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The Bermondsey Book

Country: UK
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

Publishers

  Cecil Palmer to Mar-1925, then William Heinemann

Editors

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

Frequency

  quarterly

Mentioned in:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 4

Berrow's Worcester Journal

Country: UK

A weekly freesheet tabloid newspaper that lays claim to being the oldest newspaper in the world in continuous and current production.

Issues & Index Sources

  1690 – Apr-1748, as Worcester Post-Man
  Apr-1748 – 4-Oct-1753, as The Worcester Journal
  11-Oct-1753 – present, as Berrow's Worcester Journal: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

Website:   www.berrowsjournal.co.uk

Publishers

  Newsquest Media Group (in 2019)

Related Sites

  Wikipedia

The Bertha Clay Library

Country: US
Total Issues: 512

"This line is devoted to the works of the popular Bertha M. Clay and other writers of the same school. Many of the titles listed herein are copyrighted and cannot be found in any other edition. This author has successfully demonstrated her ability to write high-class love stories which charm the reader, from the moment the book is opened until the last line is read. Her style is particularly her own. She has the happy faculty of making the reader feel that he is interested, personally in the welfare and ultimate success of the principal charactrs."

Issues & Index Sources:  16-Jun-1900 – Jan-1917: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Street & Smith, 79-89 Seventh Avenue, New York
Formats:   7 x 5"
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   200-300pp
Frequency:   1-117 semi-weekly; 118-141 bi-weekly; 142-237 weekly; 238-270 monthly; 271-512 bi-monthly
Related Sites:   American Women's Dime Novel Project
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Bertha M. Clay Books

Country: US
Total Issues: 10

"The best works of this popular author, each one being a love story of unparalleled interest. By her magic pen we are carried through the intricate maze of thrilling and romantic scenes until the plot of hate against love, of injustice against justice, and all the trials and tribulations of the hero and heroine are neded, when we lay the story aside with regret."

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1919: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 57 Rose Street, New York
Prices:   35c
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Best

Country: UK

Women's magazine which publishes some fiction.

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

Best Budget

Country: UK
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

Country: US
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
Mentioned in:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Best Detective Cases

Country: US

True crime.

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

Best Detective Cases (Canada)

Country: Canada

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s
Publishers:   Golden Books of America

Best Detective Magazine

Country: US
Total Issues: 95+24+26=145

As Best Detective Magazine it was predominantly reprint, but when relaunched as Crime Busters it featured "all new stories" mainly with series characters such as "The Gadget Man" and "The Death Angel".

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1929 – Sep-1937: Crime Fiction Index
  Nov-1937 – Oct-1939, as Crime Busters: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Nov-1939 – May-1943, as Street & Smith's Mystery Magazine: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1

Publishers

  Street & Smith Publications, Inc., 79 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

Editors

  Nov-1929 – Sep-1937: Frank E. Blackwell
  Nov-1937 – May-1943: John L. Nanovic

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Nov-1929 – Aug-1935: 25c
  Sep-1935 – May-1943: 10c (rose to 15c in 1940)

Pagecounts

  Nov-1929 – Aug-1935: 160pp
  Sep-1935 – May-1943: 128pp

Frequency

  monthly to Jul-1940; then bimonthly

Mentioned in:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Best Detective Magazine (Canada)

Country: Canada

Canadian reprint edition of Best Detective Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1935: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
Mentioned in:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Best Football Novels

Country: US
Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1942: Sports Fiction Index
Publishers:   Standard Magazines, NY
Formats:   standard pulp
Mentioned in:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps

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Best for Boys

Country: UK
Total Issues: 27+83+50+12+12=184

Merges with Ching-Ching's Own in September 1890,

Issues & Index Sources

  29-Mar-1890 – 20-Sep-1890
  27-Sep-1890 – 23-Apr-1892, as Best for Boys Ching-Ching's Own
  30-Apr-1892 – 17-Jun-1893, as Best for Merry Boys
  24-Jun-1893 – 9-Sep-1893, as Bits for Boys
  16-Sep-1893 – 2-Dec-1893, as The Prince (UK)

Publishers

  29-Mar-1890 – 20-Sep-1890: Lucas
  27-Sep-1890 – 9-Sep-1893: Best for Boys Co.

Formats

  tabloid

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

Best for Boys Library

Country: UK

Issues & Index Sources:  1890 – 1892
Publishers:   Best for Boys Co.


Best for Men

Country: US
Total Issues: 89?

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1961 – Mar-1980: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

Issue Checklist

Best for Merry Boys

see under Best for Boys

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