Against a strange murder-master who held first a neighborhood, then a city, and then an entire, powerful nation in an icy paralyzing grip of fear, Captain Zero must wage a grim final battle—using only the guns of a small midnight patrol, that would turn against him at the first crimson streak of dawn!
In the heart of New York’s Chinatown, on his imperial throne, guarded by swordsmen and gunmen and a labyrinth of death traps, sat the Arch-Criminal of all time. Master of life and death, of disease, of horrible, crawling things—the Emperor of Vermin released destruction over city and nation. The Spider, Master of Men, champion of humanity, fought with every ounce of his cunning, against the monster who personified evil incarnate—while one faithful servant gave his life in this, the Spider’s most bitter, hopeless battle, and Nita herself was faced with a doom more ghastly than any criminal mind had conceived before!
In the gaunt desolation of those dark Kentucky hills, the Dixie Limited, crack flyer, stood gutted of all living passengers… The Spider, the only survivor, stood alone at that bleak scene, vowing silently, solemnly, to destroy the ambition-mad arch-criminal who had plotted this wholesale ruin. For this, and manifold like disasters, were occurring everywhere in the land—at the direction, Richard Wentworth knew, of some diabolical brain which was unleashing hordes of primitive barbarians to lay waste civilization. But later, at the very moment when the Spider should have struck his most telling blow, he was pacing a narrow cell in the death-house at Sing Sing!
A group of bitter men—a secret League of War—was ready to plunge the world into a new, earth-wide conflict. They issued orders, and bloody organized murder was loosed in the heart of Europe! And behind this carnage, a single man was scheming to make himself the Dictator of the World! Never before had a single person conceived such a colossal plan for profiting from the slaughter of humans. He had overcome all obstacles—except one lone avenger, Operator 5, America’s secret service ace. Can Jimmy Christopher keep the nations of the world from hurling themselves into a war which can bring nothing but universal defeat, misery, and slavery?
Three sinister slay-rides turned a giant metropolis into a city patrolled by terror… helpless, save for one man—Captain Zero—the fabulous Master of Midnight, whose strange cloak of invisibility was, at the same time, a gift of the gods—and a curse of the Devil!
Exactly at eleven-thirty each Thursday night the Death Fiddler conducted his unholy orchestra in a symphony of murder which sounded the doom of some marked victim. A master of the grotesque, he held an entire city in the strangle-hold of a helpless terror; even the forces of the Law stood in shuddery, superstitious fear of this new destroyer. And then the Spider, Master of Men, modern knight-errant of mankind, rose up against him! But the Spider, too, was baffled; not all Richard Wentworth’s efforts seemed enough to destroy this new, this ugliest of all Hydra heads rearing out of the noxious slime of the Underworld…
A happy crowd, inspired by the spirit of Christmas, was milling joyously in Times Square, New York. Suddenly, cutting through the sounds of gayety, came a shrill whine. It became louder, and at the very second of midnight, a gigantic shell exploded, killing, maiming, destroying! At twelve hour intervals thereafter—no man knew in advance where—another shell burst devastatingly. Two great powers were openly accused in the newspapers. War—savage and bloody—was imminent, and Operator 5 realized that he had encountered his most cunning foe, the clever woman spy—Radi Havara!
Never before has the Spider, Master of Men, crusader extraordinary against the Underworld, been faced with such overwhelming difficulties. A magically persuasive radio voice luring thousands of young people to crime; a scientific madman dealing germicidal death over the nation; every criminal gang in the country organized to levy toll by stark terror… How can Richard Wentworth link these facts, weave a web of retribution for the Doom Dealer? With his beloved Nita captured and waiting for a ghastly old-world torture, his one-time friend Kirkpatrick ordering police on his trail to ‘Kill at Sight!’, his every movement hampered not only by outlaws but by the law itself—can even the Spider find a way to free humanity from the grip of wholesale destruction being planned for it by the greatest of all Crime Masters?
America is in the hands of the Red Sleeves! All over the nation this secret army has risen and struck with paralyzing suddenness. Transportation lines, telephone, power plants, munitions—all have fallen to the Red-Sleeved horde. Within the space of a few bloody hours the orderly course of democratic life had been turned into chaos: freedom of speech and personal liberty are suspended. Any yet the Red Sleeve battle-cry is “America for Americans!”
Never before in book form, this Depression-era epic from the pages of Argosy is reminiscent of its then-contemporary, the espionage/post-apocalyptic series, Operator 5.
The Argosy Library #61
Once voted Adventure magazine’s most popular author, W.C. Tuttle introduced the world to one of his longest-running—and most popular—series characters, Henry Harrison Conroy, in the pages of Argosy. Collected here are the next two novels: “The Revelation of Henry” and “Henry Rides the Danger Trail.”
The Argosy Library #62
In Haiti, that dark island of mystery, voodoo, and zombies, John Ranier, American medico of a cruise ship, arrives to plunge into a strange dilemma: a man with a Z scar on his arm is dead: but there’s no wound on him. The second of author Theodore Roscoe’s Haitian zombie novels, and one of the best stories he penned for the pages of Argosy.
The Argosy Library #63
Superstar pulpsmith Max Brand was best known for his Westerns, but his historical adventures rank among the best stories he ever wrote. These seven stories of 16th Century Italian Renaissance swashbuckling swordsman Tizzo are tightly-plotted, action-packed adventures which were rarely equaled in quality by Brand’s contemporaries. Volume 2 collects the final four stories: “The Cat and the Perfume,” “Claws of the Tigress,” “The Bait and the Trap,” and “The Pearls of the Bonfadini.” Includes an introduction by Brand scholar William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run).
The Argosy Library #64
Rip Van Winkle was a mere cat-napper compared to Mark Nevin who went to sleep in 1939 and up six thousand years later. That was confusing enough without being elected by a prankish, disembodied intelligence to be the father of the future race, and chosen by a smooth-tongued rebel as king of a crazy country Mark had never even heard of. A sparkling and fast-moving tale of adventures in the Days to Come….
The Argosy Library #65
One of the most popular series from Argosy’s later years, Murray R. Montgomery penned a number of stories chronicling the adventures of Her Majesty’s Guard Richard Cleve and French cavalier Monsieur le Comte Guy d’Entreville… partners and rakehellies of the Cardinal’s Guard and in the service of Cardinal Richelieu in seventeenth-century France. Much-revered and enjoyed by thousands of Argosy readers, these fast-paced stories have never before been reprinted. Collecting the final two stories in the series.
The Argosy Library #66
Hail to the heroes of New Forest—those defiant, stout-hearted freemen, whose crossbows and bombards shall write high glory for England in the Hundred Years War. Written by longtime pulp editor and agent Roy de S. Horn, this four-story series chronicled the adventures of Robin Santerre AKA Robin the Bombardier.
The Argosy Library #67
A classic fantasy story from the pages of Argosy, “The Torch” is one of the pulp’s earliest post-apocalyptic stories: following the near-destruction of the world from a comet collision, society now exists in two groups: the aristocrats who live in “The Tower,” where the skyscrapers once existed, and the “Folk,” who reside in the the abandoned subway tunnels. This edition includes the original illustrations from its later publication in Famous Fantastic Mysteries by Lawrence Sterne Stevens.
The Argosy Library #68
A monster-sized volume containing five novels from the pages of Argosy, The All-Story, and The Railroad Man’s Magazine by the creator of Zorro, Johnston McCulley. It’s headlined by the epic “King of Chaos,” which chronicles the rightful heir to an island nation in his quest to reclaim his throne. This omnibus edition also includes the additional McCulley full-length novels “Shipmates With Horror,” “At His Mercy,” and “Daughter of the Idol.”
The Argosy Library #69
A classic of science fiction, “The Blind Spot” is considered one of the first parallel world stories, and one of the most popular fantasy stories to see publication in Argosy. Includes the original illustrations from its later publication in Famous Fantastic Mysteries by Virgil Finlay.
The Argosy Library #70
From the creator of Zorro. Never before reprinted, this series of nine novelettes saw publication in 1932-33 within the pages of Detective Fiction Weekly. Owing much to author Johnston McCulley’s better-known creation, the masked crimefighter The Mongoose was in actuality two people—Sidney Carleigh and his sister Eleanor—who planned the revenge against those bankers and prominent individuals who framed their father for crimes which sent him to prison. With an all-new introduction by Peter Poplaski.
Two of the most influential science fiction classics from the heyday of The All-Story are reprinted from their original magazine texts. Pioneering the subatomic fiction genre and inspiring a legion of imitators, Ray Cummings’ short story, “The Girl in the Golden Atom” spawned a novel-length sequel the following year. Included here are the Virgil Finlay and Frank R. Paul illustrations from the stories’ subsequent appearances in Famous Fantastic Mysteries, as well as an introduction by Will Murray.
Peter the Brazen returns! Wireless operator Peter Moore continues his adventures in Len Yang as he battles the sinister figure of power and evil, the mysterious Gray Dragon. Written by long-time Argosy author George F. Worts under his primary pen-name, Peter the Brazen made a marked impression on Argosy reader Lester Dent when he co-created Doc Savage. The saga of Peter the Brazen is amongst the best adventure series in the history of pulp fiction.
The lost continent of Mu! The story has often been told of how it exists unknown and uncharted in the mid-Pacific, glimpsed by sailors once in a century. But Adams Mayhew, lost overboard from a whaling ship, found himself at the shores of the mystic land… and began a strange adventure… for Mayhew would soon be pit against The Spider—mad genius of Mu—with the existence of that lost Pacific continent at stake. Featuring the original illustrations from the story’s original appearance in Argosy, as well as those from Famous Fantastic Mysteries by the incomparable Virgil Finlay.
The House of Invisible Bondage: The Complete Cabalistic Cases of Semi Dual, the Occult Detector (The Argosy Library)
Semi Dual, the wizard detective, and his assistants, Glace and Bryce, investigate the case of Imer Lamb, who has been committed to the private asylum of Dr. Drake. But just what is the secret of the doctor’s House of Invisible Bondage? Continuing the casebook of Semi Dual, the occult detector.
The Argosy Library #55
Femme fatale Mme. Rozika Storey was one of the most popular series characters in the pages of Argosy during the 1920s–30s. These detective stories are fast-paced adventures which pushed Madame Storey’s masterful deductive skills to the limit. Volume 1 contains the first three stories in the series.
The Argosy Library #56
Best remembered as the author of Thibaut Corday and his French Foreign Legion yarns, author Theodore Roscoe wrote another, little-known, long-running series: the adventures of curio hunter Peter Scarlet and Bradshaw, the naturalist. While each appeared in solo stories, they also teamed up in several yarns. These tales of treasure in the Orient are action-filled adventure by one of pulpdom’s best. Volume 3 collects the next five adventures, taken from the pages of Action Stories and Argosy magazines.
The Argosy Library #57
An early science fiction classic by the British author Frank Aubrey which began his trilogy of novels surrounding the mysterious giant, Monella, as published in the pages of the Munsey pulps in the United States. The Devil-Tree of El Dorado is one of the classics of the Lost Race genre, involving time-forgotten lands and mystical entities.
The Argosy Library #58
Superstar pulpsmith Max Brand was best known for his Westerns, but his historical adventures rank among the best stories he ever wrote. These seven stories of 16th Century Italian Renaissance swashbuckling swordsman Tizzo are tightly-plotted, action-packed adventures which were rarely equaled in quality by Brand’s contemporaries. Volume 1 collects the first three stories: “The Firebrand,” “The Great Betrayal,” and “The Storm.” Includes an introduction by Brand scholar William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run).
The Argosy Library #59
Known best for his stories in Adventure magazine, Harold Lamb penned a number of fantastic fiction and action stories for the pages of Argosy. Included in this omnibus edition are two of his best: “Marching Sands,” a lost race story, and “The Caravan of the Dead,” an adventure in Asia.
The Argosy Library #60
Victor Rousseau’s Lost Race epic is finally available in book from, complete and uncut. Eric Silverstein had long suffered from nightmares of the mythical Ragnarok, but he never suspected he’d learn Ragnarok was very real. Attending a freak show in New York, Eric meets a strange woman who speaks Anglo-Saxon and becomes involved in her escape from captivity. Who is she? And what is her connection to two warring lost races, King Harald, and the ancient prophecies?
Victor Rousseau was the author of several classic science fiction adventures, and Eric of the Strong Heart—as it originally appeared in Railroad Man’s Magazine—is one of his rarest, and best.
The Argosy Library #41
Murder on the High Seas and The Diamond Bullet: The Complete Cases of Gillian Hazeltine (The Argosy Library)
Long considered the prototype of Erle Stanley Gardner’s fictional attorney, Perry Mason, Gillian Hazeltine was the most popular criminal attorney/investigator series characters from the golden era of the pulps. Author George F. Worts is known for his adventure characters Peter the Brazen and Singapore Sammy, but Gillian Hazeltine was his longest-running series, clocking in at nearly 30 courtroom adventures. This edition collects two successive adventures:
Murder on the High Seas: a female passenger on the schooner Jula Jungle has been accused of murdering her own father by the entire crew. Hazeltine has agreed to defend her, but shall he regret the decision once he learns his lifelong opponent—D.A. Yistle—is acting as the Federal prosecutor?
The Diamond Bullet: Doomed to be convicted of murder by the reluctant testimony of the girl who loves him, a young farmer is being sacrificed to gangsters’ political ambitions… and Hazeltine doesn’t see any way to save him.
The Argosy Library #42
A Columbus of Space and The Moon Metal: The Garrett P. Serviss Omnibus, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)
This first of two omnibus collections of pulp classics by science fiction pioneer Garrett P. Serviss, which originally appeared in the pages of The All-Story magazine.
A Columbus of Space: A trip to Venus brings a group of explorers into contact with the inhabitants of that mysterious planet… and if they can survive the dangers they pose, they’ll need to figure out an escape back to earth. An early science fiction classic.
The Moon Metal: After the collapse of the gold market and the world in an economic collapse, a mysterious doctor offers the world a new financial standard: the rare metal, artemsium. But just what is the secret of this new metal?
The Argosy Library #44
The Woman of the Pyramid and Other Tales: The Perley Poore Sheehan Omnibus, Volume 1 (The Argosy Library)
A pioneer of the fantastic fiction genre that spawned a thousand imitators, Perley Poore Sheehan was one of the most popular authors of the pulps of the 1910s–30s. This oversized edition collects four of Sheehan’s best stories from the pages of The All-Story and Argosy—stories which have never before been reprinted—and it’s headlined by his fantasy classic “The Woman from the Pyramid”: Carlton, an Egyptologist encounters the woman who’s been haunting him in his dreams, and in his quest to learn who she is, he finds himself thrown five thousand years in the past, reincarnated as an Egyptian nobleman.