A dark and stormy night, a screen, and a kidnapper steals away his latest victim. Robberies, burglaries, and disappearances have Margot Lane in a panic as she recounts newspaper reports of the crimes to her boss, Lamonte Cranston. Upscale residents sell their homes. House servants resign from their employers. But what does an old map from 1894 have to do with the reign of terror? Lamonte thinks he knows, but it’s going to take some help from the Shadow.
What is the meaning of this dastardly riddle? Tapping his way through the underworld in the map, the Shadow confirms what he suspects. When Margot Lane goes to help Lamonte descend to the underworld caverns, she slips, and falls into the darkness.
Meanwhile, in a tunnel under the city, trapped victims who have disappeared are distraught, and hold little hope of rescue. The Creeper reveals himself to Margot, and takes her to join the rest of his captives. To prevent further enslaving, the Shadow uses his power to cloud men’s minds and assure the Creeper his crimes have found him out. Will the desperate Creeper harm Margot, or the others, to stop the Shadow?
The race is on to intervene with the crazed, lonely, and injured Creeper from using dynamite to seal his fate, and the rest of his victims. The fuse is lit, the dynamite explodes, and… Margot is surprised to hear of the demise of the Shadow. But is it an unfounded report.
- Keith gives a few shout outs, after reading a short article to sum up the origin of the Shadow stories. The article can be found at ThePulp.net – The Shadow.
- Abbott and Costello, 1944 Peter Lorre’s Sanitarium