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


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:

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 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: or 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 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

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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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