Holy Hola Hoops — Y blog’s been offline for awhile

“Holy Hola Hoops, Harry lad!” Young Death almost spoke those words of greeting to Harry “Ringleader” Zeross during Pregame Gambit (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec). Seems an appropriate hola from down here in Touristic Dentistry land. Got one last appointment b4 heading home next Sunday so have been mostly offline for a while.

Been rereading the Weirdness of Cabalarkon” (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#limbo1) and, boyo el toyo, is it different from “Decimation Damnation” (http://www.phantacea.com/#comingSoon). So, feel free to cheat howsoever slightly and read Weirdness’s synopses (http://www.phantacea.info/synop5.htm#month1) before ordering the latest mini-novel (http://www.phantacea.com/#pdfDec).

You’ll be very surprised just how wrong I got a very nearly canonical storyline originally scripted for the Phantacea Phase Two series of 1980s comic books (that never were) back in the early 20-Zeros,

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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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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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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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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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ISBN must mean … yep, it’s officially “Decimation Damnation”

One thing about living in Canada, ISBNs cost zilch. Now if only the Canadian dollar would reach a sensible level, Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 could begin to see the printed page:

Hello Mr. McPherson,
I have assigned to your novel :
Decimation Damnation (book) = ISBN 978-1-927844-15-1
Decimation Damnation (digital) = ISBN 978-1-927844-16-8
Decimation Damnation (pdf) (electronic book) = ISBN 978-1-927844-17-5
Since you are a Canadian author/publisher, you are required to send copies of your publications to Library & Archives Canada. This is the Legal Deposit process.
Here is information on Legal Deposit:
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/…/legal-d…/Pages/legal-deposit.aspx
Thank you,

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Potential Dust Cover for "Wilderwitch's Babies 1", collage prepared by Jim McPherson ca 2008

2008 version of cover for “Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 — Decimation Damnation”

2005 working cover for Wilderwitch’s Babies. Thinking it might be too dark. Still fond of eye-stave gargoyles on back and the angry house-head on front.

Statue shot by Jim McPherson in backyard of Leighton House, London, England, late 1990s

Sundown type with spear and snake but on a horse, not Raven’s Head, statue shot in backyard of Leighton House in London, England, late 1990s

Cut-out of the eyeless face used in the cover collage; taken from a wooden plaque shot in Montreal in April 2000 by Jim McPherson

Cut-out of the eyeless face used in the cover collage; taken from a wooden plaque shot in Montreal in April 2000 by Jim McPherson

1. Wilderwitch with fearsome soul-self extracted from a wooden plaque spotted and shot in Montreal in April 2000;
2. house-head spotted and shot in Hasankeyf Turkey in 2003 then given blue eyes (also here: http://www.phantacea.info/fallof03.htm#logo);
3. Sundown figure on corner of house-head is a statue spotted and shot in backyard of Leighton House in London sometime in late 1990s;
4. gargoyles and caduceus on back from, I believe, Paris circa 2004;
5. Tuareg figure scanned in from the Vancouver Sun at some point. Even if this guy appears white, it’s reminiscent of Trinondevs of Weir.

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More cliffheads link from here
; more on the cover collages here.

Hasankeyf House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

Hasankeyf House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

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“Decimation Damnation” cover collages

Cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2005

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

Here’s another take on the cover for “Decimation Damnation“, a web-serial that appeared in its entirety on pH-Webworld (aka Phantacea on the Web) starting around twelve years ago. (Might have been called “The Weirdness of Cabalarkon” then, at least for awhile.) New version won’t be the same, though.

BTW, it came in at 170 pages but an as yet unwritten Auctorial Preamble and a Character Companion (some of which is here) will enlarge that.

Potential Dust Cover for "Wilderwitch's Babies 1", collage prepared by Jim McPherson ca 2008

2008 version of cover for “Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 — Decimation Damnation”

Might go back to it if I go with a collage cover along the lines of the 1000 Days mini-novels.

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Wooden plaques spotted and shot by Jim McPherson in Montreal, 2000

Wooden plaques spotted and shot by Jim McPherson in Montreal, 2000; no information on the artist’s name

Isolation shot of the wooden plaque used in cover collage, photo manipulation by Jim McPherson

Isolation shot of the wooden plaque used in cover collage

Both parts of the Wilderwitch figure were taken from a snap shot in Montreal in April 2000. The wood plaques are all by the same guy; unfortunately there are no names I can find on them.

Her “fearsome” soul-self is in foreground; not looking very fearsome I’m sorry to say, but the lack of eyes does make it kind of spooky.

As an aside, and hopefully without giving too much away, what happens to Blind Sundown when he is given crablike, ommatophorous eye-stalks is anything but ducky. It’s truly beyond either fearsome or spooky.

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Caduceus with gargoyles collage prepared by Jim McPherson

Utopian Warriors of Weir manifest gargoyles atop their eye-staves; Mel-Illuminatus manifests a healer’s caduceus; graphic combines both

A hairpin shaped like a caduceus, image taken from web

A hairpin shaped like a caduceus like the one Mel-Illuminatus manifests atop her dinky eye-stave in the mini-novel

Two gargoyles atop Notre Dame, photos by Jim McPherson, 2004

Two gargoyles shot atop Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral in 2004 by Jim McPherson

The caduceus is actually a hairpin. Not sure where it came from but the gargoyles are definitely from the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. They were taken in 2004, when you could still walk up steep — I’d call them precipitous — stairs to the gargoyle level. Not sure sure whether you can do that anymore.

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Hasankyef House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

Hasankeyf House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

Part of the Hasankeyf ruins, shot in Turkey by Jim McPherson, 2003

Part of the Hasankeyf ruins in Turkey, 2003; suggestive of a House Head; also seen here: http://www.phantacea.info/fallof03.htm

Early version of DecDam front cover, prepared by Jim McPherson, ca 2003/4

Possibly the earliest version of DecDam’s front cover

Giving the stone, house-head ruin from Hasankeyf eyeballs must have been fun.

Can’t recall whose they were but flipping the shot does make it look almost human.

Not sure I like the text name at top of page on the tentative front covers shown but might keep it just for variety.

However, compared to the second cover at top of page, do prefer the pink background to Mythos area and the vaguely purplish overall background in first graphic.

Similar images are used on the related Serendipity and … entry as well as the entry for Mel-Illuminatus in Witches page on pH-Webworld..

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A couple more aspects of the covers at top of page are highlighted here.

Welcoming portal for pH-Webworld as of Spring 2015

Entry port for pH-Webworld, first appeared in the 2015 Spring update

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