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- Today's Buzz - Stuff to Do - D-Brig Ordering Information - Thus ends 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy - "Goddess Gambit" available from Phantacea Publications"The 1000 Days of Disbelief" is too -- as three e-books to boot - Phantacea Publications available in print and digitally - Start page proper -

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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

Guess what isn't coming soon any more?

Text reads Graphic Novel coming soon or here

As for how to order "Phantacea Revisited #1: The Damnation Brigade" by credit card, that will be coming soon to this very spot.

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

Images in this row double-click to enlarge here

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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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Download a free PDF of Mythos Mag #1 while you're at it

Two Damnation Brigade Collages, 2009, 2012

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Damnation Brigade", a graphic novel collecting the DB-storyline from pH 1-5, as well as Phantacea Phase One #s 1 & 2 (unpublished) now available for ordering from Phantacea Publications

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.


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Here Ends 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories'

Eyemouth over cover for Gambit sedonic 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.

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, 1986/7 Sedonic Eye as prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011. Gambit's main webpage is here.

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"Goddess Gambit"

Now available from Phantacea Publications

One of the decades-lost Trigregos Talismans does turn up — in the most unlikeliest of places.

Should her soldier successfully claim it; should it lead him between-space to the other two, which it surely will; should he find and thereafter keep all three; he will not only become her champion, he will become the Trigregos Titan.

Soon, though, it's not just one goddess willing to make a play for all three. Neither is it just devils chasing them.

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Strips and recompilations taken from Verne Andru's cover for Goddess Gambit, 2012

Would-be devil-slayers; devil-eaters such as forever-fickle fays and their earthborn cousins, the Indescribables of Tal's Forbidden Forest, the Grey Land of Twilight, the New Valhallan Bloodlands and Satanwyck, Sedon's Temple ...

Devil-hating, demon-loving Hecate-Hellions; Athenan War Witches; long-lived Utopians; recurring deviants; Outer Earth supranormals; Godbadians, Sraddhites, even Janna Fangfingers, a survivor if there was one ...

Altogether alive mortal men and women; many of the Hidden Headworld's seemingly immortal, practical deities; and/or the still ambulatory dead, howsoever they're animated ...

All - the She-Sphinx, All of Incain, among them - are willing to risk everything they have, or have left, to gain possession of the thrice-cursed godly glories.

Like Vetala herself; like Freespirit Nihila, whoever she is; they should know better.

... another 20-second teaser for "Goddess Gambit", now available from Phantacea Publications

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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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Spring 2013

1. Featured Story
2. Introductory Remarks
3. PHANTACEA Essentials (Lynx to illustrated mini-essays)
4. Hestia Housekeeping
5. Today's Topic
6. Latest Stories and Synopses
7. Notes on Graphics
8. Sites with Loads of Graphics
9. Previous pHpubs
10. Novels in search of a paying publisher
11. Phantacea Publications available in print and digitally

Web-Publisher's Commentary

D-Brig covers

"The Damnation Brigade"

Graphic Novel written by Jim McPherson

Cover and collage artwork by Ian Bateson, 2012; front cover additions by Chris Chuckry, 2012; Collages on this page and throughout pH-Webworld prepared by Jim McPherson

pHRev1:DB's main webpage is here. Full cover is here.
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Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos

- written by Jim McPherson
- unless otherwise noted the web-design, photographs and/or scanning are by Jim McPherson
- where applicable artwork is as noted in the mouse-over text

© copyright Jim McPherson

| pH-Webworld's Welcoming Page | Internal Search Engine | Main Menu | Online PHANTACEA Primer | Ongoing PHANTACEA Features | pHantaBlog | Information for ordering by credit card | Information for ordering by certified cheque or money order | Serial Synopses | Contact | pH-Webworld Miscellanea | Lynx to additional websites featuring Jim McPherson's PHANTACEA Mythos | Bottom of Page Lynx |

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Help build the buzz!

Greetings. Welcome or welcome back.

Logo reads Featured Story, prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2002

Back from the Dead

“For a quarter century our conscious thoughts have drifted in a Limbo-like state upon this God-forsaken island.

“At the same time our bodies have stood behind a Versailles-like palace in one of the multitude of caverns within Temporis ... as inanimate stone statues!”

“It took the densifying possessiveness of your foe, Antaeor Thanatos, Demon Land, to reunite our bodies with our spirits. And it took your powers and pure determination to free us from the earthen monstrosity’s devilish control.

“Do you wonder, Maelstrom, after hearing our hellish history, why we now call ourselves ...

“The Damnation Brigade!?!”

-- Cyborg Cerebrus to Devil Wind on Damnation Island, from 'Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade', the latest graphic novel from Phantacea Publications

Ad for print publications prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011

"Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of phantacea", "Feeling Theocidal", "The War of the Apocalyptics", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", "Janna Fangfingers" and "Goddess Gambit" are available for ordering either by credit card or from the publisher by certified cheque and/or money orders.

The Kindle-version of "Feeling Theocidal" and the three mini-novels making up "The 1000 Days of Disbelief" can be ordered from ( and (

No word yet when any of them will be available via any of the other amazon outlets. However, there are instant gratification ordering lynx for some of the amazon sites at the bottom of this and every page throughout pH-Webworld and, indeed, on all the phantacea sites.

To order any of the other PHANTACEA Mythos print publications that are still available, including returned copies of PHANTACEA #1, click here or here.

For an e-version of "Feeling Theocidal" built specifically for Adobe Reader, click here. The 2012 price list for Phantacea Publications in print is here.

If you're ordering from me, I decided not to incur the cost of trying to set up an online payment system since they seem to benefit the intermediary more so than the publisher.

That means certified cheques or money orders only please. And that in turn means stamps, an envelope and a trip to either the bank or the post office.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Next door is the usual Hestia Housekeeping subsection of 'pHpubs'.

Contact me at Feel free to ask any questions you might have regarding PHANTACEA.

I'll do my best to answer them either directly or right here in 'pHpubs'.

2012 Phantacea Price List


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Hestia Housekeeping

| What's New Intro | Latest overview of a PHANTACEA print publication | Today's Topic | Elsewhere (, Travels Website, Serendipity Now) | Conclusion |

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Hestia Housekeeping amounts to the 'What's New' section of pHpubs. Consequently I always start it with a 'What's Old' link to where I put its previous update.

Now that that's done, we can get on with this edition's preview -- and it's a biggie.

Well, not a biggie in terms of life-shattering. And, other than to me, I suppose the (Yikes!) 35th anniversary year of Phantacea Publications isn't such a big deal either, though I am somewhat stunned Alternative front cover for Goddess Gambit, artwork by Verne Andru, 2011/12I'm still at it.

Happy I am, however, and it's primarily because I've just published "Goddess Gambit", the concluding book in 'The Thrice-Cursed Godly Glories' trilogy.

Verne Andru did the cover. An alternative version of it is reproduced to the left of this paragraph whereas the actual front cover appears in the amazon ordering lynx at the bottom of the page.

(Double-click here for an enlargement of the final version of the full cover. One of a number of collages I prepared using its essential graphic elements is here whereas two others rollover here. Ads using one of these last are making the rounds. Preview both lower down this very panel as well as here.)

Verne was also the cover artist for "Feeling Theocidal" as well as most of the sequences involving Nergal Vetala and her Soldier, her Theattis, in the original comic book series.

Front and back cover for pH6, artwork by Verne Andrusiek, 1980He also did all the artwork for pH-6, including the privately revised cover reprinted here and here, but as yet never used on a Phantacea Mythos print or e-publication.

As you might have guessed from the preceding, Gambit is in good measure derived from the Soldier's Saga, which began in pH-2. Its Auctorial Prefatory starts here.

For fans of the cover I prepared for 2005's version of essentially the same saga, aka "The Trigregos Gambit", fear not. I like it, too. Which is why I placed an image of it underneath this paragraph

Cover for The Trigregos Gambit, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2003If that suggests there will be a black and white version of it in the print version, and a colour version in the inevitable <==e-book that comes later, consider that one suggestion taken.

Which reminds me of another thing I'm happily about to note. As per afore-linked <==here, e-versions of "Feeling Theocidal", "The Death's Head Hellion", "Contagion Collectors", and "Janna Fangfingers" are available on the Kindle format.

Hit here for the opportunity to attain instant ordering gratification in that regard. You can also hit <==here if you want to order a version of Feel Theo built for Adobe Reader. Usual provisos when ordering from publisher apply; meaning certified cheques or money orders only please.

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As for what else is new in the Spring 2012 update, well, how about a reminder as to what pH-Webworld is all about:

Illustrated Mini-Essays on PHANTACEA Characters and Concepts, Online Serials, Synopses, Web Publisher's Commentaries going back to 1996, and more background information than you can shake a currently non-existent search engine at.

That in mind, does anyone know how I can acquire and thereafter set up a search engine encompassing my various websites? If so, please advise.

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pHant ad prepared by Jim McPherson, 2011Should mention that the 'Travels in my Pants' (TIMP) web pages are not, as has been alleged, a porn site. As noted previously, I have nevertheless changed the lynx at the bottom of these pages to read Travels.

Will further say that its main menu page is still here and that its latest entry's entitled 'The Wonderful Weather Wizard of Oz'.

It's a howsoever belated, not to mention incomplete, effort to finish a travelogue on the trip I took to Australia in the Spring of 2011 (Oz's fall).

Have to further admit that most of the reason it's incomplete, and that more travelogues and oddities photo essays have not been forthcoming of late, is that I ran out of space on my website.

(Ran out of space on this one too, hence having to amalgamate it with as a subdirectory.)

I am working on sorting that out such that by the time you read this I might have activated yet another URL (Universal Resource Locator) in order to continue producing ever-so-interesting, at least to me, travelogues. Then again, I might not.

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Ad for Gambit and e-versions of 1000 mini-novels, prepared by Jim McPherson, 2012Not at all scandalous scads more in the way of new material – new material specifically prepared for PHANTACEA Mythos publications, I should emphasize – can be found on afore-linked

Its main menu is here. The latest photo essays are here and here whereas the webpage entirely dedicated to Feel Theo, the first PHANTACEA Mythos print publication since 1990's graphic novel, as well as the first e-book from Phantacea Publications produced specifically for Adobe Reader, is here.

The one for War-Pox its successor, though not its sequel, and the opening entry in the Launch 1980 story cycle – is here; the one for Theo's sequel, "The 1000 Days of Disbelief", starts here.

The main webpage for "Goddess Gambit" is here. If Fangers is can be considered Launch's prequel then, eventually, Gambit becomes its sequel.

The first pHant graphic novel, "Forever & 40 Days — The Genesis of phantacea" (henceforth 4-Ever&40), has a much more elaborate page here. As for the next two graphic novels, well, I'm working on them. And you read it (and sort of saw a fuel-4-thought cover for one of them) here first.Artwork by Ian Bateson, title by Jim McPherson

And, as if all of the above isn't already enough, as already noted I've prepared a few ads to mark Gambit's arrival. One's here; another's to the upper left of this paragraph; both reappear here. There's also this one, this one, this one and this one. All are double-clickable.

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Should mention I came across an online article I'd read a few years ago in Atlantis Rising, a magazine I've quoted from a few times in Serendipity and PHANTACEA. (For example, most recently, here. An even weirder one -- weirder because it isn't speculative -- is here.)

Entitled 'The Other Sun God', it's by Steven Sora and makes a number points about Mithra (pHant's TVM), Mani, the labarum, etc, that I've been incorporating within the PHANTACEA Mythos since the Seventies. A link to it is here.

There are also some tasty new material in Serendipity itself. Doubly and trebly odd, not to mention serendipitously appropriate given I'd released "Janna Fangfingers" not long before, is an album I spotted when I visited the Comic Book Museum on an exceedingly cold day in Brussels in early February 2012.

(Minus 13 Celsius is exceedingly cold by Vancouver standard; perhaps not so much so in the Rest of Canada north and eastwards.)

Too bad it wasn't a display on the undeniable brilliance of phantacea. That would have been over-the-top exciting.

Do help build the buzz.

Feedback encouraged. As always, good reading.

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Lynx to complete mosaic novels within the PHANTACEA Mythos whose potential covers, background information and introductory chapters are still online

| 2002: "The Moloch Manoeuvres" | 2004: "Decimation Damnation" | 2008: "Feeling Theocidal" | 2009: "The War of the Apocalyptics" | 2010/11: "The Thousand Days of Disbelief" | 2005/12: "Goddess Gambit" |

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“Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”

— Press Release – May 2013 —

PRESS RELEASE                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The entire Damnation Brigade storyline compiled at long last

VANCOUVER, BC: Phantacea Publications is delighted to announce the release of its second full-length graphic novel: “Phantacea Revisited 1: The Damnation Brigade”.

A rip-roaring outburst of creativity featuring Jim McPherson’s taut storytelling and spectacular artwork gleaned from the pages of Phantacea 1-5 (1977-1980), Phantacea Phase One #1 (1987) and #2 (unpublished), it presents the stirring saga of extraterrestrial devils and the doomed but unyielding Damnation Brigade.

Anheroic Fantasy Illustrated, with a wraparound cover by Phantacea’s master colourist Ian Bateson and 120 pages of interior artwork in glorious black and white by a wide variety of exceptional artists often at the very beginning of their careers, the two-part Phantacea Revisited series reveals how Jim McPherson’s ongoing Phantacea Mythos really got underway.

Artists featured in the graphic novel include Dave Sim (from just before he began to publish Cerebus the Aardvark), the aforementioned Ian Bateson, Verne Andru (creator of ‘420’), Vince Marchesano, various Day brothers and George Freeman (‘Captain Canuck’). Sample artwork from this graphic novel is available by email upon request.

For more information contact:
Phantacea Publications
James H McPherson, Publisher
74689 Kitsilano RPO, 2768 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V6K 4P4
Primary website:

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Additional Notes on Graphics:

  1. The eye-lynx rollovers and double-clicks at the top of the page (assuming your browser allows double-clicks, which they don't all do) are described here;
  2. Most of what went into the collage strips here, the smaller ad here and here, as well as the large, blue ad here and here, are as noted here; the blue, 2012 price list for Phantacea Publications here is the flip side of the PDF and giveaway sample for the blue ad that enlarges here and here;
  3. The flip side of the postcard featuring a stretched-out alteration of Ian Bateson's enduring, 1986 Sedonic Eye (the right eye rollover at the top of page) is here; like most of the images on this page double-clicking it should open a new window with an enlargement of the image; doesn't always work, though;
  4. The front covers in the masthead are collages prepared by Jim McPherson, 2010/11; double-click either image for an enlarged version of facing rollovers; there's more on the images that went into Hellion's cover here whereas there's more on what went into Contagion's cover here; as for Fangers cover, that's here; notes on the 1000-Daze collage are mostly here and here;
  5. Artwork in the ordering lynx panel for the front cover of "The War of the Apocalyptics" is by Ian Bateson, 2009; the rollover image is the front cover of PHANTACEA Phase One #2, which was never published; artwork is by Ian Bateson, circa 1986; Bateson's innards for the issue can be found here and here;
  6. Artwork in the ordering lynx panel for the front cover of "Feeling Theocidal" is by Verne Andru, 2008; the rollover image is the front cover of "Forever & 40 Days - the Genesis of PHANTACEA", artwork is by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson (cover only), 1990; 
    [NOTE: multiple copies of the graphic novel are advertised online but, as linked from below, only offers never-sold copies of the original print run, and for the original price of $10.00 an issue, supplied by PHANTACEA Publications — that'd be the same as here, except I don't accept credit cards]
  7. The cover for pH-6 is by Verne Andru, 1980; as already noted, there are variations and/or re-workings of it of here and here; also in the middle column here (a double-click) and here; I used it twice in a Peculiar Perspectives photo feature I did on the Smiling Fiend here; without giving too much away Feel Theo's Bad Rhad does his best impersonation of a good guy in Gambit; because I hardly ever remember he exists, before I forget I should mention that he's one of the 'they' referred to here;
  8. The page and panel backgrounds on this page are as per here
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Sites with Loads of Graphics: supplies what amounts to a pH-Webworld web gallery. Just go to, hit the images link and type in PHANTACEA. Pasting into the address area of your browser the following Url might work as well:

The PHANTACEA Mythos online is chock-a-block with visuals. Good places to ogle artwork from the comic books and graphic novel are One to Six, 'Twenty-Five Years Plus' and what began as 'The Genesis of PHANTACEA' web-page. Most of the other graphics are scans I did of my own photographs or material I put together using PHOTOSHOP. All the essays are loaded with images. Try out the framed version of the Main Menu. You won't go anywhere else but, then again, you won't get lost either.

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Latest List of Lynx to some previous Web-Publisher's Commentaries

| Spring 2012 | Summer 2011 | Spring 2010 | Winter 2009/10 | Summer 2009 | Spring 2008 | Autumn 2007 | Summer 2007 | Winter 2006/7 | Summer 2006 | Winter 2005/6 | Summer 2005 | Winter 2004/5 | Summer 2004| Spring 2004 | Autumn 2003 | Summer 2003 | Autumn 2002 | Summer 2002 | Autumn 2001 | Spring-Summer 2001 | Winter 2000/1 | February 1999 | November 1998 | August 1998 | Samplings from other Not So Recent Commentaries | June-March '97 | February '97-July '96 |

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2012 ad for Phantacea Publicationsb/w version of 2012 ad for Goddess GambitPage and Panel Backgrounds

Both the red and pink background images for this page are variations of 'Rendering Reddening', a collage prepared out of some of the Vetala artwork Verne Andru has done over the years for phantacea; an enlargement of original can be found here

Notes for some of the other background collages found on this page be found (and seen) here, here and here; as for why Durer's 4 Horsemen are reminiscent of Thrygragos Lazareme and his firstborn Unities, that's here

Double-click on the two ads in this panel for enlargements; the flip side of blue ad enlarges here; the flip side of Sedonic Eye postcard enlarges with a double-click here

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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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phantacea Graphic Novels

Forever and Forty Days

- The Genesis of Phantacea -

Front cover of Forever and Forty Days; artwork by Ian Fry and Ian Bateson, ca 1990

Published in 1990; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

The Damnation Brigade

- Phantacea Revisited 1 -

Front cover of The Damnation Brigade, artwork by Ian Bateson, retouching by Chris Chuckry 2012

Published in 2013; main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Cataclysm Catalyst

- Phantacea Revisited 2 -

Front cover for Cataclysm Catalyst, artwork by Verne Andru, 2013

Published in 2014, main webpage is here; ordering lynx are here

Kadmon Heliopolis had one life. It ended in October 1968. The Male Entity has had many lives. In his fifth, he and his female counterpart, often known as Miracle Memory, engendered more so than created the Moloch Sedon. They believe him to be the Devil Incarnate. They've been attempting to kill him ever since. Too bad it's invariably he, Heliosophos (Helios called Sophos the Wise), who gets killed instead.

On the then still Whole Earth circa the Year 4000 BCE, one of their descendants, Xuthros Hor, the tenth patriarch of Golden Age Humanity, puts into action a thought-foolproof, albeit mass murderous, plan to succeed where the Dual Entities have always failed. He unleashes the Genesea. The Devil takes a bath.

Fifty-nine hundred and eighty years later, New Century Enterprises launches the Cosmic Express from Centauri Island. It never reaches Outer Space; not all of it anyhow. As a stunning consequence of its apparent destruction, ten extraordinary supranormals are reunited, bodies, souls and minds, after a quarter century in what they've come to consider Limbo. They name themselves the Damnation Brigade. And so it appears they are -- if perhaps not so much damned as doomed.

At least one person survives the launching of the Cosmic Express. He literally falls out of the sky -- on the Hidden Continent of Sedon's Head. An old lady saves him. Except this old lady lives in a golden pagoda, rides vultures and has a third eye. She also doesn't stay old long. He becomes her willing soldier, acquires the three Sacred Objects and goes on a rampage, against his own people, those that live.

Meanwhile, Centauri Island, the launch site of the Cosmic Express, comes under attack from Hell's Horsemen. Only it's not horses they ride. It's Atomic Firedrakes!

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