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 Bruce Kiefer Joe Rainone Tiziano Agnelli James Felton Carol Kilgore James Reasoner John Apostolou Richard Fidczuk Chris La Tray John Rebelo Mike Ashley David Fingerman David LePlae Stephen D. Rogers René Beaulieu Graeme Flanagan Tom Lesser Nichole Rounds Kimberley Becker Jessica Frasca Ron Lewis Richard Saunders Guy Belleranti Sara Frommer Steve Lewis Paulette Schmidt John Benson James Furlong Lance Liddle Robert Silverberg Dave Benz Gary Garner Dennis Lien Steven Slutsky Victor Berch Matthew Asprey Gear John Locke David Lee Smith Paul Berglund Terry Gibbons John Loder David W. Smith Dennis Billows Millie Gill Matt Louis Brett Snyder Terry Black Scott Green Gary Lovisi Earl Staggs Richard Bleiler Douglas Greene Joel Lyczak Peter Stekel Jerry Boyajian John Gunnison Jeffrey Marks Doug Stewart Brian Earl Brown Peter Haining Todd Mason Kate Stine Donal B. Buchanan Mark Halegua Andy McAleer Pierre Stolte Jan Burke Andrew Hall Kevin McCoy Carter Swart Jeffrey B. Burton Rick Hall Alastair McLean Larry D. Sweazy Tony Burton Katherine Harper John J. Miller Grant Thiessen Chad Calkins Geoff Harrison Steve Miller Robert Thompson Ben Chapman Darren Heil Richard Moore Paul Tomlinson Sarah M. Chen Monte Herridge Kelly Mordaunt Al Tonik Steve Cherry Marion Moore Hill Marv Morrison Virgil Utter Jan Christensen Joyce Holland Frank Motler Randy Vanderbeek Bill Cissna Steve Holland Tim Myers Morgan Wallace Michele Combs Elorise Holstad Kris Neri Rodney Walters Bill Crider Joe Horka, Jr. Andrew Nette Mike Ward Tom Daniels Kathryn Hore Francis M. Nevins Robert Weinberg O'Neil de Noux Maria Huybens Steve Oliver Mike Whale William Denton Bob Iles Scott Owen Chris Wood Kate Derie Patrick Irelan Terry O'Neill Martin Morse Wooster Paul Di Filippo Alfred Jan Chris Parente Peter Youngman Alistair Durie Keith Jeffrey Curt Phillips Terry Zobeck Steven Edwards Kenneth R. Johnson Rob Preston Gene Zombolas John Eggeling Tom Johnson Charlotte Priddle Endre Zsoldos Peter Enfantino Chuck Juzek John Pugmire Barry Ergang David Kelleher John Raab Joseph Erhardt Paul Kenny David Rachels Tracey Caulfield and the staff at Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne Tom Tytor and the staff at Library & Archives Canada