Nemesis Magazine #1: Gun Moll in Tentacles of Evil – Stephen Adams, Ed.

Here is a real thrill for lovers of The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider, Operator 5, and other crime-fighting heroes of the heyday of the pulp adventure magazine—the first issue of a new 1930s-style pulp magazine!

In Nemesis Magazine, writes Rod MacDonald in SFCrowsnest, each issue features one of four "valiant ladies from different eras acting as the nemesis to various threatening forces including crime and evil. Names such as Rachel Rocket and Gun Moll come to the fore. It's all ripping stuff—this isn't an old pulp novel—it's modern stuff written by Stephen Adams who also does the evocative cover artwork."

The lead novels, MacDonald says, are "well-written—the action scenes were realistic and the dialogue easy flowing and believable. This type of fantasy isn't my normal reading but I found it light and entertaining. However, [the lead story] doesn't come on its own." There are also "reprints from old pulp magazines—these give a wonderful insight into attitudes and beliefs of that illusory and enigmatic period of time between the wars ... ripping stuff."

Nemesis #1 stars the blazing exploits of Gun Moll, the beautiful Undercover Nemesis of Crime whose brain is constantly working behind an expressionless face like a white, porcelain mask.

In "Tentacles of Evil", Gun Moll uncovers a plot in which Dr. Sin Lo, a fiendish super-genius, spins a web of crime and intrigue designed to bring the future of civilization itself into his clutches. To defeat his evil plan, she calls upon the help of Rocky Brannigan, the gangster warlord; Jingles, her loyal, brutish chauffeur; Flynn, the uncompromising old cop who dotes on her like a daughter; Calpurnia, her feisty maid; and the debased slave girls of Sin Lo's opium den. Failure means nothing less than the downfall of the United States of America!

Here is the first of Gun Moll's no-holds-barred battles with the Dr. Sin Lo to save the world from being strangled by his Tentacles of Evil! Plus A Nick Bancroft mystery by Bob Liter, "The Greensox Murders" by Jean Marie Stine, and a classic mystery short reprinted from the heyday of the pulps.

Cover: Stephen Adams.