The pulp magazine, Adventure, first appeared in 1910 and soon became renowned for its fiction from the top authors of the day, later being dubbed by Time magazine, the “No. 1 Pulp.” With The Best of Adventure series from Radio Archives, listeners are able to listen to these classic stories for the first time.
We kicked things off with “The Curved Sword” by Harold Lamb, one of Adventure’s most popular authors. Our second offering is “A Secret Society.” Talbot Mundy was the one Adventure author whose popularity exceeded even that of Lamb, and his character James Schuyler Grim — better known as Jimgrim – is one of his most enduring heroes. An American who initially is a British Secret Service Agent, Jimgrim and his band of fellow adventurers fought their way across the Middle East, India, Tibet and other foreign climes in 19 thrilling tales published in Adventure between 1921 and 1931.
Talbot Mundy spent half of 1920 in the Middle East, based in Jerusalem but travelling to Damascus and other areas as well. It was there that he obtained the background information that he would use in Jimgrim’s early adventures — which he stated were based on facts – starting with “The Adventure of El-Karak” which appeared in Adventure late in 1921. Indeed, Mundy claimed that Jimgrim was based on a man he knew in the Middle East, who had followed Lawrence of Arabia. “A Secret Society” finds Jimgrim leaving the British Secret Service to pursue a new, even more dangerous line of work. With his usual companions — Jeff Ramsden, Jeremy Ross and the Rajput, Narayan Singh – Jimgrim teams up with millionaire Meldrum Strange to form an organization to take on international criminals. Their adventures kick off here, as they fight a sinister Egyptian secret society whose web of blackmail and murder spans the globe! Read by voice actor Milton Bagby.