Will Murray's Pulp Classics #35
G-8 and His Battle Aces #58 Audiobook
Fangs of the Serpent
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria. Liner Notes by Will Murray
G-8 and His Battle Aces ran for 10 wild years. And every single G-8 sky saga was written by Robert J. Hogan. This was a rare thing back in the pulp magazine days, where the authors often wrote under house names and sometimes shared those bylines with other contributors.
Yet every G-8 novel came from the trusty typewriter of the minister’s son who created the character. Naturally, telling the exploits of a high-flying hero such as the Master Spy every month without fail was a relentless and demanding gig. So it stands to reason that G-8 had his highs and his lows.
One of the highs was the series' premiere novel, The Bat Staffel. In an effort to hold the readers’ interest and keep from going stale, Hogan wrote dramatic G-8s such as The Blizzard Staffel, weird G-8s—Squadron of the Scorpion and The Death Monsters come to mind—and one-of-a-kind G-8 novels that fit into no convenient category.
For our 80th anniversary selection, we've moved into the late ‘30s, and recorded an unusual story that has lived in the memory of G-8 fans since it was first published in the July, 1938 issue of the magazine.
Fangs of the Serpent introduced the villain of the title, the serpentine war cripple with the power of super hypnosis. This was no ordinary antagonist—not that any foe of G-8 was particularly ordinary—but the combination of this strange mesmerizing enemy agent, and the change-of-pace story, makes this one of the standout G-8 novels of the entire 1930s. Hence, we have chosen it for our third G-8 and His Battle Aces release.
In this uncanny epic, the Flying Spy faces a challenge that tests his courage to the utmost. For his opponent this time is not a rival ace, nor a mad scientist, but an occult entity able to bend others to his malign will, one who twists and poisons both sides of the global conflict. Once the Serpent has G-8 in his power, escape seems impossible, victory remote and unattainable.
Strangely, Hogan never brought the Serpent back for an encore bout. Perhaps he was just too creepy even for G-8 and His Battle Aces magazine.
Once again, Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a reptilian nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered.
Rounding out this exciting audiobook are two exciting short stories, also by Bob Hogan—“Death Makes a Bargain” and “The Balloon and the Buzzard.”
Nick DeGregorio composed the music for the G-8 and His Battle Aces series of audiobooks.
#58 Fangs of the Serpent
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Chapter 1: The Serpent Appears
Chapter 2: The Strange Death of General Gordon
Chapter 3: Death Walks Alone
Chapter 4: The Serpent in Action
Chapter 5: A Strange Story
Chapter 6: The Serpent Strikes
Chapter 7: Lair of the Serpent
Chapter 8: The Chief Goes Mad
Chapter 9: The Battle at Dawn
Chapter 10: Aces Die Hard
Chapter 11: Grounded Buzzards
Chapter 12: Loaded Dice
Chapter 13: Fangs of the Serpent
Chapter 14: Failure
Chapter 15: An Ace Rides the Sky
Chapter 16: Make Way for Death
Chapter 17: The Trail of the Serpent
Chapter 18: Aces Must Die
Death Makes a Bargain
by Robert J. Hogan writing as Greaseball Joe
Read by Glen Stone
The Balloon and the Buzzard
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Glen Stone
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 twelve Doc Savage novels, with Skull Island, 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.
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.
Glen Stone is the brother of Voice Actor Doug Stone and Director, Corporate Communications at Insurance Bureau of Canada. Glen has thirty years in PR, government relations, communications, media relations, speech writing, journalism and entertainment. Highlights include speechwriter for the Premier of Ontario (as well as many other politicians and senior executives), Director of Public Affairs for the largest local business organization in Canada, Director of Communications for the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park, newspaper columnist, Editor of Government Publications and Senior Communications Advisor for the Government of Ontario, News Director and Parliament Hill Bureau Chief for Canada’s largest private radio network, registered lobbyist (federal and provincial), entrepreneur, published poet, GR consultant and lecturer, newscaster, communications consultant for major multi-nationals, radio actor, talk show host, political platform writer, science journalist, commercial voice-over artist, semi-pro blues harp player, and audiobook reader for Radio Archives.
Nick DeGregorio is a composer and conductor with over 100 theatrical musical direction credits including a Helen Hayes Awards, Best Musical Direction nomination for his work on DeafWest’s Big River at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Nick’s conducted and/or played for Randy Newman, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorna Luft, Juliet Prowse, Morey Amsterdam, John Denver, Carol Channing and Glen Campbell and was MD for Hal Linden, Dorothy Lamour (5 years) and the LA Friar’s Club roast of Carl Reiner. He’s provided musical direction at many regional theatres around the country and was associate conductor for the Broadway tours of 42nd Street and Big River and the PCLO/Nederlander tour of Doctor Dolittle.
Nick’s conducted the Phoenix Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Les Brown’s Band of Renown and has played piano with the St. Louis, San Jose, Utah, Ottawa, Rochester, Baltimore, Winnipeg, Florida and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. On Broadway, Nick played piano for 42nd Street. Off-Broadway, Nick wrote the orchestrations for Fanny Hill and orchestrated for Lorna Luft’s show and Barry Manilow produced recording, Songs My Mother Taught Me. He’s done orchestrations for the Key West Pops and also for Mitzi Gaynor’s new show, Razzle Dazzle. As a composer, Nick has worked on projects for BBC-TV, Random House Entertainment, Mike Young Productions, Scholastic Entertainment, Coyne Communications and Paramount Pictures. He has also written seven musical comedies, the latest, High School Reunion, was recently listed in the Samuel French catalog.