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  Strange Detective Mysteries Audiobook - When the Death-Bat Flies - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA424
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Will Murray's Pulp Classics #20
Strange Detective Mysteries Audiobook
When The Death-Bat Flies
Liner Notes by Will Murray
 
 
In the Fall of 1937, Popular Publications launched a new type of detective magazine, one that combined the Weird Menace-style stories that had made Terror Tales and Horror  Stories so hot with readers of hardboiled detective-action tales.They called it Strange Detective Mysteries.
 
In his first-issue editorial, Managing Editor Rogers Terrill set the stage:
 
“Remember the time you read that one perfect knockout, detective story—bizarre, mysterious, thrill-packed, different? It still remains the detective story for you. You’ve wondered why you never found another. You searched bookstores, library shelves, newsstands—but you just couldn’t find that brand!
 
“Beginning with this issue—we give you Strange Detective Mysteries—not only one bizarre, thrilling eerie-laden mystery story such as you’ve searched for, but a whole magazine full of them!
 
“Because you have sought for this highest type of detective story, without finding it, you can understand at what cost we bring you this magazine. Months of planning and effort have gone into its making. The best known and most able detective-story writers have been called upon—for their best. Only the smallest proportion of a flood of manuscripts has been chosen.
 
“Crime-detection, adventure, baffling mystery—all this you will find in Strange Detective Mysteries. In addition, you will find that quality which appears in a detective story only once in a blue moon—the bizarre!”
 
Terrill used the word bizarre no less than five times in his editorial, italicizing it twice. He was serious! Strange Detective Mysteries was beyond weird.
 
For his lead novel, Terrill served up “When the Death-Bat Flies,” by the writer he called “America’s No. 1 Master of the Extraordinary Mystery Tale”—The Spider’s Norvell W. Page. Starring master magician Aubrei Dunne, it was a wild excursion into a criminal cult dedicated to murder and mayhem.
 
In “Madame Murder—and the Corpse Brigade,” Paul Ernst offered an even more bizarre hero—Seekay, the man with no face!
 
The detective protagonist of Wayne Rogers’ “The Headman’s Hat-Box” witnesses a murder committed by—himself!
 
In George Armin Shaftel’s “The Miracle Murder Case,” a prison break is engineered by an unknown mastermind who terrorizes society with a strange super-weapon!
 
Terror Tales favorite Arthur Leo Zagat’s “Patients for Dr. Death” revisits the realm of Jack the Ripper—but with an uncanny twist.
 
Finally, Norbert Davis’ “Idiot’s Coffin Keepsake” takes us to a weird mansion and the grisly mystery of the missing hand.
 
Read by Michael C. Gwynne, Roy Worley and Roger Price, this RadioArchives.com audiobook brings to vibrant life one of the most exciting first issues of any pulp mystery magazine ever published!
 
When The Death-Bat Flies
by Norvell W. Page
Read by Michael C. Gwynne
Chapter 1: Death’s Shadow is a Bat
Chapter 2: Girl Who Fought Ghosts
Chapter 3: The Locked Room
Chapter 4: The Next Man to Die
Chapter 5: Dunne’s Confession
Chapter 6: Before the Bat Throne

The Headsman’s Hat-Box
by Wayne Rogers
Read by Roy Worley
Chapter 1: Marked for Death
Chapter 2: Bloody Hands
Chapter 3: The Man With Two Bodies
Chapter 4: Beyond All Law

Idiot’s Coffin Keepsake
by Norbert Davis
Read by Michael C. Gwynne
Chapter 1: Dead Hand Reaching
Chapter 2: Monster’s Mistress
Chapter 3: Mansion of the Mad
Chapter 4: The Whispering Cell
Chapter 5: Recalled From Death

Patients for Dr. Death
by Arthur Leo Zagat
Read by Roger Price

The Miracle Murder Case
by George Armin Shaftel
Read by Roy Worley

Madame Murder — And the Corpse Brigade
by Paul Ernst
Read by Michael C. Gwynne
Chapter 1: The Man Who Had No Face
Chapter 2: The Dead Have Secrets
Chapter 3: House in the Sky
Chapter 4: Behind the Mask
 

“One of my all-time favorite pulp magazines—brought to life!”
 
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 DomainDesert DemonsHorror 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.
 
Michael C. Gwynne's outstanding achievements have encompassed all areas of entertainment – radio, television and film. Through out the sixties Michael could be heard as a DJ in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. Shortly after breaking the Guinness Book of Records for nonstop drumming, 92 hours at the 1965 "Drum-A-Thon" in Honolulu, Michael was cast in the TV series The Psychiatrist by a young Steven Spielberg.
 
Michael went on to work behind the scenes on Spielberg's breakthrough film Jaws where he can be heard as the DJ on beach radios. He continued to land roles in popular television shows: Kojak, Dallas, CHiPS, Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, and Falcon Crest before he crossed paths again with Spielberg when he was cast in an episode of Amazing Stories directed by Martin Scorsese.
 
Although Michael has worked steadily as a character actor in television and film over the last three decades his first love is still radio where he enjoys the challenges of a fast paced production, bringing a character to life with nothing but his deep thrilling voice!
 
Roy Worley was born in Memphis, TN where he grew up. Storytelling was part and parcel of his childhood as he heard his grandfather tell many funny stories of life as a poor boy growing up in the delta of Mississippi. It was just natural that he would pick it up. His storytelling ability has been fine-tuned over a thirty-five year ministry as a preacher, both in the US and in South America.
 
Roy has narrated books via ACX.com that can be found on Amazon.com, iTunes and Audible.com. They range from works of fiction, to Christian theology to civil war history. He was sought out in 2012 by mystery author Chinle Miller to narrate her Bud Shumway series.
 
Roger Price During his lengthy career as an entertainer, Roger Price has performed on TV, radio and the live stage. At one time or another he has worked as a stand-up comic, hosted a late night TV movie series as a character called "The Baron", worked as a morning radio personality, hosted and emceed numerous live events, served as an entertainment news anchor and even worked as a ring announcer for professional wrestling. Comic book and pop culture fans know Roger Price as the creator, director and "voice" of Mid-Ohio-Con, one of the largest and longest running shows of its kind.Currently, in addition to his work with RadioArchives.com, Roger works with a wide variety of clients as a popular announcer and voice actor, specializing in character/cartoon voices and dialects.

 



Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 1 Write a review

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Strange Detective Mysteries #1 Review March 25, 2013
Reviewer: Dr Hank Heyman from United States  
In its audio form, Strange Detective Mysteries #1, was really very much like an anthology, a collection of stories by different authors.

The magazine consisted of several novelettes and some short stories, with the former broken up into bite-sized chunks.

The voice talents were all excellent.

In the first novelette, "When the Death-Bat Flies", I really didn't catch the protagonist's name, Aubrei Dunne, until I reread the liner notes, which I had captured as a text file.  Nor did I pick up that he was a magician, till I read that in the notes, but it fit in with the story elements.

For some reason I was expected stories with more of a supernatural or occult bent.  In the first story, there was a scene that described the flapping sound of a giant invisible bat, yet that creature never reappeared.

The stories, as performed, were an interesting mix of old and new.

They were all entertaining and enjoyable, each one memorable.

-- Dr. Heyman

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