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Peg's Companion

Total Issues: 572

"Weekly fiction title for girls. Long complete stories from 8,000 to 10,000 words. Serial stories, strong love interest."

Incorporated into Films and Fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  29-Oct-1921 – 22-Oct-1932: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Newnes; C. Arthur Pearson
Formats:   digest (octavo)
Prices:   2d
Frequency:   weekly (every Tuesday)

Peg's Paper

Total Issues: 1108

Young women's story paper whose title has become archetypal for the fiction periodicals of its class.

Issues & Index Sources

  15-May-1919 – 10-Aug-1940: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

#merges with Glamour (UK)


  C. Arthur Pearson, later Newnes


  Miss N.W. Kennedy


  story paper





Penguin New Writing

Total Issues: 40

Published many major writers including Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, Frank O'Connor, Osbert Sitwell, Laurie Lee, William Sansom, Dylan Thomas.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1940 – 1950: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Penguin Books, Harmondsworth
Editors:   John Lehmann
Formats:   pocketbook
Frequency:   monthly to #8 (Jul-1941), quarterly to #28 (Jul-1946) then irregular
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 4

Penguin Parade

Total Issues: 11+3=14

Closer to a magazine than Penguin New Writing, although both are arguably anthologies with a variety of features. Fiction was new and reprint, including H.E. Bates, Stephen Vincent Benet, James G. Cozzens, Sean O'Faolain, Herbert Read, Irwin Shaw, Katherine Anne Porter.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1937 – 1945
  1947 – 1948


  Penguin Books


  1937 – 1945: Cenys Kilham Roberts
  1947 – 1948: Jack Morpurgo




  intended as quarterly, but irregular


  British Literary Magazines Vol. 4

Peninsular Magazine

Total Issues: 23 (to Dec-2001)

Fiction-carrying small-press "literary magazine".

Issues & Index Sources:  1996 – present
Publishers:   Cherrybite Publications, Linden Cottage, 45 Burton Road, Little Neston, Cheshire, CH64 4AE
Editors:   Shelagh Nugent (in 1997 - 2001)
Email Address:
Formats:   A5
Prices:   £3.50
Pagecounts:   88pp
Frequency:   quarterly

The Penn Monthly Magazine

"Devoted to the Literary, Scientific, and Social Interests of the Commonwealth and the Nation."

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1870 – 1892?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   American News Company, Philadelphia
Pagecounts:   40pp
Frequency:   monthly

The Penny Atlas

Total Issues: 128

See Waite The Quest for Bloods p.77 (n.211)

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1842 – Feb-1845?
Publishers:   Edward Lloyd
Formats:   small tabloid
Pagecounts:   16pp
Frequency:   weekly

Penny Dreadful

Total Issues: 15

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1996 – #15, 2004: Miller/Contento
Publishers:   Pendragonian Publications,PO Box 719, New York, NY 10101
Editors:   Michael Pendragon
Email Address:
Formats:   octavo s/b
Prices:   $5.00
Pagecounts:   140
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The Penny Dreadfull

Gothic fanzine that published some fiction by Brian Stableford.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1990s
Publishers:   72 Fern Dene Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 4RX
Editors:   Angela Readman

The Penny Magazine [1832]

Circulation peaked at 200,000 after a year; declined to 25,000. Mostly non-fiction but did publish several interesting stories.

Issues & Index Sources

  31-Mar-1832 – 27-Dec-1845: Index to Periodical Literature
  3-Jan-1846 – 26-Dec-1846, as Knight's Penny Magazine


  1832 – 1845: Charles Knight for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
  1846: Charles Knight


  Charles Knight (from 1846 at least)



The Penny Magazine [1898]

Total Issues: 1398+26=1424

Issues & Index Sources

  22-Oct-1898 – 1903, as The New Penny Magazine: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  1903 – 1925, as The Penny Magazine
  Feb-1925 – Aug-1925, as Cassell's Popular Magazine





The Penny Magazine (US) [1895]

Issues & Index Sources:  1895? – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   The Penny Company, New York
Editors:   Charles Frederick Stansbury
Prices:   2c
Frequency:   monthly

The Penny Magazine (US) [1896]

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-1896 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Penny Magazine Company, 653 The Bourse, Philadelphia, PA
Prices:   5c
Frequency:   monthly

The Penny Miscellany

Waite was unsure whether he was recalling this journal or a later one of the same title as being particularly dull.

Issues & Index Sources:  1865 – 1868
Frequency:   weekly

The Penny Pictorial Magazine

Total Issues: 1795+71=1866

Originally aimed at a younger market and of interest to boys' story-paper collectors as it reprinted many Sexton Blake stories from the Union Jack. Apart from Sexton Blake (1907 - 1913), the paper included a great many other detectives, including Derwent Duff by Cecil Hayter, Marcus Bland by Addington Symonds, Detective X. Crook by Jefferson Farjeon and Inch of the Yard by George Goodchild.

Issues & Index Sources

  10-Jun-1899 – 23-Jun-1922: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  30-Jun-1922 – 6-Nov-1926, as Pictorial Magazine: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
  13-Nov-1926 – 28-Oct-1933, as Pictorial Weekly: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
  4-Nov-1933 – 9-Mar-1935, as Penny Pictorial




  1899 – 1905: Charles Sisley
  Noel Wood-Smith





The Penny Popular

Total Issues: 286+628=914

Boys' story-paper. Reprinted many Sexton Blake stories from the Union Jack. Ran Charles Hamilton's school and adventure stories (under various pen names). Companion to The Penny Wonder.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1912 – Mar-1918

#incorporated into The Boys' Friend

  Jan-1919 – 1920
  Aug-1920 – Feb-1931, as The Popular

#becomes The Ranger


  Amalgamated Press, Fleetway House


  1916 – 1918: R. T. Eves
  Arthur Aldcroft [Assistant Editor]


  1d; 1½d; 2d from (1922)


  32pp; 16pp; 20pp from Oct-1919; 28pp from #161 (1922?)


  weekly (every Friday; Tuesday from 1920s)

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