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The Damnation Brigade Graphic Novel

Variations of DB cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012, collage by Jim McPherson, 2012

Coming Soon from Phantacea Publications

Images in this row are double-clickable from here, here, and, to a lesser degree, here.

It's a Blog!!!

And to entice you into registering and contributing, how about a free copy of Mythos Mag #1 (and only)?

The 2006 PDF, with its updated 2012 lynx, can be downloaded here.

Two Damnation Brigade Collages, 2009, 2012

So, how do you like the new Internal Search Engine?

Pray Tell.

The Phantacea Revisited Project

Artwork by Ian Bateson

Collecting the Phantacea Comic Books 1977-1980, 1986, Rv1:DB contains material from pH 1-5.

This will be the first time in the better part of 30 years that material from pH-5 has been available except from online traders.

 

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Goddess Gambit

Samples of Verne Andru's art, applicable to Goddess Gambit

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Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce "Goddess Gambit", the third and final book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy, is available for ordering both online and directly from the publisher

Just as exciting for many, e-versions of both "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "Goddess Gambit" are finally available in a variety of formats.

(Please note: At present Phantacea Publications can only accept cheques and money orders. Lynx to an instant ordering site that carries all of Phantacea Publications' novels, mini-novels, e-books and even a few of the Phantacea comic books from last century are at the bottom of this and every page throughout www.phantacea.com.)

"Janna Fangfingers - Sedon's Purge", can now be ordered as both a trade paperback and as the 4th Phantacea e-book.

With its publication, "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', concludes and, in some respects, the 'Launch 1980' story cycle begins.

Hit here for nearly instant ordering gratification

The Mighty Eye-Mouth in the Sky

Sedonic Eye, image by Ian Bateson, 1986; text and manipulation by Jim McPherson, 2011 by Jim

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Now available from Phantacea Publications

"Goddess Gambit"

In print as well as in a variety of e-book formats

 

In addition to concluding the Glories trilogy, Gambit picks up from where "Janna Fangfingers" left off. As such, it eventually carries on the Launch 1980 story cycle that began in 2009 with "The War of the Apocalyptics".

At 276 pages, including a brief Auctorial Prefatory, the book is considerably longer than any of the other mosaic novels or mini-novels featuring Jim McPherson's phantacea Mythos thus far released.

Suggested list price: $25.00 CAD or USD.

- 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' - Book Three

Starting at the end of November 1980 (Maruta 5980 Year of the Dome), its ensemble cast includes many characters new to Phantacea Publications, though not to the phantacea Mythos.

pdf with 2012 pricelist, prepared by Jim McPhersonAmong them are the fabulous, if fearsome, ever-fishifying Fisherwoman (Scylla Nereid, now over 60 but as formidable as ever), the Hellions' late 60th Century Morrigan (Superior Sarpedon), her husband and fellow Summoning Child Demios (once code-named the Ace of Spades) and her year-older brother, the Master of Weir since 5950 (Saladin Devason).

Colour and b/w ads prepared by Jim McPherson for the release of Goddess Gambit, 2012; artwork by Verne Andru, 2012Welcome back the Legendarian (Jordan 'Q for Quill' Tethys), Bodiless Byron's Firstborn Silverclouds (Savage Storm and Lunar Uma), the Thanatoid Death Gods of Lathakra (King Cold and the Scarlet Empress) and a certain next-to-never-remembered Smiling Fiend (who may or may not yet prove to be the Moloch Sedon slumming).

Why are earthborn demons fighting against the Living and why are Hellion Witches fighting against demons? Aren't they supposed to be allies? They were in Feel Theo, which took place on Mithramas Day 4376, and still were throughout the seven hundred or so years (4824-5495 YD) covered during 1000-Daze — what's changed?

Who is Freespirit Nihila? To her exceedingly short-lived regret, didn't Herta Heartthrob encounter someone very similar, perhaps even identical, to her in Contagion, circa 5476?

Did any members of the Damnation Brigade survive the War of the Apocalyptics? For that matter, did any of the Apocalyptics?

No matter ...

If they're alive and dare trifle with them, Nergal Vetala, the Blood Queen of Hadd, and her soldier, her champion, the Trigregos Titan, whoever he is, will happily kill them.

They'll kill anyone who seeks to play let alone win a Trigregos Gambit at their expense.

Kill them then command their corpses to rise up and kill the more!

Order today!

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Also already here, as e-books too ...

"The Thousand Days of Disbelief"

Front cover and closeup of Tura's Calliope4 covers for 1000 DazePhantacea Publications is pleased to announce the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories', are available for ordering online by credit card.

Just as happily, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors" are available everywhere at $10.00 each. Being longer than its predecessors, "Janna Fangfingers" still goes for the highly reasonable price of $12.00 CAD and USD.

- 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' -
Book Two

Unfortunately, Phantacea Publications cannot as yet be ordered from the publisher (that's me) by credit card. (Cheques and money orders only, please.)

However, as an added incentive to order directly from the publisher, for the time being I will absorb shipping costs and government taxes on the three mini-novels.

Back of Sedonic Eye Postcard, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011Devils in Disguise collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011The same as the two thus-far-published, full-length mosaic novels featuring Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos, "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics", 1000-Daze is set in large measure on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head.

Its ensemble cast traces, at the top of the food chain, Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities (the incomparable Harmony, Thunder & Lightning Lord Order and Uncle Abe Chaos) from the unsurpassed heights of their freewheeling unity to the abysmal depths of their inevitably catastrophic disunity.

All three mini-novels contain book-specific character companions. In the 'Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated' tradition of the decades-gone phantacea comic books and graphic novel, augmented versions of these companions are online.

In its entirety 1000-Daze constitutes Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'. A growing selection of lynx to out-takes from all three parts of the overall novel can be found here.

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"Feeling Theocidal -- Thrygragon, Year of the Dome 4376" (Book One of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the first full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels making up "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'), "Goddess Gambit" (Book Three of the trilogy and in some respects the second – unless it's the third – entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) and "Nuclear Dragons" (the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story sequence) should be available at neighbourhood bookstores and public libraries all over the world.

"Janna Fangfingers", the third and final mini-novel comprising 1000-Daze, rather cleverly doubles as a prequel to both Gambit and the Launch 1980 story cycle. In its turn, Endgame-Gambit picks up from where War-Pox leaves off. Part Three of "Nuclear Dragons" connects to both War-Pox and Gambit. Parts One, Two and Four of Nuke also nicely sets up "Helios on the Moon", the last scheduled sequence in the Launch 1980 story cycle.

E-versions of Feel Theo, Hellion, Contagion,Fangers, War-Pox and Gambit are available on the Kindle format exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and some of amazon's other European and Asian affiliates.

Kindle e-books can be downloaded for I-Pads and I-Phones as well as a number of other devices. Many have text-to-voice capacity for the visually challenged.

Phantacea Publications e-books are also available in a variety of other formats. Please check your favourite online bookstore to download Phantacea Publications e-books to the device of your choice.

If you don't see the novels or mini-novels displayed at your local book stops, kindly direct purchasing agents and/or booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to help them rectify such a sad situation.

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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

Cover and alternate cover for Gambit

The background image for this panel are as per here. Additional background images for this page are as per here.

Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

Front cover and alternate for Goddess Gambit

Unless otherwise indicated by mouse-rollovers,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 bought in situ.

ęcopyright 1977 - 2012 Jim McPherson
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Cover for War Pox, art by Ian Bateson, 2008Variations of Cover for Feel Theo, artwork by Verne Andru

Hit here to initiate orders directly from amazon.com and some its affiliates. Books from Phantacea Publications currently available include "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics" the three mini-novels constituting "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (namely "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers"), "Goddess Gambit" and "Nuclear Dragons".

Kindle versions of "Feeling Theocidal", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers", "The War of the Apocalyptics" and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered exclusively from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and four of amazon's European affiliates. Check your favourite online sites to order Phantacea Publications e-books in a variety of other formats.

Libraries, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through Ingram Books, Ingram International, Coutts Information (and Library) Services, Baker & Taylor, and a large network of other distributors worldwide.

Some of the Phantacea comics and graphic novels can be ordered through Drive Thru Comics.

Or, if you prefer to order directly from the publisher, email or send your order(s) via surface mail. No matter where you live or what currency you prefer to use, I'll figure out a way to fill your order(s) myself.

Please add an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping. At present Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

BookFinder.com lists both of the original versions of the mosaic novels: "Feeling Theocidal" and "The War of the Apocalyptics". Also listed therein are most of the other PHANTACEA Mythos print publications.

Another interesting option for the curious is Chegg, which has a rent-a-book program. Thus far its search engine shows no results for phantacea (any style or permutation thereof) but it does recognize Jim McPherson (a variety of them) and the titles of the novels.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say), this page contains a list of a few other websites where you can probably order the novels in a variety of currencies and with credit cards.

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Greetings. Welcome or welcome back, as the case may be.

"Goddess Gambit" + E-versions of PHANTACEA Publications "Feeling Theocidal" and the 1000-Daze Mini-Novels are now available Worldwide

As they have since 2008, Ingram Books, Ingram International and Coutts Information (and Library) Service are among those distributing the latest, full-length PHANTACEA Mythos mosaic novel "Goddess Gambit".

Artwork by Verne Andru, collages by Jim McPherson

Gambit, the first full-length, mosaic novel from Phantacea Publications since 2009, concludes 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy.

It also continues the 'Launch 1980' story cycle that began with "The War of the Apocalyptics". (The framing sequence for "Janna Fangfingers" provided its prequel.)

Black and white version of 1000 Daze cover by Jim McPherson, 2010Colour version of 1000 Daze cover by Jim McPherson, 2010I did collage-covers for the three mini-novels ("The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", and "Janna Fangfingers"). Longtime phantacea collaborator Verne Andru did the covers for both Feel Theo and Gambit.

Every phantacea print publication is complete unto itself (themselves). All contain the opening chapters of follow-up publications under the phantacea imprint.

The three mini-novels contain book-specific character companions, as do their e-versions. In the tradition of the phantacea comic books (its motto being 'Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated'), image-laden versions of these companions can also be found here.

Phantacea Publications are released by James H McPherson, Publisher. Contact information below.

As always, good reading!

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The Death's Head Hellion

Cover for The Death's Head Hellion, art prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Tura's Allegory of Spring reminds me of Morgan Abyss, the Master of Weir circa 4825 YDIn 4825 Year of the Dome, forces loyal to the Death Gods of Frozen Lathakra threaten to overwhelm the Utopian Weirdom of Cabalarkon. Its demonically-empowered Master counterattacks mercilessly.

In the nearly 5,000 years since the Moloch Sedon preserved it from the Great Flood of Genesis, the Hidden Continent has never experienced such approaching apocalyptic devastation.

Set in the Year of the Dome 4824/5, Hellion presents a terrifying dilemma that Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities, freewheeling anarchists the loathsome load of them, must resolve lest the post-Thrygragon Era of Empires results in a second Genesea.

As for Master Morgan Abyss, it isn't a matter of better the Devil you know. It's a matter of, when dealing with the Devil above, singular and capitalized, never forget the devils below, small case and plural.

It's a lesson she learns all too rapidly. Ah, but is it a lesson she also learns all too fatally?

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Contagion Collectors

Datong Harmonia, collage by Jim McPherson ,2009Cover for Contagion Collectors, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Despite often violent suppression by forces blinkered by monotheistic absolutism, at the height of the Renaissance seekers after secrets are determined to discover all there is to know about the universe.

Yet, right here on the earth beneath their feet, there is no bigger secret than that there is a Cathonic Dome. The second biggest secret beyond the Cathonic Dome is that a continent the size of Africa lies underneath it.

Two hundred years earlier, someone who knew all there was to know about the Hidden Headworld was none other than the infamous, panpipe-playing Rat Catcher of Hamelin.

Three Outer Earthlings you may have heard of play howsoever-insignificant roles in Contagion. They are Twisted Tommy (Tomas de Torquemada, age 56), Bosco (Hieronymous Bosch, age 26), and Dire (Albrecht Durer, age 4).

Dire and Drang (a hound, not yet a dachshund) are having a wonderful boy/dog adventure until four already much feared riders on psychopomp-steeds burst into their hence no longer exclusive paradise, the Garden of Earthy Delights.

As for the god by then sitting high above them all, in a Brainrock throne planted atop a mushroom cloud, he's the deviant half-son of two of the terrifying riders, the one with the buzzsaw-scales and the one with the bow and already notched arrow.

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Janna Fangfingers

Contagion Collectors aimed to destroy the Inner Earth’s Shining Ones, their devil-gods, by killing off those who would worship them – virtually everyone alive beneath the Cathonic Dome that encloses the Hidden Continent of Sedon’s Head.

Deviant and Devils collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011Full cover for Janna Fanfingers, text and collage by Jim McPherson, 2011Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities (Harmony, Chaos and Order) thought them sorted after they stormed the Hoodoo Hamlet in 5476 as the four fearsome Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

And so they had … except, it wasn’t just the bringers who needed sorting. It was the poxes and plagues they brought.

The Hidden Headworld needed purging. There could be no doubt of that. Yet the Moloch Sedon had disappeared from the night’s sky years earlier and evinced no signs of returning. Everyone knew what needed to be done yet no one, especially not Thrygragos Everyman, the Lord Laziest of Great Gods, was willing to command the purge begun.

Then someone, ostensibly in the name of love, played a Trigregos Gambit. The Head lost its Balance, capitalized and female. Her immediate brothers regarded each other balefully. No longer restrained, a continental catastrophe of unprecedented proportions ensued.

With calamitous rapidity, nearly 500 years of Panharmonium gave way to seemingly endless despair. The Inner Earth’s populace lost faith in its devil-gods as by far the mightiest of them went at each other unrelentingly, unmindful of those they trampled beneath their rendered-gargantuan feet.

The Dead didn’t stay dead, though. They rose, disbelievers no longer. They battled on, their newly puissant goddess to exalt the higher. Came All-Death Day there were more Dead Things marching than Living Beings breathing, let alone fighting back.

Fecundity no longer, the Vampire Queen of the Dead looked to rule the world – both sides of it!

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More shameless promo courtesy of the Winter 2012/13 edition of www.phantacea.com

Novels and mini-novels are hardly the only PHANTACEA Mythos print publications available for ordering. As per lynx provided below, for the first time "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA" can be ordered with credit cards.

Dependent on location, booksellers and bookseller cooperatives can also place bulk orders for the three full-length novels and mini-novels via either Ingram Books or Ingram International, as per here.

The gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of ancient mythologies have been trivialized, their worship proscribed and the entities themselves mostly confined to another realm.

Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos chronicles their ongoing striving for a return to paramountcy.

| 'Forever & 40 Days' | 'Feeling Theocidal' | 'The War of the Apocalyptics' | 'The 1000 Days of Disbelief' | 'Goddess Gambit' |

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Front cover for 4Ever40, artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, 1990Culminating in the Genesea (aka the Great Flood of Genesis), the graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA", recounts many of the challenges these then only eventual gods and goddesses faced prior to their apotheosis. Of them, about half take place pre-Earth.

Nothing less than the PHANTACEA version of the origin of the Devil himself highlights this 1990 collection of short featurettes drawn by Ian Fry and initially intended for the phantacea Phase One project.

(Secular Note 1: According to some faiths, fallen angels became devils. They had to have fallen from somewhere, which in my books makes them extraterrestrials. Are the heavens not outer space? Of course they are.)

(Pun Alert: As for why Hor looks Japanese on the cover of pH-4Ever, when I first heard about Japan's famous Noh theatre as a kid, I decided it had to be named after Noah. The notion never left whatever else is left of my peabrain.)

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Lilith and Daemonicus, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Set primarily on the consequently Inner Earth of Sedon's Head, "Feeling Theocidal" sketches and/or details, more grimly than graphically, many more stories involving these undeniable little gods.

(Secular Note 2: Undeniable because, as per here and here, that is precisely what the word 'devil' means — and don't let anyone tell you any differently.)

Foremost among the tales told is that of Thrygragon. For not just devazurkind in particular, Mithramas 4376 Year of the Dome (Christmas Day 376 AD) may yet prove perhaps the singly most important event in Whole Earth history since Xuthros Hor, the Biblical Noah, caused the Genesea.

Feel Theo also contains an afterword by the author. Albeit with the bonus of three or four contextually nifty photographs taken in Mexico City, it is reprinted here.

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"The War of the Apocalyptics" brings the saga of these little gods, as well as what's left of their much bigger progenitors, into the final fifth of the Twentieth Century our time (the Sixtieth Century of the Dome).

Back cover bluster promises what War-Pox delivers:

"From the creator of the PHANTACEA Mythos and the writer of ‘Feeling Theocidal’ comes Fallen Angel Devils, comes unrelenting Action, comes the Damnation Brigade, comes the first book of the Launch 1980 cycle."

Set on both the Outer and Inner Earth in 19/5980, War-Pox additionally contains a foreword and an afterword by the author. Moreover, it ends with the third (originally the first) chapter of 1000-Daze, the immediate sequel to Feeling Theocidal and the second book in ‘The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories’ trilogy.

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"The 1000 Days of Disbelief" comprises three distinct, complete-unto-itself mini-novels. Each tells of potentially cataclysmic challenges facing Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities.

No doubt to the Devil's dismay, what begins, perhaps, as a Sedonplay begets a Sedon Plague that necessitates a Sedon Purge.

The highly idiosyncratic manner that the wildly wilful Lazaremists deal with each new threat to their persistent dream of Panharmonium has ramifications for just about everyone alive — and, yes, even dead — right up to the night before the launching of the Cosmic Express from the Outer Earth's Centauri Island on November 30, 1980.

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As detailed at a breathtaking pace in "Goddess Gambit", the Launching of the Cosmic Express has ultimately horrific ramifications on both sides of the Cathonic Zone.Collage made of images representative of The Trigregos Titan, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2012Haunted Dustmound, based on artwork by Verne Andru 2012

Better known as the Sedon Sphere on the Inner Earth of Sedon's Head, none is more immediately disastrous than in Hadd, the Land of the Ambulatory Dead.

Forces of the Living are attempting to re-conquer it. But if Nergal Vetala, the Blood Queen of the Dead, has her way the only thing they'll successfully do is swell her ranks.

Should her champion, by now the Trigregos Titan, triumph over her other foes – including some of her godlike elders in Thrygragos Varuna Mithras as well as her seemingly forever-superior cousins in Thrygragos Everyman and Bodiless Byron – it's not just the Inner Earth she and her thus bloodily bolstered forces will soon overwhelm.

Faced with the viperous menace of Nergal Vetala and her slavish but potentially supremely powerful, devil-slaying soldier, even the usually never-remembered Smiling Fiend has no choice except to do his best imitation of a good guy — to no avail.

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E-versions of "Feeling Theocidal" and the three mini-novels comprising 1000-Daze were released on the Kindle platform in late 2011. There's a list of lynx to extracts here. Notes and lynx re the mini-novels comprising 1000-Daze can be found on this page starting here. An illustrated, book-specific character companion for the first of them, "The Death's Head Hellion", begins here.

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phantacea.com is the only website thus far dedicated entirely to print publications featuring Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos. Unless noted differently in the text or image mouse-overs, everything is written, photographed, scanned-in and/or otherwise prepared by Jim McPherson.

Collage of fauns frolicking, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011All sorts of ever-so-pertinent lynx to all sorts of often impertinent webpages, including where its previous Welcoming Page went, can be accessed from here. That's a dot-ditto for Web Publisher's Commentaries preserved in pH-Webworld.

This particular page also contains a table of graphics with lynx to larger views of the same graphics within this or related websites. As where noted on a slowly increasing number of suchlike graphics tables, you can now double-click on the image in order to enlarge it in a separate window.

Should additionally take this opportunity to mention, hardly for the last time, that Ingram Books and Ingram International has exclusive rights to distribute the most recent phantacea print productions. That means individual copies of "Feeling Theocidal" , "The War of the Apocalyptics" , "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers" and/or "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered from amazon.com and its affiliates, including amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as from Barnes & Noble.

Budapest's Anonymous, shot by Jim McPherson in 2010Click the lynx provided or go to their sites, type Jim McPherson, PHANTACEA (any case), or the publication's name(s) into their search engine and proceed from there. Better yet, hit here and order via this webpage.

In much the same way, bookstores and bookseller collectives can place bulk orders through the Ingram Book Company, Ingram International and/or Baker & Taylor. I'm assured that the terms you're used to shall apply.

There's a partial list of Ingram's worldwide distribution partners here. I've seen online listings for Feel Theo from as far afield as South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK. A friend of mine in Germany ordered and received the book within a few days of doing so; meaning you should be able to order any of the novels or mini-novels wherever you are and in whatever currency you prefer to use.

Or you can email me today and I'll arrange to fill them myself, albeit for a slightly additional cost to cover shipping, tax and customs issues, especially if you reside outside of Canada.

The list price for the first two mosaic novels is $24.00 CAD in Canada and $23.00 USD in the States. Gambit is longer so it's slightly more expensive at $25.00 CAD and USD.

The first two mini-novels go for $10.00 in Canada and the States. Fangers is $12.00. Everything's way more expensive in Australia and perhaps not so much so anywhere, so do your due diligence. As linked from here, the graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA", can be ordered via email from pH-Webworld.

Like the first two mini-novels, it is still being sold at its original list price of $10.00 in both Canada and the USA. Remainder copies of the first four PHANTACEA comic books are also available for $5.00 per comic in both currencies.

An additional cost of 12% on the complete purchase covers Canadian and provincial taxes. Plus, shipping and handling fees are extra. Be forewarned that I can only accept certified cheques and money orders. Sorry, no Pay Pal or credit cards accepted on this end. To conclude ...

The three full-length, phantacea Mythos novels, "Feeling Theocidal" (Book One of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy), "The War of the Apocalptics" (the first entry in the Launch 1980 sequence of stories), and "Goddess Gambit" (Book Three of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy and the continuation of the Launch 1980 story cycle) can be ordered online for delivery virtually anywhere in the world.

The same holds true for "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", and "Janna Fangfingers", the three mini-novels comprising 'The 1000 Days of Disbelief' (Book Two of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories trilogy).

Comments are always appreciated. With your permission, I may reproduce some of them somewhere at sometime. Until then, as I used to end off this sort of thing when I was publishing comic books, be pHantacizing you. JMcP

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| Earlier, possible cover for "The Damnation Brigade" Graphic Novel | D-Brig variations taken from incomplete cover for upcoming graphic novel | Troublesome Row as it applies to "The Damnation Brigade" | 2012 Adverts for Phantacea Publications | Incomplete Table of Covers for Phantacea Publications | Notes on the Page and Panel Backgrounds |

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"The Damnation Brigade"

Hint provided to pHartists re DB cover, collage by Jim McPherson, art by Ian Bateson

Publisher's hint for potential pHartists as to covers and spine for upcoming graphic novel featuring most of the Damnation Brigade storyline from pH 1-5 (1977-1980), prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011.

Most of the artwork on both the front and back covers is by Ian Bateson ca 1986/7. For more on the two head-like graphics at bottom of back cover, see here.

Graphic Novel coming soon from Phantacea Publications
(James H McPherson, Publisher)

Cover blow-ups and details are here and here

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No wonder they call themselves the Damnation Brigade

Spherized detail from potential cover for DG:RV1, prepared by Jim McPherson, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012

In his youth, as per the 1938 Web Serials, Dervish Furie was known as a Werewolf in Shorts.

As for OMP (Old Man Power), none of D-Brig knew to call him Kronokronos Akbarartha until late 5980, Year of the Dome.

Cyborg Cerebrus and Gloriel (Gloriella nee D'Angelo Dark) are the two other members of D-Brig herein depicted.

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Out of the Grey ... Into the Blue

Variation of cover from DB:RV1, prepared by Jim McPherson, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012

Six of the ten members of the Damnation Brigade are depicted in this shot. They are: Wildman Dervish Furie, Wilderwitch, Sea Goddess, Raven's Head, Blind Sundown and their nominal leader, David 'Cerebrus' Ryne.

(Gloriel, the Diver, Airealist and OMP-Akbar are missing in this detail. The first and last named feature here whereas the other two appear here.)

There's a photo essay on all ten of them here.

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Damnation! Stop this Farce

2009 D Brig Collage, prepared by Jim McPherson

The two snippets of comic book artwork incorporated within this image will be seen anew come the long-awaited release of the first Phantacea Revisited graphic novel (Rv1:DB).

The snippet used for Raven's Head is of one of her 6,000 years removed ancestors.

It came from the cover of the 1990 graphic novel: "Forever & 40 Days -- The Genesis of Phantacea".

Details re most of the other graphics that went into this ancient collage are here. Read it at your peril, though, as it's ladened with spoilers.

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The Devil and the DB-3

Variations of cover for DB:RV1, prepared by Jim McPherson, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012

Could have said the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, I suppose. Except Sea (Sea Goddess) is only one of three members of the Damnation Brigade pictured in this detail.

Also depicted are the Untouchable Diver and Sea's twin, the Airealist (Aires to her Thalassa D'Angelo). The titular devil is Devil Wind.

He goes by Vayu Maelstrom in the Phantacea Mythos but not just Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans knew him best as 'Hurican' (I've also seen it spelled as 'Urican'), hence 'hurricane'.

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You're in trouble in Black & White, too

Original artwork by Ian Bateson, ca 1986

Artwork by Ian Bateson, circa 1986; intended for Phantacea Phase One #2; go here and here for double-clickable reproductions of the entire story sequence.

(BTW, Bateson's work for Phz-1 #2 will appear in print for the first time in Rv1:Db)

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You've crossed the wrong party, Devil Wind

Distorted variation of cover prepared for background image by Jim McPherson, 2012

Actually, even though OMP-Akbar is wearing the Cross of Mithras, Lazareme's Cloak of Many Colours and the Mask of Byron, he doesn't realize it.

For more on the Thrygragos Talismans, check this out.

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No, that isn't the Amateramirror they're coming out of ...

Collage prepared for background image by Jim McPherson, artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012

It's the Weird (aka between-space, the dark-grey matter of the Universal Substance of Samsara). As for where they're coming from, that'd be Limbo.

For more on the Trigregos Talismans, including the Amateramirror, have a boo here.

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Black & White version of a 2012 ad for Goddess Gambit

B/w version of Gambit ad, prepared in 2012 by Jim McPherson

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Colour version of a 2012 handout for Goddess Gambit

Colour ad prepared by Jim McPherson, 2012

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2012 Price List for Phantacea Publications

Price list prepared by JIm McPherson, 2012

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The Sedonic Eye-Mouth

Sedonic Eye Card, art by Ian Bateson, 1986; text and manipulation by Jim McPherson, 2011

The mighty eye-mouth in the sky above Sedon's Head is depicted about to slurp up the Cosmic Express.

The artwork is by Ian Bateson, circa 1986. The original appeared on the cover to phantacea Phase One #1, of which more is here and here.

As per here, a slightly different version of the Sedonic Eye-Mouth appeared on the back cover of "The War of the Apocalyptics".

The flip-side of this postcard is here. As already noted, aspects of Fangers could constitute a prequel to the 'Launch 1980' story cycle.

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Rendering Reddening

Rendering Reddening backgound collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2012

All the artwork in 'Rendering Reddening' is by Verne Andru; collage by Jim McPherson, 2011.

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This Little Pinky

Reddening rendered pink, collage by Jim McPherson, 2012

All the artwork in 'This Little Pinky' is by Verne Andru; collage by Jim McPherson, 2011.

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Goddess Gambit's Original Cover

Final version of cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru, 2012

Before there could be any collages, there had to be an original. Rather, put better, there had to a final, print-ready cover.

Artwork by Verne Andru, 2012; full wraparound cover for Goddess Gambit is here. More book covers are here.

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The background image for this panel is a variation of the collage/cover I prepared for "Janna Fangfingers"; the background images for this page are as per here, here, here, here and here
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The Original Six + a Few Afters

Phantacea Covers -- 1977 to 1980, 1986, 1990, 2012

| 1977 (pH-1) | 1978 (pH-2) | 1978 (pH-3 - Front) | 1978 (pH-3 - Back) | 1979 (pH-4) | 1980 (pH-5) | 1980 (pH-6) | 1980 Unfinished (pH-7) | 1986 (pHz1-1) | Late 80s (Cain Cover) | 1990 (pH-4Ever) | 2012 (pH-Rv1) |

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Phantacea One

pH1 cover by Dave Sim, 1977

Artwork by Dave Sim, 1977

Note: Most of Dave Sim's Launching of the Cosmic Express sequence will be reproduced in its entirety for "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade"

Phantacea Two

pH2 cover by Gordon Parker, 1978

Artwork by Gordon Parker, 1978

Note: A couple of pages of Gordon Parker's depiction of the encounter between Rom Kinesis (pre Doc Defiance) and Devil Wind will be reproduced in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade"

Phantacea Three Obverse

pH3 front cover, artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Note: None of the Helios on the Moon sequences in this issue will be reproduced in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade" due to the pHantacea-pHact it's a different storyline

Phantacea Three Verso

Back cover for pH3 by Ian Bateson, 1978

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1978

Note: Virtually all of the sequences drawn by Verne Andrusiek, Carl Muecke and Ian Bateson for the flip side of this issue will be reproduced in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade".

Exceptions are a couple of pages that have been digitally re-lettered by Jim McPherson.

Phantacea Four

pH4 front cover, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1979

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1979

Note: Only the Byronic Nucleus sequences drawn by Ian Bateson will be reproduced in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade".

Tim Hammell's map of Sedon's Head from pH-3 will reappear after Bateson's sequence. A couple of Verne Andrusiek's pages from this issue will also appear in context. Like parts of the map page, Jim McPherson digitally re-lettered aspects of these pages for purposes of clarity.

Phantacea Five

pH5 cover by Ian Bateson over Verne Andrusiek's inks, 1979/80, 19

Inks largely by Verne Andrusiek, 1979/80; Cover coloured, typeset and partially redrawn by Ian Bateson, 1980

Note: Virtually all the sequences drawn by Ian Bateson, Vince Marchesano, various Day Brothers & unaccredited friends, Tim Hammell and George Freeman (with Verne Andrusiek) will be reproduced in "Phantacea Revisited: The Damnation Brigade".

Phantacea Six

pH6 cover by Verne Andrusiek, 1980

Artwork by Verne Andrusiek, 1980

Note: Verne Andrusiek drew this entire 32-page issue. It concludes the Soldier's Saga begun in pH-2 by Sean Newton and carried on in issues 4 & 5 by Verne Andrusiek.

Most of the material prepared for the Soldier's Saga will appear in "Phantacea Revisited: Cataclysm Catalyst" (Rv2:CC).

Phantacea Seven (unfinished)

Unfinished cover for pH7, artwork by Ian Bateson ca 1980

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

Note: This issue was supposed to conclude both the Launching of Cosmic Express and the Helios on the Moon story cycles. Unfortunately producing it proved a logistical nightmare and it was abandoned.

Only Ian Bateson's Hell's Horsemen sequence was drawn and lettered. It will likely appear for the first time in "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst" (Rv2:CC).

Phantacea Phase One #1

Phase One cover by Ian Bateson, 1986

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 1987

Note: Some the material Ian Bateson redid over Dave Sim's original appears in "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade" (Rv1:DB).

All of the Devil Wind v/s Demon Land material that Ian Bateson drew for pHz1-2 appears for the first time in print in Rv1:DB.

For a sneak preview of it, go to here and here.

Unpublished pHz1 Covers

Cover from Cain, Slayer of Abel, artwork by Ian Fry, 1988

Artwork by Ian Fry, circa 1986

As per here, there were a few of these. Over the years a few of them have been coloured and used as covers for other Phantacea Publications.

This one never has been but the short story it gave rise to is still online here.

 

Forever & 40 Days

Front Cover of pH4-Ever, artwork by Ian Fry

Artwork by Ian Bateson over Ian Fry, circa 1989

The first graphic novel from Phantacea Publications came out in 1990.

Drawn entirely by Ian Fry, it was made up of backup sequences intended for the pHz1 project.

Artwork for the cover was finished by Ian Bateson over Ian Fry's original.

The pH-4Ever webpage is here.

Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade

Front cover for pHRev1, artwork by Ian Bateson, touch-up by Chris Chuckry, 2012

Artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012

Collects the entire Damnation Brigade storyline from pH 1-5 (1977-1980), pHz 1 #1 (1987) and pHz 1 #2 (unpublished).

Earlier reproductions of Ian Bateson's until now unpublished artwork for the pHz1 project can be found here and here.

Chris Chuckry did some facial touch-up work on the Untouchable Diver, the Elemental Twins, Gloriel and the Witch

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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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