The Spider #40 Audiobook
Dictator of the Damned
by Emile C. Tepperman writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
With appalling suddenness, a new hooded monster of crime unleashed swift murder and soul-chilling madness upon Manhattan. His army of assassins struck with wanton savagery to lash terrified millions into a paralysis of fear. The Dictator held sway! — and Richard Wentworth, the avenging Spider, driven to the ambuscades of the underworld, faced the vortex of sudden peril alone.
According to Author Norvell W. Page, Richard Wentworth was a nemesis of the night, a swift and secret avenger who meted out lethal justice to those of the Underworld who dared to raise their hand against humanity; he was the man known throughout half the civilized world as the Spider, and tonight he wore the disguise that would instantly identify him as that dread killer. A long, black cape covered twisted shoulders. A broad-brimmed hat tightly pulled down over a lank wig shadowed a beak-nosed face. The eyes that glittered there were steely with bitter hatred.
As for Wentworth himself, he believed in his mission implicitly:
He was, he told himself, no longer a human being, but a cause. He was the Spider! He must live to defend humanity....
With a “cold cosmic anger” in his eyes, his “eerie weapons of mercy” blasting away unerringly, the Spider seemed superhuman, shrugging off crippling bullet wounds and performing other feats of preternatural endurance that would have demolished an ordinary mortal. No wonder Norvell W. Page called him a “man of steel” four years before Superman.
Once more, the incomparable Nick Santa Maria reads another thrilling Spider exploit. Dictator of the Damned originally published in The Spider magazine, January, 1937.
Chapter 1: The Call to Doom
Chapter 2: The Fourth Appointee
Chapter 3: The Spider Walks Again
Chapter 4: A Job With Five-Star
Chapter 5: Doom on the Wire
Chapter 6: Calling the Spider!
Chapter 7: The Trap at the Tombs
Chapter 8: Reception at Grogan’s
Chapter 9: Printers... and Maniacs
Chapter 10: The Torture Wheel
Chapter 11: Beneath the Hood
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. |