Friday, December 9, 2011


December 9, 2011


NEW Radio Set: Box Thirteen, Volume 3

Alan Ladd, a legend of the silver screen, brought his trademark tough guy with a heart to the airwaves in 'Box Thirteen', a pulpy mystery adventure radio program. Produced by his own Mayfair Productions from 1948-1949, Ladd returned to his radio roots as Dan Holiday, the central character in this thrilling show.

For fifty two episodes, Holiday, a reporter turned fiction writer, checked Box Thirteen at the Star-Times, finding thrills and chills in every response to the want ad he placed stating 'Adventure Wanted.' Russell Hughes, who hired Ladd at KFWB, scripted most of the show's episodes. Rudy Schrager provided the often light, sometimes atmospheric music for Box Thirteen and Vern Carstensen doubled as the show's director and announcer. Well-known radio actors also contributed their voices over the entire run of Box Thirteen, adding to the high quality of this tightly budgeted program.
Although Box Thirteen bears similarities to other mystery and action programs of the time, something that stands out is how Ladd portrayed the show's mostly hard-boiled protagonist. Dan Holiday, a reporter trying to make his way as a fiction writer, has no police training, no investigator's license, no skills that identify he could handle rough and tumble action and multitudes of thugs every episode. Yet, that's exactly what he did week in and week out and thanks to Alan Ladd, Holiday was more than believable. Over the show's run, he proved his worth as both a hard-boiled, ready for anything action hero and an everyman dealing with what troubles came his way with little more than his wits.
Ladd gave his portrayal of Dan Holiday his sardonic wit as well the edge to his voice that added unpredictability to everything he said. He also provided a subdued ever-present sense of humanity. Listeners knew that Holiday would always win out, but sat on the edges of their seats anxiously, unsure of just how he would pull it off each show.
Listen to the fantastic episodes included in this third volume and ride along with Holiday as he uncovers the twists and turns each new response to his ad brings him. Box Thirteen, Volume 3 contains the further adventures of this hard-boiled everyman, each show restored to the highest quality possible, thanks to Radio Archives. The Seven hour collection is $20.98 for the Audio CD version and $13.98 for the Digital Download version!

“Enemy to those who make him an enemy...Friend to those who have no friend!”

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Merry Christmas from Radio Archives!
Classic Radio And Christmas Go Great Together!

Everyone Loves a Good Comedy, Mystery, Drama, and even a touch of Horror now and then! And You can get all of that and more this Christmas for those special to you from Radio Archives! Just look at a few of the treasures you can find here at Radio Archives.
Blast off with Sci Fi Fun with Space Patrol, Volume 1! Follow the exploits of Commander Buzz Corey in charge of a thirtieth-century police-keeping force operating from a man-made planet known as Terra. Assisted by his protégé Cadet Happy, Corey struggled to maintain law and order on the interplanetary frontier against the villainous likes of Mister Proteus, Agent X, Prince Baccaretti , known as The Black Falcon! A Science Fiction Classic, Space Patrol, Volume 1 is ten hours of space faring laser blasting fun! Available now from Radio Archives on Audio CDs for $29.98 and Digital Download for $19.98.
Follow intrepid ace cameraman Casey as he tracks down the biggest stories in the city! Casey, Crime Photographer, Volume 1 collects 20 episodes of the Adventures of Casey and his camera along with his reporter Girlfriend Annie Williams, Captain Logan of the Police, and Blue Note bartender Ethelbert! This show is the prefect blend of action, mystery, and humor! Get ten hours on Audio CDs for $29.98 or via Digital Download for $19.98 today!

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If you’re thinking Medical Melodrama is a modern invention, then you need to listen to the father of them all! The Story of Dr. Kildare, Volume 1 focuses on a young doctor and his crotchety mentor, Dr. Gillespie (played by Lionel Barrymore) as they deal with the day to day issues that arise for their patients! Tender moments, medical mysteries, and a bit of action makes The Story of Dr. Kildare, Volume 1 a great collection! Available for $29.98 on Audio CD or Digital Download for $19.98!
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The Mysterious Secret Agent "X" Comes to Audiobooks!


Just in time for that last-minute holiday gift, brings to audiobooks Secret Agent “X”, the man of many identities.


A nameless mystery man with a wartime past in the Intelligence service, declared dead by the Department of Justice, and backed by a shadowy group of powerful philanthropists, Secret Agent “X” infiltrates the Underworld to crush crime in all of its hideous manifestations.


The Torture Trust, the audio version of the very first Secret Agent “X” adventure, introduces the mysterious nemesis of the most nefarious criminals the pulp writers could dream up. In it, Secret Agent “X” pits all his secretive skill and devious daring against a criminal triad that wields face-destroying acid as an instrument of blackmail.


Read by noted voiceover actor Dave Mallow, The Torture Trust is a danger-a-minute audio introduction to this fondly remembered pulp avenger of the 1930s.


The Torture Trust, the latest entry in’s Will Murray’s Pulp Classics series, will provide thrills and chills to pulp and audiobook fans alike.


The deluxe five-CD set of The Torture Trust is just $14.98. The instant download version is just $9.98.


The Jade Ogre – High Adventure for the Holidays and Beyond


The audiobook of Will Murray’s monumental Doc Savage adventure The Jade Ogre is sure to delight fans of audio adventure this holiday season ... and into the New Year.


“The Jade Ogre makes a wonderful listening experience,” Producer/Director Roger Rittner says. “Will has packed a cast of colorful characters, plus mystery, intrigue, action, adventure, and a bit of mysticism into an heroic tale. It’s an epic adventure to be savored.”


Based on an outline by Lester Dent, the massive The Jade Ogre tells the story of one of Doc Savage’s most exciting and exotic adventures.


Accompanied by his aides Monk Mayfair and Ham Brooks, his cousin Pat Savage, and a cast of unique characters, Doc races to unlock the secret of the Jade Ogre, a fantastic Oriental villain who unleashes death in the form of disembodied flying arms, capable of disintegrating its victims in a flash of fire. But the lethal flying arms are merely the cover for a more deadly menace – the mysterious Jade Fever, which strikes down its victims with a deadly virus that turns its victims green as jade.


“The Jade Ogre will carry the listener from the fog-shrouded streets of the Chinatown of 1935 San Francisco, to the crumbling ruins of Cambodia, as the armless and ruthless Jade Ogre attempts to blackmail the world with his lethal Jade Fever,” author Will Murray says in his liner notes.


Narrator Michael McConnohie essays every role in the story with unerring vocal impressions that give life to Murray’s distinctive characters.


In addition to the 36-chapter story, the 12-CD set includes two bonus audio features: a continuation of Will Murray’s discussion of the creation of Doc Savage, and his memory of creating The Jade Ogre from Lester Dent’s notes, plus how Pat Savage has contributed to the Doc Savage canon.


Listen to a sample of The Jade Ogre.


The Jade Ogre is available now from at $37.98 for the deluxe 12-CD set, or $25.98 for instant digital download.


The Spider Offers A Unique Listening Experience


For over-the-top thrills, you can’t beat Prince of the Red Looters, the first audiobook from featuring the pulp hero, The Spider.


“With extensive sound effects and complete period music score, Prince of the Red Looters is an almost ‘cinematic’ experience for listeners,’ says Producer/Director Roger Rittner. “Customers are telling us it’s like a movie playing in your mind.”


Narrating Norvel Page’s propulsive prose, stage and screen stars Nick Santa Maria and Robin Riker give life to the sword fights, escapes, insurmountable odds, nail-biting suspense, and unexpected twists in Prince of the Red Looters.


Prince of the Red Looters is available in a 6-CD deluxe set at just $19.98, or as an instant digital download at just $14.98.


More Audio Adventures Ideal for Holiday Giving


Listeners continue to discover and delight in Python Isle. In Booklist, the 100-year-old journal of the American Library Association, Kaite Mediatore Stover says that Python Isle, the first Doc Savage audiobook from Radio, “takes listeners on a breathless, roller-coaster adventure ride. Michael McConnohie’s masterful pacing keeps the tension and suspense tighter than a python’s grip, and a superb blend of sound effects and music enhance the mood, lending the production a cinematic feel.”


The full-cast NPR series The Adventures of Doc Savage presents special adaptations of “Fear Cay” and “The Thousand-Headed Man” by Roger Rittner and Will Murray. Featuring a full cast of voice actors, extensive sound effects, and period music score, The Adventures of Doc Savage is non-stop action in 13 exciting installments.


A super-criminal emerges in White Eyes, the second Doc Savage audiobook from From his skyscraper headquarters high above the streets of New York City to the sugarcane fields of Cuba, Doc Savage races to crush gangland’s latest uncrowned king. White Eyes features dramatic narration by Richard Epcar, cover art by Joe DeVito, plus fantastic extras.


The first Black Bat audiobook, Brand of the Black Bat, is a stirring story of crime and corruption, and of a courageous avenger determined to track down the vicious gangster who robbed him of his brilliant career, all the while thwarting Captain MacGrath of the N.Y.P.D., who suspects Quinn and the Black Bat are one and the same. Michael McConnohie reads this fantastic tale. resurrects the wild and wonderful Doctor Death, one of the rare unabashedly supernatural pulp series. Equal parts Doctor Frankenstein and Albert Einstein, with a dash of Fu Manchu, Doctor Death’s supreme goal in life was to crush civilization. His first fatal foray into reversing mankind’s fortunes, 12 Must Die, is now available in an audiobook read by television and anime star Joey D’Auria.


Pulp Fiction, both Classic and New, is replete with strong, larger than life characters, those figures who against all odds strive and struggle to make sure the world is better for what they do! And that’s not just the heroes featured in great Pulp tales. It applies as well to the writers, the authors of the great adventures we thrill to with the turn of every page. Meteor House Publishing, launched in 2010, centers on one of these iconic creators, a man known for reinvigorating Pulp after it was long thought dead as well as breathing his own version of life into other genres, even to the point of starting an entire fictional Universe where famous literary characters knew and were even related to each other.
“Meteor House was launched with our first book, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions,” reports Michael Croteau, one of the owners of Meteor House. “I started out as a book collector, because no one warned me it was a gateway to more serious hobbies, like creating a website about my favorite science fiction author, Philip José Farmer. That led to me meeting Phil and working with him on various things like doing his official website, selling photocopies of unpublished manuscripts for him, publishing the fanzine Farmerphile from 2005 to 2009 and even being an organizer of the annual FarmerCon gatherings. The latest manifestation of this addiction is being one of the owners of Meteor House and the editor of the Worlds of Philip José Farmer series of anthologies.”
A legendary author for his unique views on literature and how to tell stories as well as innovations that are still reverberating through fiction today, Philip Jose Farmer was a juggernaut of creativity, imagination and production, leaving Meteor House with material aplenty as well as the mission of making sure Farmer’s work and impact continues to be recognized into the future.
“Our initial goal, “Croteau says, “is to keep bringing Farmer fans “new” material to read. Sometimes that means reprinting an article about him that was published over fifty years ago in an obscure fanzine and nearly forgotten, like Randall Garrett’s essay, “The Bite of the Asp.” Sometimes that means publishing an interview with Farmer from the 1990s that was never printed, or a speech he gave in Denmark in 1977, or a short story found in his files that was never sold. It can also mean new stories in Farmer’s worlds by other writers, similar to what new pulp authors are doing with vintage pulp characters.
For those unfamiliar with Farmer’s work or who just have a general sense of it, his connection to Pulp may be tenuous. Meteor House recognizes his impact on the Pulp field and Croteau explains why Farmer was involved with Pulps.
“Farmer was a child of the pulps and a life-long fan of them. In fact you can say he was a champion of the pulps. Countless science fiction fans throughout the 1970s and 80s were introduced to Tarzan of the printed page, not of the movies and tv shows, and Doc Savage through Farmer. In fact, I personally had never heard of Doc Savage before I discovered Farmer’s biography of him, Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life in the early 1990s. Along with his other biography, Tarzan Alive, these two books launched the Wold Newton Universe which goes hand in hand with new pulp.
“Anyone who has ever read Farmer’s great comic novel, Greatheart Silver can tell how much he loved the pulps. And Farmer is a great example for new pulp writers. How you don’t have to do the expected, how you don’t have write firmly stuck in a narrow genre. Look at his Khokarsa series. He did the meticulous world-building you normally only find in science fiction, but Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard were his primary “sources.” He then used this world, a vast civilization in Central Africa 12,000 years ago, to write adventure stories worthy of Burroughs and Haggard.”
Meteor House currently features its two titles in the Pulp Book Store! The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions is a tour through Farmer’s many creations, featuring essays by the likes of Randall Garrett and James Gunn, interviews with Farmer, stories set in Farmer’s expanded worlds by Chris Roberson, David Bischoff, Rhys Hughes, and other SF/F talents, and previously unpublished fiction and more by Farmer himself.
The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 2: Of Dust and Soul takes another trip through Farmer’s imagination, featuring essays by the likes of Charles Platt and James Sallis, stories set in Farmer’s expanded worlds by Spider Robinson, Mary A. Turzillo, and others and featuring an all new novella by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey, along with much more by Farmer himself.
Meteor House, according to Croteau, definitely intends to produce more quality work. “We are taking things one step at a time and growing slowly. We have plans for other books, Farmer related and otherwise, but nothing we can talk about just yet.”
Meteor House Publishing is a fantastic example of what people who love fiction and an author’s work can do with their passion and dedication. The Pulp Book Store is honored that Meteor House is one of the Publishers featured in the Store!

The Man of Bronze battles the supernatural in classic pulp thrillers by Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, Doc Savage follows his stolen dirigible to a magic island and discovers the lost city of Ost, in an expanded novel with never-before-published text from Lester Dent's original manuscript. Then, Renny Renwick awakens in the body of a fugitive gangster after encountering a strange impish man. What is the bizarre connection between the One-Eyed Mystic, a stolen military secret and a Nazi plot? This classic pulp reprint features the original color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Modest Stein, Paul Orban's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray, writer of eight Doc Savage novels.
The Shadow's true identity takes center stage in two classic pulp novels that inspired the classic 1940 Shadow movie serial. First, explorer Kent Allard is invited to join The Green Hoods, a hooded secret society whose true purpose is an enigma. Then, airplanes carrying wealthy passengers disappear over the Rockies, setting The Shadow on the trail of the criminal mastermind called Silver Skull. PLUS "Prelude to Terror," a 1939 radio classic. This instant collector's item showcases both classic pulp covers by George Rozen, the original interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and commentary by popular-culture historians Ed Hulse and Will Murray.

Review of "The Polar Treasure" from Doc Savage, Volume 6

By Dr. Art Sippo

After a concert, blind Violin virtuoso Victor Vail is given an urgent message to see an old friend, Ben O’Gard. Preparing to do so, it turns out this is actually an attempt to kidnap him. As multiple thugs drag Vail towards a taxi a bronze cyclone intervenes. Doc Savage had come to the concert to speak with Vail about performing an operation that might restore his sight. Even though Victor Vail had been born blind, Doc still thought that he could give him some form of vision. Doc handily thwarts the kidnap plot but comes upon a deeper mystery. Fifteen years earlier during the Great War, Victor Vail and his wife and daughter had been aboard the liner Oceanic when it was chased into the arctic ice pack by a German U-boat. It became trapped there and one day, Victor was suddenly rendered unconscious. When he awoke he was told by Ben O’Gard that the ship had been crushed by the ice and his family killed. Only a handful of the crew survived. A fight then ensued between Ben O’Gard and the evil Keelhaul de Rosa over which of them would take Victor with them. O’Gard and his men prevailed and escaped taking Vail with them. Ever since he returned, Vail has been menaced by a man with “clicking” teeth whom he can hear but no one else has been able to see.
Doc Savage is intrigued. The official story of the Oceanic was that it had been lost at sea and a review of its manifest showed that it had been carrying $50 million dollars in gold and diamonds. Victor Vail unwittingly held the secret of the location of the lost liner hidden on his body. Suddenly Ben O’Gard was no longer a hero, but a venal villain.
Doc Savage is in a race against time. The two villainous factions gain access to the location of the wreck and are on their way there. Can Doc and his crew arrive there in time to thwart them? And what really happened to the passengers and crew of the Oceanic?
This is one of the earliest Doc Savage adventures and still one of the best! Get The Polar Treasure and another full Doc Savage Tale today in Doc Savage, Volume 6 for $12.95 from Radio Archives!

Comments From Our Customers!
Barney McCasland:

I am looking forward to more Doctor Death. I'm now listening to The Jade Ogre. I'm only a few chapters in so far, but I think the potential is there for it to be much better than either Python Isle or White Eyes. Michael McConnohie is awesome! I like the fact that the last few books have been coming out so quick. More! More! More!
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