Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012
“Weird Tales” was a proposed radio series recorded in Hollywood in 1932 and based on stories in the famous horror themed Pulp of the same name, notable for featuring such iconic authors as Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. The series was produced by Hollywood Radio Attractions, 4376 Sunset Drive, Hollywood. In a promotional flyer for the program, they advertise three episodes that had been produced and the company was planning to record a total of 52 half-hour shows.
Scholars looking at the history of “Weird Tales” magazine have heard about the series for years, but no recordings of the shows themselves or many detail about the series have surfaced until now.
Radio Archives is giving you a chance to hear an episode of Weird Tales for Free! Similar to “The Witch’s Tale”, the show was created in such a way that they could be played as one half-hour program each week or split into two fifteen minute shows, completing one story each week. Click the Weird Tales Banner and listen to the Weird Tales radio show today!
Need proof that Radio Drama is timeless and can capture a modern, more sophisticated audience as well as classic shows did in the early 20th Century? The Mutual Radio Theater, Volume 1 is definitely evidence of that.
The Mutual Radio Theater aired every weeknight on hundreds of Mutual stations March to December 1980, 103 original one-hour shows being produced. This program was no small attempt to recapture the glory days of Old Time Radio by any means. It was reported to have a budget of several million dollars and involved talent that definitely was worth every penny spent.
Each program was written specifically for radio, including scripts penned by such radio legends as Arch Oboler, Norman, Corwin, and Elliot Lewis. And the stories themselves ranged the genre gambit.
As a matter of fact, Mutual Radio Theater’s commitment to variety is clearly evident in how each night’s program was dedicated to a certain genre and hosted by a different notable performer. Lorne Greene hosted Western Night on Monday. Andy Griffith followed on Tuesday with Comedy Night. Wednesday Night was Mystery Night hosted by Vincent Price. Love & Hate took center stage on Thursday, hosted by Cicely Tyson. Friday Night was Adventure Night with Leonard Nimoy as host.
Mutual Radio Theater, Volume 1 is a 20 CD set consisting of programs as they originally aired, complete and uncut, with original commercials, and produced in full stereo-high fidelity. Thrills, chills, laughs, tears, and more. Mutual Radio Theater, Volume 1 has it all with star power! And it can be yours for only $39.98 from Radio Archives in a beautful 20 CD storage case!
All good things must come to an end. At least in this case, Claudia, Volume 14 from Radio Archives finishes out a complete run of a timeless, unique soap opera from the classic era of Radio restored to the most sparkling audio quality possible. Engaging characters, plots that at times incite laughter and tears, and ups and downs that average listeners faced delivered in fifteen-minute punches every day. This was Claudia.
Claudia debuted in 1947 and was far different than its strife-ridden forbears. Claudia didn't offer the anguish and heartbreak that typified most of its peers. But the very elements it was lacking quickly became its strengths. Heard today, Claudia remains wonderful entertainment, notable for both its light-hearted tone and the believable interplay between its characters. As she presents in these last episodes, Claudia has become a unique mixture of enthusiasm, incompetence and over-confidence -- deeply in love with her somewhat older husband David but frequently naive and too likely to trust her insecurities rather than her instincts. Listeners originally got to know Claudia, David, and all the people around them in daily doses of fifteen minutes. Radio Archives has been able to locate and preserve the entire eighteen-month run of Claudia allowing you to enjoy the complete series on a day-by-day basis. With Claudia, Volume 14 Radio Archives gives to you the closing chapters of the complete story beginning to end of two people and the world they made for themselves and their listeners - one day at a time. Seven hours for only $20.98 on Audio CDs.
The Spider Returns on "Wings of the Black Death"
A scourge not seen since the Middle Ages descends on America's largest city, wielded by a criminal mastermind who threatens to wipe out New York ... and reveal The Spider's true identity in the process!
"Wings of the Black Death", Norvell W. Page's inaugural novel as author of The Spider, is now available in a deluxe audiobook from!
Following on the success of first Spider audiobook, "Prince of the Red Looters", this new audio adventure pits Richard Wentworth, alias The Spider, against the first of a long line of evil malefactors devised by Page that would inhabit the webbed crusader's life for the next ten years.
The Spider Battles a Vicious Foe
In "Wings of the Black Death", Manhattan is under siege from a new brand of terrorist – a human monster who calls himself the Black Death. Unless the city fathers pay a monumental ransom, New York will become a city of unspeakable destruction.
As Will Murray says in his introduction, "With his first white-heat story, Norvell W. Page remade Richard Wentworth into a messianic avenger unlike anything pulp readers ever read before. Driven, deadly, The Spider was a daredevil caught between the law that branded him as a criminal and the underworld he terrorized with his metallic laugh and searing lead."
Dynamic Narration and Production
Produced by Roger Rittner, with full period music score and extensive sound effects, "Wings of the Black Death", like its predecessor, is narrated by Nick Santa Maria, with Robin Riker as Nita Van Sloan.
"Listeners who enjoyed 'Prince of the Red Looters' will delight in Nick's dynamic narration," Roger says, "as well as an extended and enhanced role for Robin as Nita battles the malevolent Black Death on her own. Will Wentworth come to the rescue? (Do you have to ask?)"
by Derrick Ferguson
Doctor Death is back and I for one am more than ecstatic to have a new adventure of this prince of Mad Scientists to listen and thrill to, thanks to Radio Archives. I first became acquainted with the character in “Twelve Must Die” in which we are introduced to Doctor Death aka psychology Professor Rance Mandarin, formerly of Yale. Professor Mandarin apparently needed a whole lot of psychological help himself as his train of thought completely goes off the rails. Mandarin renames himself Doctor Death and dedicates himself to forcing mankind to abandon all technology and industry. To accomplish these ends, Mandarin enters into an unholy compact with the very powers of darkness which gives him hideous supernatural abilities. All sorts of hellish creatures are at his beck and call. Who can stop such a monster?
Fortunately for us, Jimmy Holm is on our side. An occult criminologist and detective he battles against the schemes of Doctor Death with the stalwart New York Police Inspector John Ricks right by his side. In addition, Jimmy has the full support and considerable power of The Secret Twelve to back him up. The Secret Twelve are the most influential men in the country: industrialists, scientists, business magnates…even The President of The United States and the country’s Number #1 mobster are members of The Secret Twelve. And Jimmy is going to need all their help if he’s to stop Doctor Death’s latest fiendish scheme.
And Jimmy’s job is made more difficult due to Doctor Death having kidnapped his fiancé Nina. She was once Doctor Death’s assistant before falling into love with Jimmy and renouncing her allegiance to Doctor Death. She’s the one person who knows the most about Doctor Death and having her back in his clutches drives Jimmy to distraction but he’s going to have to keep his head in the game as the grisly blood-soaked trail of the insane Doctor Death takes him and Inspector Ricks to Egypt for a showdown.
I would dearly love more of Doctor Death as The Gray Creatures is excellent at blending spine-tingling supernatural thrills with pulse-pounding action/adventure. Once again Joey D’Auria demonstrates his remarkable vocal talents, giving an energy and vitality to the reading of the story that I couldn’t help but be mesmerized. Once again, a Radio Archives audiobook that I strongly suggest setting aside an afternoon to listen to the entire thing because once you start, I think I can safely guarantee you’ll be hooked. Enjoy.
Thrill and chill to Doctor Death: The Gray Creatures for only $17.98 from Radio Archives today!
1 cent Spider eBook!
For a limited time you can now download an exciting original Spider adventure for just one thin penny! Part of the Will Murray Pulp Classics line, The Spider #11, Prince of the Red Looters first saw print in 1934 and features his momentous battle with The Fly and his armies of crazed criminal killers. Their motto? Why "KILL THE SPIDER!" of course.
For those who have been unsure about digging into the wonderful world of pulps this is a perfect opportunity to give one of these fantastic yarns a real test run. With a full introduction to the Spider written by famed pulp historian and author Will Murray, The Spider #11 was written by one of pulp's most respected authors, Norvell W. Page. Writing as Grant Stockbridge, Page's stories included some of the most bizarre and fun takes on heroes and crime fighting in the history of escapist fiction.
Even today Page's scenarios and his edge-of-the-seat writing style are still thrilling both new and old fans everywhere. For those who have never read one of these rollercoaster adventures, you are in for a thrill. If you already know how much fun a classic pulp is, make sure you download this bargain.
All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats for the ultimate in compatibility. When you purchase this eBook from you receive all three formats in one ZIP file. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your Spider novels to your new device without the need to purchase anything new. Use the PDF version when reading on your PC or Mac computer. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, Sony eReader or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want.
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge Ebooks! Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your E-Reader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and Operator 5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like Doctor Death and more, Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today!
Five new golden age Pulp tales exquisitely reformatted into visually stunning E-books!
By what strange twist of Fate did the fearful menace which was to shadow every man and woman in New York City first rear its venomous head in the distant Caribbean? When terror suddenly boarded a little tramp steamer and left crimson havoc littering its narrow decks a spluttering wireless flashed the doom of every living thing aboard. Within a week, the same ghastly fate struck a gigantic new ocean liner, its luxurious cabins occupied by the elite and powerful of a dozen different nations! Death — swift and terrible — rode the ocean lanes. And the Spider — taken for once off guard — was supposedly dying in a hospital room on the very day when that terror from the seas first showed itself in all its terror above the city skyline. How can the Spider, fighting death himself, help the nation he loves in her hour of greatest need? Another epic exploit of America's best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! As a special Bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction: “Meet the Spider” especially for this series of eBooks.
Thousands of busy persons bent over their desks in the tallest building in the world — conducting the commerce of the nation — when suddenly the steel girders began to creak and twist, and the gigantic edifice swayed giddily in the rising wind. Never before had criminal brains devised a more cunning or a more horrible weapon to garner their ill-gotten treasures. And never before was the Spider so strenuously put to test — for the Master, the man behind the devastation and death, eluded every suspicion, foresaw every contingency, left no tell-tale clues behind him as he ravaged, slayed and pillaged… Richard Wentworth, working for once hand in hand with the organized forces of law and order, fights the grimmest battle of his long career. Can the Spider avenge the countless dead who have already fallen? Can he bring the Murder Master to the justice he so richly deserves? Another epic exploit of America's best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! As a special Bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction: “Meet the Spider” especially for this series of eBooks.
A powerful army of invasion — armed with the most ghastly modern weapons: bacteria, plagues, hideous diseases — lay carefully hidden within the borders of the United States, ready to strike at the heart of the nation, to kill, pillage, demolish... A foreign demagogue, mad-drunk with power, greed, and lust, planned the slaughter of a million helpless men and women, to sate his twisted, race-proud ambition. Belligerent nations watched and waited, sighting America helpless before them. One man — Operator 5 — read the crimson writing on the wall — and he alone was left to battle the frightful odds!
Renegades from nine worlds crash out from interplanetary prison in a weird quest for phantom treasure. Follow the Futuremen as the greatest feud of all time catapults them into the fifth dimension. Captain Future… the Ace of Space! Born and raised on the moon, Curt Newton survived the murder of his scientist parents to become the protector of the galaxy known as Captain Future. With his Futuremen, Grag the giant robot, Otho, the shape-shifting android and Simon Wright, the Living Brain, he patrols the solar system in the fastest space ship ever constructed, the Comet, pursuing human monsters and alien threats to Earth and her neighbor planets.
Renegades from nine worlds crash out from interplanetary prison in a weird quest for phantom treasure. Follow the Futuremen as the greatest feud of all time catapults them into the fifth dimension. Captain Future… the Ace of Space! Born and raised on the moon, Curt Newton survived the murder of his scientist parents to become the protector of the galaxy known as Captain Future. With his Futuremen, Grag the giant robot, Otho, the shape-shifting android and Simon Wright, the Living Brain, he patrols the solar system in the fastest space ship ever constructed, the Comet, pursuing human monsters and alien threats to Earth and her neighbor planets.
When you purchase these beautifully reformatted eBooks from you receive all three formats in one ZIP file: PDF for PC or Mac computer; Mobi for Kindle and ePub for iPad/IPhone, Android, Sony eReader, and Nook. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your eBook novels to your new device without the need to purchase anything new.
Find these legendary Pulp tales and more in Will Murray's Pulp Classics, now available in the Kindle store and the Barnes and Noble Nook store! The best Pulp eBooks now available for only $2.99 each from Radio Archives!
Altus Press is proud to announce the release of the third volume in its acclaimed Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series, written by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson.
Set in the Fall of 1936, The Infernal Buddha tells the epic story of Doc Savage’s desperate quest to control the Buddha of Ice, a relic of unknown origin—and what may become the most dangerous object on Earth!
When a mummy arrives at Doc Savage’s New York headquarters wearing the clothes of his missing assistant, engineer Renny Renwick, Doc, Monk, and Ham rush to Singapore where they get on the trail of a swashbuckling pirate who calls himself the Scourge of the South China Sea, in whose hands a piece of the infernal Buddha has fallen. The trail leads to Pirate Island, the fate of Renny, and a mysterious box containing a terrible, unstoppable power.
But that is only the beginning of the quest into which the Man of Bronze plunges—one that will take him to the upper reaches of the Yellow Sea and a series a wild ocean battles against the vicious factions fighting for control on the infernal Buddha.
Before it is all over, every human life on Earth will tremble on the brink of eternity, and Doc Savage will face his greatest test.
“This may be my wildest Doc novel to date,” says author Will Murray. “The Infernal Buddha is a fantasy epic full of corsairs, criminals and other culprits. The menace is planetary. The threat, extinction. Doc Savage has a reputation for saving the world. This time he does it on the greatest scale possible. I began this book back in 1992, working from an opening situation Lester Dent started in 1935. Together, we have produced a true Doc Savage epic. And it only took about 75 years….”
The Infernal Buddha features a startling cover painted by Joe DeVito, depicting Doc Savage as the Buccaneer of Bronze! This cover was painted from a still taken in 1964 of legendary model Steve Holland, and is a variant pose shot for famed illustrator James Bama’s classic cover to The Man of Bronze. There has never been a Doc cover like it! Buy it today for only $24.95 from Radio Archives.
The pulp era's greatest superman returns in classic pulp thrillers by Lester Dent and William Bogart writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, the Man of Bronze is summoned to the Oklahoma oil fields to confront the horrific rampage of "The Derrick Devil." Then, Doc and his aides journey to Lake Erie where a mysterious malady is turning steel workers into "The Spotted Men." This double-novel collector's edition features the classic color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Emery Clarke, Paul Orban's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray, writer of nine Doc Savage novels. Priced at only $14.95.
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! Triple Novel Special! The Knight of Darkness combats supercrime in an extra-length volume showcasing tales by each of the pulp wordsmiths who wrote as "Maxwell Grant." First, in a violent thriller by Theodore Tinsley, The Shadow investigates the murderous machinations of "The Prince of Evil," a sadistic fiend who delights in torture and human misery. Then, The Shadow enters a series of diabolical deathtraps disguised as a "Messenger of Death" to retrieve a secret formula in a classic mystery by Walter Gibson. Finally, Lamont Cranston tracks down a hidden serial killer in Bruce Elliott's "Room 1313." This extra-length collector's special showcases the original color covers by Graves Gladney and Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Paul Orban, with historical articles by Will Murray and Rick Lai. Buy it today for $14.95.
One of the top crime-fighters from the golden age of pulp fiction, The Spider returns in two thrill-packed adventures written by Norvell Page under the pseudonym of Grant Stockbridge. First, in "The Spider and the Scarlet Surgeon" (1941), With unheard of skill, the Red Surgeon can change a patient into an imbecile… or a genius of crime! Not only can he alter the physical shell, but this mad doctor can even amputate parts of a victim's personality, even their conscience. And his greatest ambition is to operate on none other than Stanley Kirkpatrick, Nita van Sloan… and the Spider! Then, in "The Spider and the Death Piper" (1942), Weird compelling music lures the inhabitants of Martinsville to suicide! By ones and twos at first, then in a stampede of maddened self-destruction. Even Richard Wentworth, with the iron will of the Spider, felt the irresistible calling of that Devil-tune! Can even the Master of Men prevail against an unearthly power that goads the listener to suicide? These two exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading and feature both of the original full color covers as well as interior illustrations that accompany each story. Available now for $14.95!
By Dr Art Sippo
It is 1948 in Shanghai China. A mysterious young woman known only as Canta works a freelance agent making her living on the shady side of post-War China’s economy. Only 25 years old and she is already a legend. One evening she is accosted by four thugs: huge men who know how to inflict pain. Out of the darkness a crippled man comes to her rescue and scatters her attackers. He sees her again several times and then tries to recruit her help in locating a man who recently disappeared while in Shanghai on business. That man was Long Tom Roberts. Roberts had been planning to investigate the activities of a man named Makaroff who moved like a ghost throughout the Far East and took with him a trio of bodyguards who never slept.
It turns out that Canta’s hobbled rescuer was Doc Savage in disguise and that the thugs had been hired by him to fake the attack. But they had gone off script and tried to harm the Bronze Man for real. Who had put them up to this? Canta herself. That is how this convoluted story begins.
The Hot war with Japan and Germany is just cooling down while Cold War is just beginning to heat up. Doc Savage and his men are working with Uncle Sam to thwart a major communist plot against the British Crown Colonies in Asia. Can they succeed? Or will the byzantine plots in the Shanghai underworld outwit even the Man of Bronze? Answer these questions and more, plus get another Doc adventure, by getting your copy of Doc Savage, Volume 15 today from Radio Archives for $12.95!

Comments From Our Customers!
Michael Payton:
Love the Spider eBooks. I sampled the audio books yesterday too. WOW. I’m buying both Spider volumes as soon as I get the extra cash. I posted links to them and the penny Spider ebook deal on my Facebook page, the Comic Book Resources Forum’s Spider thread and on Dynamite Comics’ FB page since they publish the new Spider comics. It’s a great comic and hopefully new fans will sample the original pulps too. Hope you get a few new customers.
Rolf Pickelmann from Germany writes:
Good job on the Adventures of Doc Savage! I love it. The remastery was really successful. I read Doc Savage as a child and love to hear today the old radio shows in new quality. I will be back with the next order soon
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Kristen writes:
The Shadow book arrived safely yesterday. Thanks for the box! My mail is so often bent out of shape, but not this time. Thanks also for the little extra, the radio play disc. I will definitely enjoy that! I’m so glad they are reprinting these stories. Now I can have fun reading them without spending too much money. Most of all, I love the artwork. 
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