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Mystery Magazine [1917]

Total Issues: 195+21=216

Mystery Magazine was one of the earliest crime pulps, first appearing in November 1917, a mere two years after Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine. It ran for seven years on a twice-monthly schedule, featuring undistinguished stories by undistinguished authors. It then vanished for a year, returning in 1926 for a further 12 twice-monthly issues.

There was then a further hiatus before it restarted, under a new publisher, on a monthly schedule, publishing a much wider range of detective and mystery-suspense stories (including some science fiction). After only ten issues, it changed its name to Mystery Stories, but only lasted a further two years before folding.

The title was then acquired by Street & Smith and merged into Best Detective Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  15-Nov-1917 – Aug-1927: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: May-1927)
  Sep-1927 – May-1929, as Mystery Stories: Crime Fiction Index

Publishers

  15-Nov-1917 – 1-Mar-1922: Frank Tousey, Publisher
  15-Mar-1922 – 15-Jan-1925: Harry E. Wolff, Publisher
  15-Jan-1926 – 1-Jul-1926: Mystery Magazine Company
  Oct-1926 – May-1929: The Priscilla Company

Editors

  Luis P. Senarens to 1924, then Robert Simpson

Formats

  1917 – 1925: dime novel format
  1925 – 1929: pulp

Prices

  1917 – 1925: 10c

Pagecounts

  1917 – 1925: 64pp

Frequency

  twice monthly to 1-Jul-1926, though no issues appeared between 15-Jan-1925 and 15-Jan-1926; monthly from Oct-1926

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Mystery Magazine [1939]

see also under Best Detective Magazine

Mystery Magazine (UK)

Total Issues: 1

Seemingly a one-shot that reprinted a single story from Dime Mystery Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  1946?: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   William C. Merrett, Ltd., London, England.
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Mystery Monthly

Total Issues: 9

Short-lived digest which attempted to cover, in a comprehensive manner, all mystery-related entertainment— fiction, book reviews, film reviews, puzzles, articles and interviews with prominent personalities in the field.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1976 – Feb-1977: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Looking Glass Publications, NY
Editors:   Eric Protter
Formats:   digest
Prices:   $1.00
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Mystery Novels and Short Stories

Total Issues: 6

One of the better weird-menace magazines, stressing the luscious female in most distressing situations. The first issue was Vol.1 No.4 - it is not known whether any magazine preceded this for the first three issues.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1939 – Sep-1941: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Double-Action Magazines, Inc. (Columbia Publications)
Editors:   A. Sundell
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   10c
Frequency:   irregular
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Mystery Novels Magazine (Quarterly)

Total Issues: 8+9+?+?=?

Initially a giant-sized, 256-page, quarterly, the magazine changed hands after only 8 issues and shrank to 128-page issues, with an emphasis on weird crime. Although the new publisher claimed their magazine was not a continuation of the previous one, the issue numbering is continuous throughout. After a further 9 issues it changed to a frontier adventure magazine called Real Northwest Adventures.

Issues & Index Sources

  Summer 1932 – Summer 1934, as Mystery Novels Magazine Quarterly: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Jan-1935 – Aug-1936, as Mystery Novels Magazine: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Nov-1936 – Jun-1937, as Real Northwest Adventures: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Jun-1937)
  Dec-1937, as Real Northwest: Western Fiction Index

Publishers

  Summer 1932 – Summer 1934: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., NY
  Jan-1935 – Aug-1936: Winford Publications, Inc. (Columbia Publications), NY
  Nov-1936 – Dec-1937: Northwest Publishing

Editors

  Summer 1932 – Summer 1934: H.E. Maule

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Summer 1932 – Summer 1934: 25c

Pagecounts

  Summer 1932 – Summer 1934: 256pp

Frequency

  Summer 1932 – Summer 1934: quarterly
  mostly bimonthly

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Mystery Scene

Non-fiction magazine about the crime and detective fiction genre.

Issues & Index Sources:  1985 – present
Publishers:   Mystery Scene Magazine, 331 W. 57th Street, Suite 148, New York, NY 10019-3101
Editors:   Kate Stine
Website:   www.mysteryscenemag.com
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Mystery Stories [1917]

Total Issues: 18

Issues & Index Sources:  1917 – 1920: Dime Novel Bibliography (Missing: #1, #4, #7)
Publishers:   J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 57 Rose Street, New York
Formats:   7 1/8 x 3 3/4"
Prices:   35c
Pagecounts:   300 to 400
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Mystery Stories [193?]

Total Issues: 25

A companion title to Mystery and Detection, Mystery Stories was a mixture of new stories and reprints, but drew mostly from lesser-known British sources or American pulps.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1936 – Feb-1942?: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: #12, #16, #17, #22)
Publishers:   World's Work
Editors:   H. Norman Evans
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   128pp (reduced to 80pp after 1939)
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   The Age of the Storytellers
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Mystery Stories (UK) [195?]

see under Dime Mystery Magazine (UK)

Mystery Stories [1927]

see also under Mystery Magazine

Mystery Street

Listed on www.thrillingdetective.com, this was a stillborn magazine. "A fantastic idea by Pulphouse Publishing of Eugene, Oregon, MYSTERY STREET was going to be `The New Wave of Crime Fiction'. We started with a 10,000 word story by Kate Wilhelm, stories from John Lutz, George Alec Effinger, Lee Floren and others. We put together the first issue (a great cover by Peggy Ranson) but Pulphouse went under before we got the magazine into print." O'Neil de Noux was the magazine's editor.

Mystery Tales [1938]

Total Issues: 9

One of Martin Goodman's "Red Circle" weird menace magazines, seemingly published as a companion to Star Detective. Began with Vol.2 No.3, possibly to match the current issue of Star Detective.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1938 – May-1940: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Western Fiction Publishing Co., Chicago.
Editors:   Robert O. Erisman
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   15c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Mystery Tales [1958]

Total Issues: 6

A short-lived magazine with an assortment of well-known and lesser-known authors writing crime-adventure stories, oriented more to fast action and swinging locales than to mystery.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1958 – Oct-1959: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Atlas Magazines, NY
Editors:   Evan Lee Heyman
Formats:   digest
Prices:   35c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   bimonthly
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Mystery Thrillers

Total Issues: 2

The lead stories are reprinted from the "Master Thrillers" series of booklets from the 1930s but the other stories appear to be new (at least in the second issue). Two further issues were announced but probably never appeared.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1942 – Sep-1942: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Gerald G. Swan
Prices:   4d
Pagecounts:   48pp
Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Mystery Time

Small press mystery magazine. It is currently not known how many issues were published before 1993.

Issues & Index Sources:  1983? – Autumn/Winter 2002: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: any issues before 1993; Autumn/Winter 1997)
Publishers:   Hutton Publications, P.O. Box 2907, Decatur, IL 62524
Editors:   Linda Hutton
Formats:   digest
Prices:   $5.00
Pagecounts:   52pp
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Mystery Weekly

Total Issues: 35 (to Jul-2018)

"The name Mystery Weekly refers to the stories published in our weekly newsletter. These sample stories are intended to build awareness of our paid monthly issues, which include our weekly stories plus bonus stories and content. Our monthly magazine is delivered to subscribers in PDF, Mobi and ePub formats, and is distributed worldwide through Magzter and Amazon in digital and print formats."

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-2015 – present: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: any after Jul-2018)
Publishers:   AM Marketing Strategies, Suite 213, 3-35 Stone Church Road, Ancaster, Ontario, L9K 1S5
Editors:   Kerry Carter
Frequency:   monthly
Website:   www.mysteryweekly.com
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Mystery Western

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s: Western Fiction Index
Publishers:   International Publications Ltd., 166 Buchanan St., Glasgow
Prices:   1/-
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Mystic

Total Issues: 16

Primarily an occult non-fiction magazine which, in its early issues, was about half fiction and half articles. After the fourth issue the fiction was greatly reduced and appeared only sporadically after the seventh issue. Later issues contain articles by Richard S. Shaver that may be of interest to some collectors.

The magazine settled firmly into a non-fiction format about the time that Palmer sold his interest in its chief competitor, Fate, and the title was changed to Search with the October 1956 issue. It was still running at the time of Palmer's death in 1977.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1953 – Jul-1956: Science Fiction Index
  Oct-1956 – ?, as Search: Science Fiction Index (fiction from first issue only)

Publishers

  Palmer Publications, Inc., Evanston

Editors

  Raymond A. Palmer

Formats

  digest

Prices

  35c

Pagecounts

  128pp

Frequency

  bimonthly

Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Mystic Fiction Magazine

Issues & Index Sources:  Winter 1993? – 1994?
Publishers:   Mystic, Bellevue, Washington
Editors:   Su Llewellyn
Frequency:   quarterly


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