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Friday, July 4, 2014

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July 4, 2014
Forget Cinema-Scope, never mind Vista Vision, and toss aside your 3-D glasses because you are about to see the greatest films ever made in the best way possible...through your own imagination. Nothing can top what you see in your own mind, and nothing can top the wonderful sound quality of these amaz-ing programs.

The Lux Radio Theatre was on the air from 1934 until 1955. It spanned both radio and television and featured the biggest stars of the period. Hosted most famously by legendary director, Cecil B. DeMille this highly budgeted show brought the latest Hollywood films into your living room in hour long adaptations. The most fascinating thing about the show is hearing stars who weren't in the original films take over for those who were. Of course, sometimes the original stars recreated their screen performances, but not always. So, instead of hearing Cary Grant in The Awful Truth you'll be hearing a young Bob Hope in the same role. And that's only one example. It's a rare opportunity to compare and enjoy the differences.

In this volume you'll be hearing radio adaptations of some of the funniest screwball comedies Hollywood had to offer. We begin with what is known to be the granddaddy of all screwball comedies, It Happened One Night, Frank Capra's brilliantly funny love story about a runaway heiress and the hard bitten reporter who becomes her protector. You'll also hear the aforementioned, The Awful Truth, an adaptation of Leo McCarey's hilarious and frenetic comedy of marital errors. And I've included in this collection my own personal favorite of the screwball films, His Girl Friday. And remember the Warner Bros. teaming of James Cagney and Bette Davis in The Bride Came C.O.D.? Well get ready to hear Bob Hope and Hedy Lamar in those very same roles. And in Lux's version of Here Comes Mr. Jordan you'll have the pleasure of hearing Cary Grant in the role originated by Robert Montgomery. It's a movie buff's dream come true. It's the film aficionado's parallel universe.

Sit back and enjoy these classic screwball comedies just as they were heard during the golden age of radio. Close your eyes and picture the movie palace of your choice. Transport yourself to another time; a time of spoiled heiresses, fast talking lovers, dim bulb rebounds, and a slew of great and wonderful characters in support. Oh, and pass the popcorn. Nick Santa Maria, a published film historian and author is the Project Producer for this series.
10 hours. $29.98 Audio CDs / $14.99 Download
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"High adventure in the wild, vast reaches of space! Missions of daring in the name of interplanetary justice!""Space Patrol" was created and produced by World War II Navy veteran Mike Moser as a nod to such past futuristic programs as "Buck Rogers" and "Flash Gordon". It outlined the exploits of Commander Buzz Corey (Ed Kemmer), who was placed in charge of a thirtieth-century police-keeping force operating from a man-made planet known as Terra. The jurisdiction of the Patrol included Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury, collectively known as the United Planets. Assisting Corey was his protégé Cadet Happy (Lyn Osborne), a youthful sidekick prone to uttering the exclamation "Smokin' rockets!"; according to Cox: "At times he appeared to have little purpose beyond proffering a simplistic inquiry to Corey, allowing the chief to explain some obvious notion to the listeners."
Corey's constant struggle to maintain law and order on the interplanetary frontier was frequently hampered by the villainous likes of Mister Proteus (Marvin Miller), Agent X (Norman Jolley), and Prince Baccaretti (Bela Kovacs), who also answered to the sinister moniker "The Black Falcon." There was also an evildoer on the distaff side named Tonga (Nina Bara), but she proved to be so popular with listeners/viewers that the producers rehabilitated her and made her a member of the Space Patrol team. Corey's other crew members included Major "Robbie" Robertson (Ken Meyer), Dr. Van Meter (Rudolph Anders) and Carol Karlyle (Virginia Hewett), daughter of the secretary general of the United Planets. Carol also served as Corey's would-be squeeze, although the romance was a bit one-sided because, as radio fans have learned, keeping the peace "makes a man watchful...and a little lonely." Also heard on the series as the show's announcer was Dick Tufeld, who achieved later television immortality as the voice of the robot on TV's "Lost in Space" ("Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!")."Space Patrol" was written by Lou Huston and directed by Larry Robertson and, for most of its run (1951-54), was sponsored by Ralston Cereals, which offered a tantalizing series of premiums tailor-made for the show's young fan base - goodies like the Space-O-Phone - "sounds just like a walkie-talkie...looks just like the space-o-phone Buzz Corey himself uses!" Ralston's sponsorship of the show resulted in what could very well be called the crème de la crème of all premiums: a one ton, 30 foot space ship dubbed "The Ralston Rocket" that toured America before finally being awarded to a lucky fan.
This collection offers you ten fun-filled hours of intergalactic action in twenty full-length ABC network broadcasts of "Space Patrol," featuring a wide range of special offers "just for sending in those box tops from Ralston cereals." Those premiums may no longer be available but, thanks to Radio Archives, the thrills and chills of the Space Patrol are still just as close as your ear buds. 10 hours. Regular Price $29.98 - Specially priced until July 17 for $14.99 Audio CDs / $7.49 Download
Will Murray's Pulp Classics #53
by Robert J. Hogan 
Read by Nick Santa Maria. Liner Notes by Will Murray
Among the heroes of the pulps who soared through their adventures, G-8 flew higher and farther than any of his contemporaries. His true name unknown, the Flying Spy was no mere flyboy, but the champion ace of World War I.

Back in the Summer of 1933, Popular Publications was booming. Their Autumn expansion plans entailed launching G-8 ands His Battle Aces, aimed at the legions of readers who drank up fictionalized accounts of World War I Allied aces versus Imperial Germany’s various Red Barons. 

As one of Popular’s star writers, Robert J. Hogan was the writer who publisher Harry Steeger selected for a suitable scribe. Steeger and Hogan hashed out an idea. It was part Eddie Rickenbacker and part What Price Glory?—which was a popular Maxwell Anderson stage play turned into a motion picture. Price stressed the horrors of war as counterpoint to the sentimental comradeship of the Allies in the trenches. Only in this case, by horror, Popular Publications meant something far more horrific than mustard-gas trench warfare atrocities.

It all began with a message dropped from a raiding German plane on G-8‘s headquarters, a warning that promised a new kind of war and demanded unconditional surrender.

“Tomorrow at dawn von Griel will fly again. He has been brought back to life. All other German aces who have been killed will be brought back to live again in the air, by the aid of a new white magic.”

The next day, G-8 and his Battle Aces encountered Oberleutnant von Griel in the sky—cold-eyed and stiff, yet flying his checkered Fokker. Worse, he was impervious to their bullets! This is only the beginning of the wave of Zombie Hun pilots, reanimated by the foul sorcery of Haitian Voodoo––the Squadron of Corpses!

How can the Master Spy repel an onslaught of the living dead? For not even G-8 understood how foes he had shot down in past battles could live again to fly against him and his fellow Allied pilots.

Nick Santa Maria brings the undead proceedings to vivid life in this astonishing G-8 audiobook. Three short stories, “The Masked Pilot,” “The Silver Spad,” and “The Maniac Ace,” are read by Milton Bagby. Nick DeGregorio composed the music for the G-8 and His Battle Aces series of audiobooks. 6 hours $23.98 Audio CDs / $11.99 Download

Robert Weinberg Presents
by Brian Lumley
Read by Nick Santa Maria
A Necroscope® as defined by Brian Lumley, the British author of The Necroscope® series, is a person with an ESP power that allows him to communicate with the dead. A Necroscope® contacts the minds of corpses, which do not perish at death. Communication is two-way and peaceful. Harry Keough is the greatest Necroscope® in the world.
Harry Keough always considered himself a master of the Möbius Continuum—another dimension existing parallel to all space and time. It served as his personal instantaneous gateway to anywhere in the known universe, past or present. But Harry's knowledge was not unique; two other intelligences, with powers similar to his, existed. One was the long-dead August Ferdinand Möbius himself, the German astronomer, mathematician, and discoverer of the Möbius Strip. Only after death was Möbius able to mentally explore his previously theoretical Continuum. The other was Harry’s son, who not only inherited his father's mathematical skill but also the metaphysical talent by means of which the Necroscope® conversed with dead people in their graves.
Thus, it was a major shock to Harry, when returning home via the Möbius Continuum from an adventure in Las Vegas, he observed for an instant a unknown human hurtling uncontrolled through the endless coils of the Möbius Continuum. Who was this stranger and how was he rocketing through the darkness of the mind-numbing dimension? More to the point, if he was not someone who entered the dimension on his own, who sent him there? Was this an attempt at murder by Möbius? Harry felt sure that neither his son or Professor Möbius was responsible for this outrage. Then who was? It was a question that Harry felt he had to answer, even if it meant putting his own life in danger. It’s an all-new, standalone adventure, set in the incredible world of Harry Keough, the Necroscope®!
Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope® series of vampire novels. An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror by both the World Fantasy Convention and the Horror Writers Association. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television. When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England5 hours $19.98 Audio CDs / $9.99 Download
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Brian Wood, Bob Weinberg, and Chris Claremont at an X-Men Revolution signing at the San Diego Comic Convention.
by John Lawrence with an introduction by Ed Hulse
Read by Milton Bagby
New York-based private investigator Cass Blue is a morally flexible tough guy who backs up his hard-boiled rhetoric with frequent applications of the blackjack he carries in a hip pocket. No case is too seedy or sordid for him to take, and he’s capable of taking as much as he dishes out when it’s necessary. The cops don’t trust him much more than they do the criminals, but that doesn’t keep him from giving clients full value for their retainers. With the dubious assistance of speakeasy owner Al Lascoine, Cass sasses and slugs his way through a succession of Depression-era adventures.
The Cass Blue yarns are related in the first person by stylish pulp writer John Lawrence, who guides his protagonist through a maze of exciting plots and countless gunfights. What the series lacks in polish and innovation, it makes up for with vigorous action and the tough-as-nails attitude that gave Dime Detective the distinctive flavor that made it the most important crime pulp excepting the legendary Black Mask.
Ed Hulse writes the introduction "The Ten-Cent Sleuths: Dime Detective Revisited". The Complete Cases of Cass Blue Audiobook, Volume 1 contains the following stories, “The Bloodstone,” “The Corpse Was Cold,” “The Corpse Control,” and “Calling All Cars!” Read by the talented voice actor, Milton Bagby.
10 hours $39.98 Audio CDs / $19.99 Download

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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!
G-8 and His Battle Aces #083 August 1940 Death Rides the Midnight Patrol
Deep in the earth, away from the light of day, the murder of millions is planned by a fiend who lives for his love of murder! Herr Doktor Krueger is his name and Death is his partner in this historic crime. Above, in the red skies of the battle front, G-8 and his Battle Aces fly to thwart this scheme. The answer awaits you — in the pages to be read! 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.

Dime Mystery Magazine Arthur Leo Zagat Book 4
In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, all written by Arthur Leo Zagat, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.

Beginning in 1932, Battle Birds brought readers a thrilling main story, referred to as a “novel”, that featured a rotating cast of main characters like The Three Mosquitoes and Smoke Wade. After nineteen issues, just over a year and a half after its debut, the magazine began to feature the air adventures of Dusty Ayres, and the magazine became officially titled Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. This lasted until the summer of 1935 when the magazine folded after thirty-one issues. But Battle Birds wasn't finished; it would return. $2.99.
Fighting Aces #19 March 1943 Only the Brave Return
Fighting Aces was the youngest in the line of Popular Publications aviation pulps. It was strictly a product of World War II. The inaugural issue was published with a March 1940 date on the cover, as the world war was raging through Europe. After D-Day and the war began winding down, the pulp was closed down as well. After twenty-seven issues, the July 1944 magazine was the last one published. But during those glorious twenty-seven issues, American doughboys fought alongside the French, English, Australian and Canadian Allies in battle after aerial battle... pitting their skill against the Nazi scum. Fighter planes burst into flame and spiral to earth in these WWII tales of soaring action. Fighting Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.

99 cent eBook Singles
Each 99 cent eBook Single contains a single short story, one of the many tales selected from the pages of Dime Mystery and Terror Tales. These short stories are not included in any of our other eBooks.

Eddie couldn’t promise the only thing that would make his sister happy... Then a fresh corpse on his doorstep showed him that he might make that pledge — if he could live long enough to keep it! In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format$0.99.
All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats for the ultimate in compatibility. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your eBooks to your new device without the need to purchase anything new.
Special David J. Schow Issue! This issue contains stories by David Schow(3), Tad Williams, Harry Turtledove, Mary Turzillo, Darrell Schweitzer, and Michael Rutheford. A profile and interview with David Schow is also included. 148 pages.
Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine
From March of 1923 to September of 1954, Weird Tales was the most influential of all pulp magazines in the horror and fantasy genres. Weird Tales has enjoyed a devoted following for many decades as the very first magazine of gothic fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. Founded in 1923, the pioneering publication introduced the world to such counter-culture icons as Cthulhu the alien monster god and Conan the Barbarian. Weird Tales is well known for launching the careers of great authors like H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Robert E. Howard — even, Tennessee Williams made his first sale here! — not to mention legendary fantasy artists like Virgil Finlay and Margaret Brundage. The magazine’s influence extends through countless areas of pop culture: fiction, certainly, but also rock music, goth style, comic books, gaming… even Stephen King has called Weird Tales a major inspiration.
Weird Tales: The Modern Magazine
After the original magazine operation folded in 1954, there were several brief attempts to revive it — reprint anthologies in the ’60s, four new magazine issues in the ’70s, four original paperbacks in the early ’80s — before the resurrection finally achieved full-fledged afterlife under editor-publishers George H. Scithers, Darrell Schweitzer and John Gregory Betancourt. Beginning in 1988, Weird Tales has been published more or less continuously. These 25 year old magazines are Brand new and have never been read. Radio Archives is proud to have a large inventory so that everyone can have a copy of this great magazine. $9.95
The Knight of Darkness crushes supercrime in thrilling pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson and Theodore Tinsley writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, concealed within an ancient mummy case, The Shadow smuggles himself into a criminal mastermind's "The Crime Crypt" using the same gimmick that Doctor Doom reprises in the 1950 Batman story, "1,001 Trophies of the Batcave." Then, The Shadow battles "The Green Terror," a criminal whose use of scientifically induced fear preceded the Scarecrow's infamous modus operandi. Finally, in a classic radio script that foreshadowed Batman's landmark Ra's Al Ghul saga, Lamont Cranston dies so that The Shadow can go undercover to battle a super-villain who has discovered his secret identity in "Can the Dead Talk?" BONUS: Film historian Ed Hulse examines the glaring plot similarities between the 1994 SHADOW film and 2005's BATMAN BEGINS! This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the original color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney and the classic interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Earl Mayan with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

The Knight of Darkness battles murderous supervillains in two thrilling pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, The Shadow wages a final battle against his greatest enemy, Shiwan Khan, in "Masters of Death." Then, savage drums promise eerie menace when Professor MacAbre attempts to bring "Voodoo Death" to The Shadow and Margo Lane! BONUS: A murderous Shadow uses the power of invisibility for evil and sets a deadly trap for Lamont Cranston in "The Shadow Challenged." Which Shadow will have the last laugh? This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the original color pulp covers by Graves Gladney and Modest Stein and the classic interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Paul Orban with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

Special Movie Issue
The pulp era's legendary superman journeys to the South America in two action-packed novels by Harold A. Davis and Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, explorers return from the Matto Grosso jungle with news of a recently discovered lost city and evidence that Johnny Littlejohn has already succumbed to a deadly malady! Can the Man of Bronze prevent "The Green Death" from spreading throughout the United States? Then, the kidnapping of Monk Mayfair leads Doc Savage to South America and the bizarre mystery of the "Rock Sinister." BONUS: a behind-the-scenes look at the 1975 Doc Savage movie! This instant collector's item leads off with the classic pulp covers by Emery Clarke and Modest Stein, the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fourteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

The pulp era's legendary superman returns in two super-powered pulp novels by "Kenneth Robeson" that inspired classic supervillains from the Marvel Age of Comics. First, the Man of Bronze battles "The Metal Master," a criminal genius with the power to manipulate the molecular structure of metals. Then, Doc Savage is sent to prison when he's framed by the murderous teleporter called "The Vanisher." PLUS: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby recall their teenaged fascination with pulps, and Dave Cockrum's 1979 artwork from his proposed Doc Savage newspaper strip. This instant collector's item showcases James Bama's spectacular cover painting, the original color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Walter Baumhofer and all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Paty Cockrum and Will Murray.Double Novel Reprint $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. Pulp Replica $35.00
Doc Savage: The War Makers
by Will Murray and Ryerson Johnson, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
All over the Midwest, cars and trucks were crashing—stopped in their tracks by an inexplicable force! Had some unseen power targeted America’s automotive industry—or was something more sinister at stake?

Summoned to solve the mystery, Doc Savage and his intrepid men follow a trail of terror that winds through the continental United States like a constricting serpent of senseless destruction.

From the nation’s car capital to the North Pole, the Man of Bronze races to stave off a strangely familiar menace only to confront a completely unexpected foe—the enigmatic Baron in Black! Softcover $24.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
What is the Blind Death? New York’s newshawks work overtime in a flurry of flashbulb explosions as they clamor for the scoop on the insidious wave of corpses turning up around the city, all struck dead, eyes turned an unseeing ivory by the masked mastermind known as… White Eyes.

As police riot guns and gangland Tommy-guns turn New York City’s winter snows scarlet, Doc Savage, man of mystery, giant of bronze, discovers that the mysterious plague is part of an audacious scheme to unite all of New York’s criminal elements against him. White Eyes’ ultimate goal—to seize the fabled Mayan wealth of the Man of Bronze!

From snowbound Manhattan to the sugar-cane fields of tropical Cuba, Doc Savage and his Iron Crew wage what may be the greatest battle for survival of their careers! Softcover $24.95


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