The Spider #98 Audiobook
Volunteer Corpse Brigade
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
What chance had Civilization to survive — with Smiler Miordan’s vast Underworld Union coming to full power... with his new and deadly plague destroying all who dared oppose him?... Could Nita’s pitifully brave coup stay the Murder Tide long enough for the Spider, himself infected, to organize an army of patriotic lepers?... One of Richard Wentworth’s most stirring crime sagas!
Author and former crime reporter Norvell W. Page, who penned the majority of the Spider’s exploits as Grant Stockbridge in Popular Publications’ infamous pulp magazine, The Spider, once described his hero in gigantic but unflinching terms: “His exploits had raised him to the proportions of a legendary hero. In ancient times, Rome would have made him an emperor-god. Salem might have burned him as a sorcerer. The modern world—well, the police had offered rewards totaling thousands of dollars for his capture ‘dead or alive.’ And the Underworld hated him and plotted his destruction with a fierceness bred of abject terror.
“Yes, Richard Wentworth was a murderer in the eyes of the law—a butcher who had slain a hundred, a thousand of his fellow men. They took no account of the fact he killed only those who richly deserved to die, that he alone had prevented a score of master criminals from overwhelming the forces of law and order.”
“There’s a madness that gets in me when the Spider walks....” Richard Wentworth once admitted.
Once more,the incomparable Nick Santa Maria reads another thrilling Spider exploit. Volunteer Corpse Brigade originally published in The Spider magazine, November, 1941.
Chapter 1: Whisper of Death
Chapter 2: Mopping Up
Chapter 3: Mike the Red
Chapter 4: Death to The Weak!
Chapter 5: Death Has Many Hands
Chapter 6: Wedding Supper
Chapter 7: Disaster’s Trail
Chapter 8: Plague Is King
Chapter 9: Master of Hell
Chapter 10: City of Lepers
Chapter 11: Prisoner of the Plague
Chapter 12: Join Me — Or Die!
Chapter 13: You Only Die Once
Chapter 14: On to Victory
Chapter 15: Siege of the Alamo
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. |