G-8 and His Battle Aces #63 Audiobook
The Bloody Wings of the Vampire
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria
They called G-8 the Flying Spy. History never recorded his exploits—and for good reason! No one would ever believe World War I was that wild!
There was a curse in the sky that fighting men had roamed, more ghastly by far than Death could ever be! Cold clammy hands were reaching from the grave — hands that once had held the stick of German aircraft. Not even G-8 was safe from the Red Scourge of the Western Front and the ghastly things that walked the night and robbed the blood of living men!
Amidst a flurry of flight themed magazines in the late 1920s into the early 1930s, Popular Publications’ President Harry Steeger looked to throw his company into the mix of high flying heroes, hero being a key word. Thanks to the popularity of such characters as Doc Savage and The Shadow, Steeger wanted to create a pilot character that stood out from the other flyboys in Pulp, one that was as much over the top hero as he was a flyer. From that desire and discussions primarily with author Robert J. Hogan, G-8 and His Battle Aces was born.
Although other aviation characters had been attempted as series, no concept prior to G-8 took hold enough to last longer than a few issues in most cases. Steeger was struggling with one of his own aviation titles failing and felt that a central lead was the answer to saving it.
G-8 came to life for Hogan in a car ride in late 1933. Fighting traffic in the Holland Tunnel, Hogan came up with the basics for the aviation hero he and Steeger had plotted. Taking G-8’s name from a ranch he visited as a child, Hogan’s ideas on that ride home came together and would prove to be one of the most popular and endearing Pulp series of all time, running for 110 issues.
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a terrifying nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in The Bloody Wings of the Vampire. Originally published in the December, 1938 issue of G-8 and His Battle Aces magazine.
Nick DeGregorio composed the music for the G-8 and His Battle Aces series of audiobooks.
Chapter 1: The German Death Dealer
Chapter 2: The Death of Baron von Keim
Chapter 3: Von Keim’s Revenge
Chapter 4: The Baron Stalks the Night
Chapter 5: The Midnight Watch
Chapter 6: The Baron Walks Again
Chapter 7: The Vampire Deaths
Chapter 8: La Pris Escapes
Chapter 9: Vampire at Le Bourget
Chapter 10: Bad News from the 90th
Chapter 11: Mother of Vampires
Chapter 12: G-8, the Spy
Chapter 13: The Master Spy’s Trick
Chapter 14: Suspected
Chapter 15: A Call for Courage
Chapter 16: Story of the Damned
Chapter 17: The Wide Jaws of Death
Chapter 18: Vampire Revenge
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.
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.