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Phantacea Publications in Print

Phantacea Publications in Print

- The 'Launch 1980' story cycle - 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Fantasy Trilogy - The '1000 Days' Mini-Novels - The phantacea Graphic Novels -

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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"Feeling Theocidal -- Thrygragon, Year of the Dome 4376", Book One of The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories, and "The War or the Apocalyptics", the first book in the Launch 1980 story sequence, are now available for ordering

Kindly do so immediately

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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

Full covers for the latest PHANTACEA Mythos print publications

This cell's background image is a blurry version of the front cover for "The War of the Apocalyptics", as adjusted by Jim McPherson, 2009; the page background image is much the same; the cover artwork for the two most recent PHANTACEA Mythos print publications are as credited in the adjacent panel ; as for the characters depicted on War-Pox's front cover, that's here;

Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

Front covers for two most recent PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publications

"Feeling Theocidal" Cover Artwork by Verne Andru, 2008

"The War of the Apocalyptics" Cover Artwork by Ian Bateson, 2009

©copyright 1977 - 2010 Jim McPherson

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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A b/w version of a potential cover for 1000-Daze, as it appears in War-Pox

Black and white version of a potential cover for 1000 Daze, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2009

The first chapter of "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" rounds out "The War of the Apocalyptics", the latest PHANTACEA Mythos print publication;

There's a note re Cosimo Tura's 'Allegory of Spring' here; it's sometimes thought to be of Calliope, the muse of heroic poetry, due to the writing implement in her hand; in PHANTACEA-pHact I took the writing implement to be the Legendarian's quill, as per here

Henry Fuseli's Great Night is behind her; I take her to represent Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night, the animus (in all senses of the word) behind the actions of Master Morgan Abyss, the Master of Weir who appears throughout "The Death's Head Hellion", the first section of the novel, which as per here is available as an acclerated mini-novel in booklet format

Colour version of a potential cover for "The Thousand Days of Disbelief"

Cover Collage for 1000 Daze, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2009

Among the real life characters who appear fictitiously in 1000-Daze include Hieronymous Bosch and Albrecht Durer; along with Twisted Tommy (Tomas de Torquemada), they feature in "Contagion Collectors", an accelerated mini-novel available as per here in booklet format

Both were alive when the second section of the novel takes place; both may have produced some of their most famous pieces based on experiences they had on Sedon's Head (rather, they may have had within the context of the PHANTACEA Mythos)

There are plenty of Bosch's nightmare scenes in this collage, though the head in the bottom of it may be by a pseudo-Bosch; the Fuseli is of, as per here, Great Night whereas the woman on the dolphin throne is, as per here and here, by Tura; the other images are, as per here and here, by Durer

Datong Harmonia features prominently throughout 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy

Datong Harmonia, collage by Jim McPherson ,2009

Albrecht Durer's Melancholia has always reminded me of the Unity of Balance as she appears in 1000-Daze; the grave marker of a Roman woman preserved in the Met Museum in New York City also bears a striking resemblance to Harmony; there's a spoiler note re the Unity here

The rest of the images in this collage - Death, the Devil and the 4 Horsemen (one of whom, the one wielding the Scales of Justice, is actually a woman) - are also by Durer; there are some notes re Durer's Apocalyptics, Death and his Devil here

In phantacea there is (arguably) only one Devil (capitalized) and that's the Moloch Sedon; the second, third and fourth generational devazurs are just devils (small case)

Kronokronos Akbarartha

The Dragon of Versailles also appears in Centurium, the central cavern of Temporis, shot by Jim McPherson, text and layout ditto the

The evidently long-lived half-son of Dand Tariqartha, a Lazaremist, and Pyrame Silverstar, a Mithradite, the Awesome Akbar has spent considerable time beyond the Dome;

over the decades out there he has been known by a number of different names; in the first section of "The War of the Apocalyptics" he goes by Obadiah Melvin Power, though his supra-codename is Old Man Power;

I shot the dragon in the gardens of Versailles, which, in the PHANTACEA Mythos, the Time-Space Displacer replicated within Centurium, the central cavern of his devic protectorate, Subcranial Temporis;

Sea Goddess

Image suggestive of Thalassa D'Angelo, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

Early on in War-Pox, a Byronic occasionally called Devil Wind (Vayu Maelstrom) asserts that Thalassa D'Angelo, one of D-Brig's Elemental Twins, is actually Thalassa Thanatos, a fourth generational devil;

he may be right about that; then again he may be wrong; there's more on Thalassa here;

Wilderwitch

Wilderwitch in Mexico City

Although generally speaking she's more bare than barely dressed, the Witch usually does wear clothes; as for her air-arrows, they're just one aspect of the arsenal she employs as a member of D-Brig during "The War of the Apocalyptics";

there's more on the Witch here, here and here

Radiant Rider

Collage suggestive of Glory of the Angels, prepared by Jim McPherson

Gloriel D'Angelo Dark is not one of the Godly Glories; at least she isn't officially; she is, however, a member of the Damnation Brigade and, for whatever reason, her little angels do seem to appear in "The Thousand Days of Disbelief";

there's a feature on her here; how she's described at the beginning of War-Pox is here; there's another note on her here; and how she would have looked had I published Phase One #2 is here;

Book Three of the 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy may appear as early as late 2010

Corner graphic for The Trigregos Gambit Ga

As for whether any members of the Damnation Brigade will survive War-Pox long enough to finally die in Gambit, well, as of right now I have to say: No!

 

Raven's Head

Raven's Head collage, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2009

Appears primarily in War-Pox; however, ravendeer are mentioned in Feel Theo, wherein a deviated creature known as Hinny the Hippy (a psychopomp that is part ravendeer and part Pegasus) plays an important role throughout;

a Raven's Head, could the very first (unless the at least semi-sentient beast is immortal and Blind Sundown rides the same one), appears in and on the cover of "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA"

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The background image for this page is a blurry version of Ian Bateson's front cover for "The War of the Apocalyptics", as adjusted by Jim McPherson, 2009; the setting is Damnation Isle in the Aleutians; the characters depicted are Demon Land (Antaeor Thanatos) and Devil Wind (Vayu Maelstrom); the cover is a variation of one prepared by Ian Bateson for PHANTACEA Phase One #2 circa 1986; there's more re the Phase One project here

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Webpage last updated: Autumn 2010

There may be no cure for aphantasia (defined as 'having a blind or absent mind's eye') but there certainly is for aphantacea ('a'='without', like the 'an' in 'anheroic')


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