/12

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Phantacea Publications Press Release

Friday, February 3, 2012

Greetings

Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce Ingram Books, Ingram International and Coutts Information Services are distributing “Goddess Gambit” (ISBN 978-0-9781342-2-8), the latest PHANTACEA Mythos print publication worldwide.

Its publication both ends ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy and continues the ‘Launch 1980’ story sequences begun with “The War of the Apocalyptics” (ISBN 978-0-9781342-4-2).

Gambit’s cover, bonus graphics, a selection of excerpts from the novel, and plenty of additional information on the book, the trilogy it concludes and the story cycle it continues, as well as convenient, one-click ordering lynx to online booksellers, can be found here: http://www.phantacea.com/.

James H McPherson, Publisher
Phantacea Publications

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The back cover blurb puts its contents tauntingly.

Back Cover of ‘Goddess Gambit’

“For the Dead to thrive, the Living must die!” So proclaims Nergal Vetala, the Blood Queen of Hadd.

She’s the lone devic vampire.

For 35 years she has been unable to prevent the encroachment of the Living on her realm, the Land of the Ambulatory Dead.

Then her soldier falls out of the sky and she’s back in the pink again — as in arterial.

Too bad for not just her, everyone who plays a Trigregos Gambit loses.

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A more detailed synopsis of the novel reads as follows:

Goddess Gambit — Book Three of ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’

On the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters of ancient myths and legends continue to exist. The Latin word for god is ‘deus’. The Romans spelt it ‘DEVS’. Collectively, the Hidden Continent’s immortal gods and goddesses calls themselves ‘Devas’, which means ‘the Shining Ones’ but is also a Vedic term for gods. Their offspring, by themselves, are called ‘azuras’.

Devas and azuras are names for deities in both Hindu and Zoroastrian Faiths. Monotheists call gods and goddesses ‘devils’. In the PHANTACEA Mythos, the gods and goddesses (who are physical beings with, more often than not, 3-eyes), together with their immediate offspring (who are virtually invisible Spirit Beings with as many eyes as the shells they occupy), make up the ‘devazur’ race.

Nergal Vetala is the Blood Queen of Hadd, the Land of the Ambulatory Dead. She is the lone devic vampire. Her azuras are known as Vetalazurs or Lazurs for short. They animate Haddit Zombies. Another kind of azura, Sangazurs, animate the Glorious Warrior Dead or Valhallans.

For 35 years she has been unable to prevent the encroachment of the Living on her realm. Then her soldier falls out of the sky and she’s back in the pink again — as in arterial.

The Trigregos Talismans are a curved blade, a mirror that can be used as a shield and a bloodstone tiara. The Head’s anti-devazur movements cherish them as the three Sacred Objects because they reputedly can be used to kill devils. For exactly the same reason devils call them the three Accursed Objects.

(You can call them the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories if you like, because that’s what they’re known as in “Feeling Theocidal” and the three mini-novels comprising “The 1000 Days of Disbelief”, the first two books in the trilogy Gambit concludes.)

They’ve been separated for hundreds of years, since roughly two years prior to All-Death Day in 5494 YD. However, they’re composed of Brainrock-Gypsium, the remnants of the Big Bang’s Primordial Godhead. Due to the PHANTACEA-fact this Godstuff is both transmutable and teleportive, once you’ve found one it should lead you between-space to the other two.

At stake is mastery of devils, the gods and goddesses of not just the Living. At stake as well, potentially, should be mastery over the entire Headworld. Not surprisingly, when one of them finally shows up again, it suddenly seems like nearly everyone wants all three of them.

Too bad, as Nergal Vetala should know better than most, everyone who ever played a Trigregos Gambit in the past has lost.

She reckons it won’t happen this time. Not once her slavish soldier (who might be an incarnation of Chrysaor Attis, a dominant figure in Feel Theo, and who calls her “Goddess”) acquires all three of them and becomes Trigregos Incarnate.

Re-enter what’s left of the Damnation Brigade after “The War of the Apocalyptics”.

Ah, but will they be in time to stop the Blood Queen of Hadd and her justifiably declared Trigregos Titan or will these last finish what they and the Apocalyptics began the day before?

Will Lathakra’s long-reawakened Scarlet Empress, almost as long no longer Mithras’s Virgin, and Gravity, also Byron’s Moon Goddess, who has only recently been released from All of Incain, play and win the same game?

Will their fellow firstborns, their brother-husbands, King Cold and Savage Storm (Byron’s Beast), join them or save them? Who is Freespirit Nihila?

Is it any wonder the Smiling Fiend never stops smiling?

And if you hate questions as much as I do, you now know where to find the answers.

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The colour side of a postcard Jim McPherson prepared in 2012 as a handout; artwork taken from cover of "Goddess Gambit"; artwork by Verne Andru

The colour side of a postcard Jim McPherson prepared in 2012 as a handout; artwork taken from cover of “Goddess Gambit”; artwork by Verne Andru

The first book in ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy is “Feeling Theocidal” (ISBN 978-0-9781342-0-4). The 1000-Daze mini-novels are “The Death’s Head Hellion” (ISBN 978-0-9781342-5-9), “Contagion Collectors” (ISBN 978-0-9781342-6-6) and “Janna Fangfingers” (ISBN 978-0-9781342-7-3).

E-versions of Feel Theo and all three 1000-Daze mini-novels (Hellion, Contagion and Fangers) are now available on the Kindle platform. Until the end of March they can be ordered exclusively from amazon.com and a number of its affiliates in Europe and Asia.

As yet there are no plans to release e-versions of “Goddess Gambit”, “Forever & 40 Days – The Genesis of Phantacea” (a graphic novel – ISBN 978-0-9781342-3-5) or “The War of the Apocalyptics” (ISBN 978-0-9781342-4-2).

As more books come out featuring the Phantacea Mythos, I am hoping sales of Gambit and the aforementioned, earlier publications will increase dramatically.

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Note: The Goddess Gambit e-book came out in 2013. You can look inside it here. Which of course means you can also look inside the printed book there.

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

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

Indeed, you could check out these lynx to Google Books or amazon’s “Look Inside” program: http://www.phantacea.com/#googleLynx or http://www.phantacea.com/#pageUpdate for plenty more free reads.

Want even more? Boo here.

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Found and fidgeted – War-Pox Press Release

The War of the Apocalyptics Press Release

On-page Lynx

This isn’t quite how it originally appeared in e-mails sent out in late 2009, early 2010, but that’s mostly because some of the lynx were changed to protect the vanished:

Ian Bateson's full colour, wraparound cover for The War of the Apocalyptics, 2009

Ian Bateson’s full colour, wraparound cover for “The War of the Apocalyptics”, 2009

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PRESS RELEASE                                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Latest PHANTACEA Mythos novel now available

VANCOUVER, BC: Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce “The War of the Apocalyptics”, the latest PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publication and the first book in the ‘Launch 1980′ story cycle, is now available for ordering worldwide.

Set primarily in the Aleutians, Vancouver Canada and Subcranial Temporis, beneath the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head, between November 30, 1980 and Tantalar 6, 5980, here’s a summary of how it begins:

On November 30, 1980 New Century Enterprises launched the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island, a tri-peaked, mostly man-joined islet off the coast of Maui. With its 6 detachable cosmicars, its central hub-vessel and its overall command-craft, over 60 individuals were on the Express. Intercepted by a Kamikaze craft seconds after launch it never made it to Outer Space. Instead, in what appeared to be a devastating explosion, it was thrust elsewhere.

Whereupon it broke apart!

One of the cosmicars crashed on Damnation Island, in the Aleutians, where the last battle of the Secret War of Supranormals was fought on Christmas Day 1955. A 3-eyed, blue-skinned being, conceivably the very deity once worshipped by Mesoamericans as ‘hurican’ or hurricane, came out of the sky riding a whirlwind conjured from his lower body. The downed space vehicle looked empty. It wasn’t.

An earthen horror confronted the whirling entity. Devil Wind and Demon Land went at each other unrelentingly. When it was over, they apparently weren’t around anymore. Neither were 5 more of their fallen angel ilk, including the four titular Apocalyptics: War, Disease, Disaster and Death, who looked very much pregnant.

In their place stood the 10 members of the newly christened Damnation Brigade. They were the last of the supranormals, back in the realm of the fully alive for the first time in a quarter century. Although mortal and mostly human, they may yet prove to be the sons and daughters of the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of antique mythology.

Regardless of that, they are to say the least aptly named.

Orders paid for with credit cards can be placed through amazon.com immediately; other major online ordering sites will follow in short order. Dependent on location, booksellers and bookseller cooperatives can place bulk orders for the novel via either Ingram Books or Ingram International.

The book contains a foreword and an afterword by the author. It also contains the first chapter of the next PHANTACEA Mythos print publication. The sequel to “Feeling Theocidal” and the second book in ‘Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy, it is entitled “The 1000 Days of Disbelief” and will be released in 2010.

Relevant online lynx are as follows:

Jim McPherson
Creator/Writer/Publisher
The PHANTACEA Mythos

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Cover for E-Versions of "The War of the Apocalyptics", artwork by Ian Bateson

E-Pox now available on the Kindle platform

Front Cover Ad for "Nuclear Dragons", art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

Front Cover Ad for “Nuclear Dragons”, art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

For some reason War-Pox didn’t appear as an e-book until 2012.

Nuclear Dragons” is the second entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle.

The ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle is Jim McPherson’s obviously long-running project to novelize the PHANTACEA comic books not only as published but as promised back in the late Seventies.

The  final entry in the cycle will be “Helios on the Moon“, which is due for release in 2014. After that, well, who can say where McPherson will take us? Certainly not me — and I’m pHantaJIm.

Helios on the Moon, front cover of Phantacea Three, art by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Artwork from the “Helios on the Moon” side of pH-3, which was a flip book; Richard Sandoval, 1978

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That’s Diegesis, not Diogenes

Potential b/w ad for Nuclear Dragons, prepared by Jim McPherson, artwork by Ian Bateson 2013

Potential b/w ad for “Nuclear Dragons“, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013, rendered grey for b/w reproductions

Front Cover Ad for "Nuclear Dragons", art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

Front Cover Ad for “Nuclear Dragons“, art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

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As also per here, here or here, in his preamble to “Nuclear Dragons“, Jim McPherson wonders:

How much back story is too much back story?

Somewhat later he concludes:

As near as I can make out, short of eliminating [back stories] altogether, there are a number ways of dealing with [what back story hasn’t been chopped out in the editing process]. Character companions, parentheses, footnotes and/or an addendum come to mind. [For “Nuclear Dragons”] I’ve chosen parentheses.

While the reader can skip them as he or she pleases, I’d recommend perusal. Especially when in comes to “Nuclear Dragons”, I do some of my best work in parentheses.

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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


Here’s an interesting distinction for writers to make:

Diegesis is a style of fiction storytelling which presents an interior view of a world and is:

  1. that world itself experienced by the characters in situations and events of the narrative
  2. telling, recounting, as opposed to showing, enacting.

In diegesis the narrator tells the story. The narrator presents the actions (and sometimes thoughts) of the characters to the readers or audience.

… By contrast, mimesis shows rather than tells, by means of action that is enacted.

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Furthermore …

Artwork from Phantacea Forever & 40 Days by Ian Fry circa 1990

Artwork from Phantacea Forever & 40 Days by Ian Fry circa 1990


Diegesis is multi-levelled in narrative fiction.

  1. The extradiegetic level … is the narrator’s level, the level at which exists a narrator who is not part of the story he tells.

  2. The diegetic level is understood as the level of the characters, their thoughts and actions.

  3. The metadiegetic or hypodiegetic level is that part of a diegesis that is embedded in another one and is often understood as a story within a story, as when a diegetic narrator himself/herself tells a story.


Best response for writers whose friends/critics admonish: “Show me, don’t tell me” therefore isn’t: “it’s a bloody book. You read it. You don’t watch it”.

Try instead: “It’s a doggone diegesis, not a mangy mimesis”.

[BTW, Diogenes was a cynic, from the Greek kynikos, “dog-like” and that from κύων, kyôn, “dog” (genitive: kynos)]
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Helios on the Moon, front cover of Phantacea Three, art by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Artwork from the “Helios on the Moon” side of pH-3, which was a flip book; Richard Sandoval, 1978


As for Diogenes, according to tradition, during the time of Plato and Alexander the Great ‘… he wandered around Greece carrying a lantern and searching for an honest man’. As for why he did that, one theory is here.

For what it’s worth, here’s a quotable line from the article linked above:

‘Alexander found the philosopher looking attentively at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave”.’

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Janna Fangfingers — Amazing!

That it is. And, no, while he has been known to make things up, notably the Phantacea Mythos itself, Jim McPherson did not make this up.

Claire Nash did, on SF Reader (http://sfreader.com/read_review.asp?t=Janna+Fangfingers-by+Jim+McPherson&book=1557). Not all that long ago either (August 2013), considering it’s been out since 2011

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010/11

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010/11

As for the “Amazing” bit, here’s a quote:

“The story appears at first to be hard to comprehend with a vast store of Phantacea jargon and complicated characters that often have multiple names. McPherson does well to remedy this disposition, however, with an in-depth character list and prologue for the reader to reference.

“It took this writer a while to get into the book without reading the character list, but once I understood it, the book was AMAZING! A definite recommendation for those with large imaginations …”

SF Reader also got copies of “Feeling Theocidal” and “Goddess Gambit“. No sign of any reviews but shall put up lynx, good, bad or indifferent, whenever discovered.

Just in case you wondering which is which, here’s a quick reminder of what all the fuss is about:

Janna Fangfingers

Set in the Years of the Dome 5476 to 5495 – but narrated in 5980 YD – Fangers is the third and final mini-novel comprising “The 1000 Days of Disbelief“, Book Two of ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy.

As told by the Legendarian, Jordan ‘Q for Quill’ Tethys, the day before the scheduled launching of the Cosmic Express from the Outer Earth’s Centauri Island, it details the truly horrifying consequences of the thereafter demonized Trigregos Titaness playing a Trigregos Gambit.

Wittingly or unwittingly, she sets in motion circumstances that so imperil the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head the Genesea (perhaps better known as the Great Flood of Genesis) could finally overwhelm it — nearly 5,500 years belatedly.

Her actions, and those of her husband and their terrible twins, dauntless deviants the three of them, result in not just the 1000 Days of Disbelief themselves but in All-Death Day itself. In many respects because of them, more Dead Things are marching against the Living than there are beings breathing, let alone fighting back.

It being his Age, resolving such a cataclysmic turn of events should properly fall to Thrygragos Everyman and his three Unities (the incomparable Harmony, Thunder and Lightning Lord Order and Uncle Abe Chaos).

After all, they thwarted threats to the Inner Earth posed by the Death’s Head Hellion in 4825 YD and, much later on, contagion collectors subordinate to Quoits Tethys (the Titaness’s Granny Jordy) and her lieutenants, Tomcat Taddletail and Herta Heartthrob, among others.

Maybe they would have, too. Except, what’s left of them after Harmony’s Feast Day of 5492 are driving the debacle.

And her extraordinary daughter, Janna already Fangfingers, is riding the wave of her mother’s making both then, in the Dome’s 55th Century, and now, in its 60th.

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Note: Being part of “The Thousand Days of Disbelief”, Fangers doesn’t have it’s own web page. Here‘s another even briefer blurb on the mini-novel. Finally, here’s a link to the (rather extensive) Prologue and Character Companion referred to in the review.

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Nuclear Dragons now available from Phantacea Publications

PRESS RELEASE                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jim McPherson’s ongoing project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series continues with “Nuclear Dragons”

Nuclear Dragons Interactive PDF

VANCOUVER, BC: In 2009 Phantacea Publications released “The War of the Apocalyptics”, the opening entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle. At its centre stood the same stirring saga of extraterrestrial Shining Ones and the doomed but unyielding Damnation Brigade as that related in “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”.

That 2013 graphic novel gleaned material from the pages of Phantacea 1-5 (1977-1980) as well as Phantacea Phase One (mid-1980s). Its novelization’s until then untold Outer Earth sequences introduced or re-introduced a number of fascinating protagonists; ones who appeared or would have appeared in the comic book series had it continued.

With a breathtaking cover by Ian Bateson, “Nuclear Dragons” turns the spotlight back on many of them.

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

Given what’s coming, though, if they’re on Centauri Island days after the launching of the Cosmic Express, will any of them last long enough to return for a third entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ story cycle?

No matter. Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos is as full of incredible individuals as it is of astonishing challenges for them, and/or others, to survive.

Review copies available. For more information contact:

Phantacea Publications
74689 Kitsilano RPO, 
2768 West Broadway, 
Vancouver BC, V6K 4P4
Primary website: http://www.phantacea.com
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Nuclear Aardvark

Cover for a protest comic that appeared in Saskatchewan ca 1978

Cover for a protest comic that appeared in Saskatchewan ca 1978

The logo for the DRAGON detector, taken from TRIUMF's home page online

The logo for the DRAGON detector, taken from TRIUMF’s home page online

Being an exchange of emails between Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, and his brother, Rob McPherson, a particle physicist who maintains an office at TRIUMF (Tri-University Meson Facility, if you have to know), which is situated in the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands.

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Dragon TRIUMF

10/29/13

Greetings

B&W cover intended for "Centauri Island", an unpublished issue of the Phantacea Phase One project; artwork by Ian Bateson, mid-Eighties

B&W cover intended for “Centauri Island”, an unpublished issue of the Phantacea Phase One project; artwork by Ian Bateson, mid-Eighties

Was seeing if ‘Nuclear Dragons‘ googled up yet and look what I came across?

The second is the cover for an underground comic protesting uranium mining that came out of Saskatchewan (http://comixjoint.com/nucleardragonsattack.html) 2 years before the back cover of pH-6 came out (1980, though the attached Phantacea image is from later on).

You both might be familiar with the first one (http://dragon.triumf.ca/home.html).

And of course I had no idea either existed until I did the search.

Could be a future Serendipity and Phantacea entry here (http://www.phantacea.info/seren.htm#TheList).

Jim McPherson

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Bonus Points for starting acronyms with an ‘A’

10/30/13

Physicists spend years coming up with cute acronyms for projects.

At TRIUMF alone there are particle detectors “DRAGON”, “TITAN”,
“TIGRESS” and “GRIFFIN” to name just a few.  The CERN collaboration
that Isabel [Trigger, Rob’s wife] and I work on, “ATLAS”, was named following an internal contest.

ATLAS originally stood for “A Toroidal Lhc ApparatuS”.  Now our official
policy is that we’re just “ATLAS” as a proper name with no associated acronym (since our acronym expansion is a bit silly).

Oh, you get bonus points if your collaboration/experiment/collaboration name starts with the letter “A” because things usually get listed alphabetically and it always helps with things like media coverage if you’re first in the list.

I’m not actually aware of anyone coming up with a name/acronym for “AARDVARK” in physics yet, but I’m sure it’s not for lack of effort.

Has a nice ring, doesn’t it, “the Nuclear Aardvark” ?

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Which came first – the ‘… Brus’ or the ‘… Bus’

Front Cover Ad for "Nuclear Dragons", art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

Front Cover Ad for “Nuclear Dragons”, art by Ian Bateson, 2013, text and ad preparation by Jim McPherson, 2013

10/30/13

Interesting. And entertaining.

There is of course a comic book aardvark. Dave Sim, the fellow who drew the entirety of pH-1, named him Cerebus. Sim also drew the No Name/Defiance section in pH-2, which comes into play in the first quarter of the new novel.

That issue debuted my character [Cyborg] Cerebrus. Since I’d met Sim the summer of 1978 and asked him to consider drawing the Damnation Isle story that rounded up pH-2, I always reckoned he appropriated my character for his aardvark. Since I rarely saw him afterwards, I never did ask him which came first: the ‘…brus’ or the ‘…bus’.

I could put this exchange on pHantaBlog as it is interesting but not sure how that would sit with either of you or the Feds. What do you think? (Got plenty of registrants for pHantaBlogwww.phantacea.com/blog/ – but not actually sure anyone reads it as rarely get more than spam in comments section.)

Still have a link to your CERN website (between-space, sort of) on the bibliography page: http://www.phantacea.info/biblio~1.htm#t-lynx.

Jim McPherson
Creator/Writer/Publisher
The PHANTACEA Mythos

BTW, last I looked pH-1 and pH-2 are both still online, respectively here and here. Massive things, though, so you’ll pardon me if I don’t put them online myself. Might do a reprint one day, though.

As for the Ink Stains article they came from, that’s here. I offered the writer, Ken Meyer Jr, an opportunity to read and review "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade" but never heard back from him. His loss, as far as I’m concerned.
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