Will Murray's Pulp Classics #17
The Spider Audiobook
#10 The Corpse Cargo - July 1934
Read by Nick Santa Maria and Robin Riker. Liner Notes by Will Murray
During his ferocious first year fighting crime, The Spider faced the most amazing array of supercriminals ever spawned. The Black Death. The Red Mask. The Tarantula. The Fly. Few were as memorable as the 20th Century corsair called Captain Kidd. She—yes, she!—embarked on a campaign of cruelty unmatched in pulp history.
It began with the torture-killing of a innocent young boy—a loyal member of the Spider Club. The weapon employed was a knife with eerie electrical properties. Discovering the hapless body, Richard Wentworth vowed to avenge this insult to The Spider's power.
But Captain Kidd struck first! When a train roars into Grand Central Station, out of control and crashing to a brutal halt, authorities discover that everyone aboard, from the engineer and crew to the passengers, are cold corpses—electrified by a weird new weapon called the Green Fire!
Out of this rolling charnel house come the first clues to the Pirates—a roving band of modern-day buccaneers out to pillage greater New York. At their head, the deadly woman who has taken the feared name of Captain Kidd.
Once again, RadioArchives.com has selected one of the most electrifying Spider novels ever written for an equally-electrifying audiobook. Nick Santa Maria again takes on the dual role of Richard Wentworth, aka The Spider, Master of Men, for this powerful new entry in the Will Murray Pulp Classics series. Robin Riker enchants as Nita van Sloan and gives a powerful performance as the wiley Captain Kidd. Producer Roger Rittner brings his superb directorial expertise to the proceedings, which are enhanced by sound effects and a full musical score. So far, our audience tells us that each Spider audiobook has outdone the one before. The Corpse Cargo is no exception.
This Total Pulp Experience audiobook contains all three stories from the tenth issue issue of The Spider Magazine, July 1934.
The Corpse Cargo
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria and Robin Riker
Chapter 1: A Mysterious Summons
Chapter 2: The Torture Knife
Chapter 3: Green Fire of Death
Chapter 4: Trail of Death
Chapter 5: The Murder Queen
Chapter 6: Modern Piracy
Chapter 7: Fire Trap
Chapter 8: Wholesale Slaughter
Chapter 9: Strands of the Web
Chapter 10: The Death Beacon
Chapter 11: A Corpse Crawls
Chapter 12: The Spider Turns Fly
Chapter 13: Surrender ... or Nita Dies!
Chapter 14: The Third Trap
Chapter 15: Prisoner of Disgrace
Chapter 16: The Second Act
Chapter 17: The Spider's Coffin
Chapter 18: The Coffin Opens
Chapter 19: The Pirates Are Coming!
Chapter 20: The Green Fire
Chapter 21: Zero Hour
The Murder Torch
by Arthur Leo Zagat
Read by Joey D'Auria
by Wyatt Blassingame
Read by Michael C. Gwynne
“The Spider VS. The Pirates! No punches pulled in this one!”
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 eleven Doc Savage novels, with 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.
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. 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.