August 05

A Princess of Mars – Chapter 4: A Prisoner” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER IV A PRISONER We had gone perhaps ten miles when the ground began to rise very rapidly. We were, as I was later to learn, nearing the edge of one of Mars’ long-dead seas, in the bottom of which my encounter with the Martians had taken place. In a short time we gained the […]

August 04

A Princess of Mars – “Chapter 3: My Advent On Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER III MY ADVENT ON MARS I opened my eyes upon a strange and weird landscape. I knew that I was on Mars; not once did I question either my sanity or my wakefulness. I was not asleep, no need for pinching here; my inner consciousness told me as plainly that I was upon Mars […]

August 03

A Princess of Mars – “Chapter Two: The Escape of the Dead” – Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER II THE ESCAPE OF THE DEAD A sense of delicious dreaminess overcame me, my muscles relaxed, and I was on the point of giving way to my desire to sleep when the sound of approaching horses reached my ears. I attempted to spring to my feet but was horrified to discover that my muscles […]

August 02

A Princess of Mars – “Chapter One: On The Arizona Hills” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

CHAPTER I ON THE ARIZONA HILLS I am a very old man; how old I do not know. Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood. So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, […]

August 01

A Princess of Mars “Foreword” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A PRINCESS OF MARS   by Edgar Rice Burroughs   To My Son Jack   FOREWORD To the Reader of this Work: In submitting Captain Carter’s strange manuscript to you in book form, I believe that a few words relative to this remarkable personality will be of interest. My first recollection of Captain Carter is […]

July 26

Flash Gordon – “Azura Regains Memory” & “Flash, Still Invisible, Escapes”

Flash Gordon – “Azura Regains Memory”, August 24th, 1935 Flash Gordon – “Flash, Still Invisible, Escapes”, August 31st, 1935

July 21

The Shadow – “Hounds in the Hills”

A demented old hag living with her hunchback son kidnaps four boys and holds them captive in their mansion. Two criminals also stay in the mansion, using the place as a hideout. When The Shadow tries to rescue the boys, a pack of vicious dogs is released and chase him up a tree. The Shadow […]

July 19

“She Was Beautiful” by Roslyn Walker

    She Was Beautiful By Roslyn Walker She was beautiful, just like she has been in every life before this one. Usually, I must allow myself to have a moment of realization once I find her because the search is always so long and much more difficult than it should be. I never know […]

July 18

X Minus One – Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitarium

“What you will hear transcribed in the next half hour represents either a magnificent hoax or the true explanation of the famous Grimshaw sanatorium scandal, which made the headlines back in 1947. The manuscript upon which this account is based was removed by the New York State Police from a fountain pen cover found in […]

July 09

Deckard Drejo – The Preacher (A Fallout 4 Build)

Deckard Drejo was physically leveled and tested from level 1-50 for balanced play action.  He took approximately 20 hours to grow and enjoyed quick leveling.  This build utilizes a high luck-high charisma build with an emphasis on crits and shotguns for insane maximum damage.  Derkard utilizes the pastor’s vestments and sided with the railroad early […]

June 25

What’s up with the Internets?!

Dear Cryptic Escape Subscribers and fellow travelers through imagination.  Firstly I want to thank you all for your support and your readership.  Thus, I owe it to you let you know what has been going on here at Cryptic Escape Magazine.  Unfortunately it appears that we have not been very active and…regrettably it’s true but […]

June 09

The Shadow – “The Phantom Voice”

An honest senator is framed on bribery charges and the Shadow must investigate to save the do-good law maker.   The Shadow “The Phantom Voice” February 6, 1938 The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide variety of media. One of the most famous adventure heroes of […]

June 08

Suspense – “Will You Make a Bet with Death”

A man bets his life against the $25,000 his uncle promises him if he can escape being murdered! Suspense “Will You Make a Bet with Death” by John Dickson Carr November 10th, 1942 One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled “radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” and focused on suspense thriller-type […]

June 07

Flash Gordon – “Dr. Zarkov Builds Invisible Ray Machine” & “Flash, the Avenging Shadow”

  Flash Gordon “Dr. Zarkov Builds Invisible Ray Machine” August 10th, 1935 Flash Gordon “Flash, the Avenging Shadow” August 17th, 1935 Flash Gordon is the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond.First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the […]

May 14

The Adventures of Superman – Is There Another (Part 3 Final)

The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 9 – February 8, 1946 The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 10 – February 11th, 1946 The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 11 – February 12th, 1946 The Adventures of Superman “Is There Another?” Part 12 – February 13th, 1946 The Adventures of […]

May 13

The Invisible Man – Part 2 (Chapters 11-20)

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson’s Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body’s refractive […]

May 12

The Shadow – The Poison Death

A villainous terrorist steals the identity of the Shadow and poisons the city’s water supply!  Will the real Shadow find out who is running this dangerous scheme?   The Shadow “The Poison Death” January 30, 1938 (28 Minutes) The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide […]

May 11

Suspense – The Devil in the Summer House

Let’s say you received a mysterious letter from someone who is already dead asking you to meet on a dark and stormy night in a creep old house.  Would you show up?  What if you had no choice?   “The Devil in the Summer House” was originally written by John Dickson Carr and adapted this […]

May 10

Flash Gordon – General Tal Rescued Azura & General Tal Attacks Flash from Behind a Huge Door

Flash Gordon “General Tal Rescued Azura” July 27th, 1935 Flash Gordon “General Tal Attacks Flash Behind a Huge Door” August 3rd, 1935 Flash Gordon is the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond.First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the […]

May 08

Inner Sanctum Mystery – Black Sea Gull

“Dusk is settling fast along the Carolina coast. A few miles out at sea a motorboat rides through the choppy water. Dr Griffin and Richard Blake are frantically scanning the horizon looking for Richard’s wife Barbara who is lost…” Inner Sanctum Mystery – “Black Sea Gull” – March 7, 1943 Inner Sanctum Mystery, also known as […]

May 07

The Invisible Man – Part One (Chapters 1 – 10 )

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson’s Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body’s refractive […]

May 05

The Shadow – The Society of the Living Dead

An evil businessman kidnaps his partner and keeps him in a burial vault. He wants him to sign a confession stating how he killed himself by drowning. Once the confession is signed, he will then kill his associate, take over the whole business and marry his partner’s daughter. As The Shadow investigates a fake passport […]

May 04

Suspense – The Lord of the Witch Doctors

“The drums were beating that night; the lord of the witch doctors was on his way. Twenty miles off the east African coast fanned by the blistering heat of the Indian Ocean lies the island of Zanzibar. Here many years ago in the year 1889 three nations were rivals for trades.” Suspense “The Lord of […]

May 03

Flash Gordon – Dr. Zarkov Shoots Crooks with Electrodes & Flash Regains Memory

Dr. Zarkov Shoots Crooks with Electrodes(July 13, 1935): Queen Azura assured Flash that it had been a trick to disconcert him then she ordered the frozen prisoners be removed to the palace and that good care be taken of Zarkov particularly. When Dr Zarkov was brought back to life he asked for Flash but was […]

May 01

Inner Sanctum Mystery – Study For Murder

“We have an expert on murder here tonight. He has a rather strange idea, something about everyone being a potential murderer. Maybe he’s right. Take a good look at your neighbor, maybe he’s the one – maybe its you… Boris Karloff stars as Mr Herbert March in this original radio play by Sigmund Miller. At […]

April 29

The Devil and Tom Walker – Washington Irving

The Devil and Tom Walker is a short story written by Washington Irving and first appeared in 1824.  Faustian in nature this story involves a more gruesome and modern take of the old tale of the devil and his deals.  It’s a great story and has inspired many television show episodes.  Rembmer; the Devil is […]

April 28

The Shadow – Sabotage

Can The Shadow break up a spy ring who are destroying shipyards and sinking submarines?  Even The Shadow helped the war effort in WWII.  The villain in this episode also had a plan to stop the Shadow.  Great episode! The Shadow “Sabotage” originally aired January 16, 1938.   Play Time:  30 Minutes The Shadow is a collection […]

April 27

Suspense – One Hundred in the Dark

Ever count to 100 in the pitch black?  Takes awhile doesn’t it?  In tonight’s episode of Suspense, titled “One Hundred in the Dark”, was adapted from a short story by Owen M. Johnson.  A prolific writer of murder mysteries. The writers of Suspense couldn’t make very many changes as none were needed.  The story does […]

April 26

Flash Gordon – Flash Charges Ice Barricade of Hawkmen & Dr. Zarkov is Thawed Out

Episode #9:  “Flash Charges Ice Barricade of Hawkmen” Air Date:  June 22, 1935 “With shouts and confusion, the blue magic army charges to attack the barricaded hawkmen. Suddenly, Thorl furious at being replaced as general by Flash draws a gun from his back and pulls the trigger. Flash’s horse stumbles and pitches forward dead. Flash […]

April 25

X Minus One – The Green Hills of Earth

“This is the story of Riesling, the singer of the space ways. Future generations of school children have sung his songs in English, French or German, the language doesn’t matter, but it was an Earth tongue. But the real story of Riesling is not found in the footnotes of a scholars critique or a publishers […]