Will Murray's Pulp Classics #19
Captain Satan Audiobook
#1 The Mask of the Damned - March 1938
Read by Michael C. Gwynne. Liner Notes by Will Murray
Take Leslie Charteris’ popular rogue, Simon Templar—better known as The Saint—add a dash of Carroll John Daly’s merciless crime-crusher, Satan Hall, then mix well with the Spider, and you have William O’Sullivan’s Captain Satan.
A 1930s Robin Hood, dashing Cary Adair steals from the wealthy—and splits the proceeds with his well-named Satan’s Crew. They are a loose collection of shifty characters with monikers like Doc, Kayo, Soapy, Big Bill and Gentleman Dan—many of whom don’t survive working for the satanic captain for very long. That was the refreshing thing about William O’Sullivan’s dashing demi-hero: In the realistic and hard-hitting milieu he painted, not every heroic henchman lives to fight another day.
As Satan tells them: “You know my principles: To smash every crook I can lay my hands on—and what he has is mine. I’ll break every petty or large crook, every swindling racketeer or grafting politician or gyp banker I can lay my hands on. The terms you already know. What they have is ours. I pay the expenses and take a one third cut. You boys spilt the remainder on equal shares.”
William O’Sullivan was a prolific producer of pulp crime, sports and aviation stories. He penned only five novels for Captain Satan magazine, but they are nice smooth examples of 1938 pulp. And they carry the distinct flavor of Popular Publications—a kind of pulpy Warner Bros. movie on paper.
One amusing thing about Cary Adair is that he was best buds with the head of the F.B.I.—in this series called Jo Desher. In real life, he was J. Edgar Hoover. Desher soon begins to suspect that his wealthy friend is the brains behind Captain Satan. But proving it is another matter….
The Mask of the Damned chronicles the first exploit of Cary Adair, and is ripped from the pages of Popular Publications’ premier issue of Captain Satan, dated March, 1938. Michael C. Gwynne narrates the action. Also included in this Total Pulp Experience audiobook is William R. Cox’s intriguing short story, "Mr. Detective is Annoyed."
#1 The Mask of the Damned
by William O'Sullivan
Read by Michael C. Gwynne
Chapter 1: Fifty Thousand Witnesses
Chapter 2: The Mark of Satan
Chapter 3: The Ambassadors from Hell
Chapter 4: Satan's Sweepstakes
Chapter 5: Danger Trail
Chapter 6: Satan's Sanctuary
Chapter 7: The Devil Throws the Dice
Chapter 8: Satan's Hostage
Chapter 9: Black Magic
Chapter 10: Into Thin Air
Chapter 11: Guts and Guns
Chapter 12: The Devil Has a Double
Chapter 13: Gentlemen — Be Seated!
Chapter 14: Marked for Murder
Chapter 15: Payoff in Lead
Chapter 16: End of the Hunt
Mr. Detective is Annoyed
by William R. Cox
Read by Roger Price
“Meet the hero from Hell...Captain Satan.”
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.
“Few know of him, fewer yet have seen him. But even the underworld fears his Satanic retribution.”
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!