“I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!”
One of the best remembered radio shows of its type, The Whistler chronicled the twists and turns in the lives of unsuspecting characters each week. Usually, regular people living day to day lives who made one horrible life changing decision were at the center of each episode, caught and strangled by their mistakes, their own emotions, their self destructive tendencies. And from a distance, almost never actively participating, never reaching out to help or to stop the inevitable doom was The Whistler. An observer who offered succinct thoughts on the rights and wrongs of those he watched committed and who, when the final shoe dropped, left listeners trembling with his creepy, lingering laugh.
Described by many as an anthology program, and others as a horror or mystery show, The Whistler indeed was all these things. In many ways, however, the program was first and foremost a crime show. What made it stand out from other programs of the same type was the use of the show’s namesake, the unseen, almost never participating observer with the eerie laugh and often chilling platitudes to share each week. The Whistler was not the first host of this type, but definitely left his mark as one of the most memorable.
Experience the weird justice of The Whistler in this astounding Radio Archives collection. Listen to twelve broadcasts, restored to sparkling digital quality as originally aired from November, 1942 to February, 1943.
$7.49 Download / $14.98 Audio CDs
Many people know Nostalgia Ventures from our Shadow and Doc Savage reprints. Nostalgia Ventures was also an Old Time Radio company and some of you have bought the products from Borders, Barnes and Noble, Sam's Club, and Costco. The relationship between Radio Archives and Dennis Levin of Nostalgia Ventures started when Nostalgia Ventures began distributing our products in 2006, the same year that the pulp reprint line was started. The two companies were in the process of merging when Dennis died unexpectly in the summer of 2009. I still think of my mentor everyday. Radio Archives purchased Nostalgia Ventures in July of 2009.
What will you find in the Nostalgia Ventures store?
All of the Nostalgia Ventures sets, most not available for several years. These sets will be offered for the first time ever in a Digital Download format. (Coming Soon)
The line of Nostalgia Ventures DVDs.
Three of Nostalgia Ventures Audio CD sets will be available until the inventory is sold. These will not be republished as Audio CDs but will be available as Downloads.
We are expanding the Nostalgia Ventures product line with new exciting products.
These are being offered as Digital Downloads and are priced at 49 cents for half hour shows, 24 cents for quarter hour shows, etc.
We have been asked numerous times to offer this set that we restored in the mid 2000s. Please read the disclaimer on the product page before ordering.
Music radio shows
We have tens of thousands of Music transcription discs that will never be made into Radio Archives sets. We are excited to offer them here. The source material for these are 16" transcription discs and are processed with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older recordings. These shows will be partially restored and we expect them to be the best sounding copies available anywhere.
Old Time Radio Shows
These originate from low generation reels or transcription discs. Shows that wouldn't have been made into Radio Archives sets. They are processed using CEDAR and partially restored for great sound.
All the shows that are added to each newsletter will be sold in one zip file for half price until the next newsletter is sent out.
The new releases for this newsletter are Bulldog Drummond, Dick Tracy, Grand Ole Opry, National Barn Dance, Prowl Car, Quiet, Please, Steve Canyon, Straight Arrow, Terry and the Pirates, The Sea Hound, Tom Mix, and Your Hit Parade.
Buy all 99 new releases in one big zipfile for Half Price. Normally $46.28. Only $23.14 until January 26th.
Legions of Madness
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Never had Richard Wentworth — he who is the scourge of the Underworld in his guise of the Spider — faced such tremendous odds or been so alone in the strife! Nita, his beloved, had tried to kill him, was hopelessly insane. His faithful servant had been tortured beyond human endurance. And the Master of Madness, chief of a powerful, fiendish syndicate, was spreading his germs of mania unchecked. Who could rescue America from screaming, murderous frenzy when the Spider, harried by Law and lawless, himself half-doubted his own skill and bravery?
With a “cold cosmic anger” in his eyes, his “eerie weapons of mercy” blasting away unerringly, the Spider seemed superhuman, shrugging off crippling bullet wounds and performing other feats of preternatural endurance that would have demolished an ordinary mortal
Yet there was a human side to this complex man. Consider his strange relationship with his semi-fiancée, Nita van Sloan.
When he had met Nita, his life was already pledged to the service of humanity. The Spider had been a scourge of the Underworld for three full years. So he had fought against the love he knew could never reached culmination in marriage. He had told her that, long ago, when they found their love was stronger than the will to resist; had told her all his secret life in the hope that it might accomplish what his will had not. It had only drawn Nita closer to him, and they had fought the hard way together.” As Wentworth once remarked to her, “How perfectly is thy mystic karma attuned to mine!”
Nick Santa Maria reads Legions of Madness with indescribable emotion. Originally published in The Spider magazine, June, 1936.
5 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
Captain Future and the Seven Space Stones
by Edmond Hamilton
Read by Milton Bagby
Curt Newton, spacefarer, and the Futuremen take off on the most thrilling treasure-hunt of all time in quest of the Solar System’s greatest prize!
Although an orphan, Curtis Newton’s parents left him with gifts that would most definitely lead to him becoming Captain Future, the superman of the spaceways. His mother, Elaine, provided him with his mission, to become the protector of the solar system, to fight for justice wherever it may take him. Roger, his father, not only passed on incredible genius and scientific skills, but he provided him with three caregivers that would grow to be the greatest team a space faring hero could have-The Futuremen!
The Futuremen all have their origins in the Moon Laboratory that is both home and headquarters to Captain Future. Referred to as a ‘citadel of science’, the Moon Laboratory is designed in a circular fashion and contains quarters for the Futuremen, even though not all of them, such as Grag, actually require rest. A reference library containing the vast knowledge of the universe, the Brain’s personal lab, a large room that serves as both workspace and social area with a glassite window as ceiling, and many other rooms make up the Moon Laboratory, definitely the perfect place for an interplanetary hero to call his own.
Even though Captain Future flew his last adventure in the Pulps in 1951, it was by no means the end. He and the Futuremen continued to protect the universe and beyond in a Japanese animated television series, numerous French and German comic books and a host of merchandise, including action figures, games, and even drinking glasses have been based on the protector of the spaceways.
Rocket into science fiction adventure and discover new worlds. Ripped from the pages of the Winter 1941 issue of Captain Future magazine, “Captain Future and the Seven Space Stones” is read with wonder and excitement by Milton Bagby.
5 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
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The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks, bringing the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider, G-8 and His Battle Aces, Operator #5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Doctor Death. Radio Archives brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today! All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility.
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
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. As a special bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction especially for this series of eBooks.
G-8 and His Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. G-8 battled Germany’s Halloween shock troops for over a decade, not ceasing until the magazine folded in the middle of World War II. G-8 and His Battle Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
Introduction to G-8 and His Battle Aces
by Will Murray
Blazing Sky Novel
Raiders Of The Death Patrol
As told by G-8 to Robert J. Hogan
With thunderous tread march a dreadful legion, led by a strange new weapon against which neither man nor machine can stand... And from the Allied Supreme Command goes up the cry — “Find G-8! He’ll know what to do!”... But the Master Flying Spy crouches deep in the darkness of Hunland, pondering his fateful decision. For in his hands is the power to destroy civilizations most deadly menace — but to do so, he must be its last victim!
Feud Of The Hawks — Story Of Flaming Sky War
The toughest fighters in the world they were — America’s warbird heroes of the Western Front... But in all that valiant band there were none to compare with the two Yankee aces who had sworn to crash each other from the sky — without firing a shot!
Hell’s Own Battlefield — A Greaseball Joe Story
Not a Hun outfit in Bocheland could blast the 69th Pursuits from the clouds... until that crimson dawn when they roared to the rim of hell, to save the honor of a mate who had blundered!
G-8 Speaks — Special Air Department
The Master Spy holds a council of war with the fans.
G-8 Club Rules — Special G-8 Air Features
How to join and what to do.
Radio Archives Pulp Classics line of eBooks are of the highest quality and feature the great Pulp Fiction stories of the 1930s-1950s. All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want. $3.99
Doc Savage: Empire of Doom
Doc Savage & The Shadow vs. Shiwan Khan
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
It began with the hijacking of a destroyer from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The stolen warship struck midtown Manhattan with her mighty guns, then vanished far out to sea.
Who were the strange raiders wearing the golden uniforms of no known power who pulled off the daring theft? And who was their mysterious leader, a being of seemingly supernatural abilities?
Doc Savage did not know. But The Shadow did! Combining forces, the Man of Bronze and the Dark Avenger follow the trail of a superfoe from The Shadow’s past.
But can they learn to trust one another?
From fog-shrouded New York to a futuristic underground kingdom in the heart of Asia, the battle sprawls—with the world’s fate at stake! Softcover $24.95
King Kong Vs. Tarzan
Beast-God Versus Ape-Man
by Will Murray, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
The year was 1933. Filmmaker Carl Denham had captured the stupendous monster he had dubbed “King” Kong. But that was only the beginning. Denham was determined to get the dethroned ruler of Skull Mountain Island back to America, and cash in on the greatest wild animal capture in human history.
The saga of how Kong was taken in chains from his Indian Ocean kingdom to New York City has never been told. In order for the cargo freighter Wanderer to make the long transit to the Atlantic, she is forced to circumnavigate Africa—jungle home of the legendary Tarzan of the Apes!
Here is the long-anticipated clash between the Monarch of Skull Island and Lord of the Jungle.
When the largest anthropoid who ever lived encounters the savage superman raised by the great apes, will they make peace—or war? Softcover $24.95
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Knight of Darkness and his cabby aide crush crime in classic pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson and Theodore Tinsley writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, when old Landis Framingham dies, his multimillion dollar estate becomes a "Legacy of Death" to his heirs! Then, The Shadow, Margo Lane and Shrevvy investigate a young man who has followed in his father's footsteps, first as a psychoanalyst and then as "The Devil's Partner." BONUS: a classic Shadow thriller from the Golden Age of Radio! This special collector's volume showcases the classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and Charles de Feo and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Adventure House replicas reproduce the entire pulp magazine and reprints the magazine on acid free paper. Not only is the lead story reprinted, all the backup stories, original artwork and even the wonderful advertisements are included. Adventure House replicas are the closest thing to an original pulp magazine at a fraction of the collector’s price.
During radio's "Golden Age", most programs were aired live, rather than prerecorded. Luckily, many were recorded while they were being broadcast — sometimes so a sponsor, a producer, a director, or a performer could listen to them later, other times for legal purposes. Most were recorded onto 16" records, called electrical transcriptions or Transcription Discs. With the introduction of audio tape in the 1950s, transcriptions gradually became a thing of the past, with many being discarded in large quantities. As a result, with the passing of the years, they have become increasingly rare and hard to find.
Though it does take special equipment to play such a large record, many radio enthusiasts collect them. Some people are interested solely in discs from a favorite series, while others just like to own a few rare and high-quality transcription recordings to frame and hang on their wall.
Buying transcription discs has always been difficult whether it is finding them, bidding against others in an auction, watching the price quadruple in the last few seconds, or not knowing the quality of the seller or the discs. That has all changed. When you see a transcription disc on Radio Archives that you want to buy, add it to the shopping cart and we will ship it to you the same day. Our flat rate postage of only $4.00 for US orders can save you a lot of money on these heavy discs. Radio Archives has handled 30,000 transcription discs over the last 17 years and we know how to ship them safely.
Add the transcription discs you want to purchase to the shopping cart along with Old Time Radio CDs, Audiobooks, or Pulps that you want for a low $4 flat rate postage for everything in your order.
The expanded Bargain Basement is now featured on the main menu of the home page. With the number of items increasing from dozens of products to hundreds of products, we have divided the Bargain Basement into 9 categories. Many great deals, supplies limited.
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