Title: The Headhunters
Producer: Galaxy Press/Galaxy Audio
Genre: Action Adventure
Rating: AD-PG13* (extended scenes of violent jungle fighting)
Availability: Paid – Galaxy Audio – Stories from the Golden Age
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Pulp fiction exploded onto newsstands and bookstores to experience a Golden Age in the 1930’s and 40’s. During its hay-day perhaps 30 million readers each month consumed thousands of mystery, science fiction, western, and action-adventure stories featured in upwards of 900 magazines. Even today most of us recognize writers’ names from this epoch, including Rice-Burroughs, Bradbury, Heinlein, Lovecraft, and Gardner.
Perhaps the most prolific pulp fiction writer, if not also the most enduringly popular, would be L. Ron Hubbard. Like Hemingway and Melville before him, Hubbard lived his life embedded in the realms from which his fast-paced imaginative tales sprung onto the pages of “pulp rags” like Thrilling Adventures, Argosy, and even Romantic Range.
In 1936, The Headhunters, a novella typical of Hubbard’s action-adventure style, appeared in Five Novels Monthly. In it, square-jawed protagonist, Tom Christian, and pert heroine, Diane Forsythe, follow her academically tunnel-visioned father into obvious eponymous danger. Seriously complicating their lives is, Punjo Charlie who is so intent on dispossessing Christian of alleged vast “buried treasure” that a full armed conflict erupts in the jungle:
Galaxy’s multicast audio books build a “movie of the mind” through sound, striving to give listeners dramatic action and scenes of conflict thoroughly spiced with Hubbard’s page-turning detailed narrative. For example, here Christian silently but contemptuously sizes up Professor Forsythe’s entourage of jungle greenhorns:
The Headhunters cast includes theatrical standout, Thomas Silcott, and Marvel™animation’s Hulk (Fred Tatasciore) as well as Brooke Bloom, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Josh R. Thompson, and Max Williams. In this audio excerpt from a documentary video clip, Meskimen speaks as Senior Director, joining actors Thompson and Christine Huntington to recap the prodigious scope and ambition of Stories from the Golden Age:
You can find Galaxy Audio’s dramatic send up of The Headhunters as well as 152 other prime L. Ron Hubbard audio adventures at GoldenAgeStories.com .
While you’re there, check out some lively and interesting “special features” videos that document the ambitious production of these dramatic audiobooks.
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* Rating based on the Audio Drama Directory Ratings System.