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- The unpublished comic now novelized -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Ian Bateson's unpublished artwork from Phantacea Seven provides the basis for the first full-length phantacea Mythos Mosaic Novel since "Goddess Gambit".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

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Two Damnation Brigade Collages, 2009, 2012

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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 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 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 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 and its affiliates, including and, 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, 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. 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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Logo for Phantacea reads Anheroic Fantasy since 1977

[Photograph of Egyptian Sphinx, taken from The Message of the Sphinx by Hancock and Bauval, 1996]

[Logo reads Web-Publisher's Commentary as prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2002]

Winter 2000

  1. Featured Story
  2. Introductory Remarks
  3. Today's Topic: Egyptian Evocations
  4. A Lengthier than Usual Note on Graphics
© copyright Jim McPherson
[Blown Up Photograph of Something Like Sedon's Head, as found in The Message of the Sphinx, 1996]
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Jim McPherson's Last Commentary
of the Sixtieth Century

Featured Story

'We can get rid of the Galactic Gap but we can't seem to destroy it. The Wisdom or Memory Entities could just reattach it to Weir World.'

"Then you must eliminate them. You know how that is done. Before he slays his first devil, Starrus must slay Memory's mate!"

-- from the penultimate chapter of 'Helios on the Moon'

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Introductory Remarks


As noted elsewhere, that's Arabic for 'welcome'. Except now I'm back from, rather than going on, my minimally month long annual vacation. This year's was to Egypt, -- where I went in quest of further info on the mysterious Sed-Ceremony, among other things. Including not just the Egyptian entrance to Sedon's Head. (Hey, what's the use of any 'PHANTA-pHun' if it doesn't encompass at least some small smidgen of Jim-Fun dot-ditto?)

Heading up top may seem a trifle bombastic; mayhaps even, heaven forfend, a tad fatalistic. However, it does serve a purpose. Which, you might as well know right now, is to remind you of something Her-story Mnemosyne said to His-story Heliosophos way back in TENTH-Moon. (Even if TEN isn't up any more, you should be able to find the exact quote in the February 2000 installment of 'Serendipity'.)

As I write this, in mid-November 2000, there's a day-glow guy running for the prime ministership of Canada who believes that the entire universe, but for Almighty God of course, is six thousand years old. Not saying he, nor any other creationist, is wrong, understand. I'll leave that to Miracle Maenad, as Memory's known in the initial sections of 'Heliodyssey', or the Miracle Machine, as she's often referred to in the last book of the 'Launching of the Cosmic Express' story sequences.

More to the immediate point, according to Moon's Angel anyhow, albeit two decades ago in PHANTA-time, what did happen six thousand years past was the Great Flood, what's known as the Genesea throughout PHANTACEA on the Web, and the Moloch Sedon raising the Cathonic Dome, or Zone, out of his own essence to protect his Headworld. There'll be a lot more of this sort of stuff in today's rather lengthy and unusually detailed topic. First, though, let's dispense with some standard Hestia-Housekeeping.

(As opposed to Hecate-Housekeeping, of which I anticipate having more to say in a future pHpubs. For now let it be sufficient to note Hestia was the Greek Goddess of the Hearth, which presumably means tidiness was one of her attributes. This time around all I'm concentrating on doing is keeping the day-glow markers to little blue specks instead of the glaring, increasingly distracting headlights they are on most of my Webpages. Maybe next time I'll get more ambitious and provide a full index to all my previous commentaries and side features.)

pHpubs Contents

  1. Introductory Remarks
  2. Hestia Housekeeping
  3. Today's Topic
  4. A Quick Note on Graphics

Hestia Housekeeping

    In terms of what else is new this time around, Launch's aforementioned last book, 'Helios on the Moon', is one chapter shy of completion. Which is a significant event if only because I never finished it in the comic books. What you'll therefore be getting come the New Year, not to mention the New Century, whatever number it is, is something that's never even been hinted at before.

    (Here it is, -- the hint, I mean! When Heliosophos dies so too goes Trigon, -- back into the timestream. He is a time-tumbler after all. And with Trans-Time Trigon goes Machine Memory, right? That's certainly what happens ordinarily. [Has for upwards to a 100-Lifetimes apparently.] Will it this time? That is to say, will it if Helios doesn't survive whomever, not to mention whatever, he has to face in LAST-Moon? As I'm forever repeating out here in WWW-Dotland, there's only one way to find out!)

    As promised, Moon's ending as fast and furiously as all my other Launch serials have. It's already ended the other three, hasn't it? Will also end itself of course but, in many respects, the opposite can, has and should be said about the other online web-serial, 'Ringleader's Revenge', currently running out here in Cyberia. In a strange way its initial subsection, Rings '55 or, more correctly, 'The Last of the Supranormals', actually began the Launch cycle of story sequences.

    No more. With the debut of Rings '60: 'Aspects of an Amoebaman', it's off on its own tangent. No telling where it will end, -- and I mean that literally. That's because I still haven't finished writing it yet! Looking forward to doing just that, though. No more so than I'm looking forward to the past, however.

    Email me at if you have any commentaries of your own and, as I can't resist saying at least one more time, -- good reading!

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Egyptian Evocations

Including some perhaps startling character likenesses!

To startle back where we began this episode of pHpubs, why have I returned two non-Jim-shot images to the top of my flagship page? Because they're about to go the way of the Dodo and be replaced by two Jim-shot images of same.[PHOTOGRAPH OF THE EGYPTIAN SPHINX AS TAKEN BY JIM MCPHERSON, Year 2000] [Blow-Up of aerial shot taken by Egyptian Air Force, circa mid-30s, of the Gizeh Plateau, photograph of Something Like Sedon's Head by Jim McPherson, Year 2000]
(Well, all right, maybe I won't toss the one of the Sphinx. That's because it does show the stela between its legs, which is highly suggestive of a doorway, and I couldn't get close enough to snap one of my own.)

The up-top blowup of the b/w aerial shot of the Giza Plateau is found on p.23 in Hancock & Bauval's 'The Message of the Sphinx' (Crown Publishers, Inc © copyright 1996). The photo of the Wingless Sphinx, what I refer to on sound mythological grounds as the Male Sphinx since all female sphinxes seem to have wings, across from it is from a couple of pages earlier. (And, by all, best recall All of Incain. Wouldn't want to get the motherly Machine Master Moulder of many a mainly modern day Mandroid Monstrosity mad at me, would I?)

As is also noted somewhere else, the book doesn't record who took either of them. I can now state, with some degree of confidence, that the one on the right was taken by the Egyptian Air Force sometime in the mid-Thirties. The original's in the Old Kingdom room of the Cairo Museum.[Aerial shot of the Giza Plateau taken by the Egyptian Air Force sometime in the mid-Thirties, PHOTO BY JIM MCPHERSON, Year 2000]

(Some degee of confidence means it might have been taken in the mid-Twenties and is now in the Middle Kingdom room of the Cairo Museum. I don't have Miracle Memory's, um, miraculous memory I'm afraid. Is definitely in the Cairo Museum, though, and I'm pretty sure there was an Egyptian Air Force back then, too!)

It being November, lest we forget the primary purpose of PHANTACEA on the Web has been, is now, and ever will be to market my writing; specifically the stories I weekend-write for inclusion in what I've termed 'The PHANTACEA Mythos'. So, what have I got in terms of character likenesses or, to put it more subjectively, Egyptian Evocations of same?

As it happens, we've just had two, -- the ones at the top of the page (or the sides of it, to be just as accurate). Three if you count the next one, which is a possible likeness of All, the self-proclaimed Invincible She-Sphinx, who dwells mostly between-space beneath the Sedon Sphere on the Prison Beach of Incain and whom we learn a mite more about in NINETEENTH-Moon. (She's also a fairly major player in 'The Volsung Variations', just by the way.)

[Photograph of a Female Sphinx reminiscent of All of Incain taken in the Cairo Museum by Jim McPherson, Year 2000][Should insert that, as I near as I can make out, the Greek letters barely legible in this image, which I also snapped in the Cairo Museum, spell the word 'sphinx'.]

We'll momentarily get back to likenesses of the Moloch Sedon -- and indeed have one of the Dual Entities themselves -- but there's more to the Egyptian Sphinx in PHANTACEA than it just being a built-before Year Zero of the Dome doorway to the Headworld. Let's, once again, let our ever-enchanting, not to mention entrancing, elocutionist be Moon's Angel.

[What follows, somewhat editted, is part of a conversation she has with O.J. 'Big Max' Maxwell in SEVENTEENTH-Moon.]

In its heyday, Atlantis [Eden] was the seat of civilization on the Whole Earth, its people the self-evident Masters of the World. The rest of the planet was largely undeveloped. These refugees [from Atlantis, after it sank] were the progenitors of the so-called Golden Age of Humanity, a period of about sixteen hundred years.

It was called the Golden Age not because it sounds romantic. Atlanteans actually had golden skin, though some were more yellow or white and others more brown or black. The reason for this is they fed on golden apples. Yes, the very stuff of legend. They didn't grant immortality, though they did bequeath very long, health-filled lives, -- those ages given to the Biblical patriarchs in Genesis were typical. Neither were they just fruit from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.

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Like the American legend of Johnny Appleseed, the refugees planted the fast-growing trees wherever they went, -- and, as I said, their influence extended throughout the globe. Interestingly, understandably given the Genesea, they left only one monument on what I will call the Outer Earth, -- namely the apparently male Sphinx in Egypt.

While the Sphinx survived the Great Flood that marked the end of the Golden Age, it bears the scars to show it. Much of its face, often reconstructed in Pharaonic time, has been eroded. You may have heard that it represents the Pharaoh Khafre.[Unattributed photo of the sacrarium of Abu Simbel Temple, scanned in from 'Abu Simbel - English Edition', Casa Editrice Bonechi Publishers, © copyright 2000 by Casa Editrice Bonechi]

In fact, it was Helios!

That he made the head of the Egyptian Sphinx after his own image and likeness is hardly the last of Machine Memory's revelations about Heliosophos. While, again according her, there's a whole lot more to be said about the Wingless Wonder of the Ancient World than meets the eye, there's also a whole lot more to be said about the 'Quetzalcoatl of Cosmic Cuisine', as Helios styles himself in SEVENTEEN.

For example, as I had occasion to note in my synopsis of TENTH-Moon, the Miracle Machine puts to rest the notion that, in this particular earlier lifetime, his first some claim, his 83rd she claims, he was Cain, Slayer of Abel. On the contrary, ...

Atlantis is finally overwhelmed by the melting ice of the ages. Alorus Ptah, Helios, transfers Trigon from the sinking continent to an Island off Lemuria, in the Western Ocean of Pacifica. This he names New Eden, -- though today it is called Apple Isle or, less correctly, Corona.

So there I am, let's call it 5555 B.C., in the Garden of New Eden. We've been there quite a while. Did I mention we don't age very fast, especially since we ate the golden apples? Doesn't matter, -- we didn't. Only, without any devas around to possess, I'm a glorified Mandroid, remember.

Dark Sedon, the All-Father of Devakind, is out there though. Right here on the Moon, as it happens. Sends an expeditionary force to Earth to see if it's ripe for conquest. I possess a Spirit Being called Vetala; become Adam's first wife, Lilith. Big trouble this. Lilith is not a nice person, a veritable serpent in paradise. She's controlling me and I harbour his memories.

Here's where the Bible comes into play. Adam recognized the inherent evil of Vetala. So what does he do but eat of the Tree of Knowledge. This gives him the skill to concoct the Egyptian Sphinx in his image. It sucks Vetala-Lilith's being into its massive form. Now I'm just a droid again.

Move forward, same lifetime. Devas are still checking out the planet but my Adam is checking them out too. He locates one. For argument's sake, let's call her Pyrame Silverstar [and] she's more like it. Thus I become not Lilith but Eve, Trishtar Thrae. I beget two sons: first Cain, next Abel, all on Trigon, Apple Isle, the Garden of Eden.

There are those who say the invention of sex, which some attribute to Lilith, was the reason we lost paradise. That is patently absurd of course. However, it is true that I, as Lilith, enjoyed making love, -- [just] as I did when I possessed Pyrame and became Trishtar...


Semi sort of bracketing the above, again somewhat edited BLOCKQUOTE from the Mnemosyne Machine's extended conversation with Big Max, as found in SEVENTEEN, are two moderately different shots taken in the same place, -- the sacrarium or holy of holies of the transported Great Temple of Abu Simbel, at virtually the bottom (or top, depending on your perspective) of Upper Egypt, which is to say the southernmost area of the country.

Land about here's called Nubia; land, indeed most of Nubia itself, now being under Lake Nasser. Nubians aren't, fortunately for them, and they're much more African-looking, in terms of skin colour and facial features, than the Egyptians themselves. Which, now that I think about it, isn't a very politically correct thing to say. How about ethnic Egyptians then? Still no good? Oh well, how about I tell you a quick story instead of getting any deeper into this particular quagmire? Stories I'm good at telling.

After an afternoon in the Cairo Museum I walked outside it and straight into someone I'd just seen a statue of inside. Allow me to clarify that statement slightly. You see, not all of the statuary is of Pharaohs and their primary or even just their favourite queens; there actually is some of ordinary folks. And those folks, rather their descendents, still populate Egypt. Maybe I'd best stick to PHANTACEA, eh?

There are four seated figures in the sacrarium. From right to left, as you're looking at them, supposedly these four are Harmakhis, the deified Ramses II, Amon Ra, and Ptah. To quote from the book ('Abu Simbel - English Edition' Casa Editrice Bonechi Publishers, © copyright 2000) where I scanned in the uppermost one:

"Twice a year, at the solstices, the sun penetrates the entire length of the temple and floods the statues of Amon, Hamarkhis and the pharaoh with light. After about five minutes the light disappears and it is truly remarkable that Ptah is never struck by the rays of the sun, for Ptah is the god of darkness."

My photo's the lowermost one. It was taken in mid-October 2000 and, since it was taken with available light, it seems to me that three of the four are flooded with rays of the sun. If the one identified as 'the god of darkness' is indeed Ptah then we might have the potential for yet another installment of 'Serendipity'. (At this point in time I'm sure you won't ask why's that?, because you'll have realized I'm about to explain Y's it.)

The Moloch Sedon is often described in on the Web as the Grandfather of Devazurkind whereas Thrygragos Varuna Mithras is considered to be one of the three Great Gods. As readers of both Gambit and Moon will be aware, this isn't quite the case. Sedon is at once the first and yet just a third of the Great Gods. By contrast, the solid and therefore at any given time somewhat solitary VAM Entity are the collective whole of his first born litter of three by the Trigregos Sisters.

The 'A' between the 'V' for Varuna and the 'M' for Mithras stands for the devil I kept forgetting to mention over in GAMBIT. As in ...


"Come now, brother. You can do better than that. Or shall I call you Ahura Mazda? Ormazd? Spenta Mainyu? Assur? You are Aiakos Minos and I am ..."


"Let's not be so formal."


-- from 'The Trigregos Gambit'

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If you don't recognize some of the names Smiler lists off to breed brother Thrygragos Mithras in 'PREGAME-Gambit', they're from various Old World mythologies. And, as I've repeated on a number of web pages, one of the most fundamental precepts of PHANTACEA is that the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters of ancient mythologies are the deities, devs (as in 'deus', the Latin word for 'god'), devas or devils of the three major monotheistic religions of the modern world.

To my mind, these what I sometimes term Sedon-Spawn, but could as easily start referring to as Seddim, are the 'Shedds' or 'Sheddim' of King Solomon's Temple fame, the ones who built it without making a sound. They were from Sidon, as I recall. Sidon (Sedon?) was the capital of Ancient Phoenicia, from whence came King Cadmus or Kadmus, later of Grecian Thebes (Heliosophos in his 2nd Lifetime, according to the Mnemosyne Machine). Sidon's one of the oldest metropolises in the known world. Once beautiful but now Civil War wrecked Beirut is not far away from it and so is Byblos, from which we got our word 'Bible'.

[SIDE SHOT OF TWO COLOSSI REMINISCENT OF THE DUAL ENTITIES TAKEN OUTSIDE THE GREAT TEMPLE OF ABU SIMBEL, EGYPT, PHOTO BY JIM MCPHERSON, 2000]In Greek mythology Kadmus crossed the Mediterranean from Phoenicia to Greece in pursuit of Sister Europa, who had been kidnapped by Olympian Zeus and taken to Crete where she became the mother, by Zeus, of kings Minos (of Minotaur fame), Sarpedon, and someone named, yes, Rhadamanthys, who after he passed on joined brother Minos as a judge of the Dead. Reputedly that King Kad's also the guy who brought the phonetic alphabet to, well, Europe circa 1500 BCE.

In Rings '55 & '60 Europa's the name of Human Memory's daughter by Agenor Heliopolis. He was the father of Kadmon Heliopolis (Heliosophos in his 1st Lifetime, again according to Machine Memory) thanks to initial wife Argiope 'Bright Face' Zeross. Bright Face was a Summoning Child whose mother died giving her birth and consequently attracted the unwanted attentions of Count Molech in 'The Moloch Manoeuvres'.

Then there's the Sed-Ceremony of Old Kingdom Egypt. Which was based, funnily enough, in Heliopolis, nowadays a suburb of Cairo. Even more curiously, there's a Sedoni Cave on Crete, not all that far from the town of Ziros, from whence came the Family Zeross in PHANTACEA. I could go on, -- and already have, more than a few times, out here in Cyberia. Trust you're picking up why I've a Web-Feature entitled Serendipity.


My dictionary doesn't mention any Sedon but it says that: "In early Hindu mythology [Varuna was] the god of the sky, creator, and supreme god of the universe." Think of the Greek's Uranus and you'll be bang on. In the same dictionary Mithras is defined as the "ancient Persian god of light and truth, often identified with the sun." Again in Greek terms the equivalent might be the Titan Kronos. [Thrygragos Mithras did cause the Timequake described in Gambit's opening chapter, didn't he?

Ahriman is defined as follows: "In Zoroastrian religion, the spirit of evil and darkness, source of death, disease and disorder." In terms of the Ptah figure, then, think of him as an absence of light, or the hidden one, or the never-remembered one, and you'd be just as bang on as you were about Varuna and Uranus.

You can find stacks more stuff about the Smiling Fiend, -- as the 'A'-guy's often referred to by even his closest allies in the Launch serials --, throughout these webpages, but what strikes me as most significant in terms of the four seated figures in the sacrarium is that they may be thought to represent Thrygragos Sedon and his three first born, the VAM Entity. Which is doubly, unless it's gradruplely, interesting because, as we saw not too long ago, the Biblical Adam's identified as Alorus Ptah (Heliosophos in his 83rd Lifetime) by no less an individual than .....

So, in the sacrarium, it seems I had another Sedon Sighting. Fact is I had them just about everywhere I went in Egypt. Reason I say that is virtually every Pharaoh is depicted the same way: with an approximation of Sedon's distinctive Djerridam-Goatwood beard; his prominent nose; a cobra uraeus, though sometimes it's that of a vulture, about where his third eye would be; and flappy headgear reminiscent of his ponytail.[SIDE-SHOT OF A STATUE OF AN UNIDENTIFIED PHARAOH, AS FOUND IN THE CAIRO MUSEUM, VAGUELY REMINISCENT OF THE MOLOCH SEDON, PHOTO TAKEN BY JIM MCPHERSON, 2000]

(Equate ponytail with the Cattail Peninsula, if you're looking at the map of the Hidden Continent that's been up since virtually Day-Glow One of PHANTACEA on the Web.)

One Pharaoh who doesn't remind me of Sedon is Akhenaten, who was King Tut's uncle I understand. Called the heretic pharaoh, my sources agree he was the first proponent of monotheism in recorded history. Sigmund Freud identified him with the Biblical Moses.


Have to admit that, thank Celestial God, Akhenaten looks nothing like Charlton Heston but, for once, I may actually agree with old Siggy. Whom he makes me think more of, though, is Jesus Mandam, the Conquering Christ of the very early Fifties pHanta-time.

The absolutely first born Summoning Child (his birtdate was, yes, Christmas Day 1920), Jess was killed on his 33rd birthday on Salvation Island. The Summoning itself, then his death, are alluded to right at the beginning of 'Ringleader's Revenge' for a very good reason. Which, naturally, I'm not going to tell you about right now. Will tell you that this self-styled Saviour of Supranormalkind made some pretty amazing discoveries.

In the Launch cycle of story sequences these discoveries were said to have contributed, in large measure, to the development of the Cosmic Express, the UNES Liberty, WORLD's converted fish trawler, and the Seventeen Signallers' Silver, among other things. One of the leading Signallers, Spherus, may be a Callion Clone of Jesus Mandam while the initial Daemonicus and Strife of 'Centauri Island' turned out to be his children, Solomon and Balkis, by none other than Lady Guillotine, Countess Ramona Avar.[SHOT OF A STATUE OF AKHENATEN, THE HERETIC PHARAOH, AS FOUND IN THE CAIRO MUSEUM, SUGGESTIVE OF JESUS MANDAM, THE SAVIOUR OF SUPRANORMALKIND, PHOTO TAKEN BY JIM MCPHERSON, 2000]

In Rings '55 -- 'Last of the Supranormals', a couple of years after she would have had Solomon and Balkis, Ramona's got all of both her arms and is the Great Man, Loxus Abraham Ryne's fiance. In Rings '60 -- 'Aspects of an Amoebaman', Ray's still got both her arms and is the Great Man's wife, the mother of his third set of twins. Jesse's mother was Abe's twin sister, Mary Magdalene Ryne become Mandam, who died in 1933.

Ray was by no means the only one of Jesse's loves. Not even saying she was his greatest one. Or even if Ray was Ray when she became pregnant by him (if it was him). Indisputably one of his very first lovers was Thalassa D'Angelo maybe Thanatos. Another early-on object of his affections was Tanith von Blut, Cousin Constellation. The silver-haired of the three Volsung non-triplets, she gained supranormal talents after events detailed in Manoeuvres.


One of Tanith Silverhair's favourite constellations was that of Libra, the Roman Goddess of Justice, Peace, and Harmony. Her symbol was the scales or balance. Her devic equivalent was Harmonia, the Unity of Balance, who becomes Freespirit Nihila in War.

As mentioned a couple of times already, in their second lifetime together the Dual Entities were King Cadmus of Thebes and Harmonia, another daughter of Zeus. Always winged, like a female sphinx, Maat would appear to be the Egyptian version of Libra and Harmonia, -- of both Harmonies, PHANTACEA's and that of the Periclean Greeks.

Getting back to Abe Ryne, not only does the Great Man have some interesting viewpoints on monotheism, as expressed to his then fiance in LSN, he's effectively been the patriarch of Illuminated Faith of Xuthros Hor since his father Charan's death during the Summoning of 1920. Hor's the Biblical Noah; Xmas is named after him, not Christ; and members of the Illuminated Faith are called Xuthrodites.

There's also an Egyptian Horus of course, the son of Osiris and Isis. As Harmakis he'd be the hawk headed god pictured in the sacrarium on the far right as you're looking at it above. Story is Osiris, Isis and Seth were siblings; the two men were madly in love with their sister and one or the other was going to win her.

Winner as far as Isis was concerned was always Osiris. But Seth, ever a sore loser, tricked then cut Osirus up (sorry, bet that hurt!) and scattered his remains all over Egypt (very sorry to have dropped O's head on yours, old bean!). Isis found most of O's bits and pieces. Eventually found his penis, dick-dildo, and hence became impregnated with her-Hor. Much to the annoyance of him-Seth, who just happens to be the god of ... Hmmn.

Suppose I could make some poignant poignards between the Egyptian myths of Osiris, Isis, and Horus vis-a-vis the PHANTACEA Mythos of the Dual Entities? Bet your best billfish I could. And have. So, sorry yet again, I wouldn't bother. Like the day-glow guy who was running for the prime ministership of Canada you'd lose, -- and, besides, what would I do with your best billfish anyhow?[SHOT OF UDJAT, THE MYSTIC EYE OF HORUS, PART OF THE TREASURES OF TUTANKHATEN AS FOUND IN THE CAIRO MUSEUM, SCANNED IN FROM A POSTCARD BY JIM MCPHERSON, YEAR 2000]

Running out of space. Here's a deliberately titillant, um, 'PHANTA-pHact', and a suggestive query to go with it, such that you could take either/or to bed until I web-come round hereabouts again. Jesse's very first physical lover was Mnemosyne D'Angelo, Memory of the Angels, the born human being who became the Mnemosyne Ternary Being, she of Trans-Time Trigon.

So, that being the case, can any of you (most especially me) state with any degree of certainty that the Summoning Child, Argiope 'Bright Face' Zeross, Ringleader's aunt, was Kad's mother? Tell you what, -- I can't!

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1. The doorway between the Egyptian Sphinx and his "mate", All of Incain, is frequently used by Pyrame Silverstar and Sedon St Synne (Judge Warlock) during the 'Heliodyssey' story sequences. There's an entry about this method of transcending the Cathonic Dome in Serendipity. Somewhere there's a list of other ways of passing through Cathonia. Might be able to find it from here.

2. There are references to the Moloch Sedon, PHANTACEA's primary Devil or Satan the Antagonist, throughout on the Web. A good place to start is the 'Features' webpage. The map of the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head isn't quite so multi-linked.

3. For more on the aerial photograph of the Gizeh Plateau, click out --> and -->

4. All of Incain, the Machine Master Moulder Mother of many a mainly modern day Mandroid Monstrosity, tells me she prefers the likeness of her found on one of the 'Terms' webpages.

5. It's easier to point you in the direction of webpages where the Dual Entities aren't mentioned than it is to highlight a good place to start trying to trace their his and her stories. Here's few more... They'll no doubt lead you to others.

6. Much the same can be said about the 'A'-guy, the Thrygragos Brothers, and their sisters, the Triplet Goddesses....

7. All of these pictures were taken at Abu Simbel. This one, the one I figure is suggestive of the Dual Entities, Helios called Sophos the Wise and his fellow time-tumbler, Miracle Memory, is my favourite. What some might find mind-boggling information, in a handy dandy graphic format, on the Golden Age Patriarchs of Humankind, such as Alorus Ptah, is just one of those annoying clicks away.

8. There's some good stuff about Jesus Mandam here. Solomon and Balkis, his children by Lady Guillotine, were featured in the early stages of Island. The Signaller code-named Spherus appeared in its later stages as well as, howsoever briefly, in War and Moon. You can find a very early entry about Jess in the seldom revisited 'Glossary' section. Return to 1st Akhenaten image; return to 2nd Akhenaten image

9. You can find an early entry on Tanith Silverhair dot-ditto.

10. A third eye, or 'oculus', such as Udjat, the mystical Eye of Horus, is characteristic of virtually all Sedon Spawn ==>. Interestingly you'll note, if your monitor's better than mine, it's flanked by a vulture and a cobra uraeus, which signify that Tut ruled both Upper and Lower Egypt. Other thing to note, even if your monitor isn't as good as mine, is that the vulturous fellow has wings reminiscent of Maat.

11. Stockwell Day, he of the self-arrogated "Conservative Reform Alliance Party of Canada", quite rightly better known hereabouts, at least in my part of the house, as 'CRAP', lost!

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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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