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Gem Library [1891]

Total Issues: 111

Issues & Index Sources:  1891 – 1897
Publishers:   Charles Sibley
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Gem Library [1907]

Total Issues: 48

Issues & Index Sources

  16-Mar-1907 – 8-Feb-1908

#becomes Gem Library


  Amalgamated Press


  Percy Griffith


  ½d except for double number 37 at 1d





Gem Library [1908]

Total Issues: 1663

The first title in what was to become known as the Companion Papers group at A.P. which included the Gem's younger sibling, The Magnet Library. Contained complete school stories of 20,000 words and serials (65,000 words).

Incorporates: Nelson Lee Library from 19-Aug-1933 Further Reading: The Gem Index by Derek Adley & W.O.G. Lofts (Privately published, 1981).

Issues & Index Sources

  15-Feb-1908 – 30-Dec-1939

#incorporated into The Triumph


  Amalgamated Press, Fleetway House


  1908 – 1911: Percy Griffith
  1911 – 1916: Herbert A. Hinton
  1916 – 1919: John Nix Pentelow
  1919 – 1921: Herbert A. Hinton
  1921 – 1936: C.M. Down
  1936 – 1940: Arthur Aldcroft [under C.M. Down]
  1908 – 1911: Herbert A. Hinton [Assistant Editor]
  1911 – 1914: C.M. Down [Assistant Editor]
  1914 – 1917: G.R. Samways [Assistant Editor]
  c. 1918 – 1920: Stanley Austin [Assistant Editor]
  1919 – 1921: G.R. Samways [Assistant Editor]
  c. 1921: Frederick K. Adams [Assistant Editor]
  in 1920s: Noel Wood-Smith [Assistant Editor]
  ?: Arthur Aldcroft [Assistant Editor]
  1933 – 1936: Reginald S. Taylor [Assistant Editor]
  1936 – 1939: R.C. Hewitt [Assistant Editor]


  small tabloid


  1d except double numbers 41, 93, 145, 197, 250, 302, 407, 458, 511 at 2d; 1½d from 529; 2d from 770 (Nov 1922).


  weekly (every Wednesday / Thursday)


Total Issues: 90

Magazine "published fortnightly for the three Services in the Middle-East and Persia-Iraq Commands" during the Second World War, containing several pieces of fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  8-Feb-1942 – 28-Jul-1945: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   P.R. Publications, Cairo
Formats:   digest
Frequency:   fortnightly


Total Issues: 473

Genesis which began publication in 1973, is a men's pornographic magazine which exclusively features female stars of the adult film industry. Billing itself as "The Home of Porn's Hottest Stars", Genesis features pictorials, exclusive columns by adult film stars, interviews, feature articles, movie reviews, news and the occasional piece of fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1973 – Mar-2013
Related Sites:   Wikipedia
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Genesis West

Avant garde literary magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1960s
Editors:   Gordon Lish


Total Issues: 100 (to Jan-2002)

"Genre covers fashion, travel, and lifestyle issues for the affluent gay man. Genre is the first magazine to address the total gay man, highlighting the concerns and experiences that enrich the lives of our readers." Occasionally publishes original fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  1993? – ?
Frequency:   monthly


Authors include Harlan Ellison, Gerald Kersh, Barry Malzberg, Charles Willeford, Joe Gores, Evan Hunter, John Novotny. Actually entitled The Gent in 1959 at least.

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1956 – May-2011: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Sep-1956 – ?: Excellent Publications, New York
  in 1975: Dugent Publishing Corporation, 135 East 49th Street, NY


  Sep-1956 – 1961?: Bruce Elliot
  in 1962: Nat Lehrman
  in 1975: John Fox





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Issues & Index Sources:  1960 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Bruce-Royal Publishing
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The Gentleman's Journal

Total Issues: 150

Very attractive production, subtitled "An Illustrated Magazine of Literature, Information and Amusement".

Issues & Index Sources:  1-Nov-1869 – 12-Sep-1872
Publishers:   Harrison & Viles
Editors:   George Frederick Pardon; Thomas Frost
Formats:   large tabloid (folio)
Prices:   1d
Pagecounts:   16pp
Frequency:   weekly
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The Gentleman's Journal, or the Monthly Miscellany

Total Issues: 31

The first British magazine to run recognisable fiction. Mayo calls it "a melange of letters, essays, occasional poems, informative articles, reviews of new books and plays, gossip, news, and enigmatical verse. The tales .. are mostly satirical adventure stories, amorous histories, or tales of intrigue and gallantry. Stories were anonymous and many were probably by Motteux himself.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1692 – Oct-1694
Publishers:   Peter Motteux
Editors:   Peter Motteux
Formats:   64pp
Frequency:   mostly monthly

Gentleman's Magazine

Although the grandfather of all English literary magazines, and still the longest-lived, it only ran fiction between 1868 and 1890 when there was an attempt to transform it into a middlebrow Victorian magazine. Authors include Joseph Hatton, R.E. Francillon, Helen Mathers, Eliza Lynn Linton.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1731 – Sep-1907: Index to Periodical Literature (1868 - 1906 only)


  1792 – 1856: Nichols & Nichols
  1856 – 1865: John Parker
  1865 – May-1868: Bradbury & Evans
  1868 – 1907: Chatto & Windus


  1731 – 1754: Edward Cave
  1754 – 1766: R. Cave
  1754 – 1792: D. Henry
  1778 – 1826: J. Nichols
  1826 – 1833: J.B. Nichols
  1834 – 1850: John Mitford
  1851 – 1856: J.G. Nichols
  1856 – 1865: John H. Parker
  1866 – 1867: Edward Walford
  1867 – 1874: Joseph Hatton
  1887 – 1905: Joseph Knight




  British Literary Magazines Vol. 1

Gentlemen's Quarterly

From the stable that later produced Esquire and Coronet, a classy men's magazine which still publishes some fiction. A separate British edition was launched in 1988.

Issues & Index Sources

  Christmas 1931 – Feb-1950, as Apparel Arts
  Mar-1950 – Jun-1956, as Esquire's Apparel Arts
  Jul-1956 – Spring 1958, as Apparel Arts
  Spring 1958 – May-1983, as Gentlemen's Quarterly: Short Story Index (Missing: all before 1974 at least)
  Jun-1983 – present, as GQ: Short Story Index


  Christmas 1931 – Feb-1950: Apparel Arts Publications
  Mar-1950 – May-1983: Esquire Inc.
  Jun-1983 – present: Conde Nast, 350 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017



  initially Arnold Gingrich?
  in 2002: Walter Kirn


  big slick


  initially quarterly; later monthly

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  O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

The Gentlewoman

Total Issues: 1883

Subtitled "An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Gentlewomen" until it was briefly renamed in 1926.

Issues & Index Sources

  12-Jul-1890 – 2-Jan-1926: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  9-Jan-1926 – 7-Aug-1926, as Gentlewoman and Modern Life

#merges with Eve


  J.S. Wood

George Aiken's Weekly Novel

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  1879
Publishers:   Mutual Benefit News
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

George Bruce's Aces

Total Issues: 1

Contains four stories all by George Bruce.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1931: Adventure Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
Publishers:   Glen-Kel, imprint of Fiction House
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   160pp
Frequency:   probably planned as monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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