Out of the night comes a menacing winged figure! Blind district attorney Tony Quinn takes his battle for justice from the courtrooms to the streets, battling evil as The Black Bat!
Ruin stalks a newspaper when a sinister prophet predicts murder before it happens! Follow The Black Bat as he takes the trail of a mysterious horde of killers!
Although Norman A. Daniels was the writer behind the house name G Wayman Jones writing The Black Bat for the majority of the series, other writers contributed work as well throughout the character’s fourteen year run. Writers such as Whit Elsworth and Stewart Sterling have been connected to The Black Bat series over the years, but proving their contributions has been a bit difficult, due primarily to scarcity of records from both Thrilling and the authors themselves.
One author who did contribute three stories to The Black Bat series was Laurence Donovan, including The Murder Prophet, one of two stories with this title in the canon. A native of Ohio, Donovan broke into writing as a reporter for various papers. He also put in some time as a writer in the early days of Hollywood. His pulp career began in the late 1920s. He proved early on that not only was he willing to write in any genre, he actually had the skill to do so, adapting to more sophisticated subjects for some magazines, while contributing also to some of the wilder markets, such as Zeppelin Stories.
Donovan would go on to write nine Doc Savage novels and even create the well-known character The Skipper for Street and Smith. His work on The Black Bat bears the distinctive style he brought to all his other work, including an evenly paced build up of suspense partnered with well-constructed characterizations. Donovan’s stories stand up alongside some of Daniels’ best work in The Black Bat series.
Thrill to The Murder Prophet, originally published in Black Book Detective #53 September 1942 and read with two fisted excitement by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: A Tardy Murderer
Chapter 2: Blind Man’s Bluff
Chapter 3: Death Goes Hunting
Chapter 4: Who Expected Murder?
Chapter 5: Runaway Death Truck
Chapter 6: Startling Evidence
Chapter 7: Trapped by Police
Chapter 8: Murder in a Morgue
Chapter 9: ‘Black Bat’ Seized
Chapter 10: A Stubborn Suspect
Chapter 11: Death at Four Owls
Chapter 12: Motive for Murder
Chapter 13: Who Is the Prophet?
Chapter 14: Murdered but Alive
Chapter 15: Owl’s Queer Escape
Chapter 16: A Politician Turns Killer
Chapter 17: The Daylight Bat
Chapter 18: Deadly Gun-trap
Chapter 19: Amazing Revelations
Chapter 20: The Murder Prophet