Will Murray's Pulp Classics #8
The Spider Audiobook
Wings of the Black Death
by Norvell W. Page, under the pseudonym of Grant Stockbridge
Liner Notes by Will Murray
Some writers fall into clover, but Norvell W. Page backed into a spider web that captured him for ten exciting years. Back in the difficult year of 1933, Page was working as a newspaperman and writing for the pulp magazines, when fellow pulpster mentioned that he was stuck. He had promised to deliver a horror novelette to the editor of Dime Mystery Magazine, but the deadline was too tight. So Page decided give it a shot himself.
Page's timing was perfect. He not only scored the cover of that issue of Dime Mystery, but this was his first sale to Popular Publications, who had just launched The Spider, written by R. T. M. Scott. After two issues, Scott was moving on and editor Rogers Terrill desperately needed a replacement. Page was fast, wrote vividly, and made difficult deadlines. The job was offered to Page. His background as a crime reporter didn't hurt his resume either.
The December, 1933 issue of The Spider ushered in the era of Grant Stockbridge with the thrilling Spider exploit, Wings of the Black Death. Stockbridge was the byline Popular attached to The Spider to avoid the kind of problem caused by the loss of R. T. M. Scott. With his first white-heat story, Norvell Page owned both that byline and the series. No doubt, he saved it from oblivion. In a few short months, Page remade Richard Wentworth alias the Spider into a messianic avenger unlike anything pulp readers ever read before. Driven, deadly, the Spider was a daredevil caught between the law that branded him as a criminal and the underworld he terrorized with his metallic laugh and searing lead.
RadioArchives.com is proud to present Norvell Page's debut Spider exploit—a desperate struggle against overwhelming odds to save Manhattan from being overwhelmed by a man-made Plague—as narrated by Nick Santa Maria, with Robin Riker as Nita Van Sloan. Produced by Roger Rittner with full period music score and sound effects.
Chapter 1: The Spider Returns
Chapter 2: Spider, You Must Die!
Chapter 3: Flight — and Challenge
Chapter 4: Shoot to Kill
Chapter 5: The Black Death
Chapter 6: The Spider Unmasked
Chapter 7: Through the Flames
Chapter 8: The Plague Again
Chapter 9: The Voice on the Wire
Chapter 10: Great Apollo
Chapter 11: Virginia's Clue
Chapter 12: Wentworth Views the Plague
Chapter 13: A Shot in the Dark
Chapter 14: Wholesale Death
Chapter 15: Is That a Confession?
Chapter 16: Nita Cries 'Vengeance!'
Chapter 17: The Cave of the Pigeons
Chapter 18: Doom of The Plague
Chapter 19: Kirkpatrick Is Generous
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 nine Doc Savage novels, with “Desert Demons” and “Horror in Gold” 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.
Roger Rittner has written, produced, and directed audio drama specials and multi-part series, including the drama series “Darkness”, the mystery/macabre series “Midnight”, “The Adventures of Doc Savage”, the Western musical comedy “Rhythm Rides the Range”, and the musical special “Charlie Sent Me!” His radio projects have been heard on National Public Radio, as well as stations KMPC, KFI, KCSN, and KGBS in Los Angeles. Roger created and directed The Variety Arts Radio Theatre, live recreations of classic radio drama, for 10 years at the Variety Arts Center in Los Angeles. In addition to producing audiobooks for RadioArchives.com, Roger produces his series of audio versions of classic pulp short stories, “Pulp Radio”, available in the Radio Archives Book Store. In his off-hours, his company, Roger Rittner Productions, creates marketing and promotional audios and videos for corporate clients.
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.
Robin Riker was born in NYC with radio theatre DNA in every chromosome. Her father began his career as a radio theatre actor and the love of the art was clearly passed on to his daughter.
Robin was the original Pat Savage in the Adventures of Doc Savage radio series, and during her years with The Variety Arts Radio Theatre, lent her voice to a multitude of other characters ranging from 90-year-old Chinese women to 8-year-old boys.
Robin was a regular in six television series, among them the ground-breaking Showtime series “Brothers”, the ABC series “Thunder Alley” with Ed Asner, “The Gregory Hines Show” on CBS, and the cult classic “Get a Life” on FOX.
Stage work Off Broadway, with The Geffen Theatre and The Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles, three films on the Disney Channel, as well as recurring roles on “Boston Legal”, “Reba”, “The Glades”, as well as the 2012 season of HBO’s “Hung”, have kept Robin busy between her gigs in the recording studio. After all, a girl has to have something to do while awaiting her true love.