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The London Mercury

Total Issues: 234

A literary review with a heavy emphasis on poetry and non-fiction, it published an eclectic range of short stories. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Walter de la Mare, Elizabeth Bowen, Max Beerbohm, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, James Stephens, George Moore, Maurice Baring, John Metcalfe.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1919 – Apr-1939: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)

#merges with Life and Letters

Publishers

  The Field Press, London

Editors

  1919 – 1934: J.C. Squire
  1934 – 1939: R.A. Scott-James

Formats

  standard, pulp paper, unillustrated

Frequency

  monthly

Sources

  British Literary Magazines Vol. 4

The London Miscellany

Total Issues: 18+39=57

A well produced, highly illustrated magazine that ran many of Errym/Rymer's serials.

Issues & Index Sources

  10-Feb-1866 – 9-Jun-1866
  16-Jun-1866 – 9-Mar-1867

#superseded by The Empire

Publishers

  1st series, Charles Jones, London; 2nd series, William Barrett, London.

Editors

  Malcolm J. Errym, later editor may be Charles Stevens

Formats

  large quarto tabloid

Prices

  1d

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

London Mystery Magazine/Selection

Total Issues: 132

The title was originally The London Mystery Magazine. The "The" dropped off the cover after the fourth issue, from the spine after the 35th issue, but remained on the contents page through the entire run. Although the title was changed to London Mystery Selection with #36, the word "Magazine" appeared on the covers of #s 73, 74, 75 and 81, and on the spine of #s 78 to 87. On the cover the title was given as just London Mystery on #s 36 to 46, 54 to 72, 76 to 80, and 82 to 97. Most issues feature a standard cover design, several of which were used over the life of the magazine. In one stretch, from #70 to 81, individual covers were drawn for most issues. The longest running British mystery magazine, fantasy was a significant part of its mix, rarely less than a third of an issue. A highly collectible, but apparently little known, magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  #1, 1949 – Dec-1957, as The London Mystery Magazine: Crime Fiction Index
  Mar-1958 – Mar-1982, as London Mystery Selection: Crime Fiction Index

Publishers

  #1, 1949 – Oct/Nov-1951: Hulton Press
  Dec-1951/Jan-1952 – Mar-1982: Norman Kark Publications, London

Editors

  #1, 1949 – Oct/Nov-1951: Michael Hall
  Dec-1951/Jan-1952 – Mar-1982: Norman Kark

Formats

  initially square digest (13.6cm x 18.2cm); thereafter pocketbook

Prices

  #1, 1949 – Dec-1965: 2/6d
  Mar-1966 – Sep-1970: 3/6d
  Dec-1970 – Jun-1975: 25p
  Sep-1975 – Dec-1977: 35p
  Mar-1978 – Dec-1980: 50p
  Mar-1981 – Mar-1982: 75p

Pagecounts

  128pp (first issue 132pp)

Frequency

  mostly bimonthly until March 1955 then quarterly; no issues between Apr/May-1952 and Jun-1953

Related Sites

  CrimeTime

Sources

  Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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London Opinion

This publication absorbed (or perhaps replaced?) Barry Pain's weekly To-Day, circa July 1905; original format unknown, but in a later incarnation, probably from 1939, it was a digest-sized monthly magazine resembling Men Only and Lilliput, and it carried some fiction as well as cartoons, humorous squibs, etc.

It absorbed The Humorist in August 1940 and was absorbed by Men Only at some point in the 1950s.

Issues & Index Sources

  1905? – ?
  Nov-1939 – 195?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

Publishers

  George Newnes

Formats

  digest

Prices

  c. Apr-1940: 7d
  c. Sep-1940: 8d

Pagecounts

  96pp (c. 1940

Frequency

  monthly
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The London Pioneer

Had success with a salacious serial by Mrs Smerdon; also published steamy translations of French material by Eugene Sue and Alexandre Dumas. As a cover to all this titillation the journal sub-titled itself "A Journal of Progression in science, literature and all that tends to instruct and amuse the human race." Was a continuation of The Penny Satirist (22-Apr-1837 - 25-Apr-1846).

Issues & Index Sources

  30-Apr-1846 – Mar-1948
  20-Apr-1848 – Dec-1848, as The London Literary Pioneer

Publishers

  B.D. Cousins

Formats

  story paper?

Frequency

  monthly

London Quarterly Review

Issues & Index Sources:  1853 – ?: Index to Periodical Literature (Poole to 1901; Well4 to 1900)
The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 4
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 2 (says 1834 - 1893)

The London Reader

really a continuance of The Seven Days Journal

Issues & Index Sources:  18-May-1863 – 1877 (at least)

London Review [1829]

Issues & Index Sources:  1829: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 2

London Review [1835]

Issues & Index Sources:  1835 – 1836: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 3
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 2

The London Review of Books

Mainly a literary review with substantial essays, but has published some fiction, e.g. two short stories by Angela Carter.

Issues & Index Sources:  27-Sep-1979 – ?
Editors:   Karl Miller, Mary Kay Wilmers
Formats:   tabloid
Frequency:   fortnightly

London Society

Total Issues: 441

Many stories were anonymous; a strong source of Victorian ghost and horror stories. Authors include Mrs J.H. Riddell, Florence Marryat, Sheridan Le Fanu, Edmund Yates, G.A. Sala. imitation-Cornhill.

Issues & Index Sources

  Feb-1862 – Dec-1898: Index to Periodical Literature (1862 - 1890 only)

Publishers

  1862 – 1871: Kelly & Co.
  1872 – 1880: Sampson, Low
  1881 – 1886: London Society
  1887 – 1896: F.V. White
  1897 – 1898: Arliss Andrews

Editors

  James Hogg; Florence Marryat

Formats

  standard

Frequency

  monthly

Sources

  The Age of the Storytellers

The Lone Eagle

Total Issues: 66+8+1=75

Title was inspired by Charles Lindbergh; title change was when Lindbergh opposed entry into WW2.

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1933 – Jun-1941: Adventure Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Aug-1941 – Winter 1943, as The American Eagle: Adventure Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Spring 1943, as American Eagles: Adventure Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1

Publishers

  Standard Magazines

Formats

  standard pulp

Frequency

  Sep-1933 – Dec-1936: monthly
  Feb-1937 – Apr-1942: bimonthly
  Summer 1942 – Spring 1943: quarterly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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The Lone Eagle (UK)

Total Issues: ?+31?=31?

British reprint edition of Lone Eagle, The American Eagle(s), Sky Fighters and other aviation pulps. From the Winter 1944 issue, the title on the cover read American Eagles, combined with The Lone Eagle, Fighting Ace.

Issues & Index Sources:  194? – Autumn 1950?: FictionMags Index (incomplete)
Adventure Fiction Index
Publishers:   Atlas Publishing & Distributing Co. Ltd., London.
Formats:   pulp
 
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The Lone Hand

"The Lone Hand began as an ambitious project, an all-Australian magazine of broad scope and high quality, by the standards of the time. Later in the war years, it declined in value and prestige, and went through changes in policy in the attempt to regain its leading position. It published an amount of early science fiction." (Graham Stone)

Issues & Index Sources

  May-1907 – Feb-1921

Editors

  1907: J.F. Archibald
  1907 – 1909: Frank Fox
  1909 – 1911: Arthur H. Adams
  1912 – 1919: Bertram Stevens
  1919 – 1921: Walter Jago

Formats

  1907 – 1913: 24cm
  1913 – 1921: 30cm

Prices

  1907 – 1910: 1/-
  1910 – 1921: 6d

Pagecounts

  40pp - 100pp

Frequency

  Monthly

Sources

  Notes on Australian Science Fiction

The Lone Ranger Magazine

Total Issues: 1+8+10=19

The Aug-1936 issue was an "ashcan" prototype with 32 pages and a color cover in shades of black, white and red.

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1936: Western Fiction Index
  Apr-1937 – Nov-1937: Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Jan-1938 – Jul-1939, as Romantic Western: Western Fiction Index

Publishers

  Aug-1936: Spartan Publishing Co., New York City
  Trojan Publishing

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  10c

Pagecounts

  128pp

Frequency

  Apr-1937 – Nov-1937: monthly
  Jan-1938 – Jul-1939: bimonthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Lone Scout

Periodical of the Lone Scouts of America. Initially subtitled A Boy's Paper, this soon changed to A Real Boys' Magazine and in 1922 changed again to The White Boys' Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  13-Jan-1915 – Jan-1924
Publishers:   W.D. Boyce, Chicago
Sources:   The Pulp Western
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