The Spider #84 Audiobook
Master of the Night-Demons
by Emile C. Tepperman writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Just as Adolph Hitler brutally slaughtered his opponents, so did Asmodeus, Master of the Night-Demons, crush New York’s police force and lay down his hideous ultimatum to the city: “Surrender... or die!” Could one man — Richard Wentworth — with only his pitifully few loyal allies, and the Spider’s sinister garb, stem this monstrous Blitzkrieg of crime!
The Spider seemed to rejoice in impossible odds. Captured by a modern-day buccaneer in one epic, Wentworth shrugged off the mood of black despair which often came over him when defeat seemed imminent:
One man against more than a hundred pirates, of course, a hundred killers. The Spider knew that, but it did not check the wild impulse to laughter that squeezed his lungs. It was no wonder that men call the Spider mad!
Yes, no wonder at all.
Once, during a respite in a typical carnage of urban combat, Police Commissioner Kirkpatrick ticked off a long list of suspects. Wentworth blurted out this self-revealing truth. “I’m suspicious of everyone,” he admitted, “even of myself sometimes.” And well he should be. For Richard Wentworth was an undiagnosed manic-depressive—if not paranoid schizophrenic—subject to violent mood swings. When the Spider-madness came over him, he might pick up his treasured Stradivarius violin and launch into a night-long serenade to soul-searching. Or, he might putty up his face, don black hat and cape, go out Spidering.…
Nick Santa Maria reads this exciting suspense story of murder, mayhem and mystery that perfectly evokes 1940 Manhattan. Master of the Night-Demons originally published in The Spider magazine, September, 1940.
Chapter 1: Servant of Asmodeus
Chapter 2: Colona’s Cages
Chapter 3: Appointment with Danger
Chapter 4: Men in Armor
Chapter 5: Death’s Valentines
Chapter 6: Underground Blitzkrieg
Chapter 7: Murder’s Mouthpiece
Chapter 8: A Message Comes Through
Chapter 9: The Spider’s Mate
Chapter 10: Manhattan Blitzkrieg
Chapter 11: Asmodeus’ Last Ultimatum!
Chapter 12: Death Strikes Asmodeus
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. |