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Friday, December 20, 2013

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December 20, 2013
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The CBS Radio Workshop debuted at the end of the Age of Classic Radio, which was a time of innovation and experimentation, especially in terms of radio drama. The ten-hour Volume 5 includes “Epitaphs”, from Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology (a collection of short, free-form poems), which starred Jeanette Nolan and Richard Crenna; Norman Dello Joio’s “Meditations On Ecclesiastes”), which won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for music, conducted on the program by Alfredo Antonini; James Thurber’s “You Could Look It Up”, about a three-foot tall adult brought into a baseball game to take a walk (inspiring the 1951 stunt by Bill Veeck); Robert Heinlein co-adapted his short story “The Green Hills of Earth”, about an old, blind space traveler who wants to die on the planet of his birth, Earth; Edgar Allan Poe’s “Never Bet the Devil Your Head”, a satirical attack on transcendentalism; an adaptation of E. M. Forster’s “The Celestial Omnibus”, from the collection of the same name; Richard Durham’s “Sweet Cherries In Charleston”, which tells the story of the aborted 1822 slave rebellion in Charleston, South Carolina; an adaptation of “Young Man Axelbrod” by Sinclair Lewis, a critic of American society (particularly capitalism) who is probably best remembered for It Can’t Happen Here, about the election of a Fascist as the American president, based on the populist Southern politician Huey Long.

The man behind CBS Radio Workshop, which debuted in 1956, was William Froug. Inspired directly by the work of Norman Corwin on the original Columbia Workshop, Froug put all the pieces together to produce a program that took the best of what had come before it and succeeded even further in production, performance and storytelling.

CBS Radio Workshop not only continued to push boundaries in terms of utilizing story, music, voice and more in exciting, modern ways, it broke new ground in radio drama. In short, the CBS Radio Workshop set the standard for modern audio drama.

Blending sound effects with story, music with voice, and quality with substance, the episodes on CBS Radio Workshop, Volume 5 shows how boundless storytelling can be with audio drama. 10 hours. $29.98 Audio CDs / $14.99 Download.
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"The Cisco Kid" became a great favorite with western/adventure fans during the 1940s. Dubbed "the Robin Hood of the Old West," his radio adventures originated for many years at WOR, New York, and were widely syndicated by transcription by the Frederic W. Ziv Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Jack Mather and Harry Lang filled the lead roles, supported by the usual WOR stock company, and the transcribed series was produced for nine highly successful and lucrative years.Since the 1947-1956 syndicated ZIV series was pre-recorded, a great many of Cisco and Pancho's adventures have been in the hands of collectors for years — with the majority of available programs dating from earlier entries in the series. Recently, however, a large collection of beautiful discs was discovered in Des Moines, Iowa — uncirculated and largely unplayed 16" vinyl transcription recordings, carefully preserved by a local advertising agency. These programs have, for the most part, been unheard since the 1950s and most have never been available to collectors - a real "find" for radio enthusiasts everywhere.
In addition to their rarity, a unique feature of these restored broadcasts is the reintegration of regional commercials, voiced by well-known announcer Marvin Miller. The series was sponsored on a number of Midwestern radio stations by the bakers of Butter-nut Bread, and the program recordings were accompanied by separate discs containing the commercials. As presented in this set, the commercials have been edited back into the programs — allowing you to hear them just as they originally aired in the early 1950s.
Of special interest to radio enthusiasts are the last two shows in this collection: "Murder at North San Juan" and "Porfirio and the Bearded Lady," starring Jack Mather as Cisco and Mel Blanc standing in for Harry "Pancho" Lang as Pancho's cousin-in-law, Porfirio. Price $29.98 - Specially priced until January 2 for $7.49 Audio CDs.
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This radio collection of fully dramatized shows highlights the events of the American Civil War (1861-1865), also know as the War Between the States, as well as the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. As history demonstrates, the outcome forever changed the face of America. The casualties of this war exceeded 620,000 soldiers and untold numbers of injured civilians and soldiers. Confederate resistance collapsed after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Includes shows from The Hallmark Playhouse, The Cavalcade of America, You Are There, Destination Freedom, The Cavalcade of America, The NBC University Theatre, You Are There. Regular Price $29.98 - Specially priced until January 2 for $7.49 Audio CDs.
Will Murray's Pulp Classics #41
Read by Milton Bagby. Liner Notes by Will Murray
Although born in Britain, Hugh B. Cave grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He began writing in the late 1920s, and soon became a very prolific pulp writer. Specializing in crime stories at first, he gravitated to Weird Tales and the so-called Shudder Pulps. Cave’s reputation only grew over the following decades, during which he racked up some 40 novels and over one thousand short stories in every genre imaginable.

Cave’s interest in the weird took a different turn in the post World War II era when he relocated to Haiti and became interested in the mysterious religion of Voodoo. He wrote one of the earliest sympathetic inside books on Voodoo, titled Haiti: High Road to Adventure, followed by a bestselling novel on the subject, The Cross and the Drum.

Stories in this first Hugh Cave compilation of Weird Menace classics ripped from the crumbling pages of Terror Tales date from before his encounters with the dark religion. Whatever supernatural rites Cave may have participated in, it led to him becoming one of the great grandmasters of pulp era fiction––as these suspenseful stories will attest.

Begin the bizarre journey by sailing to a dark rendezvous on Privacy Island, where a retired warden and his former inmates convene in the nightmarish account called “Terror Island.” In “Death’s Loving Arms,” a jungle beast-woman invades civilization to rip and rend and slay in order to satisfy her wonton bloodlust. Thrill to the terrible tale of the innocent churchman who was dragged down to perdition and presented with proof positive that he sold his soul to the Evil One in “Enslaved to Satan.” Finally, prepare for ultimate horror as we enter a long-deserted church which hosts dark, diabolic rites to become “Satan's Sepulcher.”

Read with suitably portentous overtones by Milton Bagby. 7 hours $27.98 Audio CDs / $13.99 Download.

Will Murray's Pulp Classics #1
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Liner Notes by Will Murray
During the difficult decade encompassed by the years 1933-43, a commanding figure blazed his way through a legion of Depression-era supercriminals, Nazi spies and saboteurs. He was wealthy criminologist Richard Wentworth. He was also secretly the Spider!

Never before or since has there been a hero like the Spider. Driven, hunted, and violently committed to exterminating criminals of all calibers. A self-appointed savior of humanity, driven manic-depressive, and possibly undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, the Spider was known as the Master of Men.

The most compelling of the classic pulp heroes, Richard Wentworth had a fiancé, a coterie of equally committed aides, and a tense relationship with New York Police Commissioner Stanley Kirkpatrick, Wentworth's best friend, but also a dedicated lawman sworn to send the Spider to the electric chair—no matter who he turns out to be.

Prince of the Red Looters dates from August, 1934. The Spider has only been at large for a year. But already the law and the underworld are determined to exterminate him. Caught between these two warring factions, he plays a dangerous game of upholding the law while breaking it with impunity.

Up from the underworld emerges a new foe to take on the Master of Men. The Fly! Unlike previous opponents, the Fly issues a public call for the Spider to "Come into my parlor." Never before has an antagonist dared to challenge the Master of Men to a duel to the death. This makes the Fly the most supremely confident egotist ever to take on the Spider. 
But is the Fly confident—or overconfident?

Prince of the Red Looters is the first authorized audiobook starring The Spider, and the start of an exciting new line of products we're calling Will Murray's Pulp Classics. 6 hours. Regular Price $23.98 - Specially priced until January 2 for $5.99 Audio CDs.
New Will Murray's Pulp Classics eBooks
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 eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today!
Never before had an enemy so completely paralyzed America by a crimson reign of terror as had the ruthless, foreign Order of the Double Cross!... Never before had the Spider been forced to rely for aid upon a ragged, starving army of hoboes — who somehow found a courage equal to the country’s greatest need! Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine. $2.99.

The Purple Invasion story #9 of 13
They thundered through the high passes of the Continental Divide, those rolling drums of doom, heralding the attack of the Purple Emperor’s mighty armies which had conquered all of Eastern America to the Rockies. Rallying to hold the Divide, Operator 5, alone with a handful of weary, starving defenders, pits himself against Rudolph’s unconquered destroying hordes, his only weapon the strategy of bold and desperate men with their backs to an alien seat. What has become known as the “War and Peace of the Pulps” commenced with the searing novel, Death’s Ragged Army, which appeared in the July, 1936 issue of Operator #5 magazine. The legions of Emperor Maximilian swept in and took over New England, initiating the Second War of Independence. Jimmy Christopher and his friends and allies in the Intelligence Service were enlisted in a desperate undertaking to hurl back to Europe the forces of the Purple Emperor. The legendary Purple Invasion series had begun and lasted an amazing 13 installments. In order to enjoy the unfolding storyline, it's best to start with Death’s Ragged Army and read sequentially through to The Siege that Brought the Black Death. These 13 novels represent the most daring and unique departure ever in this kind of pulp magazine. Operator #5 and the Purple Invasion series returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Death rode like the wind across the sky, in the guise of a monster such as no man had seen before. The flames of destruction are closing about the Master Spy; his men have lost courage in the face of the Dragon’s fire. How long can one man fight on his courage alone; what price will he pay for his country’s salvation? G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. G-8 battled Germany’s Halloween shock troops for over a decade, not ceasing until the magazine folded in the middle of World War II. G-8 and his Battle Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
The Green Lama promised miracles in his circus role and it was but slightly short of a miracle that he was able to clear up the three murders and the fiendish plot behind them. The jade-robed Buddhist priest who battled crime as The Green Lama is back! Conceived in 1939 at the behest of the editors of Munsey Publications to compete with The Shadow, it was an outlandish concept. While The Shadow possessed the power to cloud men’s minds after his time in the East, The Green Lama relied on other, even weirder, powers — including the ability to become radioactive and electrically shock opponents into submission! He carried a traditional Tibetan scarf, which he employed to bind and befuddle opponents, and possessed a knowledge of vulnerable nerve centers which he put to good use in hand-and-hand combat. Om Mani Padme Hum! The Green Lama knows! The Green Lama returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
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Pulp fiction's Master of Men returns in two classic stories from the 1930s. First, in "Death's Crimson Juggernaut" (1934), horror stalks the city as helpless victims are found brutally murdered -- by crucifixion! Whole buildings are burned to the ground to further a mad scheme, and no crime is too terrible for the Torture Killers. Richard Wentworth joins the fray as The Spider, and finds himself blinded! Can a sightless Spider hope to win against these odds? Then, in "Claws of the Golden Dragon" (1939), A sinister carving of a scarlet scorpion warns Richard Wentworth of a Chinatown crisis. As soon as he investigates, Nita and Ram Singh are captured and destined to die by torture! Devious traps bring sudden death to all who oppose The Dragon, a horrible death as parasitic orchids burst from the chests of the doomed! 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. $14.95.
The Shadow's crime-fighting organization became fully-formed in "The Chinese Disks", in which these tokens of crime lead The Shadow on a trail of danger. A sequel to Gibson's first novel, "The Living Shadow", the novel features the return of The Shadow's first major foe, Diamond Bert Farwell, and introduces long-time characters Moe Shrevnitz, reformed former-crooks Hawkeye and Tapper, Pietro, and the giant African Jericho Druke. "Malmordo" features a daffodil as a symbol of danger, a creature with a rodent face, and a menu card with the circled message: "Midnight - Morte - Monday", all of which send The Shadow in pursuit of the world's most desperate criminal. The book features the original pulp cover by George Rozen and interior illustrations by Tom Lovell, who went on to become one of the 20th century's greatest illustrative painters. $12.95.
Pulp fiction's legendary Man of Bronze returns in two of his most engrossing adventures. In "Resurrection Day", first published in 1936, the Man of Bronze perfects a method for resurrecting a dead human being -- but only one person can be revived. Who will Doc choose? In "Repel" (1937), a strange new element is expelled in a South Pacific volcanic eruption, but falls into the hands of Cadwiller Olden, Doc Savage's most formidable foe. This volume includes a foreword by Peter David ("Star Trek", "The Incredible Hulk"), the original pulp covers by Robert Harris, interior illustrations by Paul Orban, and historical articles by Will Murray $12.95.
The Master of Darkness investigates bizarre crimes in classic pulp novels by Walter Gibson and Theodore Tinsley writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, The Shadow undercovers racketeers behind the glamour and gaiety of a "Crime Circus." Then, an off-trail mystery leads The Shadow from Manhattan's Madison Square Garden to a Western dude ranch to save innocent victims from the strangling coils of the "Noose of Death." This instant collector's item features the original color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney, the classic interior illustrations by legendary illustrator Tom Lovell and commentary by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. $14.95.

The pulp era's legendary superman returns in action-packed novels by Lester Dent and William G. Bogart writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, America's national security is threatened by "The Angry Ghost" that brings horrific destruction to the U.S. Treasury Building, a bridge and a military base. Then, the Man of Bronze seeks to unravel the million-dollar blackmail and murder scheme of "The Disappearing Lady." This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the original color pulp covers by Emery Clarke and Charles J. Ravel plus all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and comics legend Bob Powell. $14.95.
This is an authentic replica of an original pulp magazine published by Girasol Collectables. This edition is designed to give the reader an authentic taste of what a typical pulp magazine was like when it was first issued - but without the frailty or expense of trying to find a decades-old collectable to enjoy. The outer covers, the interior pages, and the advertisements are reprinted just as they appeared in the original magazine, left intact to give the reader the true feel of the original as well as an appreciation for the way in which these publications were first offered to their avid readers. To further enhance the “pulp experience”, this edition is printed on off-white bond paper intended to simulate the original look while, at the same time, assuring that this edition will last far longer than the original upon which it is based. The overall construction and appearance of this reprint is designed to be as faithful to the original magazine as is reasonably possible, given the unavoidable changes in production methods and materials. $35.00.
by Will Murray, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
Doc Savage vs. King Kong!
Eighty years ago in February, 1933 the Street & Smith company released the first issue of Doc Savage Magazine, introducing one of the most popular and influential pulp superheroes ever to hit the American scene. Doc Savage was the greatest adventurer and scientist of his era, and while his magazine ended in 1949, he influenced the creators of Superman, Batman, Star Trek, The Man from UNCLE and the Marvel Universe—to name only a few.
While that first issue of Doc Savage was fresh on Depression newsstands, RKO Radio Pictures released one of the most important fantasy films of all time. Everyone knows the story of how King Kong was discovered on Skull Island and hauled back to New York in chains, only to perish tragically atop the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Empire State Building.
As it happened, that was where Doc Savage had his world headquarters. For decades, fans have wondered: Where was Doc the day Kong fell?
On the eightieth anniversary of these fictional giants, Altus Press is proud to release the first authorized clash between The Man of Bronze and the Eighth Wonder of the World—Doc Savage: Skull Island. Written by Will Murray in collaboration with Joe DeVito, creator of KONG: King of Skull Island, Doc Savage: Skull Island is a new pulp epic. $24.95.

By Dr. Art Sippo
In the South Pacific, Doc Savage and his men are awaiting a momentous natural event. A mysterious substance will be spewed forth from a volcano that will revolutionize science. But there is danger afoot. Master criminal Cadwiller Olden is stalking the expedition and intends to steal the prize from Doc Savage himself.

Olden is a strange man. He is wealthy and has his own personal yacht. He is a little person barely 4 feet tall. He likes to surround himself with large strapping men whom he insists remain shirtless. He has a Polynesian body guard, Nero, who is seven feet tall, massively muscled, and has an ugly knife scar on his face which gives him a perpetual sneer. It is rumored that Nero is a cannibal who eats the men he kills!

Once again Doc and his crew are thrown into battle with the nefarious forces of evil. This time the prize is one of the secrets of nature itself! And the enemy is a resourceful adversary with few, if any scruples. He intends to have Nero grapple with the Bronze Man and defeat him in one-on-one combat.

Can Doc defeat the machinations of Cadwiller Olden? Will he succumb to the brutal Nero and be placed at the monster’s mercy? Will the world be brought under the thumb of this diminutive monster?

This story was reprinted by Bantam in the 1960s as “The Deadly Dwarf” and has been a perpetual fan favorite. Cadwiller Olden is one of the great Doc Savage villains whose fate at the end of the story remains unknown. Could there be a rematch?

Don’t miss “Repel,” one of the greatest Doc Savage Supersagas! Double Novel reprint $12.95

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