Will Murray's Pulp Classics #53
G-8 and His Battle Aces #7 Audiobook
Squadron of Corpses
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria. Liner Notes by Will Murray
Among the heroes of the pulps who soared through their adventures, G-8 flew higher and farther than any of his contemporaries. His true name unknown, the Flying Spy was no mere flyboy, but the champion ace of World War I.
Back in the Summer of 1933, Popular Publications was booming. Their Autumn expansion plans entailed launching G-8 ands His Battle Aces, aimed at the legions of readers who drank up fictionalized accounts of World War I Allied aces versus Imperial Germany’s various Red Barons.
As one of Popular’s star writers, Robert J. Hogan was the writer who publisher Harry Steeger selected for a suitable scribe. Steeger and Hogan hashed out an idea. It was part Eddie Rickenbacker and part What Price Glory?—which was a popular Maxwell Anderson stage play turned into a motion picture. Price stressed the horrors of war as counterpoint to the sentimental comradeship of the Allies in the trenches. Only in this case, by horror, Popular Publications meant something far more horrific than mustard-gas trench warfare atrocities.
It all began with a message dropped from a raiding German plane on G-8‘s headquarters, a warning that promised a new kind of war and demanded unconditional surrender.
“Tomorrow at dawn von Griel will fly again. He has been brought back to life. All other German aces who have been killed will be brought back to live again in the air, by the aid of a new white magic.”
The next day, G-8 and his Battle Aces encountered Oberleutnant von Griel in the sky—cold-eyed and stiff, yet flying his checkered Fokker. Worse, he was impervious to their bullets! This is only the beginning of the wave of Zombie Hun pilots, reanimated by the foul sorcery of Haitian Voodoo––the Squadron of Corpses!
How can the Master Spy repel an onslaught of the living dead? For not even G-8 understood how foes he had shot down in past battles could live again to fly against him and his fellow Allied pilots.
Nick Santa Maria brings the undead proceedings to vivid life in this astonishing G-8 audiobook. Three short stories, “The Masked Pilot,” “The Silver Spad,” and “The Maniac Ace,” are read by Milton Bagby. Nick DeGregorio composed the music for the G-8 and His Battle Aces series of audiobooks.
#7 Squadron Of Corpses
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Chapter 1: Dead Man’s Challenge
Chapter 2: Rendezvous with the Dead
Chapter 3: The Living Corpse
Chapter 4: Ghosts Fly
Chapter 5: Staffel of the Dead
Chapter 6: Dead Men Can’t Be Killed
Chapter 7: Black Magic
Chapter 8: Von Griel Disappears
Chapter 9: Ascension of the Dead
Chapter 10: Cloud Trap
Chapter 11: Killer’s Bait
Chapter 12: “You Cannot Escape”
Chapter 13: Flame Eagles
Chapter 14: Prisoners
Chapter 15: L-11
Chapter 16: Croloi
Chapter 17: White Magic
Chapter 18: S.O.S.
Chapter 19: Squadron from Hell
The Masked Pilot
by C. M. Miller
Read by Milton Bagby
The Silver Spad
by Harold F. Cruickshank
Read by Milton Bagby
The Maniac Ace
by Lawrence Mason
Read by Milton Bagby
Will Murray is the Series Producer for Will Murray’s Pulp Classics line of Pulp Audiobooks and Pulp eBooks. Will is the author of over 50 novels in popular series ranging from The Destroyer to Mars Attacks. Collaborating posthumously with the legendary Lester Dent, he has written to date twelve Doc Savage novels, with Skull Island, Death’s Dark Domain, Desert Demons, Horror in Gold, and The Infernal Buddha now available. For National Public Radio, Murray adapted The Thousand-Headed Man for The Adventures of Doc Savage in 1985, and recently edited Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent for Moonstone Books. He is versed in all things pulp.
Nick Santa Maria Nick was born early in life in Brooklyn, NY. His theatrical background is based in Comedy Improv. He was a long standing member of the late lamented Miami based, Mental Floss, where he served as head writer/composer. From there he began his career in commercials, voice-overs, TV, Film, and theatre. He has performed in many roles on the stage including his award winning turn as Nick in Over The River And Through The Woods, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee as Mr. Panch (3-D Theatricals), Mr. Bromhead in No Sex Please, We’re British at The Norris, and as Pseudolus in, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Norris Theatre. Television: The Buffalo Bill Show, B.J. Stryker, and two Disney Christmas Specials. Off Broadway: Writer/Composer/Performer on Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Soundtrack on RCA Victor. Broadway: Vince Fontaine in Tommy Tune’s production of Grease. He also appeared in every domestic company of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, understudying everyone from Nathan Lane and Jason Alexander, to Tony Danza and David Hassellhoff. He was the original Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, a Musical Spectacular, soundtrack on Disney Records. Nick is a resident of Los Angeles and is currently writing a book about classic film comedians, Nick’s been a long time film historian, and has written several articles on the topic.
Nick DeGregorio is a composer and conductor with over 100 theatrical musical direction credits including a Helen Hayes Awards, Best Musical Direction nomination for his work on DeafWest’s Big River at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Nick’s conducted and/or played for Randy Newman, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorna Luft, Juliet Prowse, Morey Amsterdam, John Denver, Carol Channing and Glen Campbell and was MD for Hal Linden, Dorothy Lamour (5 years) and the LA Friar’s Club roast of Carl Reiner. He’s provided musical direction at many regional theatres around the country and was associate conductor for the Broadway tours of 42nd Street and Big River and the PCLO/Nederlander tour of Doctor Dolittle.
Nick’s conducted the Phoenix Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Les Brown’s Band of Renown and has played piano with the St. Louis, San Jose, Utah, Ottawa, Rochester, Baltimore, Winnipeg, Florida and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. On Broadway, Nick played piano for 42nd Street. Off-Broadway, Nick wrote the orchestrations for Fanny Hill and orchestrated for Lorna Luft’s show and Barry Manilow produced recording, Songs My Mother Taught Me. He’s done orchestrations for the Key West Pops and also for Mitzi Gaynor’s new show, Razzle Dazzle. As a composer, Nick has worked on projects for BBC-TV, Random House Entertainment, Mike Young Productions, Scholastic Entertainment, Coyne Communications and Paramount Pictures. He has also written seven musical comedies, the latest, High School Reunion, was recently listed in the Samuel French catalog.