Living dead men walk in this exciting, sensational tale of the Phantom Detective’s thrilling campaign against the fiendish perpetrator of a ghastly series of gruesome crimes. Confronted by a veritable fiend — a criminal with all the cunning and cruelty of Satan himself — the Phantom Detective carries on — valiantly, grimly, fearlessly. For in his chosen profession as Nemesis of the underworld, there is no retreat. Come what may, the Phantom wages his lone wolf war against the enemies of society — putting all his vast mental and physical resources into the bitter, never-ending struggle. Thrill to his astonishing deductions and daredevil exploits as the Phantom Detective stands face to face with one of the most nefarious criminals who ever threatened mankind with horrors unspeakable!
The Phantom Detective debuted in February 1933, a little less than two years after The Shadow magazine debuted. Ned Pines, owner of Thrilling Publications, saw an opportunity to capitalize on and perhaps capture a bit of Street & Smith’s triumph for himself. The second character to lead his own magazine, The Phantom Detective hit the stands, causing Street & Smith to cry foul. Threatening lawsuit, The Shadow’s publisher maintained that Pines essentially copied The Shadow and made a few minor changes. Before it could develop into full blown legal action, though, other magazines hit the stands featuring titles and characters with names like Secret Agent "X" and The Spider, among others. Hero Pulps were now a thing all their own and in a way, that is thanks to Ned Pines and The Phantom Detective for taking that risk initially.
‘The Sinister Hand of Satan’ was originally published in the October 1933 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.