Wilderwitch’s Cover Candidates, Part 2

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Poster prepared by Jim McPherson featuring a number of images pertaining to Wilderwitch’s Babies

The cover for “Decimation Damnation” is finally coming together. And, yes, it will be a collage like the ‘Wilderwitch’s Babies’ poster depicted at top of page. The images that went into it can be found on the Character Companion page that recently appeared on the Phantacea Publications website.

Painting spotted and shot in Vienna, Austria, in 2010 by Jim McPherson

Painting spotted and shot by Jim in Vienna, Austria, by Jim McPherson, 2010. No further information on it available at this time

Other than the big shot of a young-looking Witchie-type on the right of the Babies poster, though, probably none of them will make it to the final cover of “Decimation Damnation“. (The link goes to some more lynx pertinent to the mini-novel.)

Here are a few that probably will …

==>Not sure who did this painting or when, though it is signed ALV 08, which could be 1908 as easily as it could be 2008.

Ran it through the Google Image identification system without success. Recall it was taken in the same art gallery in Vienna, Austria, as the equally unidentified painting I used for the back cover of “Janna Fangfingers” but that’s about it.

(Always thought the Janna-Vetala image for FANGERS, which can be better seen here, was by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) but Google Images doesn’t recognize it either, so can’t say for sure.)

Picture taken of a poster in Playa del Carmen in 2014 by Jim McPherson of brain coral

The ‘Boulder Brain’ Conqueror does not appear in “Decimation Damnation”. A character who knows that for sure does. And, yes, he does wear a boulder brain helmet just like the Conqueror did in the 1940s

Painting of a Mayan warrior reminiscent of John Sundown, shot by Jim McPherson in Merida Mexico ca 1999

Mayan Warrior, with Spear, by Fernando Castro Pacheco

<== The brain coral shot is from Playa del Carmen. It’s a poster spotted and shot there in 2014.

There’s a note re the Boulder-Brain Conqueror here. He doesn’t appear in “Decimation Damnation” but someone who could pass for him does. Unless, that is,  it really is the Conqueror.

Which would be remarkable since he was killed in 1953 by Blind Sundown ==> when he, riding Raven’s Head, dropped a prototype Hydrogen Bomb that the Conqueror made for the Soviet Union on top of him in an effort to wipe out the Moloch Sedon.

(Actually, as we learned in “Helios on the Moon”, that Conqueror wasn’t the original Conqueror. Still isn’t. We’ve been to where this Conqueror come from before, though, notably in “The War of the Apocalyptics” and “The Damnation Brigade” graphic novel.)

Which should do for today.

Image of expoding H-Bomb taken from web

Image taken from web; an otherwise unrecorded detonation of the Soviet H-Bomb on Salvation Island, in the South Seas, features in the back stories of “The War of the Apocalyptics”. “Nuclear Dragons” and “Decimation Damnation”.

 

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Current candidates for cover collage

Text reads: Jim McPherson Decimation Damnation

Jim McPherson’s Decimation Damnation, a mini-novel released by Phantacea Publications, 2016

Here’s a quote from the mini-novel. And no, it does not refer to Sally Dali’s Corpus Hypercubus, though a recent article on BBC Online re Dali in the Fourth Dimension did inspire today’s pHantaBlog entry

‘He must have looked like a crucified man, minus the cross, encased in a transparent beach ball floating in midair.’

Salvador Dali "Corpus Hypercubus" image taken from the Web

Dali’s painting of a white man dangling in the air in front of a cubic cross

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Here’s an earlier quote:

‘Wilderwitch braved her best bluster. “Don’t waste any of your seemingly few and far between little grey cells on that, Sal. I’ve told you before, or if I haven’t, I’ll tell you now, Witch will do just fine. Who’s your sad excuse for a girlfriend – Murk Mist, Mad for Mud Magpies? She looks likes she could use some brightening up. And I know just the fellow to do that. Got a solar spear tailor-made for the job.”’

==>>Franz Stuck’s “Sin“, which I’ve seen in Munich’s worthwhile Neue Pinakothek, googles up when you type in “Lilith” so she must be a candidate.

Sin personified by Franz Stuck, image taken from Web;

Franz Stuck’s Sin has plenty of Lilith’s aspects, just not sure about the snake. Besides, already used in Phantacea Mythos to represent Sinistral Lust of Satanwyck

Painting spotted in Hamburg, shot by Jim McPherson, 2008

Edvard Munch’s Madonna has dark hair and very pale skin. Sort of eerie, could represent Primeval Lilith, Demon Queen of the Night

Too bad about the snake. Also too bad I already used Stuck’s Sin to represent Lady Lust, who doesn’t appear in the mini-novel except in unaccredited flashback.

<<== Here’s a shot taken in the Hamburg art gallery, ca 2008. Can’t remember who it’s by but she does have dark hair and very pale skin.(Turns out it’s Edvard Munch’s Madonna. Art gallery’s called Kunsthalle Hamburg.)

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Finally, what about Wilderwitch’s fearsome soul self from even earlier in the mini-novel?

‘Which was when, desperation retaining consciousness, the Witch unleashed her fearsome soul-self. Sent it directly into the Master of Weir,  jolting him, Saladin Devason, off his feet. Ordinarily, for safety’s sake, she’d have already taken herself to a between-space Shelter and sunk into a trance. Didn’t have that luxury today.’

Charybdis image taken from Web

Nasty looking character called Charybdis. Taken from Web but no indication who it’s by or where it’s from.

Image entitled "Ghost Witch" taken from the Web

Image entitled “Ghost Witch” taken from the Web. Suggestive of Wilderwitch’s fearsome soul self.

How about this horror <<==? Probably couldn’t use it anyhow, since it’s likely copyrighted, but again, it suits the bill. (Called Charybdis but notes don’t tell who it’s by or where it came from.)

Or maybe this one ==>>. Character’s name is Skudakumooch and downloads as “Ghost Witch” so how could I resist.

(Shots taken from same webpage inspired a Serendipity entry entitled: “Shades of Shamanitoulin’s (Dead) Ignominies. Excerpts from the mini-novel have begun appearing on pH-Webworld)

Cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2005

Variation of a cover collage prepared for what’s now called “Decimation Damnation” ca 2005

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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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