The Spider #95 Audiobook
The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
With a skill unheard of, the fabulous Red Surgeon changed people into imbeciles... or geniuses of crime! Thus did he found an empire built on murder and, incredibly, sought as his lieutenants... Kirkpatrick, Nita van Sloan and the Spider — with personalities completely redesigned by the scalpel!
Eighty years ago in the summer of 1933, Popular Publications President Harry Steeger and his executive editor, Rogers Terrill, decided to enter the new field of magazines built around a single hero. They enlisted popular aviation hero Robert J. Hogan to help conceive G-8 and His Battle Aces, which debuted late in August. But they also wanted to publish a crimebuster to rival a famous pulp juggernaut. Steeger frankly admitted in later years, “The reason we started the title the Spider was because of the success of Street & Smith’s The Shadow. At this point in pulp history individual titles became very popular, so we decided to try out a few ourselves.”
Garbed in a black silk cloak, slouch hat and wearing an assortment of masks and strange disguises to make him look as fierce as his namesake, the Spider ran roughshod over a vicious legion of thugs and hoodlums, leaving behind him a trail of cold corpses branded by his calling card, a scarlet spider burned into their foreheads.
So go now with Richard Wentworth, alias the Spider.
Nick Santa Maria takes on the dual persona of Richard Wentworth and his arachnid alter-ego for this nail-biting audio rendition of The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon. Originally published in The Spider magazine, August, 1941.
Chapter 1: Death for Dinner
Chapter 2: Poison Bait
Chapter 3: Strange Warning
Chapter 4: Dr. Damnation
Chapter 5: Hell’s By-Pass
Chapter 6: Account Rendered
Chapter 7: Favor Received
Chapter 8: Spider’s Reprieve
Chapter 9: Surgeon’s Revenge
Chapter 10: Into the Dark
Chapter 11: Inferno
Chapter 12: The Devil’s Surgery
Chapter 13: Cruise to Hell
Chapter 14: Race with Doom
Chapter 15: The Spider’s Surgery
Chapter 16: Surgeon’s Fee
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. |