Jul. 18, 2019

Continuing the Girasol reprints, two novels by Norvell Page!

The Spider Pulp Doubles #2 Death’s Crimson Juggernaut and Claws of the Golden Dragon by Grant Stockbridge

The Spider is Richard Wentworth, a wealthy criminologist. Backed up by his manservant Ram Singh, his old war pal Jackson, and his fiancé Nita van Slone, Wentworth takes on crime at the street level.

The Spider has no scruples about killing. The criminals who cross the Spider die and their foreheads are marked with a scarlet spider.

The Spider is wanted by the police, and his friend Commissioner Kirkpatrick suspects Wentworth. Hardly surprising, as everyone seems to know the Spider’s secret. Proving it is another thing entirely…

Death’s Crimson Juggernaut is the 14th novel originally published in November 1934. This is another smashmouth pulp novel by Norvell Page.

People are tortured to death across the city, some being nailed to walls in a wicked crucifixion. Blocks of tenements burn with no regard as to who dies in the conflagration. The criminal is known as the Murder Master, the minions serving him called the Torture Trust.

This story is interesting because the Spider is actually blinded and uses Apollo as a guide dog!  The story is another bloodbath from Norvell Page!

The Claws of the Golden Dragon is the 64th novel, originally published in January 1939.

The villain in this saga is painted in the style of Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu. The Golden Dragon, AKA The Prince of Darkness uses a variety of poisonous spiders, scorpions, snakes, etc.

The worst weapon in this oriental madman’s arsenal is the Blood Orchid, a flower that grows inside of humans and bursts through their throat and chest a la Alien! The Spider is brought into the case by a friend in Chinatown, Fu Chang whose daughter is one of the victims of The Blood Orchid!      

This one is excellent, and not overtly an imitation of the Fu Manchu tales! I like it!

I give both stories and the book as a whole five stars!

Quoth the Raven...

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