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The Bellman

Total Issues: 676

"Remarkable for the brilliance and power of its fiction" (Edward J. O'Brien)

Typically featured one short story per issue of circa 24-28 pages, with the balance filled with one or two articles and a number of regular columns featuring book and play reviews, political news, local social news, poetry, jokes, and so on.

Issues & Index Sources:  21-Jul-1906 – 28-Jun-1919: FictionMags Index (Missing: all after 1914)
Publishers:   The Bellman Company, Minneapolis
Editors:   William C. Edgar
Formats:   large format
Prices:   10c
Frequency:   weekly

Bellowing Ark

Runs poetry, short fiction and serialised novels. Says it features "work in the American Romantic tradition." Does not pay for contributions. Circulation about 800.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1984 – ?
Publishers:   P. O. Box 45637, Seattle, WA 98145 (in 1998 - 2002)
Editors:   Robert R. Ward (in 1998 - 2002)
Formats:   tabloid
Pagecounts:   32pp
Frequency:   bi-monthly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Belmore Series

Total Issues: 31

Issues & Index Sources:  1891 – 1894
Publishers:   Lovell, Coryell & Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Beloit Fiction Journal

Founded by novelist Clint McCown; student-edited, but with a national circulation.

Issues & Index Sources:  1984 – present
Publishers:   Box 11, Beloit College, 700 College Street, Beloit, WI 53511 (in 1998 - 2002)
Editors:   Fred Burwell (in 1998)
Frequency:   twice-yearly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Online SF magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  9-Oct-2008 – present
Publishers:   Scott H. Andrews
Editors:   Scott H. Andrews

Bentley's Miscellany

Total Issues: 384

Always published fiction, its best years were its first decade -- later issues shifted to literary criticism. Strong on serials: began with "Oliver Twist" (1837 - 1839) and Ainsworth's "Jack Sheppard" (1839 - 1840), illus by Cruikshank. Also reprinted Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher" (Aug-1840).

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1837 – Dec-1868: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 4
Index to Periodical Literature

#merges with Temple Bar


  Jan-1837 – Mar-1861: Richard Bentley
  Apr-1861 – Jun-1868: Chapman & Hall
  Jul-1868 – Dec-1868: Bentley, with other partners


  Jan-1837 – Feb-1839: Charles Dickens
  Mar-1839 – Dec-1841: William Harrison Ainsworth
  ?: Albert Smith
  ?: Shirley Brooks
  ?: George Bentley (final issues)




  British Literary Magazines Vol. 3

Bentley's Quarterly Review

Issues & Index Sources:  1859 – 1860: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 2
Index to Periodical Literature

Benziger's Magazine

A Catholic magazine started for children but progressively adapted as a wider family magazine. Carried some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1898 – Mar-1900, as Our Boys' and Girls' Own
  Apr-1900 – Feb-1921, as Benziger's Magazine



Berkeley Fiction Review

Total Issues: 21 (to Dec-2001)

A journal of contemporary short fiction and flash fiction by emerging and established writers. Has published John Blair, Wayne Harrison, Susan Steinberg. No payment. Circulation about 500.

Issues & Index Sources:  1981 – present
Publishers:   University of California, Berkeley, Student Publications.
Editors:   various
Formats:   quarto review
Pagecounts:   180pp
Frequency:   twice yearly

The Bermondsey Book

Total Issues: 26?

Ran mostly working-class London fiction and non-fiction, but also published A. E. Coppard, Liam O'Flaherty.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1923 – Mar/Apr/May-1930


  Cecil Palmer to Mar-1925, then William Heinemann


  1923 – 1925: anonymous but likely to have been Ethel Gutman
  1925 – 1930: anonymous but likely to have been Frederick Heath




  British Literary Magazines Vol. 4

The Bertha Clay Library

Total Issues: 512

Issues & Index Sources:  1900 – 1917: Dime Novel Bibliography (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Street & Smith (New York)
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Bertha M. Clay Books

Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1919
Publishers:   J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Women's magazine which publishes some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  1987 – ?
Publishers:   London
Editors:   Julie Akhurst (in 1998)
Frequency:   weekly

Best Budget

Total Issues: 12

Incorporated into Larks (comic).

Issues & Index Sources:  15-Mar-1902 – 31-May-1902
Publishers:   Trapps Holmes
Formats:   tabloid
Pagecounts:   8pp
Frequency:   weekly

Best Detective

Total Issues: 1

Seemingly a one-shot pulp. Not to be confused with the long-running Best Detective Magazine from the 1930s.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1947: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: all except Dec-1947)
Pulp Magazine Index 1
Publishers:   Exclusive Detective Stories, Inc.
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   132pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Best Detective Cases

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  1948 – ?
Publishers:   Universal Crime Stories Inc., 366 Madison Ave., New York, NY
Frequency:   quarterly

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