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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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Jim McPherson's Phantacea Mythos

- Exclusively available from Phantacea Publications -

Two of Jim McPherson's Phantacea business cards

Updated versions of two of Jim McPherson's early business cards for phantacea; the Hidden Headworld is as per the image map here whereas the heady pareidolia of a late 1920s, Giza Plateau parking lot near the Egyptian Sphinx is as per here
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Thrygragos Varuna Mithras as Sol Invictus

(Plus shots of a few characters who might object to that presumption)

Winter 2006/7

1. Featured Story: "Rafting Towards Medusa"
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

Thrygragos Varuna Mithras as Sol Invictus, prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2007 Tralalorn's Chimera Sedon as Exu Varuna on a Box Smiler as Demogorgon Smiler as Ahriman The Crutch of Mithras Sky Mask Mithras as a Celestial

Image Map: Click on individual graphics in the collage for the Cyberian equivalent of teleportation

PHANTACEA on the Web

- 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 2007 Jim McPherson

NOTE: With the exception of the bottom of page ordering lynx, what follows was last updated in Autumn 2007

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Introductory Remarks

Greetings. Welcome or welcome back. Somewhat disturbingly, the Winter 2006/7 update of 'pHpubs' marks the entry of PHANTACEA on the Web into its second decade.

(If you're in the slightest curious as to the contents of some of its earliest updates, then do be a goose and have a gander at this click.)

To order any of the PHANTACEA Mythos Print Publications that are still available, click here. (There's still no way to pay online but I'm working on it.)

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

Immediately below is an alphabetical list of lynx to a number of typically idiosyncratic mini-essays and/or Character Likeness studies I've prepared over the years for on the Web.

They illustrate some of the peculiar perspectives I've developed while writing the PHANTACEA Mythos.

Contact me [] and 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'.

PHANTACEA Essentials

  • Anheroic Fantasy: Who are we supposed to cheer for in PHANTACEA;
  • The Celestial Superior: In both Life and Afterlife she appears (thus far) in many of the 19/5938 serials; arguably an incarnation of Serathrone Hallow, one of the two triplet, firstborn daughters of Thrygragos Byron and the Trigregos Sisters;
  • The Cretan Snake Goddess: Who dresses a little like Pyrame Silverstar, the Perpetual Presence, partial mother of the Sed-sons;
  • Devic Names in the PHANTACEA Mythos;
  • Fisherwoman: The ever-fishifying, deviant daughter of the Dual Entities who features in many of the web-serials thus far presented online;
  • Freespirit Nihila: As the firstborn daughter of Thrygragos Lazareme and the Trigregos Sisters, the eldest female Master Deva; once Harmonia, the Unity of Balance and, initially, the lone Unity of Panharmonium; she becomes Nihila, in the Launch sequences set in 19/5980;
  • Gloriella D'Angelo Dark: Aka Radiant Rider, Rainbow; also of other angels and a devil or three;
  • Heliosophos: The recurring Male Entity; in his 1st Lifetime during the 1955 & 1960 web-serials, his 11th during the 19/5938 serials and his 100th during the 19/5980 ones;
  • Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night: The immortal, chthonic or earthborn daemon who must possess the birth mothers of mortal Sed-sons at the moment of their conception; without Sed-sons alive on both sides of the Whole Earth the Sedon Sphere would collapse; arguably the Devil Herself;
  • The Moloch Sedon: The skyborn, as in extraterrestrial, lone member of the first generation of devazurkind, the inspirations for the Gods and Goddesses of Mythology; his essence composes Cathonia, the Sedon Sphere; arguably the Devil Himself;
  • The Silverclouds: The two remaining members of Thrygragos Byron's three firstborn; plus shots of an actual Rudra idol and that of an Uma;
  • The Smiling Fiend: Aka Smiler, Ahriman, Sodom, Rhadamanthys, Judge Druj; claims to be the firstborn son of Thrygragos Sedon;
  • The Thrygragos Talismans: The Cross of Mithras, the Mask of Byron and Lazareme's Cloak of Many Colours;
  • The Time-Tumbling Dual Entities: The two most confounding characters in the PHANTACEA Mythos; conceivably the Male and Female Principals;
  • The Trigregos Talismans: The Three Sacred Objects, what may hold the secret to controlling devils and therefore Sedon's Head;
  • Utopians of Weir: Extraterrestrials stuck on the Inner Earth since a decade before the Genesea, the Great Flood of Genesis, those who have them can manifest gargoyles out of eyeorbs attached to the top of their eye-staves;

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Logo reads 'Featured Story"

"Manitoulin's a manatee," said Sorciere.

"Actually I'm right here." The blind Cheyenne Shaman was standing on the beach grinning happily. "And Horny Head's her own self. Her name too. Also isn't all manatee. Or all narwhal for that matter."

"Has some faerie blood in her," Sorciere confirmed. "Can shift shapes. Quite the beauty, isn't she?"

Bump on the head must have been worse than Barsine thought. Had addled her senses. She thought to swoon. Didn't bother. Not because it would give Vetala an easy out either.

Didn't want to waste the time. It was much more interesting being conscious right now. Wouldn't want to miss that. Barsine had never seen a unicorn before. Let alone one walking out of the sea.

-- from 'Rafting Towards Medusa', the fifth chapter of 'The Vampire Variations'

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Hestia Housekeeping

- What's New Intro - Porcine Bats - Feel Theo Progress - Elsewhere Conclusion -

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 of Hestia Housekeeping. So what is new in the Winter 2006/7 edition of PHANTACEA on the Web?

Primarily, though hardly exclusively, the answer is, surprise, surprise, a whole bucketful of housekeeping items.

I say that because, for the first time since 2002, I've revised my home page (the Online PHANTACEA Primer). Which necessitates a link to where the old primer page can be found.

As one might expect from something subtitled the home and prime picture gallery page, the new one is so image-intensive it comes with its own warning. It also come with somewhere in the vicinity of 60 lynx.

In my view a PHANTACEA web gallery is thoroughly overdue. Truth told, which I always strive to do, I long ago lost count of the number of images I've put up in the now 10- plus years of on the Web.

Without actually counting them up, I'd venture there are at least 200 of them by now. Google.Ca has shots of about 40. Since many were taken from my aforementioned, '02-'06 primer page, I figured one of their robots had detected it.

As a result of said figurations, I decided to provide a different 40 at the same URL link-site. I did so mostly for the experimental sake of seeing if Google would add the new ones and/or replace the previous ones.

If I remember to do so, I'll let you know come summer the endgame of that experiment.

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Shot of a Pig with Flapping Wings and Wheels,  taken by Jim McPherson in Dublin, Ireland, 2005Next door is the latest list of lynx to the illustrated mini-essays and/or Character Likeness studies I've done or redone of late.

One image you won't find in any of them is the Porcine Bat to the right of this paragraph. I shot it at the Dublin airport back in 2005.

It fits nicely with cracks made by Sorciere (born Solace Sunrise), Bat-Bait (born Barsine Mandam) and everyone's favourite, ever-fishifying Fisherwoman (born Scylla Nereid) over in 'The Vampire Variations'.

Which reminds me of something I noted in the Summer of 2006 edition of pHpubs. Sooth said, which means much the same as truth told, I still haven't reread either Vamvar or 'The Volsung Variations', the two Web Wheaties, as in serials, I'm currently presenting out here in Cyberia.

However, the PHANTACEA fact of the matter is that, while I haven't finished their teasers as yet either, I have begun their synoptic summary sections. Quite the pair of interrelated sagas they are too, even if I do say so myself.

For example, the first four chapters of Volvar constitute some of the most entertaining fight sequences I've written since, well, the PHANTACEA comic books. Either that or the end of "The War of the Apocalyptics"; which, let's face it, was almost wall-to-wall with fight sequences.

Needles to say, best get to reading them while they're still online and available for your fee-free perusal.

You definitely don't want to miss the debuts of Faerie Flight, Bumble Bums, Mara Macha and old Nuke, though I'm sure there are Socks of Supras who wished they'd foregone the pleasure.

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As for "Feeling Theocidal", I had the original draft evaluated. I then took the summer off writing while I contemplated what came back. Next I buggered off to Brazil for 5 weeks in mid-autumn.

Put it this way, it's a whole lot longer than it was once. It's also currently making the rounds of literary agents. In the meantime, the image map up top and its counterpart collage down below in the topic section depict Feel Theo's main character(s).

That'd be the VAM Entity, who's been around as long as the PHANTACEA Mythos has been around, which is nearly three decades and running now in terms of print-publishing. (Yes, pH-1 came out in the Fall of 1977.)

Much of the text accompanying it, and the other image-laden mini-essay in the topic section down below ('The Demons of Salvador'), comes from the novel. Together, they're as close as we'll come in this edition of pHpubs to copping a feel for the real Feel Theo deal.

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There are some thought-quotes in Serendipity, though. Plus, there's an external link to a museum you might want to check out online prior to your next trip to Salvador, Brazil.

As for what else is new this time around, there's now a list of lynx to the gold-mining boxes found scattered throughout PHANTACEA on the Web. I've also added some material on Tanith Silverhair, who finally starts coming into her own in Volvar.

The aforementioned Demons of Salvador constitutes the start of a Brazilian TIMP that I'm working on for next time and I'm sure I've bundled bushels of brilliance more into this edition of pHpubs.

That is to say I think I have. I have mentioned my ongoing difficulties with memory (not Human Memory, nor any of PHANTACEA's myriad other Memories) haven't I? Seems I've already forgotten!

The synoptic summaries of Volvar and Vamvar would be where I started looking for all this bundled brilliance. The day-glo lynx speckling them are bound to take you somewhere you've never been before on the Web.

Feedback encouraged. Oh and, lest we forget, as always, good reading.

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

A Collection of Mini-Essays and Character Likeness Studies specific to "Feeling Theocidal"

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A collage entitled 'The VAM Entity', prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2007

"Feeling Theocidal" began life in the mid-80s as a 2-part backup strip for the PHANTACEA Phase One Project. As noted on the 25 Years Plus webpage, I abandoned Phase One after only one issue due to a suddenly once again precipitous market. (I collected the backup strips that Ian Fry did complete in the 1990 graphic novel entitled "Forever & 40 Days - The Genesis of PHANTACEA", which can still be ordered.)

I wrote a prose version of the basic story for Feel Theo in the early 1990s. Again a 2-parter, I thereupon serialized it as the first and the last chapters of "The Trigregos Gambit". (Entitled Thrygragon, their synopses remain online.) Indeed, 'Thrygragon - 4376 Year of the Dome' is Feel Theo's subtitle.

All of which brings me to this time around's character likeness study featuring 'The VAM Entity'.

Shot of a statuette of Exu, photo taken by Jim McPherson, 2006Thrygragos Varuna Mithras is hardly alone when it comes to believing he's one of the three Great Gods. In PHANTACEA fact only one individual believes otherwise. That would be the arguable trinity's 'A'-guy: our old pal Bad Rhad, aka the Smiling Fiend or, most familiarly, Smiler.

Here's what he has to say to the, arguably, 'M'-guy maybe a quarter of the way through Feel Theo. (NOTE: Whenever he appears in the PHANTACEA Mythos, Smiler always talks in bold-italics.)

"You’re such a droll troll, brother. I’m no more your son than you are a Thrygragos ... We are the firstborn of Thrygragos Sedon: greatest of the Great Gods, to be sure, but a Great God only. And you, friend, are simply a Master Deva."

Here's an abbreviated version of the rest of their conversation.

"Wait! We’re both liars. I have you now. You’re the latest excretion of that earthborn and earthbound lump of chthonic collier known as Daemonicus in pre-Flood times ... Were I not otherwise preoccupied I would flick that false eyeball out of your forehead and prove it to you and all who would bear witness.

"Shall I do that, Smiler? Shall I dispel this tent, reveal you to the amassed armies of the Head, then demonstrate the truth of my words, not yours? Yes, perhaps I shall do just that."Shot of a bust or head reminiscent of the Sky God Varuna, Uranus and/or Zeus, photo taken by Jim McPherson, 2006

"It would do you no good. For the time being I choose to keep myself concealed. If I do not wish to be seen, I cannot be seen. Even you, eye of the son, eye of the moon, cannot perceive me. I am darkness. I am your third eye blinded. By day’s end I will reunite you with our other brother, whose skinless skull hangs from my neck.”

With his too many, overlong fingers he tapped the skull he was referring to for emphasis.

"Which one is he, by the way? Which one are you: Mithras the sun of the dawn and the day or Varuna of the reflective moon and the stars? No matter. Soon both of you shall be side by side again. There’s no need to thank me. The pleasure will be entirely mine!”

And, other than there's a much earlier, albeit now slightly modified, entry on the 'The VAM Entity' elsewhere, that's about all I care to mention re their, to say the least, strained relationship.

As for the image above, at some point during Feel Theo Mithras transforms himself into "a resplendent celestial, the 3-eyed, 30-foot tall, living embodiment of Sol Invictus." He's wearing the Mask of Byron and Lazareme's Cloak of Many Colours. He's holding onto his labarum, the Cross or Crutch of Mithras.

All three are somewhat different than I depicted them in the feature I did on the Thrygragos Talismans in the Summer 2006 edition of 'pHpubs' . That's to be expected. Devic power foci are nothing unless they're transmutable.

(NOTE {mostly to myself}: Never spell the plural of power focus as 'focuses' because it's a noun, not a verb. You focus with a camera or with your eyes. In that regard, as tempting as it may be, never spell the plural of talisman as 'talismen' because my Funk & Wagnalls doesn't consider that a word.)

With reference to the image's caption: Stynx is here whereas the Sedon Sighting is here and the first version of the Cross or Crutch of Mithras is here. A larger shot of the 'V'-guy is here, the latest Mask of Byron is here, the original Star Cape is here and the sun-circled demon is here.

Ahriman (Smiler) is represented by the spooky, winged, Icarus-like figure rising skyward behind Mithras as Sol Invictus. A larger shot of Rio de Janeiro's instigatory Icarus can be found here. An unadulterated shot of Rio's famous Giant Jesus ('Cristo Redentor') can be found here.

The Demons of Salvador

(Setting - Tralalorn's Stynx - Multi-Horns - 2-Faced Demogorgon)

Please consider this a foretaste, something to hold you over until I do a full meal deal 'Travels in my Pants' ('TIMP') on my Autumn 2006 trip to Brazil.

Salvador da Bahia, as I believe it's more correctly called, is probably most famous for the deadly 'dance' of Capoeira and as a centre for the practise of what's reputed to be a sort of voodoo known as the rituals of Candomble, both of which can be googled for more information. A wall of demon masks spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006

There's an upper and a lower city that you can pass between by using the Lacerda elevator. The Market Modelo or main market's in the the lower city. Just outside it I encountered the section-titular Demons of Salvador.

No, they don't wander about freely. They're on a series of tables and walls. In other words, they're handicrafts designed, ostensibly anyhow, to ward off the scary things they resemble. At least so I was informed.

[Sectional Note 1: In the PHANTACEA Mythos, third generational devils solidify themselves by occupying the subtle matter bodies of de-brained demons.

[Sectional Note 2: I also strive, not always successfully, to differentiate between agathodaemon and cacodemon. The former (daemon) are more indifferent than benevolent whereas the latter (demon) are man-eaters.]

What follows, along with some highly edited selections taken from "Feeling Theocidal", is a sampling of the wares presented in or on handicraft booths outside of Salvador's Market Modelo.

Put better, it's a sampling of the 'bewares' presented there!

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Tralalorn's Stynx

A pair of demonic statuettes  suggestive of Trala's chimera, spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006

Stynx – a never ending succession of Stynxes, put better – went wherever Tralalorn went and, mindful of Father Sedon’s affection for the little horror, Thrygragos Varuna Mithras gave her free rein to go wherever she wanted to go so long as she stayed away from his Mithradium.

Except for the three heads, Stynx appeared to be a chimera in the sense that that, in Outer Earth Latin, ‘chimaera’ meant she-goat. To this day, even though it had been Varuna, his nocturnal yet nonetheless bi-solar alter ego, sucking it in as the baby Zeus, the mere sniff of goat’s milk made him nauseous.

A Great God vomiting off the balcony of his palatial domicile overtop his prayerful adherents whenever Trala and Stynx were in the vicinity was neither stately nor conducive to his devotees coming back to repeat their devotions.

from "Feeling Theocidal"

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The Bull had a luxuriant pelt. It wasn’t luxuriant anymore. To Attis’s two eyes, even from this distance it looked positively frothy.

“Hell’s Belle and the Beast, eh, lover,” Pyrame said, chuckling. “I wonder if Bad Daddy Thrygragos put her up to that. Apple-Kore and the Bull should have gone straight in to see him.”

“Looks like the Bull’s gone straight into her instead.” That crack got Pyrame going.

“Illuminaries should have called her Kore-Coitus.”

“She certainly seems good at mud-wrestling. Maybe Illuminaries should have stuck with Beltis. Belting Beltis has a nice ring to it.”

“Especially in a boxing ring.”

from "Feeling Theocidal"

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Multi-Horns - The Bull of Mithras

Close up of a demon mask with 4 horns, spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006

2-Faced Demogorgon

Close up of a demon mask with 2 faces, spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006

The right arm of God the now Singular, Ever Triumphant, promptly fell off. It rooted, fingers first. They became its legs. Two, the thumb and pinkie, were its back legs. The middle three fingers were its front legs. The palm was its underbelly. The back of the hand was its back.

From the wrist up the rest of the Demogorgon Devil Eater grew out of the Great God’s apparently dropped-off arm. Its demonic skin was simultaneously leathern and speckled scaly, akin to both a multi-hued elephant’s trunk and the celebrated world serpent itself.

The shoulder ball at the upper end of its humerus was orb-like, analogous to a closed flower bud. It bloomed. Its petals were finger-like, worm-like and cilia-like all at the same time. Rounded pinhead nodules were at their tips. The ovule in their centre developed a pinkish face with three eyes.

It was smiling.

from "Feeling Theocidal"

Gold-Mining Boxes

NOTE: The list that first appeared here now appears here.

Congratulations are also due me. So far I'm remembering to add onto it whenever I do another gold-mining box.

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6. Graphics: Footnotes and off-page links:

  1. The collage in the masthead at the top of 'pHpubs' is an Image Map; run your mouse over the graphics incorporated within it and, when a hand appears, click there to take you to one of eight elsewheres on this page; clockwise, they are: Smiler as Demogorgon; Smiler as Ahriman (actually a statue of an Icarus type, as shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Mithras wearing the Mask of Byron as if Sol Invictus; Varuna on a Box, as shot in the Afro-Brazilian Museum of Salvador, Brazil; Sedon with a Pitchfork (actually a statuette of Exu with a Pitchfork, as shot in the Afro-Brazilian Museum of Salvador, Brazil); Mithras wearing the Cloak of Lazareme in the form of a Milky Way raiment; two-thirds of Tralalorn's Chimera (actually a couple of figurines shot in Salvador, Brazil); and Mithras as Sol Invictus holding his transformed labarum as described here; the entire confection is built over a shot of 'Cristo Redentor', as taken atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the forest fire in the background and the two snaps of the Milky Way were taken from the Web; all the other images started out as photos taken by Jim McPherson; return to masthead ; the same image can be found here ==>

  2. The mouse-over message reads: "Shot of a Pig with Flapping Wings and Wheels, taken by Jim McPherson in Dublin, Ireland, 2005"; Click to return; Click to go to the same image in context;

  3. The mouse-over message reads: "A collage entitled 'The VAM Entity', prepared on PHOTOSHOP by Jim McPherson, 2007"; Click to return; Click to go to details of the central image; click to go to lynx re the image's caption;

  4. The mouse-over message reads: "Shot of a statuette of Exu, photo taken by Jim McPherson, 2006"; in the PHANTACEA Mythos the Moloch Sedon hates to disappoint his fans; consequently, since they tend to think of him as the Devil Incarnate, he often appears holding a pitchfork; there are a number of statuettes of Exu in the Afro-Brazilian Museum of Salvador, Brazil; all of them depict Exu holding a pitchfork; Click to return;

  5. The mouse-over message reads: "Shot of a bust or head reminiscent of the Sky God Varuna, Uranus and/or Zeus, photo taken by Jim McPherson, 2006"; in the PHANTACEA Mythos the V-Guy in the VAM Entity could be considered Mithras's bi-solar or nocturnal alter ego; Smiler, however, considers him one of his two, triplet brothers; this shot was taken in the Afro-Brazilian Museum of Salvador, Brazil; Click to return;

  6. The mouse-over message reads: "A wall of demon masks spotted in Salvador, Brazil; photo by Jim McPherson, 2006"; if I understood the booth's proprietor correctly, which I think I did because I've heard the same thing elsewhere during my travels, one puts on a demon mask in order to ward off demons; apparently they're afraid of their own reflections; an isolation of one mask can be found here; click to return;

  7. The mouse-over message reads: "A pair of demonic statuettes suggestive of Trala's chimera, spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006"; text is here; click to return to image;

  8. The mouse-over message reads: "Close up of a demon mask with 4 horns, spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006"; text is here; click to return to image;

  9. The mouse-over message reads: "Close up of a demon mask with 2 faces, spotted in Salvador, Brazil, photo by Jim McPherson, 2006"; text is here; click to return to image;

  10. Notes on the India collage behind the Sites with Loads of Graphics section can be found here ==>

  11. Notes on the tiled image of some of the Saturna Island cliff heads, the ones making up this page's background, can be found here ==>

7. 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:

PHANTACEA on the Web 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' webpage. 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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8. Latest List of Lynx to some previous Web-Publisher's Commentaries

| 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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