Phantacea Phase Two — starts in prose and probably only ever will be in prose

Variation of an online promo prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Variation of an online promo prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Labour Day’s come and gone, which means “Decimation Damnation“, the first mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga of Wilderwitch’s Babies, is finally available for ordering.

Here’s the opening sentence in Dec-Dam’s Auctorial Preamble: “Thus begins Phantacea Phase Two.” Here’s final sentence in same: “Better make it: Thus begins the open-ended saga of “Wilderwitch’s Babies”.

As for the rest of it, well, you don’t have to buy the book, in any of its editions (print, digital PDF or e-pub), in order to read it, but it would be appreciated.

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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Wilderwitch goes into labour on Labour Day

In print, in an interactive PDF and as an e-pub.

Wilderwitch goes into labour on … when else? Labour Day. And it’s got nothing to do with Phantast Thanatos … at least we don’t think it does. Yet!

In the meantime, for those of you with Adobe Reader or plain old Acrobat — and an extra $10.00 — there’s a website special on the digital edition of “Decimation Damnation” here: http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec

 Digital Version — online collage covers enlarge here

  • Digital cover, one of two, for “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1”

     Print Version — full cover print edition enlarges here

  • Cover collage by Jiim McPherson, 2016

    Front cover for the print edition of “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1”

     Back cover — enlarges here

  • text and collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

    Back cover for print version of “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1”, text and collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

    Carrying on from where the PHANTACEA comic book series and the three-part Launch 1980 fantasy epic left off

  • Promotional Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014, utilizing the covers for the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels: The Damnation Brigade & Cataclysm Catalyst

    Promotional Collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014, utilizing the covers for the two Phantacea Revisited graphic novels: The Damnation Brigade & Cataclysm Catalyst

    See much more at www.phantacea.com
    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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Good Cover, Bad Cover, Final Cover(s)

Final cover collage for the print edition of “Decimation Damnation”

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

Final cover for print edition of “Decimation Damnation”

Made mention of cover controversy surrounding the various collages prepared for “Decimation Damnation — Wilderwitch’s Babies 1” a number of times out here in Cyberia. (See also here and here.)

Lately it’s got so bad I’ve had to eject an entire row from the graphics section on the Witch Babs page.

It had to go somewhere so …

Source of Viennese Photo Montage

Front cover picture of Sharbat Gula as it appeared on National Geographic cover in June 1985

Though shot in 2010 at a public gallery in Vienna, Austria, it turns out that the otherwise unidentified photo montage used in the cover collage in this row began as a photo taken for the National Geographic’s June 1984 issue and as such can’t be pHanta-used as is.

The subject’s name is Sharbat Gula, at the time (1984) age 12. More on pH-Webworld‘s Summer 2016 entry of Serendipity and …

Rejected full cover for "Decimation Damnation" mini-novel

Full tentative cover for Decimation Damnation mini-novel, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Background image is a sunset taken at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, July 2015; Easter Island Moai taken from the Web then solarized

Rejected front cover for DecDam

Main shot taken in Vienna, Austria, gallery, uncredited art, photo by Jim McPherson, 2010; used on tentative front cover for 2016 mini-novel, prepared by Jim McPherson

Wilderwitch representative spotted and shot in a Vienna, Austria, city gallery in 2010; Moai used to represent between-space stone gnomes reputed to exist in the Weirdom of Cabalarkon

Did manage to retain the darker version of the cover for use on one or the other of the mini-novel’s digital editions (PDF or e-pub). So hardly a wasted effort.

Tentative full cover for "Decimation Damnation"

Took out the face, save for the hair and eyes, of the Afghan Girl and filled in space with Daemonic Desperation graphics. Like result a lot … but may not use it for print to blackness issues. Should be okay for digital editions, though.

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Vexatious Nonentities?

Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone

Was going to use the word ‘nebbishes’ but online dictionary objected (wrongly, as it happens) but even when it’s defined as “a pitifully ineffectual, inept, and timid person” it still implies they exist.
As this telltale sequence from “Decimation Damnation” reveals, that’s not necessarily so in the case of Stone Gnomes:
The girls had been terrified of Dervish Furie, with his horns and fangs, but had taken an immediate liking to Jervis Murray, he with his darkish, though not altogether jet-black skin and still thick but now trimmed beard. They were in charm mode; were competing with each other trying to tell him how matter transducers kept working despite the fact no one in Cabalarkon knew how to make, let alone service, one anymore. He was distracted, was forever looking around for Wilderwitch, who had yet to show up, and missed most of what Harry’s youngest, Athena, was saying.
“What was that again, Tina? What’re stone gnomes?”
“Gnomes made of stone, silly,” the 6-year old repeated.
“They’re what keeps everything going, Uncle Monster,” elaborated 12-year old Helen, who liked to sound superior and could be quite rude. “Tinny thinks she saw one this morning in the old palace.”
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Which, since she thought she saw it in a refrigerator while ‘stealing’ ice cream as well as for those of you don’t follow Phantacea Publications on Facebook (pHantacea on pHacebook), brings us to this, a variation of which also appeared recently on Serendipity and …:

A mite nippy out there, eh? And not just in the dying days of what’s been passing for summer in Vancouver. Great start, though … in May.

Phantacea Publications's photo.
Phantacea Publications's photo.
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 And this, also from (pHantacea on pHacebook):

Is that a stone gnome on the cover of JLA 15?

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Neither of which tells us that stone gnomes actually exist. Something does, though, hence — hopefully without giving too much away — this sequence, also from DecDam:
Wilderwitch was still silently cogitating … when they arrived at Raven’s digs. She wasn’t as swift as Johnny or Raven were to realize the walls were no longer the mess she and Furie had made of them; were in fact back to being as good as new. Was barely swift enough to pick up on the significance of Raven’s exclamatory squawks. Wash that birdbrain’s mouth out with soapstone she was thinking when Sundown made another observation.
“And if they’re demons, they’re shape-shifters.”
“Wait a minute there,” the Witch protested. “You’re suggesting I’m a demon?”
“Not at all,” said Sundown, regarding her querulously, through Raven’s eyes and with her perspective. “Should we have been?”
“Of course not. What were you saying then? I must have missed it.”
“Only that stone gnomes must have fixed the walls and stone gnomes have to be demons. Demons are shape-shifters.”
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Much more on Stone Gnomes can be found by using the search engines on www.phantacea.com and pH-Webworld
Screen shot from the Welcoming Page of phantacea.com as of Saturday, August 4, 2016

Wilderwitch goes into labour with “Decimation Damnation”, the first mini-novel extracted from the open-ended saga

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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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Duelling coverage

Collage entitled Daemonic Desperation, prepared by Jim McPherson, June 2016

Right centre: colourized version of Dancing Witch from the Legend of Tam O’Shanter, artwork by John Faed, 1819-1902; Ancient Night by Henry Fuseli, 1741-1825; revenant between them by Pieter Pourbus, 1523-1584, shot in Bruges 201`2; cameo Sedon shot in Bruges, 2012, same as statue of hooded woman in middle of image; other images taken from Web

As per Serendipity and … here, finally learned where the girlish face featured in the otherwise unidentified photo montage on the last post came from. It’s purloined from a National Geographic cover from June 1985. The girl photographed by Steve McCurry in 1984 was Sharbut Gula, then 12. More on that here.

Tentative cover for "Decimation Damnation", graphic prepared by Jim McPherson, June 2016

Daemonic Desperation graphics transposed to tentative cover for “Decimation Damnation” mini-novel

The photo montage used was shot in a public gallery in Vienna, Austria, in 2010 but didn’t shoot the information plaque. Result? Had to rework the tentative cover and poster at bottom of page painstakingly prepared for DecDam over a month ago. Hence delay.

Still like the eyes, as per immediately, but  can’t decide if cover collage is usable. Maybe make up mind tomorrow.

Tentative full cover for "Decimation Damnation"

Took out the face, save for the hair and eyes, of the Afghan Girl and filled in space with Daemonic Desperation graphics. Like result a lot … but may not use it.

So what do you think? Comments appreciated below.

Black & white version of revised poster for Wilderwitch's Babies, prepared by Jim McPherson mostly using his own images, 2016

Black & white version of revised poster for “Wilderwitch’s Babies” as used on the print version of “Decimation Damnation”, the first mini-novel taken from that as yet open-ended saga. More notes here: http://www.phantacea.com/witchBabsPage.htm#graphics

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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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