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A Timeline for Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos

An animated GIF prepared by Jim McPherson for the Phantacea Online website circa 2002

An animated GIF prepared for the Phantacea Online website (pH-Webworld) circa 2002

Anheroic Fantasy Since 1977

Jim McPherson wrote and published the 6-issue series of Phantacea comic books from 1977 until 1980. He also wrote and published a Phantacea Phase One comic book in 1987 (Anheroic Fantasy — Back Anew after 10 Years) and a graphic novel entitled “Forever & 40 Day – The Genesis of Phantacea” in 1990. A number of mostly Canadian or ex-pat British illustrators provided artwork for these publications.

Five covers from Phantacea comics or graphic novels, artwork by Ian Bateson except for pH-5 which Ian finished over Verne Andru's original black and white cover

Plenty more on the Phantacea Comic Book series and graphic novels can be found here: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#logo

Since that time he has web-serialized a number of story sequences that were (but aren’t any longer) for sale as PDFs ready for download.The synopses for these web-serials can still be accessed on pH-Webworld. Click here.

Much more significantly, Phantacea Publications (James H McPherson, Publisher) has thus far print-published three graphic novels, two of which are complete-unto themselves graphic novels excerpted from the comic books, three all-prose mini-novels and four full-length novels.

All feature a plethora of characters and storylines taken from Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos, which he describes variously as either Anheroic Fantasy or Modern Day Mythology. (Most of the covers can be found here.)

He began a blog in November 2012. Called, appropriately, pHantablog, you can access it via the the navigation bar on every web page found within the Phantacea Publications (www.phantacea.com) or pH-Webworld (www.phantacea.info) websites.

Goddess Gambit“, a full-length novel from Phantacea Publications, concludes the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy begun in 2008 with “Feeling Theocidal” and carried on with the three mini-novels making up Book Two: “The Thousand Days of Disbelief“.

5 collages prepared for the Goddess Gambit web page

A variety of collages prepared by Jim McPherson for the Goddess Gambit web page

A graphic novel containing the entire Damnation Brigade storyline from the Phantacea comic book series (pH 1-5 as well as pHz1 #1 and #2) is now available from the publisher.

Entitled, also appropriately, “The Damnation Brigade“, the front cover is by Ian Bateson. It’s a colourized version of an unpublished black and white page Ian prepared for the Phantacea Phase One project in 1987 (pHz1 #2). (Facial touch-ups are by Chris Chuckry, 2012.)

Ordering information is here. Certified cheques or money orders only, please.

covers for Damnation Brigade graphic novel

Front and back covers for the upcoming Damnation Brigade graphic novel; artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012; touch-up by Chris Chuckry, 2012; prepared by Jim McPherson, 2013

A third graphic novel, this one containing the entire Soldier’s Saga storyline from the Phantacea comic book series (pH 1-6) came out early 2014. It also marks the first time Ian Bateson’s Hell’s Horsemen sequence intended for pH-7 has appeared in print.

Entitled “Cataclysm Catalyst“, the wraparound cover is by Verne Andru, in Phantacea terms he’s the artist best known for the Soldier’s Saga stories in pH-5 and pH-6 as well as the covers for “Feeling Theocidal” and “Goddess Gambit“.

It’s a colourized version of an unpublished black and white wraparound intended for a reprint of pH-6 that never came out. The original version is on the Phantacea Publications website. It double-clicks from here: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#rHadAndru

Full colour, wraparound cover for Cataclysm Catalyst by Verne Andru, 2014;

Wraparound cover by Verne Andru, 2014; dedicated webpage is here: http://www.phantacea.com/pHrev2_kittyClysm.html

Helios on the Moon“, the sixth, full-length, multiple-character, mosaic novel to feature Jim McPherson’s long-running Phantacea Mythos, came out in late 2014. It concludes the Launch 1980 story cycle that began with 2009’s “The War of the Apocalyptics” and continued with 2013’s “Nuclear Dragons“.

Artwork from front cover of "Helios on the Moon" by Ricardo Sandoval; promo prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Helios, with his ‘holocaster’, and the She-Sphinx (All of Incain) , with Thunder and Lightning Lord Yajur (Lord Order) sneaking up on them; artwork by Ricardo Sandoval taken from front cover of print version of Helios on the Moon

Marking as it does the three-part, until now never-fully-revealed climax of the Launch 1980 story cycle, it in effect concludes Phantacea Phase One, which began in 1977 with Phantacea One.

Wraparound cover for Phantacea Phase One #1, artwork by Ian Bateson, ca 1985

Wraparound cover for Phantacea Phase One #1, artwork by Ian Bateson, ca 1985

Jim McPherson is currently at work reviewing Phantacea Mythos sketches, short stories, mini-novels and unrealized graphic novel scripts prepared in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s with a view to publishing additional material in late 2015.

Covers for five full length Phantacea Mythos Novels

Covers for books published or promised

All of the Phantacea Mythos novels and mini-novels are available as e-books on the Kindle platform from amazon.com. Watermarked PDFs of the  graphic novel can be purchased from Drive Thru Comics here.

Feeling Theocidal“, Book One of the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy, the three mini-novels making up the trilogy’s Book Two (“The 1000 Days of Disbelief“), namely “The Death’s Head Hellion“, “Contagion Collectors” and “Janna Fangfingers“, “Goddess Gambit“, Book Three of the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy, “The War of the Apocalyptics” and “Nuclear Dragons” are also available in a variety of other formats from a number of online e-book sellers.

Activate your search engine and track them down. Either that or go straight to this link to Google Books if you’d prefer to spy before you buy. You (probably) won’t be disappointed.

Collage of ths Sphinx and Camel Riders

Shot of the sphinx and a foolish donkey rider, prepared by Jim McPherson circa 2000 for his pre-2010 Travels Site

Jim McPherson occasionally writes and publishes a travelogue website entitled, as might be expected, Jim McPherson’s Travels. Phantacea and/or Phantacea Publications are imprints used by James H McPherson, Publisher.

Jim McPherson presents photographs and collages he digitally created (often, though not exclusively, using his own travel shots) on all three of his websites. None his websites contain advertising for anything except print and e-book publications featuring the Phantacea Mythos.

Currently, the main sites are: http://www.phantacea.info/ for the Phantacea Mythos online (aka pH-Webworld) and http://www.phantacea.com/ for Phantacea Publications.

To order print publications featuring Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos direct from the publisher, hit here and follow always helpful Plathon’s instructions bullishly.

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

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

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