The Spider #18 Audiobook
The Flame Master
by Norvell W. Page, writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Richard Wentworth was playing the most dangerous game in the world — a man-hunter outside the law; a righteous lone-wolf avenger of the weak; a scourge of the evil, the wicked and the corrupt! Loathed by the organized armies of the underworld, hunted ruthlessly by the forces of the law, he was ever between two raking cross-fires... Seldom, however, had the Spider, Master of men, faced the odds which challenged him when the man called Aronk Dong summoned all the underworld to serve him in the most ghastly campaign of rampant crime and wholesale slaughter this country had ever experienced. Armed with a weapon which struck through stone walls at victims sleeping peacefully in their beds, it was small wonder that criminals everywhere hailed the new leader — and flocked in evil glee to his dark banner!
The Spider battled many an over-the-top enemy in his ten-year career crushing super-criminals. None of them came near the insane spectacle of Aronk Dong, the Lion Man from Mars. A man-monster capable of hurling thunderbolts from his fingertips.
As this drama unfolds, tragedy has already struck the Spider. Ronald Jackson, who had served under Major Wentworth during World War I, had fallen in combat in the story called The Pain Master. Never before had death touched a member of the Richard Wentworth’s inner circle. Now they—and their readers—understood that all of them were living on borrowed time.
With their numbers diminished, the crime-busting band must soldier on as they face their most unbelievable foe. Writer Norvell W. Page must have dug deep into his fevered imagination to produce this nightmare foe. It stands as one of the most bizarre and memorable Spider novels ever committed to pulp paper. Fans of the Spider who never experienced it are destined to have their minds blown by its sheer, headlong drama.
The Flame Master first appeared in the March, 1935 issue of The Spider magazine and is read by Nick Santa Maria.
Chapter 1: Man-Made Lightning
Chapter 2: The Lion Man
Chapter 3: The Lion Man's Plot
Chapter 4: The Fiend's Lightning
Chapter 5: Earl of the Electrons
Chapter 6: A Machine Gun Interrupts
Chapter 7: Victory ... and Defeat
Chapter 8: Madman's Conquest
Chapter 9: The Precious Pawn
Chapter 10: A Thin Trail
Chapter 11: Seal of the Spider
Chapter 12: A Lead At Last
Chapter 13: A Duel of the Mighty
Chapter 14: Battle On Steel
Chapter 15: Face to Face
Chapter 16: A Test for the Brave
Chapter 17: The Spider Is Brave
Chapter 18: Death's Auction
Chapter 19: Beneath the Lion's Mane
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.