The Spider #90 Audiobook
The Spider and the Sons of Satan
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Who was the strange new Overlord of Crime who had the power to exact tribute from the Underworld’s every member? How could he force even the mildest outlaw to slaughter cops on sight? Lovely, mysterious Samantha McDoune, orphaned by murder, trailed a single clue to the heart of Chinatown — and disappeared. Nita van Sloan followed her — and vanished. Could Dick Wentworth, under constant police surveillance, speed the Spider to their rescue — before the entire city fell prey to The Man with the Red Eyes of Fire!
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, from October 1933 to December 1943, 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.
The Spider was Richard Wentworth III, master of disguise, dilettante of the arts, in perfect physical condition, and completely devoted to the pursuit of justice for the down-trodden, no matter what the cost to himself or loved ones. Secretly donning a decrepit black hat, a tattered black cape, a false hunch to his shoulders, a lank wig of stringy hair, an application of sinister face makeup and a pair of .45 automatics, Wentworth prowls the streets of New York as his alter-ego the Spider, chasing down criminal masterminds bent on enslaving or destroying humanity.
Nick Santa Maria reads The Spider and the Sons of Satan with indescribable emotion. Originally published in The Spider magazine, March, 1941.
Chapter 1: Hell Fire
Chapter 2: The Frying Pan
Chapter 3: Under Suspicion
Chapter 4: Red Eyes
Chapter 5: Chamber of Death!
Chapter 6: Flame Assassins
Chapter 7: Whips of Fire
Chapter 8: The Spider Falls!
Chapter 9: Death Below
Chapter 10: Pay the Devil
Chapter 11: When Justice Wakes
Chapter 12: Murder Marches On
Chapter 13: Under Death’s Orders
Chapter 14: Yellow Hell
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. |