The Crime, Mystery & Gangster Fiction Magazine Index (or Crime Fiction Index in short) was an attempt to provide an index to crime fiction magazines in the same style as the classic Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index originally compiled by Stephen T. Miller and William G. Contento. It has now been updated and made freely available online as part of the Fictionmags Index Family.
The index is based (with permission) on the two classic indexes in this field (both now long out of print):
While Cook & Miller managed to identify and locate a huge number of magazine issues, they were only too aware themselves of some of the shortcomings and omissions in their indexes. From the beginning, a key focus of the current index has therefore been to:
As well as expanding the “width” of the index, an attempt has also been made, where possible, to expand the “depth” of the index. The previous indexes listed only the fiction content of the magazines and then gave only the author name and story title. The current index attempts also to:
All of these areas presented problems of their own – some of which are discussed in more detail here – and are often “best guesses”, but hopefully this is more useful than not making the attempt. There are also a number of titles that users might expect to find in this index which have been explicitly excluded – these are discussed in more detail here.
As can be imagined with a project of this magnitude (comprising over 15,000 issues from over 850 different magazines), the compilers would welcome any offers of assistance from anyone who has access to some of these magazines and is prepared to help out.
A list of all the magazines that are included in the index can be found here while a detailed list of the magazines and issues for which contents information is still needed can be found here.
If you think you can help with any of the above, or would just like more detail on the project, then please – all contributions are welcome, no matter how small! Even though the index has now been published, there will (hopefully) be new editions every year or so which will include new and corrected information.
Thanks, in particular, must go to the spirit of the late Mike Cook, who started the whole process off, and to my collaborators on the project:
However, the index would not have been possible without the many contributors mentioned above, and I would like to thank all of those who have already contributed (directly or indirectly) to the project:
My apologies to anyone I have missed – please remind me!
Bob Adey Larry Estep Paul Kenny David Rachels Tiziano Agnelli James Felton Bruce Kiefer Joe Rainone John Apostolou Richard Fidczuk Carol Kilgore James Reasoner Mike Ashley David Fingerman Chris La Tray John Rebelo René Beaulieu Graeme Flanagan David LePlae Stephen D. Rogers Kimberley Becker Jessica Frasca Tom Lesser Nichole Rounds Guy Belleranti Sara Frommer Ron Lewis Richard Saunders John Benson James Furlong Steve Lewis Paulette Schmidt Dave Benz Gary Garner Lance Liddle Robert Silverberg Victor Berch Matthew Asprey Gear Dennis Lien Steven Slutsky Paul Berglund Terry Gibbons John Locke David Lee Smith Dennis Billows Millie Gill John Loder David W. Smith Terry Black Scott Green Matt Louis Brett Snyder Richard Bleiler Douglas Greene Gary Lovisi Earl Staggs Jerry Boyajian John Gunnison Joel Lyczak Peter Stekel Brian Earl Brown Peter Haining Jeffrey Marks Doug Stewart Donal B. Buchanan Mark Halegua Todd Mason Kate Stine Jan Burke Andrew Hall Andy McAleer Pierre Stolte Jeffrey B. Burton Rick Hall Kevin McCoy Carter Swart Tony Burton Katherine Harper Alastair McLean Larry D. Sweazy Chad Calkins Geoff Harrison John J. Miller Grant Thiessen Ben Chapman Jim Hatch Steve Miller Robert Thompson Sarah M. Chen Darren Heil Richard Moore Paul Tomlinson Steve Cherry Monte Herridge Kelly Mordaunt Al Tonik Jan Christensen Marion Moore Hill Marv Morrison Virgil Utter Bill Cissna Joyce Holland Frank Motler Randy Vanderbeek Michele Combs Steve Holland Tim Myers Morgan Wallace Bill Crider Elorise Holstad Kris Neri Rodney Walters Tom Daniels Joe Horka, Jr. Andrew Nette Mike Ward O'Neil de Noux Kathryn Hore Francis M. Nevins Robert Weinberg William Denton Maria Huybens Steve Oliver Mike Whale Kate Derie Bob Iles Scott Owen Chris Wood Paul Di Filippo Patrick Irelan Terry O'Neill Martin Morse Wooster Alistair Durie Alfred Jan Chris Parente Peter Youngman Steven Edwards Keith Jeffrey Curt Phillips Terry Zobeck John Eggeling Kenneth R. Johnson Rob Preston Gene Zombolas Peter Enfantino Tom Johnson Charlotte Priddle Endre Zsoldos Barry Ergang Chuck Juzek John Pugmire Joseph Erhardt David Kelleher John Raab Tracey Caulfield and the staff at Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne Tom Tytor and the staff at Library & Archives Canada