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“Adventure! Who among us has not felt the thrill of that word?” begins the introduction to the Strange Adventures radio program from the beginning of the Golden Age of Radio. In the throes of the Great Depression, Strange Adventures offered relief from the troubles of every day life by whisking listeners to faraway places where excitement beckoned and danger lurked around every corner. A barbershop quartet encouraged listeners to join them in the World Adventurers Club, where there was always some globetrotting explorer who had just returned from some thrilling adventure that he was willing to share. The World Adventurers Club was a gentlemen’s club of the type popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that represented the European colonial view of the world. Its members — and narrators — were from the same mold as heroes of Victorian and pulp fiction of the era. The tales told therein were dedicated to “that great god, Adventure”.
With such exotic titles as “Land of Doomed Souls”, “The Ghost Light”, “The Forest of Forgotten Men” and “The House That Screamed”, Strange Adventures told tales that included a ghost story about an Egyptian tomb with moving mummies and a perpetual motion machine; supernatural shoes made from Emu feathers; an expedition to find a hidden tribe of wild Amazon women that is saved by a white mouse named Nickodemus; and a woman adventurer tells of her capture in the Gobi Desert where she is forced to participate in a mad scientist’s plan to cross breed men with giant apes to produce the missing link!
Produced in 1932 by TRANSCO, Strange Adventures included actors Jay Novello, Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Junius Matthews, Jonathan Hole and Hanley Stafford. This ten-hour set includes all thirty-nine fifteen-minute episodes.
So, gentle listener, gather around the fire, settle back in your comfortable chair, take your brandy snifter in hand, close your eyes and join the members of the World Adventurer’s Club “in the pledge of fellowship” (as the quartet sang) as one of its own begins to tell his own harrowing tale of far-off danger. 10 hours. $29.98 Audio CDs / $14.99 Download
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Throughout much of its radio history, "Amos 'n' Andy" was broadcast in a five-day-a-week quarter-hour serial format. However, in the fall of 1943, Gosden and Correll revamped the show into a half-hour weekly situation comedy. Concerned about the quality of the new version (and also in maintaining the quality of his performances) Correll had most of the programs of the new series recorded on 16" transcription discs for his personal library. In the 1970s, Correll had the programs professionally transferred from discs to top quality 1/2" tape -- but explicitly requested that the commercials for Rinso, by then the show’s sponsor, be edited out at the same time. Thus, though the programs in this collection may be commercial-free, they're all taken right from Charlie Correll’s own transcription collection. The audio fidelity of these shows is astounding - in fact, they sound far better than when they were first heard over NBC in 1943 and 1944 - and have been painstakingly restored for your enjoyment.
In addition to nineteen original broadcasts from 1945 and 1946, this collection concludes with a real rarity: "The Mystic Knights of the Sea Minstrel Show," a mid-1930s attempt to present the characters of "Amos 'n' Andy" in a weekly prime-time slot. The effort was very short-lived, primarily because Gosden and Correll disliked the notion of presenting their characters in the context of a minstrel show, "minstrelsy" being the sort of dated and 19th century concept that the team knew their black listeners might quickly grow to resent. Taken from a worn aircheck found in Charles Correll's library, it is one of only two examples of the series known to exist and, though the audio quality is rather rough, we think that the historic value of the program alone merits its inclusion here. 10 hours. Regular Price $29.98 - Specially priced until April 24 for $14.99 Audio CDs / $7.49 Download
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Will Murray's Pulp Classics #48
Read by Tony Scheinman. Liner Notes by Will Murray
Before he became an acclaimed mystery novelist, Bruno Fischer moonlighted as one of the most crafty practitioners of the arcane art of the Weird Menace tale, filling the pages of Terror Tales, Horror Stories and other Popular Publications pulp magazines like a madman.
It was the middle of the Great Depression. Fischer had been writing for left-leaning political pamphlets when inspiration struck:
“During the late spring of 1936 I was in a bar with several newspaper friends and we were discussing how to make a decent living out of the writing racket. Somebody mentioned that he had picked up a little money by turning out pulp. That gave me the idea. I’d never read a pulp magazine. I bought a dozen secondhand copies and spent most of the night reading them. The next day I bought more and the next more. After ten days of studying the various markets, I set out to devote my weekends to pulp.
“In a fit of romanticism I signed the stories with the name I sometimes wrote under in the Socialist Call—Russell Gray. Rogers Terrill rejected the first five I wrote, then bought twenty-four in a row.”
The newly-minted pulp writer soon became so prolific that editor Terrill was scheduling two of his tales in many issues. Fischer signed those yarns, Harrison Storm.
We’ve selected five of these chillers for our latest Terror Tales audiobook, divided between Fischer’s two pseudonyms. It’s particularly grisly feast, for Fischer was penning Weird Menace at its macabre heights, when anything went. But not for long, as the writer once confessed:
“One day sex went out because the British market wouldn’t stand for it, in which case I kept on the clothes of the full-bodied heroine throughout her adventures with dead people who refused to remain in their graves or with merely human fiends. War in Europe and the loss of the foreign market brought sex back, laid on with a trowel. Then clean-up organizations started to throw their weight around and gave editors jitters, and artists and writers were instructed to put panties and brassieres on the girls. But basically the stories remained constant—their sole aim to thrill the reader through violent emotional impacts of fear or sex or both.”
With that admonition in mind, here’s the dark and depraved lineup:
“The House that Horror Built”––a tale of Thoran the Vampire, whose cruel cry is, “Your blood will flow in my veins!”
“A Corpse Wields the Lash”––a dead man takes up the punishing whip of a torturer for a mad murder spree.
“Darlings of the Black Master”–– Who is this human monster who disemboweled beautiful women to satisfy his insane desires? Can anything save the survivors?
“Valley of the Red Death”––Chief Flying Hawk returns from the grave to wield a tomahawk of terror against modern Americans, their scarlet scalps his grisly trophies.
“The Devil is Our Landlord”––one by one, beautiful young girls vanished from the Rose Hills apartments, only to mysteriously reappear, stripped of their clothes and their sanity. What sinister force commanded these outrages?
This devilish collection of Terror Tales novelettes is read by Tony Scheinman. He hasn’t been heard from since.... 5 hours $19.98 Audio CDs / $9.99 Download
Robert Weinberg Presents
by Jay Bonansinga
Read by Nick Santa Maria
In the tradition of The Exorcist, Jay Bonansinga’s novel, Oblivion takes the listener on a unique and frightening ride described in terrifying detail from this bestselling writer. In a dramatic showdown between the forces of good and evil, mankind's salvation rests in the hands of a burnt-out relic of a priest.
One snowy night in Chicago, Father Martin Delaney, a drunken ex-priest is torn away from his liquor by a well-dressed stranger. The man, who turns out to be Delaney’s former altar boy, Jimmy Dodd, is now a lawyer. He wants Father Martin to perform an ancient exorcism ritual on a famous house located far south of the Windy City. Delaney, who was defrocked due to an unsanctioned bungled exorcism, has no desire to help his altar boy. But the young lawyer won’t take no for an answer.
Arriving blindfolded in the middle of a raging blizzard at the special location in Washington, D.C., Father Martin soon realizes that the house that he has entered, a vast place of many rooms, is seriously haunted by a malevolent demon. And that he is the one man who can stop it from bringing about the destruction of the Earth.
Only then does Delaney realize that his meeting with Jimmy was not merely by chance. The nameless building is the White House, which has been possessed for hundreds of years by a menacing specter. As the priest tries to learn the spirit’s motives, he discovers a dark secret of American history.
Father Martin is an ordinary man, a man of doubts and fears, a man who has failed once in banishing a demon to the dark pits of hell. Now, he must stand against the army of darkness with only his wavering faith to support him.
Jay Bonansinga studied creative writing at Michigan State University and film directing at Columbia College, Chicago. Since then, he has written many bestselling horror and thriller novels, and directed numerous short films and music videos. Jay Bonansinga is the New York Times bestselling co-author (with Robert Kirkman) of The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, as well as twenty other novels and non-fiction works published in eleven languages. He has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune. 8 hours $31.98 Audio CDs / $15.99 Download
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New Will Murray's Pulp Classics eBooks
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today!
Was there any way to stop a mass murderer who convinced thousands of innocent people, in Kali’s Temple hidden deep beneath New York, that to take human life was sacred! Richard Wentworth thought there was one way — until Commissioner Kirkpatrick succumbed to the wiles of the Murder Prophet’s fairest emissary! After that... only the Spider dared to act! Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine. $2.99.
Dime Mystery Magazine Harrison Storm and Russell Gray
In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, all written by Harrison Storm and Russell Gray reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
The Western was coming of age in 1950. It was no longer strictly a ride-’em-cowboy treatise with a shoot-out per page and a carcass per paragraph. It was becoming a realistic, living story of the true drama of frontier America... a credible, vital, true-to-life re-creation of the past, told in terms of the fight for human decency against insurmountable odds in a savage environment. The Pecos Kid was born from Popular Publications in the July 1950 magazine, and was hardly a regulation Western character. Dramatic clashes did not always break forth in gunfire, but resulted rather in human conflicts that split families up into warring factions, pitted cousin against cousin. Of course, these Western stories still had their sweeping movement, their dramatic impact, their stirring conflicts, and a helping of good lively, he-man brawls. The lusty, hell-for-leather characters of the Old West were still present, with their tough, vigorous ways and their crisp, salty talk. After five issues under its own title, The Pecos Kid Western merged with 10 Story Western Magazine in mid-1951. The Pecos Kid series returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Captain Zero #3 March 1950 The Golden Murder Syndicate
One by one the Eight Frightened Bachelors met violent deaths, meted out by a merciless ring of midnight murderers... that could be challenged only by the fabulous Captain Zero, whose strange, eerie gift was at once a double-edged weapon of deliverance — and of destruction! Captain Zero premiered in November 1949, and had the dubious distinction of being the last of the single-character hero pulps. Captain Zero was a fabulous character whose strange and deadly career began each midnight at the stroke of twelve — and ended each gray dawn with the first rays of the sun. During those few hours, he became completely invisible! But even that wonderous feat wasn't enough to save the pulp magazine. It ended after only three issues. Now, once again, you will experience the reading thrills in the adventures of this amazing, yet compellingly human, character of fiction... the Master of Midnight, Captain Zero... as he returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Each 99 cent eBook Single contains a single short story, one of the many tales selected from the pages of Dime Mystery and Terror Tales. These short stories are not included in any of our other eBooks.
Only death could still the voice that called incessantly after him, “Quigley..? Quigley!” and bade him... live... In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
What mysterious forces had shaped that dread shadow in the morning of time, Larry Fairwell would never know until his soul had fled into the only sanctuary left it — the darkness of eternity... In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
Her pale dead fingers, groping from the lacy tissue of the candy box, were Flora’s last appeal to Eddie. In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
Wayne crashed Liz’s farewell party in sheer self-defense... He stayed on for the same reason, when her faceless shroud chose him as partner in a midnight murder-time whirl! In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird me most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story from the pages of Terror Tales magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
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The legendary Master of Men returns in two classic stories first released in 1934 and 1942. First, in "The Corpse Cargo" (1934), modern day pirates are hijacking passenger trains instead of shipa. Lead by the self-proclaimed Captain Kidd, as heartless a murderess as ever rode the seven seas, Kidd and her ruthless gang engage in robbery, murder, and mass destruction - and only The Spider dares defy them! Then, in "Slaves of the Ring" (1942), freedom teeters on the bring of extinction as a dictatorship threatens America. Richard Wentworth gathers together a ragtag assortment of men and women to wage the ultimate battle for life and liberty. With every hand against them, the tiny army risks life and limb to preserve the idea of justice and freedom - but can they alone triumph over tyranny? These two exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading and feature both of the original full color covers as well as interior illustrations that accompany each story. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Pulp fiction's legendary Knight of Darkness returns in two of his most engrossing adventures. First, the Voodoo Master returns from the grave and launches a series of terrorist attacks to enslave "The City of Doom". Then, the Dark Avenger battles the master of disguise known only as Five Face. Will "The Fifth Face" be the face of death? In a special bonus feature, The Shadow battles a million-year-old Neanderthal in a "lost" radio script by Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Alfred Bester. This series entry features a classic cover by George Rozen, a foreword by Harlan Ellison, all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrators Tom Lovell and Earl Mayan, and historical commentary on the origins of super-villains and DC Comics' Vandal Savage by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $12.95
The legendary pulp superman battles evil in two expanded novels by Lester Dent and Harold A. Davis writing as Kenneth Robeson, incorporating never-before-published text from the original manuscripts. In "The Dust of Death", after Long Tom is arrested on spying charges, Doc Savage, Monk, and Ham intervene in an Amazon jungle border war as they battle the mysterious Inca in Gray. Then, in "The Stone Man", the Man of Bronze and his Iron Crew journey to Arizona and discover a lost race and a strange mist that transforms men into stone. This pulp reprint showcases the classic pulp covers by Walter Baumhofer and Emery Clarke, all of Paul Orban's interior illustrations, and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $12.95
The Shadow, Volume 83
The Master of Darkness journeys from his Manhattan environs to prove that "crime does not pay" in two action-packed pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson writing as "Maxwell Grant." The Shadow reverts to his true identity of Kent Allard to bring a fugitive financier to justice in "Crime Over Boston." Then in "Crime Over Miami" the Shadow teams with the real Lamont Cranston to unmask a criminal mastermind who has organized the Florida underworld into a criminal hurricane! This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the original color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney, the classic interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Earl Mayan and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Doc Savage, Volume 73
The pulp era's legendary superman returns in exotic pulp thrillers by Laurence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, the capture of Renny by African warriors of the mysterious Shimba propels Doc and Patricia Savage on a daring rescue mission to "The Land of Long JuJu." Then, in "Se-Pah-Poo," the bizarre murder of an archeologist in Arizona and a withered hand lead the Man of Bronze and his aides to an ancient lost city! BONUS: a two-fisted adventure of Cap Fury, The Skipper! This instant collector's item leads off with the classic 1937 color pulp cover by Robert G. Harris and also includes all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban plus historical commentary by Will Murray, author of thirteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Avenger, Volume 12
The pulps' legendary "Man of Steel" returns in three action-packed pulp thrillers by Paul Ernst and Emile Tepperman writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, Justice, Inc. must unmask a serial murderer before "The Wilder Curse" claims further innocent victims. Then, a deadly plane crash sets Dick Benson on the trail of the incredible new .. invention behind "Midnight Murder." PLUS "To Kill a Dead Man," the final Avenger thriller from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine by Spider-scribe Emile Tepperman! This classic pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers by Lenosci and A. Leslie Ross, Paul Orban's interior illustrations and commentary by pulp historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Whisperer, Volume 5
The double life of Police Commissioner James Gordon is explored in a pair of two-fisted thrillers that inspired classic Batman stories! First, The Whisperer goes undercover to close down a “School for Murder” that prepares teenagers for criminal careers! Then, Wildcat Gordon investigates corruption in the trucking industry in “Murder on the Line.” BONUS: an adventure of Norgil the Magician by The Shadow’s Maxwell Grant! This historic collector’s item showcases both original color pulp covers by Spider artist John Newton Howitt, classic interior illustrations by Paul Orban and golden-age great Creig Flessel, and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
This is an authentic replica of an original pulp magazine published by Girasol Collectables. This edition is designed to give the reader an authentic taste of what a typical pulp magazine was like when it was first issued - but without the frailty or expense of trying to find a decades-old collectable to enjoy. The outer covers, the interior pages, and the advertisements are reprinted just as they appeared in the original magazine, left intact to give the reader the true feel of the original as well as an appreciation for the way in which these publications were first offered to their avid readers. To further enhance the “pulp experience”, this edition is printed on off-white bond paper intended to simulate the original look while, at the same time, assuring that this edition will last far longer than the original upon which it is based. The overall construction and appearance of this reprint is designed to be as faithful to the original magazine as is reasonably possible, given the unavoidable changes in production methods and materials. Pulp Replica $25.00
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson
When a brazen adventuress tries to hire Doc Savage for a secret mission—but won’t tell him why—it lights the fuse for one of the most explosive exploits ever to involve the Man of Bronze.
Who is Hornetta Hale? Why does she need to rent Doc’s private submarine? And who is so determined to eliminate her that they destroy Doc Savage’s skyscraper headquarters in the process?
From Manhattan Island to the Caribbean Sea, Doc and his fighting crew chase the most violent gang of criminals they have ever encountered in a desperate race to unlock the secret of Phantom Lagoon. Or are they more than mere criminals? Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson
The world believed that aviator Tom Franklin was dead. Years before, he had set out on a pioneering transpacific flight alone—and vanished!
When he returned, as it from the grave, Franklin and a mysterious woman flew a battered plane that had been repaired with plates of pure gold. Desperately seeking the help of Doc Savage, the mighty Man of Bronze, Franklin and his curvaceous charge fall into the clutches of diamond smuggler Blackbird Hinton and his cutthroat crew—but not before the bronze adventurer hears of their plight.
From Manhattan to Cape Town ensues a quest as dangerous as any in recorded history. One that will embroil the compassionate yet hard-fisted Doc Savage and his resourceful men in a raging struggle for control of one of history’s most closely guarded mysteries.The lost secret of Python Isle! Softcover $24.95
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