Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday's Forgotten Books: The Shadow, The Creeping Death by Maxwell Grant

A black-shrouded room, lighted only by the weird glow of a bluish light that shone upon the polished surface of a flat-topped table. Two hands, moving like pale white creatures beneath the circle of light. A mysterious gem that glimmered from a tapering third finger.

The Shadow was in his sanctum!
From The Shadow: The Creeping Death by Maxwell Grant, originally published in SHADOW Magazine, Volume 4, Number 4, January 15, 1933.

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15 comments:

Cloudia said...

Cool atmosphere!
Aloha

Cullen Gallagher said...

You know, I've still never read any of The Shadow before. Do you have suggestions on where to start?

David Cranmer said...

Cloudia, Some of the best in pulp.

Cullen, Stick with the ones written by magician/author Walter B. Gibson. Far and away the best.

Corey Wilde said...

Must be 30 years since I read a Shadow story. Shame on me, I remember loving them. Thanks for the reminder.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Again, you couldn't go wrong on collecting these books for the cover art.

David Cranmer said...

Corey, Yeah I stopped reading them about the same time but spotted this in a bookstore in Maine and had to have it. I hope they do another film and rejuvenate interest in this enthralling and unique character.

Patti, And this art which is outstanding pales in comparison to the original covers from the thirties and forties.

ARCHAVIST said...

Like Cullen I've not read THe Shadow but I do listen to the old radio show as a podcast.

Scott Parker said...

I have one of those recent reprints that contains the story the inspired both Batman and Joker. However, I still want to start with Book #1. We'll see where I end up. Love this stuff.

Cullen Gallagher said...

Which bookstore in Maine? (Hey, I have to ask - it's my home state, after all!)

David Cranmer said...

Archavist, All those old radio shows are excellent and I’ve been listening to them all but the Orson Welles narrated-with that voice of his-is the my favorite episodes.

Scott, I’m addicted to these old timers. We may be able to equal but never surpass. It’s the pinnacle.

Cullen, On the way to Ellsworth. An old chicken (I think) barn that’s been converted into an antique/bookstore. One of the largest I’ve ever been in. Nirvana.

Randy Johnson said...

I own the whole series, the Bantam set, the Belmont nine from the sixties, the few odd books published here and there, and the twenty-three doubles from the Nostalgia Town folks. I've read a few online as well. Still a long way to go. I loves me some Shadow!

D.A. Riser said...

The Shadow knows -- Great one!

David Cranmer said...

Randy, I may have to buy that set at some point. I'm still working my way through THE WILD WILD WEST and now WYATT EARP. I'll probably continue to listen to the old time radio shows for a bit longer. If I win the Mega Millions tonight then that, of course, changes everything.

D.A., It certainly is.

Charles Gramlich said...

I picked up a bunch of the Shadow books free online but have only read one so far. Now that I've got my kindle I'll probably b gmore.

David Cranmer said...

Charles, I will break down and buy one of them fancy Kindles... someday.