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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, 1980-2013; 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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Phantacea Revisited 2: Cataclysm Catalyst

Cataclysm Catalyst front and back cover in black and white, art by Verne Andru

Coming in the Spring of 2014, the third graphic novel from Phantacea Publications extracts another complete story sequence from Phantacea 1-7 and Phantacea Phase One #1. Artwork by Dave Sim, Ian Fry, Sean Newton, Verne Andrusiek, and Ian Bateson

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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- The unpublished comic now novelized -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

Check out the expanded Availability Listings for places you can order or buy Phantacea Publications in person

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Look out below!

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Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".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

Check out the expanded Availability Listings for places you can order or buy Phantacea Publications in person

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

Hit here to see what else is currently available there

Guess what isn't coming soon any more?

Text reads Graphic Novel coming soon or here

"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

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

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Two Damnation Brigade Collages, 2009, 2012

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

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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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Contribute to the all-new pHantaBlog and download a free PDF of Mythos Mag #1 while you're at it
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

"Goddess Gambit" picks up from where "Janna Fangfingers" leaves off

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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Additional Information Regarding

'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

- As Revised in the Spring of 2002 -

A PHANTACEA Mythos Mosaic Novel

Webpage Contents

 

Potential Cover for Manoeuvres, prepared by Jim McPherson
© copyright - Jim McPherson

Introduction

In Greek the word 'phantacea' means imagination. I first used the word in a short story I wrote in 1969 while I was in first year university. It was the title of a series of comic books I wrote and published from 1977 until 1980 and I kept on using it when, in 1996, I began writing and publishing PHANTACEA on the Web.

Although due to aspects of its subject matter 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' unavoidably touches upon issues of faith (including some of the most widely held beliefs found in organized religions throughout today's world) I can assure you PHANTACEA is and always has been, shall we say, religiously secular. Of course, it being 'Anheroic Fantasy', science is treated somewhat sacrilegiously as well.

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Premise

The overriding premise of this novel, and indeed of the entire PHANTACEA Mythos, is the Gods and Goddesses, the Demons and Monsters, of Antique Mythology not only existed but still do. At least they still did in January 1938, which is when Manoeuvres is set. However, thanks primarily to monotheism, these Gods and Goddesses, Demons and Monsters no longer function very well. So, in 1920, what a large number of them did was attempt to have themselves reincarnated. The results of this attempt are now 17 or just turning 17 years old. Collectively they are known as the Summoning Children.

'The Moloch Manoeuvres' tells of the first encounter of a few of these teenagers, some of whom are also known as 'supranormals' or 'supras', with forces that are beyond the rational ken of not just them but the vast majority of their elders and/or financial supporters. These forces are not beyond the ken of a few of their minders, the Witches of Weir, though. That is because it was these witches who called the Summoning of 1920 in the first place.

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Publishing History of PHANTACEA

Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos first appeared publicly as a series of comic books ('PHANTACEA - Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated') that I wrote and published from 1977 until 1980. In 1987, after considerable success at selling back issues of the initial series, I attempted to revive the comic book as 'PHANTACEA Phase One'. Unfortunately the market for independently published comic books went soft again so I discontinued the Phase One project after only one issue.

In 1989 I published 'Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA'. This was a graphic novel that included the short story entitled 'Sister Grandmother'. I published an earlier version of 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' in serial format on the Internet between 1996 and 1998. Accompanying installments of this version of the novel, which was much shorter in its original draft, were chapter-by-chapter synopses.

These synopses, complete with relevant links, remain available on the Internet starting at www.phantacea.info/mole1.htm. The jumping off URL for PHANTACEA on the Web - 'Modern Age Mythology' is www.phantacea.info/index.htm. The Main Menu can be found on www.phantacea.info/ph2.htm.

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The Novel & Future Installments of the PHANTACEA Mythos

In the Spring of 2002, in order to better reflect the growth of the PHANTACEA Mythos over the course ofPotential Cover for Manoeuvres, prepared by Jim McPherson the seven years since it was first written, I revised Manoeuvres extensively. Although neither its 1938 beginning nor the original ending changed during the process it is now approximately 600-pages long and comprises 30-chapters, most of which are around 20-pages long. The book was written using WordPerfect 6 for DOS, 12-point type, and is single-spaced.

An overview of this revision, including a encapsulation of relevant aspects of the PHANTACEA Mythos, some additional notes specific to Manoeuvres, and sample chapters of this revision are available elsewhere on the Web...

At present I have on disk first drafts of a total of 5 novels or novellas set in 1938, a lengthy, still-in-progress book that covers the years from 1955 to 1965, and 7 novels or novellas set in the early 1980s. This material has been written, mostly on weekends, over a period of approaching 30 years. My father built train sets in his basement. I write books and publish web-pages in mine.

If you want to buy into the PHANTACEA Mythos please download the order form, follow the instructions given and do just that. At this point in time I am not offering the revised version of 'The Moloch Manoeuvres' for sale on disk. Nor am I selling any more copies of 'Helioddity', the novel that proceeds from it. I am, however, currently serializing Oddity out here in WWW.Dotland.

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Reference Material

In order to prepare Manoeuvres I relied on a wide variety of reference material. Among the material referred to by various characters in the novel are "The Histories of Herodotus", Ovid's "Metamorphosis", Dante's "Divine Comedy" and the Bible itself. For information on the True Easter I used Frazier's "Golden Bough".

Other material available in 1938 that I incorporated into this novel includes work by Manly P. Hall and Lewis Spence. Throughout Manoeuvres there are references to such well-known mythological staples as the story of the Minotaur, the Trojan War, the Volsung Saga and the Song of Nibelung, upon which Wagner based his operatic Ring Cycle.

More modern material I referred to during my research includes some of the works of Zecharia Sitchin ("The Earth Chronicles"), David Hatcher Childress (Adventures Unlimited Press), Barbara G. Walker ("The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets") and Robert Graves ("The Greek Myths" and "The White Goddess").

I have also built up a decent-sized home library of reference material on various mythologies and mystery cults such as Roman Mithraism. In addition I have been to a number of the locales in Europe, Egypt, Turkey, Central and South America where parts of the Mythos are set. There's an Online Bibliography webpage elsewhere, though I can't guarantee all the links work any more.

Some of the graphics found in PHANTACEA on the Web are scanned-in pictures I took while on the trips referred to above. A good percentage of the rest are taken from the comic books. There's a list of sites with loads of graphics on my Web-Publisher's Commentary webpage.

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Fanciful Aspects of PHANTACEA

Among the fanciful creatures who appear in Manoeuvres besides a couple of devils, a dozen or so supras, and two maybe-faeries are lamia and a chelonian basilisk, both of which are akin to Medusa-Gorgons, a Garuda, a Raven Fetishim and a fin-winged flying dolphin, psychopomp or porpoise pomp. While there are no blood-sucking vampires in Manoeuvres they are presumably out there somewhere. Even though he is actually wearing a Grecian style skirt or girdle, one of the supras describes himself as a Werewolf in Shorts.

By contrast, the Witches of Weir and the trance-sending Wayfarers in the Weird are comparatively ordinary. However, most of witches have skills that include an ability to walk or hide between-space on Menstrual Stones, an ability to cast sensory illusions, and an ability to perform memory edits and control some folks' minds. The male maybe-faerie in Manoeuvres teleports between recently killed dead things. He accesses these dead things by visibly killing himself, sometimes quite gruesomely.

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Potential Cover for Manoeuvres, prepared by Jim McPhersonFay-saying, Fishifying & other examples of Humour

One of the novel's main characters, Hush Mannering, who is the female maybe-faerie generally referred to as the little trickster, has a tendency to fay-say. This involves playing word games as well as using allusive alliterations and semi-nonsensical rhyming. Unfortunately all too often she stoops to punning. Fay-saying seems to be contagious as a few of the other characters tend to talk funny-bunny when she is around. There is at least one fay-saying contest in Manoeuvres.

The amphibious deviant who rides the fin-winged porpoise pomp almost invariably 'fishifies'. That is to say she uses 'Fishisms' like 'dugong-don't', 'manatee-mother', 'hake-hate', 'krill-kill', 'halibut-end', 'codswallop', 'whaledreck' and 'stream-seems'. As entertaining as they can be, when the forever 7-year old faerie trickster and the aquatic, who perhaps not surprisingly goes by the name of Fish, get together it helps to have a translator nearby.

There is a fair amount of humour in Manoeuvres. Much of it flows from the characters themselves, the way they talk to each other, and not the situations they end up in, which are anything except funny. Most of the Summoning Children are sharp-witted and Fish, when you can understand her, is adept at the put-down. So is Hush. She has been known to call Fish's famous Fishisms fatuous. Somewhat of an exception to this rule is the main devil, Djinn the jinn. He proves to be an admirer of American-style cartoons and some of the stunts he pulls would not look out of place in a Daffy Duck (Warner Brothers) or Popeye (Max Fleischer) cartoon of the day.

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Language, Violence & Sexual Situations

There is the occasional outburst of cursing and swearing in Manoeuvres. Most of it emits from Hush when she is in Huff-mode. Figurative steam is not all that emits from her, -- she smokes cigarettes and a corncob pipe. The violence, when it happens, is relatively graphic and there is a Mithraic Taurobolium ceremony wherein a bull, quite involuntarily, spills his guts into a pit containing a Summoning Child hoping to achieve manhood, or an approximation thereof. There is also a fair amount of sexually suggestive language. However, the actual sex scenes themselves are not presented in any lurid detail and in fact happen mostly off-camera.

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Potential Spin-offs

In addition to comic books, which was where it began, and novel-length continuations, of which as already noted there are a number in first draft stage on disk, I believe much of the PHANTACEA Mythos could be spun-off into video games, action toys, graphic novels and such like. Although I am not a fan of animated comic books I believe there is potential for a live-action television series or perhaps a series of special effects laden movies, albeit with nowhere near as large a cast of characters.

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Other Relevant Links

  1. An Overview of Manoeuvres, 2002 Revision, including applicable aspects of the PHANTACEA Mythos
  2. Early Information regarding the original version of Manoeuvres Mayan Statue of aVampire Bat, taken at Copan Honduras by Jim McPherson, 2003
  3. Additional Information regarding the 2002 Revision of Manoeuvres
  4. Summer 2002's Hestia-Housekeeping
  5. The Sorority of Sausages (& other Graphic Lynx)
  6. Dot.Dotty for Manoeuvres
  7. Original "Back Cover Teaser" for Manoeuvres
  8. Links to Manoeuvres's original chapter-by-chapter Synopses
  9. Original "Back Cover Teaser" for 'Helioddity', the follow up story sequence to Manoeuvres
  10. Links to Oddity's chapter-by-chapter Synopses
  11. Potential Back Cover for Manoeuvres

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'The Moloch Manoeuvres'

(First Three Chapters of the 2002 Revised Version*)
  1. "Blood Beasts Prime"
  2. "Witches of Weir"
  3. "Wayfarers of the Weird"
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Page Pictures Redux

Potential Cover for Manoeuvres, prepared by Jim McPherson Potential Cover for Manoeuvres, prepared by Jim McPherson Potential Cover for Manoeuvres, prepared by Jim McPherson Mayan Statue of a Vampire Bat, taken at Copan Honduras by Jim McPherson, 2003
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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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