The Spider #51 Audiobook
by Wayne Rogers writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Stillness like that of the cold tombs had descended upon America’s greatest city, and in that cheerless, ringing void, no man dared raise his voice above a whisper. For the Silencer was at work, his giant ear strained to catch the innermost secrets of every citizen, turning upon them a blackmail scourge such as the world had never seen, as he drove those helpless multitudes to wholesale suicide! Never before had Richard Wentworth been called upon to battle a crime-emperor so powerful. As he donned the Spider’s eerie armor, to take up the Silencer’s trail of faceless corpses — it meant war to the death with a monster whose reign extended clear into the sky, itself, and whose victims died whispering, in hell!
The Spider was the only pulp hero to suffer under a messiah complex of immense proportions. As Norvell W. Page—the Quentin Tarantino of pulp fiction as well as a former crime reporter and the primary creator behind the Spider—related his complicated backstory: “Wentworth had sworn his crusades of justice long ago solely because of his hatred of injustice, his great altruistic love for mankind.
“Oh, there had been personal reasons behind his initial foray beyond the law—a dear friend was being framed out of life and honor and home. And there had been the example of his father, who had died when Wentworth was scarcely in his teens, a great lawyer murdered by criminals because he had dared defy them to save an innocent man they had made their scapegoat.”
Nick Santa Maria once again brings the Spider to life in Satan's Switchboard. Originally published in The Spider magazine, December, 1937.
Chapter 1: Mark of the Silencer
Chapter 2: Death’s Trail
Chapter 3: Silence Before Slaying
Chapter 4: Tightening Web
Chapter 5: Horror’s Wake
Chapter 6: The Listeners
Chapter 7: Reign of Terror
Chapter 8: Hell’s Clearing House
Chapter 9: Golden Loot
Chapter 10: Silencer’s End?
Chapter 11: The Devil’s Earphones
Chapter 12: City of the Deaf
Chapter 13: The Spider’s Sting
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. |