R. Allen Leider, editor
A new publication featuring stories in all genres -- and also featuring classic characters in exciting new stories! In the "Pretenders to the Throne," the sultry DOMINO LADY battles a supernatural menace threatening London. In her civilian identity, the lovely Ellen Patrick, on behalf of the Roberts Commission, appraises artworks stolen by the Nazis -- after-hours, as the DOMINO LADY she plays a cat-and-mouse game with a gentleman thief who is in over his head. Nazis, witches, and pulp-style excitement. This is a rollicking tale bringing together the pulp femme fatale and Wicca Girl, co-author R. Allen Leider's 900-year old witch turned MI6 agent. Face it, this yarn has everything!
In addition to the 15,000 word lead feature, this issue also features two spine-tingling back-up stories. "Seven Pictures" by Jean-Marie Ward deals with murder and hubris at the Pentagon, while "The Warlock Murders" confronts Druscilla (a.k.a. Wicca Girl) with an unsolved 300-year old mystery.
New illustrations and cover by Ed Coutts.
Design by Rich Harvey.
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Awesome Tales is a New Pulp magazine put out by Black Cat Media with Bold Venture Press. Black Cat Media is basically R. Allen Leider, who writes most of the material in these issues, with Bold Venture doing the layout, design, and publication. So far we have two issues out, #1 in Fall 2014 and #2 in Fall 2015. Seems to #1 (Fall 2014) kicks off with a cover with Domino Lady fighting against a German spy. This ties to the first story which has the Domino Lady teaming up with Leider’s Wicca Girl character. I am not familiar with Leider’s character, so this was my introduction. As I understand, she is a 350-year-old witch who now works as an agent of the British government. There is an additional Wicca Girl short story in this issue. There is also another short story by Jean Marie Ward. (Bold Venture has put out the first Wicca Girl book already, so if you like this character, check it out.) The Domino Lady is one of the rare female pulp heroes, whose stories have been reprinted by Bold Venture Press and several are doing new stories with. This is a good start of this new series.