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What might have been, will be for sure in 2014

Two versions of Rhadamanthys Revealed, art by Verne Andru, 1980-2013

Cover(s) by Verne Andru, 1980/2-2013; text by Jim McPherson, 2014

BTW, pHz-1 #12 only exists in script form; Kitty-Clysm is pH-Webworld shorthand for "Cataclysm Catalyst";

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Cataclysm Catalyst

Cover art by Verne Andru

Phantacea Revisited 2

Now available for ordering online, the third graphic novel from Phantacea Publications extracts the complete 'Soldier's Saga' from Phantacea 2-6 as well as the 'Hell's Horsmen' sequence as drawn for pH-7 and the 'Origin of the Devil' from the Phantacea Phase One project.

Illustrators include Dave Sim, Ian Fry, Sean Newton, Verne Andrusiek (later Andru), and Ian Bateson; full colour cover by Verne Andru off his black and white Rhadamanthys Revealed proposal as reproduced here and here; dedicated webpage is here.

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What was once, will be again

Helios on the Moon, bw versions of front cover for pH-3, art by Richard Sandoval, 1978

Thirty-six years after its original release, Jim McPherson completes his Launch 1980 project to novelize all the Phantacea comic books with the release of "Helios on the Moon"

pH-3 artwork by Richard Sandoval, 1978; rollover adjustments made by Jim McPherson, 2013

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Phantacea Seven

- The unpublished comic now novelized -

pages 1 and 2, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

At long last, the second entry in the Launch 1980 epic fantasy has arrived

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Full covers for Nuclear Dragons, art by Ian Bateson, 2013; text by Jim McPherson

Nuclear Dragons are here!

- A phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel -

Jim McPherson continues his ongoing project to novelize the entire Phantacea comic book series

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Dedicated webpage can be found here; back cover text here; lynx to excerpts from the book start here and here; check out material that didn't make it here and related excerpts from its scheduled follow-up, 2014's "Helios on the Moon", here; for the time being its Auctorial Preamble is reprinted here and here

Centauri Island

- The web-serial enlarged radically -

pages 3 and 4, artwork by Ian Bateson, 1980

Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".

Ian Bateson's breathtaking wraparound cover for the novel utilizes his own dragons from pH-7. Those from the unfinished cover for the Phantacea Phase One project can be seen here and here.

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Phantacea Revisited 1

B/w first and last pages from DB graphic novel

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NEW: Read most of the mini-novels making up "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" today on Google Books

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Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade"

A Watermarked PDF of the graphic novel can be ordered from Drive Thru Comics here

To order from the publisher, click here or go straight to here.

Postage is extra. Please be aware that as yet Phantacea Publications can only accept certified cheques or money orders.

The Damnation Brigade Graphic Novel

artwork by Ian Bateson and Vince Marchesano

Artwork never seen before in print; almost all of pH-5 available for the first time since 1980

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No wonder they call themselves the Damnation Brigade

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

Now available from Phantacea Publications

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The Phantacea Revisited Project

D-Brig covers

Collecting the Phantacea comic books 1977-1980, 1987, Rv1:DB contains material from pH #s 1-5 + pHz1 #s 1 & 2.

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.

Watch for "Phantacea Revisited #2: Cataclysm Catalyst" coming in the Spring of 2014

 

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Get hold of "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade", a graphic novel collecting the DB-storyline from pH 1-5, as well as Phantacea Phase One #s 1 & 2 (unpublished) now available for ordering from Phantacea Publications

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"Goddess Gambit"

– Now available from Phantacea Publications –

Eyemouth over cover for Gambitsedonic eyes"For the Dead to Thrive, the Living must Die!"

So proclaims Nergal Vetala, the Blood Queen of Hadd.

When her soldier falls out of the sky she's not only back in the pink again – as in arterial – she reckons she's found the perfect foil through which to play, and win, a Trigregos Gambit.

She might be right as well.

Thus Ends 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' Trilogy


For more on the actual celestial phenomena upon which the eye-collages were based, click here. There's additional information re the Sedonic Eye here and here. The complete cover for Phase One #1 is here whereas yet another variation of it is here. The left eye double-click is the full cover for "Goddess Gambit", artwork by Verne Andru 2011/2. The right eye double-click is of Ian Bateson's enduring, 1986 Sedonic Eye as prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011. Gambit's main webpage is here.

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"The 1000 Days of Disbelief" is not only 3/3rds Done, it's E-done (albeit for Kindle, not kidding nor kindling)

In part to celebrate the 35th Year of Anheroic Fantasy, Phantacea Publications is pleased to announce that "Feeling Theocidal", Book One of the trilogy, and all three mini-novels extracted from 1000-Daze are available on the Kindle platform from amazon.com and a number its affiliates worldwide.

Alternative covers for Goddess Gambitcovers and characters from Janna FangfingersSubtitled Sedonplay, Sedon Plague and Sedon Purge, the mini-novels commence, continue and conclude Book Two of 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy.

Watch for e-versions of Book Three, "Goddess Gambit", and its full-length predecessor in the Launch 1980 story cycle, "The War of Apocalyptics", coming soon from Phantacea Publications.

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Like the first two mini-novels extracted from 1000-Daze, "The Death's Head Hellion" and "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers" contains a book-specific character companion. An Auctorial Prefatory and the opening chapter extracted from Gambit round out a 230-page volume bargain-priced at only $12.00 per book CAD and USD, vastly less as an e-book.

(Please note: although their character companions are for the most part applicable to Feel Theo, in large measure they're not so much so to either War-Pox or Gambit, which tend to feature characters more prevalent in the phantacea comic books and web-serials.)

Together they carry on recording the multi-millennia-long chronicles of the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of antique mythologies — the same seemingly endless saga also presented in the 1990 graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of phantacea", and the three, thus-far-published, full-length mosaic novels featuring Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos.

Variations on covers prepared for Goddess Gambit

Each of the mini-novels is complete unto itself. Among many another character, they feature Thrygragos Everyman and his firstborn Unities (the incomparable Harmony, Thunder & Lightning Lord Order and Uncle Abe Chaos) in their freewheeling prime. On top of that, Fangers presents a framing story set in 5980 Year of the Dome. As such it could be considered a prequel to the Launch 1980 story cycle that began in earnest with War-Pox and eventually picks up again in Gambit.

[Check out www.phantacea.com for extracts, synopses, teasers, and a grab bag of even more intriguing graphics pertinent to Phantacea Publications' 35th anniversary.]

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Cover for the Death's Head Hellion, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010Cover for the Contagion Collectors, artwork prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010

"Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of PHANTACEA", a graphic novel with additional features written by Jim McPherson, "Feeling Theocidal" (Book One of 'The Thrice Cursed Godly Glories'), "The War of the Apocalyptics" (the opening entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), the three mini-novels, "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers", that comprise "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" (Book Two of 'The Thrice Cursed Godly Glories'), the trilogy's concluding novel, "Goddess Gambit", the graphic novel "Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade", "Nuclear Dragons"(the second, full-length entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle), plus the latest graphic novel, "Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst", and "Helios on the Moon", the culminating entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle, should be available at your favourite book stops.

If they're not, kindly direct local librarians and neighbourhood booksellers to www.phantacea.com in order to start rectifying that sad situation. Either that or, if you're feeling even more proactive, click here, copy the link, paste it into an email and send it to them, along with everyone else you reckon could use a double dose of anheroic fantasy. It will certainly be appreciated.

Help build the buzz. The more books sell, the faster the PHANTACEA Mythos spreads.


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Covers for Feeling Theocidal and Forever and Forty DaysTwo Ian  Bateson covers of the same scene

Individual copies of "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics", the three mini-novels comprising "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" ("The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors" and "Janna Fangfingers") and "Goddess Gambit" can be ordered from amazon.com and its affiliates, including amazon.ca and amazon.co.uk, as well as from Barnes & Noble.

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

E-books for Kindle, Kindle Fire, I-pad, I-phone and other applications can be ordered through amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and other amazon affiliates worldwide. An interactive e-book containing the entirety of "Feeling Theocidal", as built specifically for Adobe Reader, is available direct from the publisher. (Certified cheques or money orders only, please.) E-books on other platforms are also available. Check you favourite online bookseller for the latest list and ordering instructions for Phantacea Publications.

BookFinder.com lists the latest releases from Phantacea Publications along with a goodly number of additional booksellers carrying them. Also listed therein are almost all of the PHANTACEA Mythos print and e-publications, including the graphic novel and some of the comic books.

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 many releases from Phantacea Publications.

As for the Whole Earth (other than the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head, at least as far as I can say and always assuming it's still around in what be its 61st century), well, 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.

Of course you can always email or send me 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. Just be aware that I can only accept certified cheques or money orders. Plus, I'll have to charge an additional 12% to cover Canadian and provincial goods and sales taxes as well as Canada Post rates for shipping.

I do use bubble mailers, though.


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Faeries & PHANTACEA

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| Faerie facts in phantacea | March 1998 | August 1998 | Publications in Print |

Two photos of a smiling tree sprite spotted stuck in a tree in Vancouver Canada, photos by Jim McPherson
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Winter 2009/10

Mariamne Dawnstar and Krepusyl Evenstar were one and the same Lazaremist Master Deva. There was nothing normal about many of her nominal subjects. In truth there was nothing necessarily the same, even in terms of what might be considered intra-species commonalities such as heads, hands or feet, about them either.

Roughly divided into two groupings – the summery Seelie Court, who were strongest between Beltane and Samhain, and the wintry Unseelie Court, who were strongest oppositely so – families of faeries meandered, or trouped, throughout the Whole Earth. More often than not they did so invisibly, though many mortals nonetheless saw them as if as a shimmering when they paraded by or else thought they’d spotted them, as if out of the corners of their eyes, then blinked and realized they’d just imagined it.

Worse than familial fays of either court were the tormented loners. Decidedly nasty when encountered against their will, they generally had enough residual decency to avoid contact even with each other. By their own estimation, by far the worst wights were the misanthropic redcaps. So-called because they wore headgear the colour of Squiggly’s sketches of ripened fruit – as if to warn others to stay well away from them – they travelled in packs. Fortunately, they were cowards and routed easily. It was further said that if you grab even one of their caps, the whole pack would leave you alone if you gave it back.

What was the same about the ungodly lot of them, besides the fact they worshipped Mother Earth, and her only when the whimsy hit them to worship anyone, was they were unprincipled pranksters to a man-woman-wight of them. They like nothing better than having fun. However, while fun for one could mean fun for many, their kind of fay-fairly-funny-fun inevitably backfired unkindly on everyone except, more mostly than only once in a while, them.

... from "The 1000 Days of Disbelief"
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August 1998

As mentioned last time, I've a theory that the aliens in X-Files are faeries. Although I haven't seen the movie as yet, I understand I was essentially right. Picture of a Tree with Faces on it, taken by Jim McPherson 1997

The faeried tree in Kensington Gardens, London 1997, photo by Jim McPhersonEssentially in that, from what I've heard, X's aliens are supposed to be the original inhabitants of the planet. In my book that makes them chthonic or earthborn, which also makes them faeries and/or their cousins, -- the demons!

That is, demons as opposed to devils. Which, as everyone knows -- everyone who read last month's publisher's comments anyhow -- are Fallen Angels. Which would make them catholic, universal, or skyborn. Would also make them devazurs. At least in PHANTACEA.

Of course I tend to see faeries, at least their hardened and not so hardened remains, all over the place: in trees, in rock formations, and even on my clothes shelf. And, because I'm such a sharing sort, I've illustrated this page with a few of my favourite, relatively recent photographs of faeries and demons.

Woman  Face in Tree, taken by Jim McPherson Man's Angry Face in Tree, taken by Jim McPherson

Some, by the way, are supposed to be faeries or, like the shots of the Yucatan's distinctive temples, demons; others are just faces and things I've spotted where there shouldn't be faces and things.

I've even spotted a faerie place, possibly Teamhair or Tara, where there should be the City of London. Not that that should surprise anyone. Faerie places can appear damn near anywhere they please. Even London!

So, what does all this say about me? Other than I've a decent imagination. Not a great deal. Some nice pictures though. Too bad some of them didn't reproduce as well as I'd've liked but, then again, some of them reproduced better than I thought they would.

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March 1998

I've this theory about the X-Files. While UFOs and aliens might be the hook that attracts the audience; while theories of some great governmental conspiracy to engender super beings (PHANTACEA's supras), by splicing human with exotic DNA, might be the underlying theme that holds it together; what it's really about is faeries.

Yep, faeries. You heard it here first! Daemonic structure taken near Uxmal in Yucatan circa 1996

Why faeries, you might ask. To which I won't answer 'why not?' but will ask, instead, why aliens? I mean, haven't we got enough of them already? What's Celestial God but an alien? And if Lucifer and his ilk are Fallen Angels, heavens above!, where did they fall from except, well, Outer Space?

By contrast, faeries and their cousins, the daemons or daimones (agatho, caco, or whatever), are nothing if not homegrown talent. Am I making this up? The usual answer's 'always' but, in this case, consider the evidence. Hooked nosed demon, from Chichen Itza circa 1996

First of all, look in the dictionary. In mine, for example, demons are defined as: "supernatural entities of 'a secondary rank' (my emphasis, not Funk & Wagnalls); a guardian spirit, a genius." And what's a genius if not a djinn or genie? No UFOs them; not in Aladdin's time anyhow.

Here's another interesting, albeit uncommon, word: chthonian (pronounced 'tho-ne-an') or chthonic (i.e. no 'ch' -- so why's it there, you might ask. Don't know, I might answer.) It's defined as: "in ancient mythology, pertaining to the gods and spirits of the underworld." In short, earthborn. Its opposite may or may not be catholic, as in universal, as in Outer Space again.

Hooked nose demon structure from Chichen Itza, Yucatan, circa 1996Fairies may not be as trendy as aliens (blame Walt Disney and Tinkerbell for that) but you have to admit that all the shape-shifters, face-dancers, and skin-walkers featured in X-Files this last season have their antecedents in fairytales (not to mention pan-global folklore).

It wouldn't surprise me if the writers and creators of X-Files keep a copy of Katharine Briggs excellent, and thoroughly researched, 'Dictionary of Fairies' (Penguin Books, 1977) by their bedsides for inspiration.

After all, until aliens became everyone's favourite bogeyman, there were plenty of gremlins, spooks, and such like 'things that go bump in the nightmare' to keep us, and our ancestors, well and truly terrified damn near every hour of the day. [Not to mention during prime time.]

Wax rat spotted on Faerie Tree near Kensington Palace in London, photo by Jim McPherson, 2003So, come clean, Chris Carter, you rat. Admit it. Your show should be called 'The Faerie Files'!

One of my favourite resources for the PHANTACEA series of stories is 'The Greek Myths' (Penguin Books, 1955) by Robert Graves. He's the man probably best known for writing the 'I, Claudius' (Penguin Books, circa 1934) pair of books so brilliantly adapted for, or at least presented on, Public TV howsoever many years ago now.

Wooden Skeleton, a near lfe-sized puppet spotted in Playa del Carmen in early 90s by Jim McPhersonIn another of his books, 'The White Goddess' (Faber & Faber Ltd, 1948), one of the thickest tomes I've ever attempted ploughing through, Graves (great name!) talks about how myths have meshed throughout humanity's seemingly endless wanderings from the Garden of Eden until today. How, for example, the origins of the Olympian Gods and Goddesses can be traced to the Indian Vedas and other such seemingly diverse places as Libya and Scythia.

[He also notes that the Milesian (Phoenician) invaders of Ireland thought the world began in 5004 B.C. This is roughly a thousand years before the Moloch Sedon raised the Cathonic Zone in PHANTACEA but, for what it's worth, around the same time I place the birth of Droch Nor {the Biblical Enoch}, the Sixth Patriarch of Golden Age Humankind and the one who was killed when the Sedonshem came to Earth in 4669 B.C.]

That the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, of Ancient Mythologies all stem from essentially the same source is, of course, one of the precepts of PHANTACEA, -- always has been and always will be. In one section of Goddess though, Graves speaks of the Sea Peoples, the otherwise unnamed Biblical invaders of Egypt and Palestine after the destruction of Aegean Santorini sometime around 1500 B.C. City of London, shot over a pond beside Buckingham Palace, taken by Jim McPherson 1997

Lots of folks share my analyses that the Sea Peoples (supposedly the ancestors of the Philistines of David and Goliath fame) were Cretans or, to be more specific, the Etocretans,-- the original inhabitants of Aegean Crete.

They're the folks who gave us, among many another stirring saga, the myths of the Minotaur and the disastrous flight of Icarus.

[Let's not even get into the Minelaphos (Stag-Man) Cults, which Graves claims dates back to the cave paintings of the Neolithic, or truly Stone Age, times of 20-odd thousand years ago in the Spanish and French Pyrennes.]

However, on page 207 of Goddess, Graves also identifies the Sea Peoples with the Irish Sidhe (pronounced 'shee', I understand). He writes: "The Sidhe are now popularly regarded as fairies: but in early Irish poetry they appear as real people -- a highly cultured and dwindling nation of warriors and poets living in raths or round, stockaded forts." (Sound familiar?)

Similarly, a much more contemporary author, Stephen R. Lawhead, in his 'Pendragon Cycle' (Avon Fantasy, circa 1988) identifies the survivors of Atlantis, PHANTACEA's Old Eden, as the Fair Folk or fairies. The Faerie Tree off Kensington Gardens in London, UK, taken by Jim McPherson circa 1997 Golden haired wax figurine on London's Faerie Tree, taken by Jim McPherson circa 1997

As well, back in the late Seventies, early Eighties, Julian May featured fairies in her tetralogy, 'The Saga of the Pliocene Era' (Del Rey Science Fiction).

May called them the Tanu and the Firvulag,-- pretty clearly the Dana (after the Roman Diana) or the Danu (Tuatha De Danann), the 'good' gods of Old Ireland, and the Fomorii, the 'evil' gods of Old Ireland. (See: 'Irish Mythology', Oxford University Press, 1987).

In May's stories they lived in the Mediterranean Basin, around the nowadays so-called Tethys Sea, before the Atlantic Ocean burst through the Pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar) at the end of the, obviously, Pliocene Age some six million years ago.

However, according to, among others, David Hatcher Childress in his fascinating 'Lost Cities' (Adventures Unlimited Press) series, this same area was the heartland of the Osirian Civilization. [Note: I say fascinating but, then again, I'm essentially a nice guy. Had there been indexes provided I might have even said something like 'altogether enjoyable'!]

When the Mediterranean flooded in the, Childress says, later stages of the last Ice Age (under 10,000 years ago), the survivors made it to Crete, North Africa (most famously Pharaonic Egypt), and as far east as Asia Minor, where they established the Hittite Empire, and the Black or Friendly Sea, where they became the Scythians. A pile of clothes that looks like the pnk hed of dark-haired man squished, taken by Jim McPherson Looks like a warrior of some sort wearing a knight's helmet

Also according to Childress, the Osirian Civilization was contemporaneous with the Rama Empire of Antique India. In fact, he suggests, the two may have went at it with all sorts of exotic weaponry including flying machines called vimanas (mercury-driven engines) or shems (airplanes?) and even nuclear-powered lances (rockets?).

As proof of his theory, Childress directs our attention to Mohenjo Daro, Harappa, and other ruins of this Sumerian-era, Indus Valley civilization, once located in modern Pakistan. He seems convinced that the high levels of radiation found there to this day can be explained by nothing less than an at least moderately-scaled Atomic War in the far distant past.

[I'll take his word for it. So might you. Mind you, I accept it as a given that there's a Sedon's Head. Of course, despite all the evidence I've presented throughout these Web Pages that there is indeed a Headworld, you might not go quite that far.] Actually some rock with an overgrowth of vegetation, taken by Jim McPherson on  Denman Island, British Columbia Poor reproduction of a boulder in a town outside of Merida that looks somewhat daemonic, photo Jim McPherson

The point of all this? Other than to tout a few interesting books and provide some background for this time up's penultimate chapter of Apocalyptics? To get myself a job writing for the X-Files? (Hey, I do live in Vancouver, where it's shot, at least for now, and don't my neighbours claim to see Agent Muldaur jogging by every so often?)

No, the point of all this is to ever-so-cleverly lead into my next installment of PHANTACEA on the Web -- which is when I hope to mount a gallery of shots of Tholoi Shrines or Ghost Houses that I took during my most recent travels.

Tholoi? They'd be related to the rounded raths (whatever they are!) noted above.

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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 long running, but 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; ordering lynx for individual mini-novels are 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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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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