The Spider #115 Audiobook
The Spider and the Man from Hell
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
They killed for pay — those murderous minions of the gross crime king who was called the Man From Hell. And in their dread wake lay the innocent victims — of unpremeditated, motiveless murder. No New Yorker was safe from the fickle death that struck at men and women. It was slaughter with a capital "S" — and seven million people went mad with fear... The Spider and his beloved Nita plunged into this bitter, deadly conflict — and dedicated themselves to Death!
During the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction, three publications ranked as the most popular: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider.
The great pulp magazines of the 1930s and 40s produced a number of heroes, but none as action-oriented as the Spider. For almost exactly a decade, the Spider was the scourge of the Underworld, doling out his own particular brand of justice and imprinting his dreaded red Spider seal on the foreheads of those he has killed for the good of mankind.
One of the things that sets the Spider apart from other heroes is magnitude; the villains commit acts of destruction on a grand scale, sinking whole ocean liners, toppling entire buildings, wiping out entire towns with germ warfare. The evil masterminds are in truth more terrorists than criminals.
Nick Santa Maria takes on the dual persona of Richard Wentworth and his arachnid alter-ego for this nail-biting audio rendition of The Spider and the Man from Hell. Originally published in The Spider magazine, June, 1943.
Chapter 1: Oh, Careless Death!
Chapter 2: Satan’s Speedway
Chapter 3: Murder for Fun
Chapter 4: Among the Dead
Chapter 5: The Hour Strikes!
Chapter 6: The Mounting Toll
Chapter 7: False Laughter
Chapter 8: Spider Trap
Chapter 9: Death Laughs
Chapter 10: One-Way Street
Chapter 11: When You’re Boss ...
Chapter 12: The Challenge!
Chapter 13: Hour of Peril
Chapter 14: Fire and Murder
Chapter 15: Slaughter in Sanctuary
Chapter 16: The Spider Strikes
Chapter 17: Boomerang Bargain
Chapter 18: Death Watch
Chapter 19: The Lethal Clue
Chapter 20: The Invisible Death
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. |