Friday, November 20, 2015

Hertzan Chimera - Free Planet vs War World - how the dual/duelling trilogies might have looked

We all know how the final covers for the dual/duelling trilogies Free Planet vs War World turned out and while I'm very happy with how they turned out (and the books themselves feel totally superb in weight and formatting etc) a small part of me still hankers for an earlier incarnation of the novel covers.

Some time prior to the final edited versions of all six component novels (FP: custodian liberator reaper, WW: tandem watcher kumiko) I did a rough&ready mock-up of the prospective covers using the decadent artwork of Mike Dargas but couldn't secure the 'right to use' as I had with other covers I'd done.

I wanted, so wanted, these to be the covers because they said, "All I ever wanted to say," about Corporate Mind Control and highlighted the two sisters at the heart of the narrative resolution. We try our best, we move on...

based on the 2008 Bukkakeworld + Planet of the Owls image

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Hertzan Chimera - The Fountains Institute - three early novels by

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just released now in Kindle Exclusive, three early novels by Hertzan Chimera:

Hertzan Chimera's 2015 releases, the dual/duelling trilogies "Free Planet vs War World", have an intimate connection with The Fountains Institute. These three early Hertzan Chimera novels, written in the 1990s, show the origin of The Fountains Institutes mind-body experiments that led to the "Free Planet vs War World" duality. 

1) Jane's Game
2) Twilight's Last Gleaming
3) The Hoo-Hoo are Coming

Mad, madder, maddest... these (surrealist (ranting (raving))) early works are (seriously) just for the Hertzan Chimera aficionado... you've been warned.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Free Planet vs War World - heavy paperbacks arrive - 2008 to 2015 update

in 2008, Silverthought Press of New York published my (45,000 words each) genreclectic novels Planet of the Owls and Bukkakeworld under the name Mike Philbin.

FREE PLANET (690 pages)
Patent. Profit. Power.
The Custodian Liberation is battling the forces of G3 or Global Gambling Game to secure your rights to your world.

WAR WORLD (620 pages)
Deception. Danger. Dreams.
G3 or Global Gambling Game are ruthless in their pursuit of profit but what secrets lie behind their power of control? 

Not necessarily a Samhain-inspired relevance but fitting, I guess, having reverted to the 'back from the dead' Hertzan Chimera writing name, I've just received the Chimericana Books paperback versions of my 2015 titles Free Planet and War World. And they're massive. I mean, I realised they were 210,000 words each. I should do, I wrote them both over a period of three years. So I know what went into them i.e. the word count is not a surprise. But they're so much heavier than any other books I've ever written, literally (the proverbial) weighty tomes.

TRIVIA YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE SPOTTED: Oh, look, how the upper 2008 image contains PLANET and WORLD, as the lower 2015 image contains PLANET and WORLD. Is this history repeating itself? Is this like a Time Loop where the Author is Sentenced to the Writing (and Re-Writing) of the Same Book time after time. Life after life. Left then right, above is below. Again and again and again, until he learns... until we all learn.

For those who care, here's the special "Free Planet vs War World" promotional website, with synopses and samples galore. Enjoy. Live. Be.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Josh Keyes art inspires a Free Planet vs War World pictorial series.

I once had the idea of using Josh Keyes artwork as the covers for the Free Planet vs War World novels, but for several logistical/financial reasons I decided on the more graphical full cover designs in the post prior to this one.

Still, Josh Keyes work inspired my dalliance a little further, and with his permission I created these stark moments of realisation scenarios for your enjoyment.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Final cover designs for the Free Planet vs War World trilogies from Chimericana Books

690 pages in one title

620 pages in one title

Chimericana Books publishes the six books of the "Free Planet vs War World" dual/duelling trilogies as two 600+ pages novels in 8" by 5" paperback and various digital formats.

This year, Mike Philbin made a decision to resurrect his subversive keyboard entity Hertzan Chimera who 'terrorized the horror community for over ten years' prior to 2004.

"Though I was loathe to admit it, I have always been writing Hertzan Chimera novels," says Philbin, and Chimericana Books recently reissued his thirteen novels to date under the Hertzan Chimera writing name.

FREE PLANET (690 pages)
P3 or Patent Profit Power -- in the three books of the 'free planet' novel, the Custodian Liberation is battling the forces of G3 or Global Gambling Game to secure your right to your world.

WAR WORLD (620 pages)
D3 = Deception Danger Dreams -- in the three books of the 'war world' novel, G3 or Global Gambling Game are ruthless in their pursuit of profit but what secrets lie behind their power of control?

PROMOTIONAL WEBSITE: samples and purchase links for the original six novels of this dual/duelling trilogy can be found here @ Free Planet vs War World.

Friday, September 04, 2015


quick message to officially announce that Mike Philbin's so-called adult writing output is now to be delivered by the rambling high priest of insane, Hertzan Chimera.

Oxford UK-based artist/writer Mike Philbin has been an independently published novelist and short story writer since 1989. His first novel was “Red Hedz” published by Creation Press of London in 1989. His fully-illustrated short-story collection "Animal Instincts" was published by Double Dragon Press in 2004. 
He is the man behind the subversive keyboard entity Hertzan Chimera (invented on a whim to perform the scandalous duty in his fake-science editorial for Dementia 13 magazine back in the day) who terrorized the horror community for over ten years, prior to 2004. 2008, Silverthought Press (NY) published his novels “Bukkakeworld” and “Planet of the Owls” recently republished by Chimericana Books. 2011, sci-fi-cafe press published his novels “View from a Stolen Window” and “Yoroppa”. All these titles have since reverted to Chimericana Books where they are permanently available in paperback, Kindle and ebook-reader formats.

2016, and Hertzan Chimera is back with two competing three-part works titled “Free Planet vs War World” – this is War World.

His new sacrificial altar to odd is open for business, courtesy of Facebook

where all your smiling dinosaur babies are carressed by Jesus

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chimericana Books - Hertzan Chimera - the resurrection of...

in 2004, it was reported that 'Hertzan Chimera had been laid to rest' by his solemn creator and Oxford-based artist/critic Mike Philbin would from then on be 'a good boy' once again, writing his mass-market-friendly novels and trilogies to appease the hapless reading public...


...all this time, that nasty little Hertzan Chimera or 'keyboard persona' was beavering away, behind the key-smoothed fingerprints of Philbin, helping him carve insidious injuries into all that narrative noise. Those 'Mike Philbin' books you thought you shouldn't buy because they may have lost all that psychiatric Chimera-edge... log back in to your online distributor of choice. And be brave in your H.C.-purchases. Re-read these old Chimera titles for the first time, knowing that The Master of Reader Hatred was shoving blunt knives into your pies all along.

Chimericana Books has recently re-issued all thirteen novels of Mike Philbin under his dirty-old-bastard pseudonym Hertzan Chimera because it's all you deserve.

to commemorate HUR or His Unholy Resurrection, Chimericana Books has re-released Hertzan Chimera's seminal short story collection as a Kindle exclusive. "Animal Instincts" by Hertzan Chimera is a collection of twenty-three violent and obscene short stories with a theme of 'animalia' and other assorted beastliness - many of which supplied material for his later "Free Planet vs War World" novel dual/duelling trilogies.

First published in 2003 in large-format fully-illustrated paperback by Double Dragon Press of Canada, Chimericana Books has republished Animal Instincts with the cover based on one of Mitch Phillips drawings for H.C.'s lurid Five Horned Bull story.

A collection of twenty-three violent and obscene short stories.

Stories and cover design © 2003-2015 Mike Philbin
Cover illustration © Mitch Phillips 2003



Here are some great author-quotes from back in the HC-daze that are about to make their way onto the paperback covers for the "Free Planet vs War World" dual/duelling trilogoies.

"Hertzan Chimera is destined for great fame -- solid gold planes and caviar squeezed from endangered fish. Know him! Embrace him! And ultimately -- worship him!" -- Mark McLaughlin, author of GOSSAMER EYE and MOTIVATIONAL SKRIEKER.

"Hertzan Chimera is both monster rant and taboo heat. His primal work clutches me in both G-spot and brain--and everywhere else in between." --Charlee Jacob, author of THIS SYMBIOTIC FASCINATION and HAUNTER.

"When I say that Hertzan Chimera's writings make me want to throw up, I mean that only in a good way. He's a major contender in the gross-out arena; his work is a hallmark of creative outrage." --Edward Lee, author of CITY INFERNAL and MONSTROSITY.

"Hertzan Chimera is the Henry Miller of Our Time. He has remortgaged the Horror/SF ghetto, replacing it with a Garrethouse of the Psycho-Erotic on the Left Bank of the Seine." --MF Korn, author of RACHMANINOFF'S GHOST and CONFESSIONS OF A GHOUL.

"As a longtime fan of the outre and fiction of the abject, I can say that very little of what I read anymore shocks, revolts, scares, or disturbs me. But Hertzan Chimera manages to do it every time. " --Michael A. Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award winning author of GRAVE MARKINGS and FREAKCIDENTS.

"Chimera's conflagrations raze cities of the human mind while his sickly dogs twitch in the burning bones of entropy." --James Havoc, author of RAISM and SATANSKIN.

"Hertzan Chimera and I raided the panty patch together from 2002-2004. During that time he screamed, bounded, lacked, compensated, and innovated. He kept things interesting, which is more than you can say for any hundreds of authors combined." --John Edward Lawson, author of Last Burn in Hell

...but Mike, "Hertzan Chimera, why is he back from the grave?"
"In 2004, I publicly killed off my 'Hertzan Chimera' writing persona or keyboard entity. Now, twelve years hence, I realise I have been writing nothing but Hertzan Chimera novels and can no longer bear to see my 'real name' on his book covers. Hertzan Chimera never died and his novels are what they are. Hertzan Chimera novels is how they'll be remembered. Long live HC-unit." -- Mike Philbin, August 2015

Stay tuned for more hair-raising updates in coming months, including the new Lorien Howell novel THE DREAM DETECTIVE AGENCY (book one ...the case of the missing century) and the new Hertzan Chimera collaborative novel (with performance artist Hecate aka Rachael Kozak) VENOMIST.

Monday, June 08, 2015

The Adult Adventures of Eli-X - Chimera Johnson Severin - the lost stories

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Eli-X is the biggest porn star in the universe, 
nobody can stop him doing his sexy thaaang

Back in the day, writer Michael Cornwall Johnson and Hertzan Chimera started to write the sci-fi sex-horror FUCK STAR series together. Sporadically, writer Alex Severin joined the writing venture.

1: SILVERTEARS OFF THE SEX-EYE Hertzan Chimera & Michael Cornwall Johnson
2: THE BUTCHER OF BAKERLOO Hertzan Chimera & Michael Cornwall Johnson
3: THE CHASTISEMENT OF ELI-X Hertzan Chimera & Alex Severin
4: OEDIPUS-X Hertzan Chimera & Michael Cornwall Johnson
5: ELI-QUINCE AND SLICES OF MINCE Hertzan Chimera & Michael Cornwall Johnson
6: RAZORS OF THE LOST BITCH Hertzan Chimera & Michael Cornwall Johnson
7: MODIFACTUM ELI-X Hertzan Chimera & Alex Severin
8: THE IRON FARM Hertzan Chimera & Michael Cornwall Johnson
9: THE SCAR ON HIS MIND Hertzan Chimera & Michael Cornwall Johnson
10: PIE - THEY’RE SCREAMING FOR MY FUCKING PIE Hertzan Chimera & Alex Severin
11: MY, WHAT BIG EYES YOU HAVE, GRANDMA Hertzan Chimera and Michael Cornwall Johnson
12: BIG BANG GANG BANG Hertzan Chimera and Michael Cornwall Johnson and Alex Severin (the climactic story that never was)

These eleven stories were serialized on a now-defunct flash-based website dedicated to the aim of bringing literary-mind-sleaze to a wider online public. There were plans for a climactic twelfth story written by all three of us in collaboration to be titled Big Bang Gang Bang but we could never get it up, never quite came together. Never got done.

Today, these completed eleven stories are re-published for the first time in over ten years...


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brand new five star Amazon review for BFGS by Severin & Chimera

like, thirteen years after its first publication, there's a brand new five star Amazon review for BFGS by Severin & Chimera -- here it is in its glorious entirety:

Ghastly and perverse to the nth degree; And I love it!.... 
By mark gutmaker on February 11, 2015 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase 
Mike Philbin, along with his partner in crime, Alex Severin, have quickly become one of my all-time favorite "Splatterpunk" duos. Fans of Edward Lee and Wrath James White will surely sit up and take notice, but rest assured, this is not a mere carbon copy of the aforementioned, as this duo clearly possesses a smart and dreamy style of prose, and very poetically disturbing. Story after story, they unleash their extremely gruesome syntax, juxtaposed with some of the most horrifying subject matter I've ever perused and it just gets worse from there; A melange of nightmarish, taboo-breaking madness that only the hardest of the hard will stomach. These smartly written tales would surely become the Marquis De Sade's favorite collection. Also, be sure to check out Hertzan Chimera, who is Mike Philbin's alter-ego, and his tales, which decrepitude also knows no boundaries.... Okay, back to losing my mind, piece by piece!.... [source BFGS on Amazon]