Forged in war, The Phantom Detective wages a one-man battle on crime! Solving impossible mysteries and delivering his own justice, he is the underworld’s masked nightmare!
Wild, laughing maniacs recruited to further the heinous plans of an arch-fiend terrorize a great city as crime follows crime in a blood-curdling procession of horror!
Of all the titles bestowed upon The Phantom Detective by his various authors, one stands out above all others-the fact that he is ‘a one-man army’ against crime. In nearly every tale in the series, readers learn that The Phantom Detective is much like a medieval knight of old, on a quest all his own to stamp out evil in the streets and beyond. Some might argue, however, that this isn’t true, that The Phantom Detective doesn’t stray too far from the model for almost all other Pulp Heroes.
With the Debut of The Shadow, it became stereotypical of the leads in Hero Pulps to have certain characteristics, one of the most apparent being that they had some sort of organization, a team that they worked with. The Shadow had his agents, Doc Savage had his highly skilled team of five, the Spider had a triad of three close knit associates, and so on. Yet, The Phantom Detective did not have such a support group, at least in the organized fashion of other heroes. He had a singular confidante, one person whom he trusted with his secret identity, Frank Havens. Havens did provide assistance at times, but he was not a ‘team’ member, but more of someone who knew how to get ahold of The Phantom Detective when necessary. Other characters also recurred, oftentimes helping Van Loan in his masked identity, including Havens’ daughter and The Phantom’s love interest, Muriel, but there was never an organization. The Phantom Detective truly fought alone!
‘Minions of Death’ was originally published in the November 1937 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: The Inhuman Thing
Chapter 2: The Face of Death
Chapter 3: Murder Machine
Chapter 4: Sinister Siren
Chapter 5: The Phantom on Guard
Chapter 6: “Find That Woman!”
Chapter 7: More Murder
Chapter 8: “You’re Next!”
Chapter 9: Behind a Mask
Chapter 10: A Killer’s Mockery
Chapter 11: At Death’s Door
Chapter 12: Another Maniac!
Chapter 13: The Trail of Murder
Chapter 14: The Phantom Deals Death
Chapter 15: The Master Criminal
Chapter 16: The Seal of War
Chapter 17: The Wall’s Secret
Chapter 18: A Hot Trail
Chapter 19: A Voice From the Dead
Chapter 20: Deep in a Grave
Chapter 21: The Morgue Discloses —
Chapter 22: Mercy Killings!
Chapter 23: Clue From the Past
Chapter 24: More Clues
Chapter 25: Pit of Burning Death
Chapter 26: The Mystery Man
Chapter 27: The Guilty Cry Out
Milton Bagby is a veteran radio announcer and voiceover specialist who first turned to audiobooks in 2010. Since then, Milton has worked on several hundred audiobook projects and is a 2017 Audie Awards winner, the audiobook industry's highest award. Drawing upon years of stage acting and the occasional bit part in films, Milton uses his experience to create characters that stand out in the ear of the listener.
“I am very much aware that a perfect stranger is going to invest many hours listening to me tell a story. I do my best to give the listener an experience in which the characters in that story come alive and sound real.”
When not behind a microphone, Milton is a writer. In addition to the well-received Rick Burkhart crime novels, Milton writes a line of 1950s style pulp stories, and is the author of dozens of magazine articles and two non-fiction books. Milton and his wife live in Nashville.