Even Hirst at his Excessive Worst is better than …

Reviews were all but universally terrible but, being in Venice while the exhibit was running, at two locales simultaneously, proved too much for Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, to resist in September 2017.

Have three posts that first appeared on pHantacea on pHacebook, plus a couple of bonus shots. Commentary mostly taken from Phantacea Publications Facebook Page.

Scroll down for reiteration of images and comments …

Banner outside the entrance to the gallery, shot by Jim McPherson in Venice, September 2017

Shot in Venice, September 2017, the plaza is called the same as the gallery, Palazzo Grassi

Colossus somewhat unimaginatively called 'Demon with a Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement); shot in Venice Italy by Jim McPherson in September 2017

Damien Hirst’s colossal conceit is somewhat unimaginatively called ‘Demon with a Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement). Henceforth shall be referred to as Colossus

<== To the left is a shot of the banner for “Treasures from the WRECK of the Unbelievable. Damien Hirst” exhibit running in September 2017. Spotted and shot by Jim McPherson outside the Palazzo Grassi in Venice Italy.

It’s the second venue for the show but the first visited. Exhibit ran from 09/04/2017-03/12/2017

==> According to the brochure that came with admission, the image to the right (which needs a good clicking to fully appreciate its sheer, laugh-out-loud immensity) is somewhat unimaginatively called ‘Demon with a Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement).

Hirst Colossus, taken from second level of Palazzo Grassi gallery by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Colossus adjusted to bring out contours better, taken from the second level of the gallery inside the Palazzo Grassi

Sooth further said, enlargement is something of an understatement. For one thing, even in the narrative it’s just (?) an outlandish copy of a much more sensibly sized golem: “It seems … the figure served as a guardian to the home of an elite person.” In ancient Mesopotamia, also according to accompanying brochure.

<== To the left is a frontal view of the supposedly Mesopotamian Colossus as taken from the second level of the Palazzo Grassi. Some tinkering with the levels on Photoshop has brought out, for the better, the demon’s contours.

Hirst's demon taken from the gallery's third level

Back shot of Hirst’s Colossus taken from the third level of the gallery and looking downward

The squiggles and encrustations are artistic conceits perhaps left in to indicate the original lay “… submerged in the Indian Ocean for some two thousand years before the site was discovered in 2008.”

==> To the immediate right is a back shot of the colossus looking down, down, down from the 3rd level of the Palazzo Grassi. Once again the conceit of the artist, not to mention the demon’s forgers, is that the original was found underwater, hence the coral and other encrustations.

Hirst's sea monster seen through window and shot by Jim McPherson in Venice, September 2017

Sea Monster seen through the window on an upper floor of the Palazzo Grassi. It appears to be rising out of the Grand Canal

<== Looking through window on an upper floor of the Palazzo Grassi in September 2017 and what does one see but a sea monster rising out of Grand Canal. Note the Ca Rezzonico palazzo on the other side. It comes highly recommended for its massive gallery of Eighteenth Century Italian artwork.

Upshot of Colossus taken by Jim McPherson in September 2017 in Venice Italy

Shot looking up at Hurst’s Colossus from the ground level

==> To the right and again looking up, way up, from the ground level is a shot put on Facebook just to see if its censors were watching.

Supposedly the Colossus was and is anatomically correct. Or at least as proportionately correct as a 60-foot bronze behemoth could be.

(Again according to the brochure, it’s a facsimile of the original, which wasn’t at the Palazzo. Might have been at the other venue, Punta della Dogana, across the Grand Canal a few stops south of the San Samuele vaporetto dock.)

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Encrusted Mickey Mouse, photo of a wall slide taken by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Evidently Mickey, Goofy and, yes, even a scene from Jungle Book (?) were hauled out of the depths after spending two thousand or so years submerged

<== Have to ask, if it sank nearly two thousand years ago: What’s Mickey doing on the Unbelievable? Time warp, perhaps? Could be Disney partially funded Hirst’s extravaganza and wanted some of their characters to join in the very expensive fun.

Which sounds like something only a cynical dullard would say. Sorry about that, Damien.

Shot of underwater shot of a unicorn's skull and horn, taken by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Supposedly an underwater shot of a unicorn’s skull and horn

==> As for the shot to the immediate right of his paragraph, is that really what’s become of the skull and horn of a unicorn after two thousand years?

Might it be a Raven’s Head type from the Phantacea Mythos? For comparison have lynx to the covers for Forever & Forty Days – The Genesis of PHANTACEA and Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade, both of which have Raven’s Head on the cover.

Underwater Colossus, shot of a shot, taken by Jim McPherson, 2017

Presumably the original Colossus taken while still submerged

<== Colossus doesn’t look quite so large in this slide. Could there be two of them? Contextually speaking it’s more likely this is the original.

Shot of a shot of an idol taken undersea with diver's bubbles, Jim McPherson, 2017

Goddess idol taken underwater complete with diver’s bubbles; suggestive of D-Brig’s Sea Goddess

In terms of the Phantacea Mythos, can’t be Catastrophe (Headless Ramazar, the Apocalyptic of Sudden Destruction, a head shot of whom shows up a cpuple of paragraphs down), from the comics and novels, notably “The War of the Apocalyptics“. Too underdressed.

==> Tempted to say the shot of a shot to the upper right represents Thalassa D’Angelo, unless it’s Thalassa Thanatos, D-Brig’s Sea Goddess, notably from the obverse cover of pH-3, artwork by Ian Bateson​ 1978.

Too bad there’s only a hint of a third eye on the sunken idol. Like the bubbles, though.

Andromeda screams as Jaws leaps out of rock to eat her, taken by Jim McPherson, 2017

Andromeda’s chained to a rock screams while Jaws leaps out of ground intent upon eating her

<== Jaws butts in on the Kraken. Andromeda doesn’t look too pleased either way.

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

Wasn’t the best shot taken so darkened the background and greyed up some of the sides in hopes of bringing out characters better.

==> Something of Sea Goddess’s skinniness in Hirst’s Andromeda, too. Except D-Brig’s Sea Goddess would just state-shift into her watery element and get away instead of wasting time screaming.
As for what she could then do to either Jaws or the Kraken should she decide to come back … well, best leave that to your imagination.
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Close up of Hirst's Andromeda Screaming, part of the blue diorama based on myth of Perseus, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Andomeda is (silently) screaming so hard she turned the whole oversized diorama blue.

Diorama entitled Andromeda and the Sea Monster, shot taken by Jim McPherson, September 2017

Background darkened to bring out the three main characters of Andromeda, Jaws and the Kraken; the whole diorama really is blue for whatever reason

<== The elaborate diorama is not only huge it really is blue. As per shots later, and one put up last week, Andromeda really isn’t headless. She is chained, however, and does seem to have an extra hand in this shot.

==> Needs to do a Nihila and break loose pretty damn soon. Jaws and the Kraken look ravenous and could care less about social media.

Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, superimposed over Siqueiros's New Democracy, prepared by Jim McPherson, mid-200s

Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, superimposed over Siqueiros’s New Democracy (Nueva Democracia) as photographed in Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Palazio in mid-200s

<== Reference above is to what’s become of Datong Harmony as of Tantalar 5980. Google up Nueva Democracia for the unadulterated Siqueiros or just hit here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=nueva%20democracia&dcr=0…:

Demonic Head by Damien Hirst, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Severed head of a demon supposedly dredged up then cleaned prior to going on display

==> Only one mobile head in the Phantacea Mythos and that’s Bodiless Byron. He isn’t called the Unmoving One because he can’t get around — he can, by sheer force of will.

He’s called Unmoving Byron because no part of his face moves when he speaks, via a form of thought transference, through his mouthpieces … Sedona Spellbinder in The War of the Apocalyptics and APM All-Eyes in Hidden Headgames

Head supposed excavated in 1932, shot by Jim McPherson at the 'Unbelievable' exhibit in Venice,

Different shot of Damien Hirst’s demonic head. Brochure says it was excavated in the Tigris Valley back in 1932

<== Although definitely demonic I’m not sure this huge head would even fit atop the headless Colossus let alone if it really belongs there.

The accompanying brochure says it was tentatively identified as Pazuzu, a googleable Mesopotamian demon, and that it was unearthed in 1932 in the Tigris Valley. (Pazuzu had something to do with the horror movie entitled “The Exorcist”, may have even been the possessive devil who drove the girl to such head-turning extremes.)

Skull and long horn by Damien Hirst and co, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Dried out and scrubbed clean skull and horn might have belonged to a unicorn according to exhibit brochure

==> Also not sure if this really would pass for the skull and extended horn of a ravendeer in the Phantacea Mythos. Then again the exhibit’s claim that it belonged to an actual unicorn is arguably even more fanciful.

Skull and long horn by Damien Hirst and co, shot by Jim McPherson, 2017

Another view of a dried out and scrubbed clean skull and horn might have belonged to a unicorn according to exhibit brochure

<== Another view of the unicorn’s skull and broken horn unearthed (unwatered?) near the sunken wreckage of the Unbelievable. Skull looks like something you’d rub and expect three wishes from the genie wafting out of it.

Full wraparound cover for pH-40, artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

Full wraparound cover for pH-40, artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

NOTE:  The best in-colour, pictorial example of a ravendeer — Raven’s Head? — appears on the cover of 1990’s “Forever & 40 Days – The Genesis of PHANTACEA. Raven’s Head the character has her biggest role to date in Decimation Damnation.

In pHanta-pHact she appears in all of the 19/5980 novels and mini-novels. She even does a cameo, in her multitude, near the end of Hidden Headgames. It’s in Dec-Dam, the opening entry in Phantacea Phase Two, that she shows the petulant side of her nature.

Still encrusted 'Diver', so-called, by Damien Hirst; scanned in from a postcard bought at 'Unbelievable' exhibit in Venice, 2017

Still encrusted ‘Diver’, so-called, by Damien Hirst; scanned in from a postcard bought at ‘Unbelievable’ exhibit in Venice, 2017

<== Yehudi Cohen, D-Brig’s Untouchable Diver, is another long-serving character who reappears in Dec-Dam (after vanishing, then inexplicably, during Helios on the Moon“). He has a much more significant role than Raven in Games.

Hirst's Medusa scanned in from a postcard bought at 'Unbelievable' exhibit, September 2017

According to the brochure, among the fourteen venomous serpents represented are the African rock python, horned viper and coral snake

Have to say, though, that Hirst’s Diver, so-called, looks more female than male. Still, it’d be remiss not include it in post re treasures of the ‘Unbelievable’.

==> As for Hirst’s Medusa, the accompanying brochure claims that “fourteen of the world’s most venomous snakes … crown the Gorgon’s petrified features.”

Might have to add this one to the longtime pHanta-pHeature Medusa’s I have met.

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A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

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McPhersonal Mask Wall — Then and Now

Not sure I like the embed feature on FB for this sort of thing. Best scroll down and I’ll copy and paste the rest of the original posting(s) from pHantacea on pHacebook dated October 30 & 31, 2017.

Obviously both were posted to mark Halloween as well as the imminent anniversary of All Death Day on the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head (assuming it’s still around).

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2009 Mask Wall showing five occupants that are still there

pHant Central’s Wall mask is a lot more crowded these day but this lot (taken in 2009) are still on it, though the big fellow only half in this shot has moved to the other side of speaker on adjacent wall above book shelf

Mask bought in Mexico, mid 1990s, known as Double Mouth for reasons's obvious to look at

Mexican Double Mouth wearing Panamanian Bird Cap (for pinheads)

Date for shot to paragraph left is Sept 30, 2009. The Harpo type is an original. The Toothy fellow to his right is from Panama whereas the big blue nose is a Punchinello Comedia del Arte mask purchased in 2008 during first visit to  Venice, where he’s very popular. Has been for centuries.

Also from Sept 2009 series of snaps, Double-Mouth’s bird cap came from a heritage house on the outskirts of Panama City. Needless to say, him having two mouths there’s no point in talking out of both sides of either/or when he can do it with both mouths at the same time.

Not sure where the frond fan came from but a frond is Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth’s power focus, even though he uses Viceroy Ibal’s Evil Eye in “Hidden Headgames

Ecuadorian Maximon Type bought in 1998 that broke in suitcase

The fellow in the rain hat came from Ecuador in 1998. Clearly didn’t fare very well in suitcase upon return

2012 mask wall in pHant Central

Mask Wall has filled out considerably since 2009. Shot taken in 2012 looks somewhat unfocused for some reason.

Main mask in 2009 shot was bought in Ecuador in the late 90s. Reckon he was originally a Maximon type, assuming Incas had a Maximon type. Clearly he didn’t fare well in suitcase on return flight. Always found it interesting that Inca is a word jumble for Cain, whom no one was allowed to kill if memory serves.

Above right: 2012 mask wall. The fellow at the very bottom is from Costa Rica. Violated $50.00 limit to buy him. Fortunately he was lacquered because Canada Customs took him out of bag to test for mites and insect larvae.

2005 Mask Wall in Jim McPherson's pHant Central

First shot found of pHant Central’s Mask Wall in Digital Library. It’s from 2005. Might be more in Photo Albums but didn’t feel like looking

They didn’t do that with coconut heads, two of which came from Puerto Vallarta whereas the little coco-head (coke-head) beside blue nose came from other side of Mexico in a different Puerto, Morales.

Date on photo to the left is Oct 5, 2005. The two masks wearing hats are originals bought in Zihuatanejo Mexico in mid 90s. The ape figure wears a hat these days whereas the goatish Furie figure with the long horns is from Guatemala.

Any wonder why Wilderwitch stays away from Jervis Murray when he’s in Dervish mode? He’s now hiding behind Double Mouth. A couple more like him are in the Fur Mask row here.

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Here’s the earlier post on pHant Central’s Mask Wall, also embedded using Facebook coding. It’s dated 30 October 2017. As per 2011’s “Janna Fangfingers“, All-Death Day occurred on Maruta 1, 5494, the equivalent of our November 1, 1494.

On that date, thanks to the Unities of Chaos and Order — who, as we only found out (for sure) in “Helios on the Moon“, were doing Sedon’s bidding, hence its subtitle ‘Sedon’s Purge’ — there were more Dead Things Walking on the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head than there were Living Beings Talking.

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October 2017 Mask Wall in Jim McPherson's pHant Central, taken in October 2017

pHant Central’s Mask Wall in 2017, taken shortly after return from second time in Venice, hence the two new masks

Mask wearing a hat suggestive of Mars Bellona, pHant's Apocalyptic of War

One of the four original masks, bought in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in early to mid 1990s

To immediate left, pHant Central’s Mask Wall encroaching on book shelf in October 2017.

Note the gargoyle photo on third shelf from bottom and the solitary eyeball above it. Many of masks wear sunglasses and hats to protect themselves from sheer brightness of computer they look at all day.

The box atop the speaker contains the manuscript for “The Moloch Manoeuvres“, which Phantacea Publications doesn’t feel like publishing for some reason. (Might it have something to do with Jim McPherson not wanting to edit something that long, let alone chop anything sizable out of it?)

Monster mask bought in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, suggestive of Count Molech

Mask bought in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in late 90s or early 20-Noughts that’s suggestive of Count Molech near the end of “The Moloch Manoeuvres”

Mask to the upper right bought in Zihuatanejo Mexico, in mid-90s. Couldn’t resist buying because it so clearly resembled Mars Bellona, the Apocalyptic of War, from pH-3, as he first appeared in Phantacea Publications at least 15 years earlier. Mask was one of four that started the whole collection.

Maximon mask bought in Guatemala in early 2000s

Mask of Maximon, who despite looking white is a modern day Mayan deity

Mask to the upper left looks like what becomes of Count Molech near the end of ‘The Moloch Manoeuvres’. And yes, there are two different spellings … Molech refers to a highly unconventional stage magician in Rome Italy in January 1938 whereas the Moloch refers to the Moloch Sedon, who doesn’t even appear in the book.

Mask wall in late October 2017

Another shot of pHant Central’s Mask Wall as it was in late October 2017

May do in a couple of the follow-up pH-Webworld serials, however; more here.

The mask to the upper right is Maximon, the modern day Mayan deity of Conspicuous Consumption as well as Decadent Delights. Probably got his broken nose (hence the bandage) in transit from Guatemala sometime in 90s.

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

Note the middle section of pHant Central’s Mask Wall in late October 2017. The three-faced golden mask in lower centre and the bronze, jawless mask to its right and up a row were picked up in Venice back in Sept 2017.

Finally, just in case you doubted it, here’s a shot of the obverse side of pH-3, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1978. It was a flip-floppy — a comic that contained two storylines: Helios on the Moon and, on the flip-side half, that of the Damnation Brigade as they appeared during the War of the Apocalyptics.

All of the latter has been collected in 2013’s Phantacea Revisited trade paperback.

 

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40th Anniversary McPhersonals for Nov 2017

Advisement for Nov 5, 2017 Comicon

Advisement for Nov 5, 2017 Comicon. Note the 4th name in red. He’ll be there manning the Phantacea Publications table

Side blurb for VanExpo 2017

Jim McPherson will be there manning the Phantacea Publications table next to Captain Cannabis in Artists Alley

To help mark the 40th Anniversary of the Phantacea Mythos in print, its creator/writer, Jim McPherson, will be manning the Phantacea Publications tables at the November 5th Vancouver Comicon and the long weekend Nov 10-12 Van Expo.

He’ll have with him copies of 1977’s Phantacea One at both cons. It features 32-pages of pre-Cerebus Dave Sim artwork, complete with a wraparound cover and an easily removed plastic bag. Cost for the complete packet is $25.00. Copies of pH-2, 3, & 4 will also be available for a cons special price of $5.00 each. Plastic bags optional.

pH-1 back cover, 1977, artwork by Dave Sim, created, written and published by Jim McPherson, September 1977

Characters include Doc Defiance, the Emperor Mammalian, Devil Wind, Mik Starrus and Dr Nightingale, artwork by Dave Sim, 1977

Front cover for pH-1, artwork by Dave Sim, 2017; created, written and published by Jim McPherson, 1977

Artwork by Dave Sim, more on pH-1 here: http://www.phantacea.com/#1cov and here: http://www.phantacea.com/one2six1.htm#pH1

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Tit-Bottom — Fuseli at Tate Britain

Way back in the Winter 2005 update of pH-Webworld there appeared a few graphics re Phantacea’s Rainbow, Gloriel D’Angelo Dark.

Collage featuring Gloriel - D-Brig's Radiant Rider; prepared by Jim McPherson, 2005

An almost version of this collage, as prepared by Jim McPherson in the mid 20-Noughts has been on pH-Webworld for just as long

Fuseli's Titania and Bottom, shot at the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Actually called ‘Titania and Bottom’, it was done by Henry Fuseli circa 1790

Two of the collages utilized an image cut out from Henry or Heinrich Fuseli’s ‘Titania and Bottom’, the post-titular Tit-Bottom.

One of the collages and a doctored shot of said Tit-Bottom are to either side of this paragraph.

Even though she showed up, howsoever briefly, in both “Helios on the Moon” and “Decimation Damnation“, some might consider D-Brig’s Radiant Rider an underused character.

Might be right, too.

Close up of Titania from the Fuseli painting shot in Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Faerie Queen Titania and companions to the right of dancer and ass-headed Bottom

Sooth as always said, at least out here on pHantaBlog, Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, henceforth referred to as ‘I’ or ‘me’, might agree with you as well. However, she is mentioned in “Hidden Headworld”, which might be out by the time you read this.

Talk about briefly, here’s the extent of it:

So, not Sedon: ordinary mortals, albeit ones capable of manifesting gargoyles (grotesques) off their eye-staves, daring to take on Death’s Angels and those who’d come up here with the Diver via All of Incain. Among them, much to his shock and queasy knees, were five members of what was left of his very own Damnation Brigade, including the wondrous Gloriel, Radiant Rider, arguably their most singly powerful member.

Why were they involved? Were they actually joining forces with Sed’s men? What no doubt possessive madness was making them willing to die in a futile effort to fight them off?

Then Blind Sundown and Raven’s Head split in two … dozens of times!

The date, BTW, was the 14th of Tantalar 5980, which is about as far into “Wilderwitch’s Babies” as Games goes.

Some of Fuseli's faerie children shot at the Tate Britain by Jim McPherson, 2017

Isolation shot from bottom left hand corner of Tit-Bottom (presumably) featuring some faerie children

Fuseli’s a personal favourite. ‘Great Night‘, from the front covers of “The Death’s Head Hellion” and “Decimation Damnation” is one of his. So is the ‘Night Hag‘ from pH-Webworld‘s Summer 2004 entry on Primeval Lilith, who appears a whole lot more often than Gloriel.

Close up bottom right of Titania and Bottom, taken by Jim McPherson in the Tate Britain, 2017

The faerie creatures at the right hand corner of Tit-Bottom

This is one of them.

Eggs were eminently edible. Baaloch Hellblob was only egg-shaped; was also Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck. Then again the Highchair of Hell shouldn’t have been akin to a griddle either. It was hot; too hot for sitting. Demons were notoriously flammable. Lord Lazy had never moved so fast. Recovered, uneaten. Look up at Highchair.

“Now what?” he demanded of its occupant, a mass of darkness in a female shape.

“Ass-end of Hell?” said occupant wondered. “Does that make this its Hell-Mouth?”

Bottom? Ass-head? Guess I’ll leave it at that.

Full Cover Mockup for "Hidden Headgames", prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017,

Full Cover Mock-up for “Hidden Headgames”; proper font and background images to be added prior to publication

 

 

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Croatian Covers 4 Hidden Headgames

So why’s the fact it’s raining in Dubrovnik, after ferocious thunder storms last night and more in forecast, make us happy Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, carted his Mini-Mac with him while on a ‘not writing, traveling’ sabbatical?

Backcover for "Hidden Headgames"

Headgames back cover pieced together on a rainy day in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Because we get this for pHantaBlog. Too bad his mini-mac didn’t have the right font on it or all the links for background images. Means print version won’t be identical but it’ll be close.

Text probably won’t be changing. It’ll just fit together better:

The creator of the Phantacea Mythos presents three intertwined novellas leading up to and into “Wilderwitch’s Babies”

Set entirely on the Inner Earth of Sedon’s Head, ‘Hidden Headgames’ tells untold tales of a wide swath of characters who came to feature in “The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories” and “Launch 1980” epic fantasies.

Who was behind Crystallion, Hell’s Horsemen and their Nuclear Dragons? How could the Dual Entities survive ‘Helios on the Moon’? What became of Cosmicar 6?

Vignettes, verisimilitudes and at least one vampire setting up and carrying on “Phantacea Phase Two”

Full Cover Mockup for "Hidden Headgames", prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017,

Full Cover Mockup for “Hidden Headgames”; proper font and background images to be added prior to publication

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Finally, a front cover option for Hidden Headgames

Mock up done on Photoshop of potential front cover for "Hidden Headgames", cover collaage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Mock up done on Photoshop of potential front cover for “Hidden Headgames”

Black and white version of Potential Front Cover for Hidden Headgames. prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Black and white version of potential front cover for “Hidden Headgames”

Took awhile to get to it, took even longer to get a presentable version of same, but here goes. Comments welcome at bottom.

As for the images that went into the cover collage, once again the background is of the Borealis Brolly spotted online and shot in Finland by Tina Tormanen,

It paired up nicely with another photo of the Northern Lights, this one shot in Iceland by Tom Mackie in 2014. The former was taken from the Web whereas the latter was scanned in from the May 2015 issue of Fortean Times.

Photograph by Tom Mackie in Iceland, 2014, scanned in from the May 2015 issue of Fortean Times; Nihila artwork by Verne Andru, 2012; banner prepared by Jim McPherson, 2015

Photograph by Tom Mackie in Iceland, 2014, scanned in from the May 2015 issue of Fortean Times; Nihila artwork by Verne Andru, 2012; banner prepared by Jim McPherson, 2015

Northern lights with distinctive umbrella shape; photo attributed to Tina Tormanen, taken from Web

From Tina Tormanen’s “Magical Photos” as spotted on the web

The main reference is to a sequence that first appeared at the end of 2012’s “Goddess Gambit“. It reappeared, and indeed carried on, in 2014’s “Helios on the Moon“. It’s back in “Hidden Headworld”, albeit this time (at least at first) from Fisherwoman’s perspective after Freespirit Nihila jettisoned her.

The female figure representing the fused duo was spotted online. It was taken at the 2015 Burning Man festival held in Death’s Valley toward the end of August every year. (At least I assume it’s still being held.) Not sure who took it, but  assume the original was entitled “The Burning Woman”.

Graphic entitled Nihila Nereid -- Borealis Brolly, prepared on Photoshop by Jim McPherson, 2017 using images taken from the Web

At the end of 2012’s “Goddess Gambit“, Freespirit Nihila took over Fisherwoman for awhile. This act of desperation came into play again during 2014’s “Helios on the Moon“. In “Hidden Headgames” we pick on their stories after they separate.

Hieronymus Bosch's Prince of Hell from the Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch apparently visited Satanwyck (Sedon’s Temple) towards the end of the Headworld’s Fifty-Fifth Century. In terms of the Phantacea Mythos, this is his version of its Prime Sinistral or a surrogate sitting on the Highchair of Hell

Added a gradient to her and doubled the borealis brollies surrounding her for the text version of this collage. As for the Bosch, it’s from the Garden of Earthly Delights. It currently resides in Madrid’s Prado Museum, though it might have moved by the time you read this.

One might recall that a young man called Bosco was one of the dreadfully contagious Outer Earthlings collected during the course of “Contagion Collectors“, the second mini-novel extracted from “The 1000 Days of Disbelief“.

Apparently he visited Sedon’s Temple (Satanwyck, Hell on Earth) while he was on the Inner Earth in his mid-twenties.

The Drumheller (Alberta) T-Rex, image taken from Web

T Rex shot in Alberta’s Drumheller Bad Lands. Might be an Albertasaurus. Representative of Saurlord Klizarod Rex of Sedon’s Head’s Lake Lands, part of his left eyebrow, area sometimes called Sedon’s Sweat Glands for fay-fairly-silly reason

Highly venomous serpent with wide open mouth, image taken from Web

Wide-mouth, highly venomous serpent used, in terms of the Phantacea Mythos, to represent Daemonicus-Smiler, the Forgettable Fiend

Evidently a bird demon was occupying the Highchair of Hell at the time. Chronologically speaking, that  probably makes her Sinistral Lust (Beguiling Belialma) or one of her lackeys.

She was certainly a playful shape-shifter in her time, some of which was highlighted during the course of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories epic trilogy. Was way beyond it, too.

As the saying often heard during the open-ended saga of “Wilderwitch’s Babies” goes, in September 1953 Lady Lust came to town (Vancouver Canada), leaving Mother Maternity behind.

As per all of the above, one therefore has to allow Bosco some degree of leeway in his depiction of her. Ordinarily Hell’s Belle was much more appealing to behold. Just ask Abe Chaos (Unholy Abaddon) and his father, the Great God Everyman (Thrygragos Lazareme), about that.

If you can find them, that is. Which, come to think of it, you probably wouldn’t want to do.

Caldera of the Kilauea volcano, image taken from Web

The lava lake filling the caldera of Sedon’s Peak is mostly made up of molten Brainrock. Anvil the Artificer uses it to make devic power foci like the Trigregos Talismans

Even though neither the Drumheller (Alberta) Tyrannosaurus (unless it’s an Albertasaurus) or the wide-mouth, highly venomous serpent have three eyes, they’re meant to represent, respectively, Saurlord Klizarod Rex (the devil-god worshipped by Saudi Tethys, the stomping Steg Sari from “Feeling Theocidal“) and none other than the Forgettable Fiend (Smiler-Daemonicus).  Both appear in “Hidden Headgames”, the latter more so than the former.

The lava lake has to be the caldera of Sedon’s Peak, filled as it is with molten Brainrock. Anvil the Artificer (Tvasitar Smithmonger, the devic Prometheus) uses it to make devils their power foci, aka Tvasitar Talismans. Its fumes are also good for debraining demons.

3-eyed Ornamental Skull from Tibet, image taken from Web

Tibetan skull with three eyes probably meant to represent Yima, King Death. Used to represent King Harvest (Yama Nergal), the Mithradites’ Grim Reaper who features in all three parts of “Hidden Headgames”

(Good for devils, who take over their subtle matter bodies; bad for the demons. Mind you, being mostly all body and no soul, they aren’t very bright to start with.)

Last heard from in “Goddess Gambit” he returns in “Hidden Headgames”. So does his erstwhile girl friend, the Mirror Mentalist (Klannit Thanatos), who goes on to make such a nuisance of herself in “Decimation Damnation“.

The fancy Tibetan skull with the three eye-holes may well be a representation of Yima, an Asian God of Death. He’ll double, almost precisely, for Yama Nergal, the Mithradites’ Grim Reaper, also known as King Harvest.

In this regard, here’s a quote taken from “Acquiring Nihila”, the third part of “Hidden Headgames”:

“Unlike the unspeakable spooks, who looked uniformly two-eyed anthropomorphic, as if they were once human or humanoid bipedal, Death’s (hooded) skull had a third eye-hole. Presumably he presented as much considerately, just in case the Diver had any doubts about his race. If devils could be considered a race, that is, and not an entirely inhuman life form.”

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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Unhiding more Heads

As “Hidden Headgames” moves closer to print, have some more interior images, colour to b/w.

Colour version of the Hidden Headgames Interior Cover, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Colour version of the Acquiring Nihila graphic with Hidden Headgames title

Black and white interior cover for Hidden Headgames, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

As combination of long-serving graphics on pH-Webworld – Including Tsishah Twilight, Siqueiros’s ‘New Democracy” and three-eyed Pyrame type blowing on globe

The full cover version of the interior  cover featuring the overall “Hidden Headgames” title, as well as the titles for its three constituent story sequences: “The Forgotten Fiend”, “Pyrame’s Progress” and  “Acquiring Nihila”.

The images that went into these graphics have all been used previously on pH-Webworld. Most made up the tentative cover for “Tsishah’s Twilight“, which wasn’t so much abandoned as never got finished.

Current plans remain for a full-length novel of that title, although it won’t come out before “Daemonic Desperation“, the next mini-novel excerpted from the open-ended saga of “Wilderwitch’s Babies“.

Tentative Cover for "Tsishah's Twilight", prepared by Jim McPherson in 2004 using images taken from the web

Tentative Cover for “Tsishah’s Twilight”, prepared by Jim McPherson in 2004 using images taken from the web

Jim McPherson also prepared an alternative poster more so than cover for “Hidden Headgames”. It took out the two heads representing Shahiyeda and her mother, Sorciere (Solace Sunrise become Sundown), from “The Vampire Variations” web-serial.

Variation on Interior Cover for "Hidden Headgames", prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Variation on Interior Cover for “Hidden Headgames”, minus the overall title. It adds representations of the fauna, Pusan Wanderlust, and the Female Entity, Miracle Maenad, both of whom feature in Games

Collage made up Icelandic Northern Lights face, Venice's female faun and Mexico City's Mnemosyne stature, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

The Miracle Memory figure is from Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Opera House, the female faun was spotted and shot in Venice, 2008, whereas the face in the Northern Lights was shot in Iceland and taken from Web.

They were replaced with a shot reminiscent of Pusan Wanderlust taken in Venice back in 2008 and a relatively recent shot (2016) from outside Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Opera House suggestive of the Female Entity, Phantacea’s Miracle Memory.

The background in both cases were the astonishing Northern Lights Show taken in Iceland that showed up in Fortean Times 327 and formed the basis for a nifty entry in Serendipity and ...

It’s coupled with Verne Andru’s equally nifty Nihila, as taken from the cover of 2012’s “Goddess Gambit” whereas the bare-breasted Nihila figure was spotted and shot inside the aforementioned Bellas Artes opera house in Mexico City.

Page 25 from pH-5, Verne Andrusiek artwork, 1980

First appearance of Freespirit Nihila from Phantacea 5, Verne Andrusiek artwork, 1980

Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, superimposed over Siqueiros's New Democracy, prepared by Jim McPherson, mid-200s

Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, superimposed over Siqueiros’s New Democracy (Nueva Democracia) as photographed in Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Palazio in mid-200s

By the famed muralist, David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) it’s been representing Datong Harmonia, Freespirit Nihila’s precursor, on pH-Webworld for a number of years. (Nihila herself debuted in 1980’s Phantacea Five, as reprinted in “Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst“, artwork by Verne Andrusiek, nowadays Verne Andru.)

The three-eyed woman blowing on the globe was also taken in Mexico City during a stopover there in 2005. It’s highly suggestive of Pyrame Silverstar, a featured character in “Feeling Theocidal“, though she also appeared in “The Death’s Head Hellion“.

Black and white version of the Hidden Headgames interior cover without the title,prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Variation of the “Hidden Headgames” interior cover, albeit w/o the title

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Lovely Lily — Lethal Lilith

In “Decimation Damnation“, the first mini-novel extracted the open-ended saga of ‘Wilderwitch’s Babies‘, we met Miss Murk, Mad for Mud Magpies. She had a number of other names or designations, possibly even Queen Gomorrah, of Sodom and Gomorrah fame.

A Hiawatha Tiger Lily, photo by Jim McPherson, 2017

Hiawatha Tiger Lily shot in the pHantaGarden, July 2017, double-click for surprise head looking at you

Her real name, though it takes awhile to confirm during “Hidden Headgames” (mostly because Pyrame Silverstar, who wants her back, denies she really is who she really is), is Lilith, as in Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night.

As per “Helios on Moon“, she was Miracle Memory’s rival for the affections of Heliosophos, the Male Entity, when he was the second biblical Adam, also known as Alorus Ptah in the Phantacea Mythos. That made her the mother of Cain, Slaver of Abel.

Montage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2015; lettering reads "Lovely Lily -- Lethal Lilith"

Montage that reads “Lovely Lily — Lethal Lilith” is meant to be representative of Demon Queen Lilith, who appears, howsoever-briefly, in the final two parts of “Hidden Headgames”

Also made her the Lovely Lily to, in all likelihood, the real King Sodom

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Graphical Expose (Where’s the accent?)

A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

A Photoshop collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, using graphics mostly taken from Web

Good question. Not the missing accent at the end of ‘expose’. That might be a failing of Word Press or my own ignorance as to how to access accents on it. (Dreamweaver and Word for Apple both have special character options from drop down menu.) At any rate, that isn’t the real question.

Which is: What did go into the “Hidden Headgames” graphic reproduced from pHantacea on pHacebook last post? Seems you have to be a member of Facebook to reach the comments section re the smaller, constituent graphics.

So here goes, copying and pasting to answering heaven …

2015 shot from that year’s Burning Man festival in Death Valley. Photo appears to be by Jim Urquhart. As one might recall from “Feeling Theocidal”, devils are terrified of being devoured by All of Incain, the Mandroid Monster Maker. Wonder who was behind Hell’s Horsemen and all their nuclear dragons in “Nuclear Dragons”, the second entry in the ‘Launch 1980’ three-parter that finally concluded Phantacea Phase One? Wonder no longer.

Image of a dragon sitting on an observatory roof as if it was an egg; image from BBC Online

Demon Queen Lily, unless it’s Demon Queen Gomorrah,  in one of her moods. A flying alligator puts the bite on the Untouchable Diver in ‘Acquiring Nihila’, Part Three of “Hidden Headgames”. Unless she was reading his mind, him being untouchable must have frustrated her somewhat because we next see her unsated, as Olivia Tenebrous, the Black Widow digging for the remains of a mirror broken towards end of “Goddess Gambit”.

Kabuki Mask of an Oni (Japanese Demon), taken from Web

Lower part of a Kabuki mask of an Oni or Japanese Demon. Suggestive of Smiler, the Forgettable Fiend, from ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy that concluded in 2012. And no, he isn’t back from the dead … mostly because, get real, how can anyone kill someone like him. Besides, his part of “Hidden Headgames” takes place prior to or overlapping “Goddess Gambit”

Smiling crock apparently shot by Alex Gomille, image taken from Web

Appears to be an Alex Gomille photo. Big grin also reminiscent of Smiler, who appears in a bunch of story sequences leading up to “Wilderwitch’s Babies”, but probably doesn’t appear in its upcoming continuation. By contrast, King Daemonicus, unless it’s King Sodom, often comes up in next up mini-novel: “Daemonic Desperation”. Does so usually as ever so fondly recalled by Queen Lily

Demonic looking face, image taken from Web, uncredited

Not sure where this came from. Suggestive of Faceless Strife, except of course she isn’t faceless at all. Used her to represent Demon Queen Lilith in another collage so that’s who she is in this one

The Calbucco Volcano of 2015 in Southern Chlle; image taken from Web, accredited to Rafael Arenas, 2015

Caption at bottom explains what it is … a volcano going off in Southern Chile. Photo, presumably, by Rafael Arenas 2015

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Unhiding Graphics

Entry first appeared on pHantacea on pHacebook 17-07-17. So many sevens has to make it a lucky publication, right? Actually I’d be happy if it just sold well.

Double-click on image to take you to the commentary. Might night to belong to Facebook, though.

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Here’s another post, from a couple of days before, Just in case you were curious about what publication’s up next.

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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