Saturday, May 3, 2014


Sanctum Books, the publishing company owned and operated by my pal Anthony Tollin, has been releasing new books faster than I’ve been able to keep up with them. But I’m going to keep trying to tell you about these fine publications.

The Shadow battling the Axis powers is the theme of The Shadow #82: The Spy Ring & The White Column [$14.95] featuring two full-length Shadow novels, a Shadow radio script and a short adventure of Naval investigator Sheridan Doome.

The Spy Ring is by Walter B. Gibson writing as Maxwell Grant.  Its original appearance was in the April 1, 1940 edition of The Shadow Magazine. From the back cover:

The Shadow teams with Myra Reldon and the real Lamont Cranston to defeat an international spy ring.

The White Column is by Theodore Tinsley writing as Maxwell Grant. It’s from The Shadow Magazine for March 15, 1941. From the back cover:

America’s future hangs in the balance as Nazi saboteurs of The White Column plot to cripple our nation’s defenses!

“Death Rides the Skyway” continues the espionage theme.  This radio episode was broadcast on November 5, 1937.

Sheridan Doome starred in 54 novelettes in The Shadow Magazine and was written by Steve Fisher under the name Stephen Gould. “Dead Men Don’t Breathe” is from the April 1, 1940 issue.

In addition to the stories, The Shadow #82 also features terrific new historical essays by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

As with the other Sanctum Books series - Doc Savage, The Whisperer and others - these Shadow adventures are entertaining journeys into the heroic fiction of the pulp era.  They’re wonderfully made books and I regularly despair that I might never get around to reading them all.  But what I can do is let you know about the new releases as they appear.  More Sanctum Books news is on the way.

© 2014 Tony Isabella

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