The Spider #87 Audiobook
The Spider and the Jewels of Hell
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Tough and dauntless were Colorado’s mining sons. But these hardy men were helpless in terror as their homes were destroyed, their loved ones mangled and slaughtered by The Killer — a crime colossus who sought to cripple America by seizing her most priceless assets! Fight beside the gallant Spider as he plunges into the depths of the earth — to battle the termites of hell!
Norvell W. Page churned out Spider sagas for three white-hot years, then dropped from sight in the middle of the four-part Living Pharaoh series, not to return until 1937.
No one today can say exactly what happened. But rumors suggest a nervous breakdown of some kind. God knows, you could see it coming in his alter ego, Richard Wentworth....
Other writers stepped in to take up the slack. But Norvell W. Page refused to remain out of action for long. Like the Spider, his inborn sense of duty compelled him to return, where lesser writers who were his contemporaries, were falling by the wayside trying to keep up with the deadline demands of the Spider’s pulpy competition.
“There was a time when the burden of writing yet one more Spider seemed too much to undertake,” Page subsequently wrote. “But I never feel that way anymore. I know now that the Spider actually does help people; that there are those who appreciate his idealism even though it is expressed in violence.”
Once more,the incomparable Nick Santa Maria reads another thrilling Spider exploit. The Spider and the Jewels of Hell originally published in The Spider magazine, December, 1940.
Chapter 1: Hell’s Deputy
Chapter 2: The Trap Closes
Chapter 3: The Net Tightens
Chapter 4: Cavern of Despair
Chapter 5: Death’s Reporter
Chapter 6: Ring of Steel
Chapter 7: Hell Brew
Chapter 8: Sabotage
Chapter 9: Death Below
Chapter 10: Nita’s Dark Hour
Chapter 11: Story in the Snow
Chapter 12: A Thousand Souls
Chapter 13: River of Horror
Chapter 14: Death’s Conference
Chapter 15: Killer vs. Spider
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. |