The Domino Lady was created by Lars Anderson for the May 1936 issue of Saucy Romantic Adventures, a "spicy pulp" magazine that featured racy and provocative short stories. Probably modelled after blonde bombshell, 1930s starlet Jean Harlow, the Domino Lady originally appeared in only six published adventures. The stories were fast-paced, often a bit naughty, and were usually more concerned with describing her undergarments than progressing with the plot.
However, the Domino Lady herself emerged as a strong and clever female protagonist, well ahead of her time. She had nerve, skill, and brains...as well as being a very classy dish.
She's also an awful lot of fun to write.
Pulp readers will be pleased to know that Moonstone Books has resurrected the Domino Lady in this brand new anthology, featuring all-new stories by Lisa Bandemer, James Chambers, Chuck Dixon, Ron Fortier, Rich Harvey, C.J. Henderson, Nancy Holder, K.G. McAbee, Bobby Nash, and me.
I just received my comp copies today and the book is absolutely beautiful, another real class act from Moonstone, clearly showing their adamant love of pulp adventure.
Over a year ago, as this project was coming together, I was interviewed by Richard Vasseur over at Jazma Online. It seems appropriate now for me to provide the link here on my blog:http://www.jazmaonline.com/interviews/interviews2008.asp?intID=45
I'd like to publicly express special thanks to Lori and Joe Gentile for convincing me to join in the fun, after my original hesitancy. There's no way I would have passed up writing Lee Falk's The Phantom again, and having the Ghost Who Walks meet the Domino Lady seemed like a natural.
My story, "Masks of Madness", is dedicated to the memory of Philip Jose Farmer.
This one's for you, Phil...where ever you are. Wouldn't have done it without you.