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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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RINGLEADER'S REVENGE

VARIOUS FACES HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH RINGLEADER

[Two Ephesian Faces, Photograph by Jim McPherson, 1996]

- Ephesus, Turkey 1996 -

-- The Ringleader Online Serials --

Rings '55: LAST OF THE SUPRANORMALS

Rings '60: ASPECTS OF AN AMOEBAMAN

© copyright Jim McPherson, 2003

 

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PRECAUTIONARY NOTE:

Many a character familiar from both the 'Heliodyssey' and 'Launch' serials makes his, her, or its way through this, the latest and perhaps most frustrating presentation of PHANTACEA on the Web. Likely the least interesting of them is Harry Zeross.

That isn't the most frustrating aspect of 'Ringleader's Revenge', however. No, the most frustrating Amoebaman-aspect of it is Rings may never get any!

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Rings '55: THE LAST OF THE SUPRANORMALS

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Aristotle "Harry" Zeross, the supranormal code-named Ringleader, the second such, could be forgiven if he lashes out once in a while. It isn't that he goes looking for trouble; it's just that he always seems to be in the middle of it. Worse than that actually. He always seems to be trouble's target!

Take being born, for example. It's no fun for anyone, least of all the one being born; all the more so when you're being born on a tiny, tri-peaked Aegean Island under siege from not just the might of the German Eastern Mediterranean Fleet in early 1943 but some of their most vicious supras as well. Hardly the best way to greet the light of day for the first time. Yet you survive!

Alexander III by Benjamin West, scanned in from a postcard bought in Edinburgh in 2003 then adjusted by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2007World War II ends, along with the lives of a disturbingly large number of your relatives, and their comrades-in-talismans as much as in-arms, anarchists all. The Secret War of the Supranormals keeps right on raging away, however. Amazingly enough, you've discovered Gypsium-Godstuff is looking after you. Chances therefore are you'll survive the Secret War too.

And maybe you will. You're only five when you get these miraculous rings given to you by your father, the first Ringleader. (Although, by then, since Daddy's rings were perceptively useless, Angelo Zeross was duly code-named Ringkeeper.) Your mother Megaera's pregnant again, your much older brother Demonites acquires Mama Meg's latest set of attributes, and you in effect become Dem's sidekick (codename Kid Ringo). It's 1948 and, -- well, we're not going to get into that right here, right now. Nor, except perhaps peripherally, will we in 'Revenge'.

Now you're twelve. It's very late 1955 and the Secret War has been over for two years. You've survived, so have your parents, baby sister and older brother, -- except he's still a supra. Rather, he's a supra again and, guess what?, you're called upon to help bring him down.

Goes without saying you survive. It's the one thing you're good at doing. So do those who helped you bring down your brother. Now it's their turn to be brought down. Soon you're the Last of the Supranormals.

And it still won't stop!


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Rings '55: "The Last of the Supranormals"

  1. "And Then There Were Eleven"
  2. "Talking Dark Ages"
  3. "One Big Happy"
  4. "Damnation Day"

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Rings '60: ASPECTS OF AN AMOEBAMAN

-- The Web Serial --

Okay, so maybe it does stop; for you anyhow. Then again, how would you know?

[SUGGESTIVE OF MEGAERA ZEROSS, FEMALE FURIE WITH SNAKE; SCULPTOR: GELEYN, 1897; FROM 'THE COLOUR OF SCULPTURE' EXHIBITION, AMSTERDAM 1996]You've been given amnaesthetics; probably by your own mother, Megaera born Kinesis now Zeross. That's all right, though. Mama Meg's taken them herself, hasn't she? Fact of the matter is, she has -- except she's an old-time witch and, who knows?, maybe amnaesthetics don't affect witches. After all, didn't the Witches of Weir first concoct these rendering you suggestion susceptible, effectively memory altering but otherwise supposedly harmless, even beneficent, drugs?

Maybe they did and maybe they didn't. Point being, you don't care. Why would you?

Alexander III by Benjamin West, scanned in from a postcard bought in Edinburgh in 2003 then adjusted by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2007It's now April 1960 and, having no recollection of your supranormal, Ringo Kid childhood, you're about to marry the magnificent Belificent. The starkly white-haired Belle of the Family D'Angelo is 18 and wild; you're 17 and game.

Bel's the love of your life. You trust you're the love of hers. And you are, too. (Better make that two.) Only, not that you realize it any more than you can recall you were once a supranormal, Bel's not alone in terms of you being the love of someone's life.

Another thing you don't realize, and may never realize, is you're stuck in a power struggle that's been ongoing for something like six thousand years; probably a lot longer, sooth said. It is literally a War between Heaven and Earth. With the entire planet their prize!

Can't call it a Battle between Good and Evil, though. That's because the two sides in this seemingly neverending conflict are, respectively, devils and demons, -- neither one of whom are exactly reknowned for their goodness.

Trouble doesn't knock, it knocks you down. You keep getting up. One of these days, of course, you won't. You know that but, before that day comes, you're bound and determined to put an end to all this supranormally inspired strife.

Make that all these Strifes, if there is more than one. Not to mention if there even is one, let alone any way to put an end to her.

Which there might not be!


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Rings '60: "Aspects of an Amoebaman"

  1. "Belificent's Wedding"
  2. "Merry Harry Marrying"
  3. "Leandro Dies Again"
  4. "Belificent's Funeral"
  5. "Meroudys Two Too Many"
  6. "Hellion Harry Harrowing"

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Graphical Click Backs

[Two Ephesian Faces, Photograph by Jim McPherson, 1996]Alexander III by Benjamin West, scanned in from a postcard bought in Edinburgh in 2003 then adjusted by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2007[SUGGESTIVE OF MEGAERA ZEROSS, FEMALE FURIE WITH SNAKE; SCULPTOR: GELEYN, 1897; FROM 'THE COLOUR OF SCULPTURE' EXHIBITION, AMSTERDAM 1996]Alexander III by Benjamin West, scanned in from a postcard bought in Edinburgh in 2003 then adjusted by Jim McPherson on PHOTOSHOP, 2007

NOTE: There's a Peculiar Perspectives photo essay on the Ephesian Heads Stone, from which these heads were isolated, here

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