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Phantacea Publications in Print

Phantacea Publications in Print

- 'Phantacea Phase Two' 2016-2018 - The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

Phantacea Phase Two 2016-2018

Decimation Damnation

E-cover for Decimation Damnation, cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

Published in 2016; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Hidden Headgames

Front cover for Hidden Headgames, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Published in 2017; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Daemonic Desperation

Promo collage entitled Daemonic Desperation

Tentative cover for Dem-Des; will probably be changed before it's published; scheduled to be released in 2018;

Phantacea Phase Two physically began with 2016's "Decimation Damnation", the first mini-novel extracted from the as yet open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies'. It was set between the 9th of Tantalar and the 1st of Yamana, 5980 Year of the Dome. However, its follow-up, "Hidden Headgames" was set between the 30th of Maruta and the 14th of Tantalar in that same year. "Daemonic Desperation" picks up Babes near the end of the second week of Yamana and continues through the Summer Solstice of 5981. As the last known member of the Damnation Brigade, if the Witch was fortunate to survive Dec-Dam, alive and pregnant, she may not be so lucky come the end of Dem-Des. Oddly enough, her unborn babies may yet still be both viable and unborn by then.
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The 'Launch 1980' Story Cycle

The War of the Apocalyptics

Front cover of War Pox, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

Published in 2009; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Nuclear Dragons

Nuclear Dragons front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2013

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

Helios on the Moon

Front cover for Helios on the Moon, artwork by Ricardo Sandoval, 2014

Published in 2014; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

The 'Launch 1980' story cycle comprises three complete, multi-character mosaic novels, "The War of the Apocalyptics", "Nuclear Dragons" and "Helios on the Moon", as well as parts of two others, "Janna Fangfingers" and "Goddess Gambit". Together they represent creator/writer Jim McPherson's now concluded project to novelize the Phantacea comic book series.

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'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Epic Fantasy

Feeling Theocidal

Front Cover for Feel Theo, artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

Published in 2008; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

The 1000 Days of Disbelief

Front cover of The Thousand Days of Disbelief, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published as three mini-novels, 2010/11; main webpage is here

Goddess Gambit

Front cover for Goddess Gambit by Verne Andru, 2012

Published in 2012; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Circa the Year of Dome 2000, Anvil the Artificer, a then otherwise unnamed, highborn Lazaremist later called Tvasitar Smithmonger, dedicated the first three devic talismans, or power foci, that he forged out of molten Brainrock to the Trigregos Sisters.

The long lost, possibly even dead, simultaneous mothers of devakind hated their offspring for abandoning them on the far-off planetary Utopia of New Weir. Not surprisingly, their fearsome talismans could be used to kill Master Devas (devils).

For most of twenty-five hundred years, they belonged to the recurring deviant, Chrysaor Attis, time after time proven a devaslayer. On Thrygragon, Mithramas Day 4376 YD, he turned them over to his Great God of a half-father, Thrygragos Varuna Mithras, to use against his two brothers, Unmoving Byron and Little Star Lazareme, in hopes of usurping their adherents and claiming them as his own.

Hundreds of years later, these selfsame thrice-cursed Godly Glories helped turn the devil-worshippers of Sedon's Head against their seemingly immortal, if not necessarily undying gods. Now, five hundred years after the 1000 Days of Disbelief, they've been relocated.

The highest born, surviving devic goddesses want them for themselves; want to thereby become incarnations of the Trigregos Sisters on the Hidden Continent. An Outer Earthling, one who has literally fallen out of the sky after the launching of the Cosmic Express, gets to them first ...

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The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels

The Death's Head Hellion

- Sedonplay -

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Contagion Collectors

- Sedon Plague -

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Published in 2010; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

Janna Fangfingers

- Sedon Purge -

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Published in 2011; two storylines recounted side-by-side, the titular one narrated by the Legendarian in 5980, the other indirectly leading into the 'Launch 1980' story cycle; main web presence is here; Character Companion starts here; ordering lynx are here;

In the Year of the Dome 4825, Morgan Abyss, the Melusine Master of the Utopian Weirdom of Cabalarkon, seizes control of Primeval Lilith, the ageless, seemingly unkillable Demon Queen of the Night. The eldritch earthborn is the real half-mother of the invariably mortal Sed-sons but, once she has hold of her, aka Lethal Lily, Master Morgan proceeds to trap the Moloch Sedon Himself.

In the midst of the bitter, century-long expansion of the Lathakran Empire, the Hidden Headworld's three tribes of devil-gods are forced to unite in an effort to release their All-Father. Unfortunately for them, they're initially unaware Master Morg, the Death's Head Hellion herself, has also got hold of the Trigregos Talismans, devic power foci that can actually kill devils, and Sedon's thought-father Cabalarkon, the Undying Utopian she'll happily slay if they dare attack her Weirdom.

Utopians from Weir have never given up seeking to wipe devils off not just the face of the Inner Earth, but off the planet itself. Their techno and biomages, under the direction of the Weirdom of Cabalarkon's extremely long-lived High Illuminary, Quoits Tethys, have determined there is only one sure way to do that -- namely, to infect the devils' Inner Earth worshippers with fatal plagues brought in from the Outer Earth.

Come All-Death Day there are more Dead Things Walking than Living Beings Talking. Believe it or not, that's the good news.

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phantacea Graphic Novels

Forever and Forty Days

- The Genesis of Phantacea -

Front cover of Forever and Forty Days; artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

Published in 1990; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

 

The Damnation Brigade

- Phantacea Revisited 1 -

Front cover of The Damnation Brigade, artwork by Ian Bateson, retouching by Chris Chuckry 2012

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Cataclysm Catalyst

- Phantacea Revisited 2 -

Front cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 2013

Published in 2014, main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Kadmon Heliopolis had one life. It ended in October 1968. The Male Entity has had many lives. In his fifth, he and his female counterpart, often known as Miracle Memory, engendered more so than created the Moloch Sedon. They believe him to be the Devil Incarnate. They've been attempting to kill him ever since. Too bad it's invariably he, Heliosophos (Helios called Sophos the Wise), who gets killed instead.

On the then still Whole Earth circa the Year 4000 BCE, one of their descendants, Xuthros Hor, the tenth patriarch of Golden Age Humanity, puts into action a thought-foolproof, albeit mass murderous, plan to succeed where the Dual Entities have always failed. He unleashes the Genesea. The Devil takes a bath.

Fifty-nine hundred and eighty years later, New Century Enterprises launches the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island. It never reaches Outer Space; not all of it anyhow. As a stunning consequence of its apparent destruction, ten extraordinary supranormals are reunited, bodies, souls and minds, after a quarter century in what they've come to consider Limbo. They name themselves the Damnation Brigade. And so it appears they are -- if perhaps not so much damned as doomed.

At least one person survives the launching of the Cosmic Express. He literally falls out of the sky -- on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head. An old lady saves him. Except this old lady lives in a golden pagoda, rides vultures and has a third eye. She also doesn't stay old long. He becomes her willing soldier, acquires the three Sacred Objects and goes on a rampage, against his own people, those that live.

Meanwhile, Centauri Island, the launch site of the Cosmic Express, comes under attack from Hell's Horsemen. Only it's not horses they ride. It's Atomic Firedrakes!

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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

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Phantacea Phase Two continues

Hidden Headgames

Colour and b/w full covers for Hidden Headgames, collages prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

- Three interconnected novellas featuring characters who have previously appeared during the course of Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos -

Background images for this page and these panels are as per here and here. Double-click covers for enlargement in a separate window here.

Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

Front and back cover for Hidden Headgames, cover collages prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Final cover collages for "Hidden Headgames" prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017; unless otherwise indicated by mouse-rollovers, additional images found on these pages were prepared by Jim McPherson from a combination of his own photographs and scans from magazines as well as postcards or books bought in situ.

©copyright Jim McPherson
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"Hidden Headgames" - The Ten Second Synopsis

Collage representing Miracle Memory, Pusan Wanderlust and Freespirit NihilaVariations of big green background,  prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017Marking forty years of Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos in print, "Hidden Headgames” presents three intertwined novellas featuring characters who appeared in The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' and 'Launch 1980' fantasy trilogies. It leads up to and into “Wilderwitch's Babies”, which in turn marks the inception of the 'Phantacea Phase Two' revival.

In "The Forgettable Fiend" Bodiless Byron finds his grand schemes to make Sedon's Head his Head inexplicably opposed by a never-seen Master Deva.

In "Pyrame's Progress" the Hidden Headworld's former Perpetual Presence (Pyrame Silverstar, most notably from "Feeling Theocidal"), escapes the Sedon Sphere possessing Cosmicar 6's Cosmicaptain Nehrini Purandar. Chances are neither will last long.

Finally, in "Acquiring Nihila", nothing is going right for the Witches of Weir and their Panharmonium Project. Then everything gets worse.

For more see here

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Hidden Headgames - Front and Back Covers

Front and back cover for Hidden Headgames, cover collages prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Collages and text by Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, 2017

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Back Cover Text

 

Back cover of Hidden Headgames, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017Set 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”

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Hidden Headgames - Auctorial Preamble

Sometimes there isn't room for everything. That’s where “Hidden Headgames” comes in. Consider it a game of ‘fill-in-the-blanks’.

There certainly wasn't enough room for everything that wanted to be in “Goddess Gambit”. Gambit counted as the last full-length installment of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories, the inaugural three-part fantasy epic released by Phantacea Publications between 2008 & 2012. Yet, at over 350 pages, before the addition of bonus materials, it was, and remains, at least to my mind, massive.

Colourized version of an interior graphic prepared by Jim McPherson for Hidden Headgames, 2017It was so big that we didn't find out, not for sure, who survived its endgame-battle for howsoever-diminished, and drenched, Dustmound until 2014’s “Helios on the Moon”, itself the third and final entry in the equally engaging Launch 1980 trilogy. (In what amounted to the triumphant, not to mention monumental, reprise of Phantacea Phase One, it began in 2009 with "The War of the Apocalyptics" and continued with "Nuclear Dragons" in 2013.)

Guess what? Even that two-chapter addendum didn't finish Gambit. Except, this time we don t get a sort of sequel, we get a sort of prequel instead. One that only slightly overlaps “Janna Fangfingers”, the mini-novel that led directly into Gambit after closing off “The Thousand Days of Disbelief”, Book Two of that extraordinary epic.

The Forgettable Fiend, the initial sequence in the three-part collection of vignettes you’re holding in your hands, gets the long time a-coming, conclusory honours. And, if you already know who the Forgettable Fiend is in terms of Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos, then Smiler’s main mojo hasn't been working on you. I know it hasn't on me because I have to keep up pH-Webworld online and it contains bread baskets brimming over with Web Wheaties (information) on said Mythos; on said Smiler, dot-ditto.

Sooth as always said, at least by me, Smiler’s has been with us since 1978’s Phantacea Three, a series of six oversized comic book ‘floppies’ that came one issue short of finishing. Therein he was often referred to as Rhadamanthys, the same as the seemingly human piper in “Feeling Theocidal”, Book One of the Glories trilogy. No surprise there. It was the same character.

What about Squirrelly Tethys in "The Death’s Head Hellion" and Tomcat Taddletale in "Contagion Collectors", the first two mini-novels comprising 1000-Daze? Could be. And Reilly Haddeus in Fangers, its third, composite mini-novel? Almost definitely. Not that even the recurring deviant, Jordan ‘Q for Quill’ Tethys’, also the Legendarian, can recall him at its denouement.

That despite this:

The Legendarian had a hot shower, alone. He was … towelling himself off when he chanced to look into the bathroom mirror. What was that streaked into its steaminess? No bout a-doubt-it. Undeniably, that was the letter ‘D’, done at an angle of 90º clockwise.

As for why it looked like it was smiling, well, wasn't that what the letter ‘D’ done at that angle would do? That determined, that then instantly forgotten, he had a remarkably good night’s sleep.

... from "Janna Fangfingers", the third and final mini-novel extracted from "The Thousand Days of Disbelief"

At least he tried. Over the multiple centuries of his existence, many another has as well, with virtually the same result. In case you haven t figured it out yet, that’s Smiler’s main mojo. As shall be revealed in due course it's hardly his only one. Why do his fellow devils so often address him as Judge? Is he secretly Sedon, sometimes thought of as the Devil Himself? Could he be, or have ever been, King Sodom?

black and white collage with added text that reads Pyrame's Progress, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2917Since it links all three parts of Games, I’ll tell you this much at the outset. The ‘D’ stands for Daemonicus, once (as per Feel Theo) the King of Demons. Kings have queens. King Sodom has, had, for example, Queen Gomorrah. Pyrame Silverstar reckons that was her, going back 4,000 years at the minimum. She's right about that. But who else was she? Dealt with that in Hellion. Only – now it’s her turn – she seems to have forgotten it.

Forgivable, perhaps. She’s only just recently been decathonitized. Blame that, as mostly told in Nuke, on the launching of the Cosmic Express. Wait! Wasn't that set entirely on the Outer Earth, with no mention of the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head whatsoever? Yes and no. Some of that was made clear in Helmoon. The rest of it is herein; here in Games’ second section, “Pyrame’s Progress”, to be absolutely precise.

Master Devas would be spirit beings without their power foci and debrained daemonic bodies. Pyrame’s called the Pauper Priestess because she doesn't have the former; never has. Didn't need one because she'd been a solid individual for fully two thousand years prior to her to her devic siblings and cousins. Now, though, she'd not only lost her solidifying daemon, she's forgotten her identity.

Games also serves as a prequel to Wilderwitch’s Babies; 2016’s “Decimation Damnation” being first the mini-novel extracted from that ongoing, as yet open-ended saga. Might the Witch’s saviour – after her nearly fatal encounter with Mater Matare, the Apocalyptic of Death, at the end of War-Pox – have been Pyrame’s daemon?

Let’s say yes. That doesn't mean the Witch knows her identity, however. Not until Saladin Devason introduces her in Dec-Dam:

Wilderwitch braved her best bluster. “Who’s your sad excuse for a girlfriend, Sal – Murk Mist, Mad for Mud Magpies? She looks likes she could use some brightening up.”

“This,” he said, introducing his dusky companion, “Is the lovely Lilith. She’s a demon queen; make that the Demon Queen. You might have heard of her. She’s the mother of Anti-Patriarch Cain, Slayer of Abel … You’re going to bear our child; whom I might name Abel simply because Lily’s never had an Abel before.”

... from "Decimation Damnation", the first mini-novel excerpted from the open-ended saga of 'Wilderwitch's Babies'

Colourized version of a black and white prepared for Hidden Headgames by Jim McPherson, 2017, text reads Acquiring NihilaShould mention that, back in War-Pox, Wilderwitch learned from none other than Freespirit Nihila, once Harmony, the Unity of Balance, that she was the incarnation of selfsame none-other — at least selfsame when she was altogether the incomparable Harmony. That is prior to her execution, as told in Fangers, by her brood brother, Unholy Abaddon, the Unity of Chaos.

So, does the third vignette in Games, namely “Acquiring Nihila”, tell how the Witch acquires the wholeness of Nihila? Not even close. The Witch doesn't even appear in the novella. Nihila does. As do the folks, many of whom are witches, not so much behind the launching of the Cosmic Express as its destruction; one of whom is Miracle Memory.

Which in turn makes Games a kind of continuation, for a few days, of Helmoon as well as what amounts to Nuke’s side-story. Babies will be back, full-throttle, in “Daemonic Desperation”, parts of the opening chapter of which are included as a bonus vignette at the end of this very book.

One guess who the desperate daemon is; hint: it’s neither Pyrame Silverstar or Freespirit Nihila. They’re devils.
 
Jim McPherson
Creator/writer
The Phantacea Mythos

NOTE: Images in this panel double-click to open a new window. Black and white versions of 'The Forgettable Fiend' (aka 'Bad Rhad wants it all') and 'Acquiring Nihila' appeared in the preamble for the print edition of "Hidden Headgames". The black and white collage that reads 'Pyrame's Progress' formed the basis for some of the background graphics for this page. (Sinistral Sloth's proper power focus is a frond, not the Evil Eye.) Another version of it is here. Details of the images that went into the collage can also be found on the pHantaBlog entry entitled: 'Unhiding more Heads'

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"Hidden Headgames"

Wraparound  cover for Hidden Headgames, cover collages and text prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Final cover for "Hidden Headgames", a full-length collection of three intertwined novellas featuring Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos

Black and white interior as well as full cover collages prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017; back cover text can also be read here and here

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The Second Entry in the 'Phantacea Phase Two' Revival

Black and white interior version of the full cover for Hidden Headgames, prepared by Jim McPHerson, 2017

Covers as well as black and white interior collages are by Jim McPherson, 2017; for more on the two head-like graphics at bottom of back cover, see here.

Full-length collection of three novellas from Phantacea Publications is now available for ordering
(James H McPherson, Publisher)

Cover blow-ups and details are here and here

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Underlying image before it became a page and panel background

Base from which Jim McPherson made some of the page and panel background

Graphic, prior to obscuring, consists of Bosco's Highchair of Hell, the Freespirit Scylla giant, the Northern Lights head, the Northern Lights umbrella and the original collage prepared for pHantaBlog in order to announce the impending arrival of "Hidden Headgames"

More details re the integral images on pHantaBlog: 'Finally, a front cover option for Hidden Headgames'

Original collage prepared for pHantaBlog gone green

Original collage prepared for pHantaBlog gone green, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Some of the shapes various demons, devils and a certain Mandroid Monster Maker -- not to mention the lone demon-devil fused fiendishly on Ragnarok in 234 Pre-Dome -- take during Games: from the left (collage's right) Lethal Lily, Smiler, All of Incain, the Dragon of Byron, and the winged alligator the Diver thought he saw on Sedon's Peak not long before All ate him.

Unless they're of some thing or some one else.

The pHantaBlog entry is entitled: 'Graphical Exposé'. More details of what went into the collage can be found there.

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Fingers for Food

Venomous serpent representing the Forgettable Fiend, image taken from Web

A venomous viper with dripping fangs may seem an appropriate stand-in for the titular Forgettable Fiend of the collection's first novella. However, if she was here to testify, Datong Harmonia might say 'Oh, he wasn't that bad.' So too might Pyrame Silverstar, when she was Queen Gomorrah to his King Sodom.

Then again, when one of your many names is Ahriman (or Aryanman), it's doubtful anyone on the hypothetical jury would believe either of them. All the more so when another of his names is Judge and a mass of darkness with a pink face and too many fingers, and they with too many knuckle joints, someone whose name you can never seem to remember, is sitting behind the bench playing panpipes.

The Lava Lake atop Sedon's Peak

Kilauea cauldron, image taken from Web

A third-born Lazaremist named Tvasitar Smithmonger, aka Anvil the Artificer, manufactures devic power foci out of the molten Brainrock contained in the cauldron-like depths of this volcanic crater. (It's actually Hawaii's Kilauea.)

Brainrock is also called Gypsium. The Cosmic Express used it as a secondary fuel because it's teleportive. Its fumes deaden daemonic brains. The Untouchable Diver feeds on the Godstuff and there are those who say that Freespirit Nihila, like her earlier self, Datong Harmonia, is all Brainrock.

Brainrock/Gypsium first appeared in 1977's Phantacea 1 and has never been long absent from any of the subsequent Phantacea Mythos publications.

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The Highchair of Hell

Bosch's Highchair of Hell, occupied by a demon, image taken from The Garden of Earthly Delights, taken from Web

Hieronymous Bosch's Highchair of Hell as occupied by a demon (or, given the time frame, perhaps Beguiling Belialma, a second born Mithradite Apple Goddess who twice acted as Sinistral Lust of Satanwyck);

Image, taken from Web, cut out of his 'The Garden of Earthly Delights', which partially inspired "Contagion Collectors", in which he (called Bosco in the mini-novel) played a part

 

King Harvest

A three-eyed Tibetan skull perhaps meant to represent the Death God Yima, image taken from Web

A three-eyed ornamental skull perhaps meant to represent the Tibetan Death God Yima, but used for Phantacea purposes to represent Underlord Yama Nergal, a fifth-born Mithradite Death Devil often referred to as King Harvest;

Yama appears in all three of Games' novellas; he also had important roles in Feel Theo and 1000-Daze; image taken from Web

The Smiling Fiend

Kabuki mask representing a Japanese demon known as an oni, image taken from Web

Kabuki mask representing a Japanese demon-type known as an oni; image taken from Web

For Phantacea purposes used to represent Smiler, the myrionymous demon-devil who first appeared in 1978's Phantacea Three;

He's the titular character of Games' first novella, which begins on the 30th of Maruta Year of the Dome, the same day as the launching of the Cosmic Express on the Outer Earth

Saurlord Klizarod Rex

Drumheller Albertasaurus, image taken from web

Drumheller Albertasaurus (?) used to represent Saurlord Klizarod Rex, a seventh-born Mithradite who appears in the first novella, "The Forgotten Fiend"; image taken from web

Saudi Tethys, the Steg Sari who stomped her way, howsoever rhythmically, though great swathes of Feel Theo, worshipped him. His colourful brood brother, the Emperor Chameleon, hates him.

The feeling's mutual

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Nihila Nereid

Brolly woman and northern lights from front cover, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Event collage depicts occurred at the end of "Goddess Gambit", carried on midway through "Helios on the Moon" and finally resolves itself in "Hidden Headgames", albeit from different perspectives in each book

Nihila has taken over Fisherwoman (Scylla Nereid) whose protective Vesica Piscis was damaged by the Untouchable Diver during the latest War between the Living and the Dead, chronologically about halfway through Games

Non-Witches

Collage featuring representations of Freespirit Nihila, Miracle Memory and Pusan Wanderlust, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Collage featuring representations of Freespirit Nihila, Miracle Memory and Pusan Wanderlust, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Nihila's face is actually a shot of the Northern Lights as scanned in from an issue of Fortean Times; both Memory and Pusan are shots taken by Jim McPherson during his travels in, respectively, Mexico City and Venice, Italy

Interior Collage

One of black and white interior images, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

An example of one of the six black and white interior collages prepared for "Hidden Headgames" by Jim McPherson, 2017

Text reads "The Forgotten Fiend", "Pyrame's Progress" and "Acquiring Nihila"

Interior Example in Colour

Full cover version of one of the interior graphics prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, for Hidden Headgames

Full colour version of one of the b/w interior graphics prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017, for "Hidden Headgames"

Text reads the same as next door's: "The Forgotten Fiend", "Pyrame's Progress" and "Acquiring Nihila"

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Back Cover Lily

A garden lily shot by Jim McPherson, 2017, used on back cover of Hidden Headgames

Transparent GIF prepared for the back cover of "Hidden Headgames".

Jettisoned when Strife sought to take over Miracle Maenad during Helmoon (and as also alluded to in Nuke, which was written at the same time), Primeval Lilith finds herself in Absudyl, the Subterranean Land of the Mandroids, deep beneath the Weirdom of Cabalarkon.

Where, incidentally, she ruled while subsumed by Master Morgan Abyss for most of "The Death's Head Hellion". She was back there by the time of "Decimation Damnation" as Wilderwitch's Miss Murk, Mad for Mud Magpies.

As hit upon during Games, she had a couple of stops – and at least one collision – before she got there.

Freespirit Nihila ... before Fangers

Image of Datong Harmonia, as shot by Jim McPherson in Mexico City's Bellas Artes; test reads Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium

Long-serving graphic representing Datong Harmonia, the Unity of Panharmonium, is built over a shot of a painting entitled "La nueva democracia" by David A. Siqueiros. Jim McPherson, the creator/writer of the Phantacea Mythos, took the shot of the painting where it still is, at the Bellas Artes Opera House in Mexico City, in the early 1990s, years after he came up with Freespirit Nihila and her chains.

As per "Contagion Collectors", the Hidden Headworld did experience an Age of Panharmonium from circa 5000 to 5500 YD (1000 to 1500 AD). That ended with events told in "Janna Fangfingers", the third mini-novel extracted from "The Thousand Days of Disbelief".

Actually it was told by Jordan 'Q for Quill' Tethys, aka the Legendarian, in Fangers. He's another one back, howsoever briefly, in "Hidden Headgames". So is Yehudi Cohen (D-Brig's Untouchable Diver) and Tsishah Thrae (Twilight), the late(?) Morrigan's daughter by the faerie-type, Tom-Tiddly Taddletale.

In order to title a novella "Acquiring Nihila", one might expect someone to acquire a Nihila therein.

Lovely Lilith, Lethal Lily

Text for graphic reads 'Lovely Lily, Lethal Lilith; image of demon woman superimposed over shot of garden lily, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Can't have demons without daemonic royalty. Lilith, the apocryphal mother of Cain, Slayer of Abel, is the odds-on choice for her name.

Miracle Maenad raged on about her in Helmoon, apparently without realizing she'd had hold of her for something like ninety of Heliosophos's lifetimes (including the time Lilith gave birth to Anti-Patriarch Cain, in his 61st).

For some reason Pyrame Silverstar has been denying she was her demon for most of six thousand years. Whether or not she's in a state of post decathonitization denial throughout "Pyrame's Progress", she's wrong.

More on this graphic can be found on a pHantaBlog entry entitled, what else?: "Lovely Lily — Lethal Lilith"

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Lord Laziest

A Frank Frazetta drawing scanned in from an artbook used to represent Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck

A Frank Frazetta drawing scanned in from an art book used to represent Baaloch Hellblob, Sinistral Sloth of Satanwyck.

Often called 'Egg' because he's portly and doesn't have much of a neck, Hellblob has been ruling Satanwyck (Sedon's Temple, Hell on Earth) since the French Revolution beyond the Dome.

That was when his immediate predecessor, Sinistral Envy (Cupidity, last seen in Contagion) couldn't resist guillotining Marie Antoinette personally and was promptly ill-starred (cathonitized, sometimes also catasterized or stellified) for killing a lesser being.

Something of a spoiler alert as to what else is coming Sloth's way can be found in a Serendipity and ... entry entitled: "Not War-Pox, Pocket Pocks".

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Pyrame's Progress

Collage prepared by Jim McPherson to illustrate characters who appear in Pyrame's Progress

Pyrame's true form is of a sheathe-clad, otherwise topless woman with a tetrahedral head. Each of its upper three sides features a solitary eye just like on the back of the American dollar bill.

Next to her is a frog mask used to represent Aortic Amphitrite (Lady Lemurian), Lakshmi of Lemuria's mother. (Lakshmi was the troublesome <<boo-hiss>> teen who so disgraced the finale of War-Pox.) Beneath her is the gaping maw of a saltwater crocodile. It's there since one of the forms Lethal Lily takes on in Games is that of a winged alligator.

The three-eye demon mask, who could be Trawl the Taskmaster, is topped by a scene from Pilgrim's Progress wherein Christian takes on Apollyon. Known as Unholy Abaddon in the Phantacea Mythos, he's who pinned Datong Harmonia to a slab of Brainrock near the end of Contagion.

Baaloch Hellblob (Sinistral Sloth) is next along, whereupon come a couple of representations of Devil Death (Yama Nergal) and/or his radioactive Inglorious Dead. The ghostly form could be one of them, or another representation of Primeval Lilith, whereas the other disembodied eye might be Pyrame's, Baaloch's purloined Evil Eye, or possibly one of APM All-Eyes's Little Angels.

(APM is one of Bodiless Byron's Secondary Nucleoids. In the absence of Vayu Maelstrom, who's still lost on the Outer Earth during "The Forgettable Fiend", she comes into play as such in a couple of the collection's novellas.)

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

The Nihila-figure in the Northern Lights tops this collage. Verne Andru's version of Nihila is beside it. Toothy Teoti (Tenochtitlan) is the bat below. His mother (Tsishah Twilight), wearing her demon (Shahiyeda Sunrise), is beneath him to the left, his right.

Pyrame, in her silver-haired, usual seeming is to his right and the Siqueiros Nihila is between them. The Pauper Priestess, as she'd also known is blowing on a globe.

The two apparent children on top of each behind the subtitle, 'Acquiring Nihila', could well be Sorciere and the Shah-demon as they were during the pH-Webworld serials set in 19/5938.

The collection's overall title is along the graphic's right side (our left). The crystal skull behind it might belong to Janna Fangfingers or a Rakshas demon, both of which are mentioned in the final novella, if not before.

Then again, it might represent the real Xibalba, not Smiler's Reilly Haddeus in Fangers. Xibalba isn't just the name of the Mayan underground in the Phantacea Mythos. It's also the name of someone's equally Summoning-Aged twin brother.

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Forever & 40 Days

1990 Graphic Novel

Front Cover of pH4-Ever, artwork by Ian Fry

Genesis of the PHANTACEA Mythos; dedicated webpage is here

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Feeling Theocidal

2008 Full Length Novel

Front Cover for "Feeling Theocidal", a PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publication, Artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

Book One in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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The War of the Apocalyptics

2009 Full Length Novel

Front Cover for War of the Apocalyptics, artwork by Ian Bateson 2009

Opening entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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The Death's Head Hellion

2010 Mini-Novel

Front cover for The Death's Head Hellion, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Commences "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Contagion Collectors

2010 Mini-Novel

Front cover for Contagion Collectors, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Continues "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Janna Fangfingers

2011 Mini-Novel

Front cover for Janna Fangfingers, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

Concludes "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; doubles as the prequel to the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated website is here

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Goddess Gambit

2012 Full Length Novel

Front Cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru, 2011/12

Book Three in the Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy; eventually meshes with the Launch 1980 story cycle; also available in a variety of e-book formats; dedicated webpage is here

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Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade

120 page Graphic Novel

Front cover for Damnation Brigade graphic novel, art by Ian Bateson, touch up by Chris Chuckry, 2012

Published in 2013; artwork from pH 1-5 (1977-1980), pHz1 #1 (1987) and pHz1 #2 (unpublished), of which more is here; dedicated webpage is here

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Nuclear Dragons

2013 Full Length Novel

Final front cover for Nuclear Dragons

The for sure second, full length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, cover art by Ian Bateson; recounts, in four parts, the actual launch of the Cosmic Express and the immediate ramifications of its apparent destruction particularly on its launch site, the Outer Earth's Centauri Island; dedicated webpage is here

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Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst

96 page Graphic Novel

Ad incorporating the front cover for the Cataclysm Catalyst graphic novel, art by Verne Andru, ad prepared by Jim McPherson, 2014

Published in 2014; artwork from pH 1-7 (1977-1980) and pHz1 #1 (1987), dedicated webpage is here

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Launch 1980

Promo for The War of the Apocalyptics entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

Promo for the Nuclear Dragons entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

Promo for the Helios on the Moon entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle

Trilogy completed in 2014; Phantacea Mythos story cycle novelizing the Phantacea comic book series

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Helios on the Moon

2014 Full Length Novel

Final front cover for Helios on the Moon

The climactic, full length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, cover art by Ricardo Sandoval; the Dual Entities have been back in their own timeline for a few years now; they're trying to change things for the better; how often does that work out; dedicated webpage is here

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Decimation Damnation

E-cover for Decimation Damnation, cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2016

The start of the Phantacea Phase Two Revival; published in 2016; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

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Hidden Headgames

Front cover for Hidden Headgames, collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2017

Continuing the Phantacea Phase Two Revival; published in 2017; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here;

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Daemonic Desperation

Promo collage entitled Daemonic Desperation

Tentative cover for Dem-Des; will probably be changed before it's published; scheduled to be released in 2018;

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