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Pleasure (UK) [1893]

Total Issues: 9

"This was issued monthly price 1d and was subtitled "The Catholic Boys Journal", a paper no doubt issued for Catholic boys of London. This paper however contained some very interesting stories of pirates and school life, although its editorial contents were of a religious nature. After No.4, dated June 1893, the sub-title was dropped and replaced by "Monthly Journal", the change made perhaps to increase circulation. In issue No.8 the Editor made the announcement that owing to financial reasons he had sold the copyright of the paper to The Arundel Printing and Publishing Co., Strand, and that from next week that company would produce that paper. The new publishers most certainly made a bigger mess that this editor, as only one issue appeared." (W. O. G. Lofts) The latter issue was sub-titled "The Boys Halfholiday Journal". Large-size with 16 pages. Was reputedly sub-edited by William Clarke Russell, the famous writer of sea stories. The lead story was entitled "The Adventures of a Young Stowaway" by Mrs. George Corbett.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1893 – 4-Nov-1893
Publishers:   Henry Potter; Arundel Publishing Co. from issue 9
Editors:   Henry Potter; Henry St. John Cooper (Sub-editor)
Prices:   1d
Frequency:   monthly

Pleasure (US) [1937]

Includes travel, entertainment, sports, fiction, cartoons & fashions.

Issues & Index Sources:  1937 – ?
Publishers:   Pleasure Publishing Co., Chicago
Editors:   J.C Godfrey
Pagecounts:   90pp

Pleasure (UK) [1950]

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1953
Publishers:   Paget Publications, 106 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London

Pleasure (US) [1960]

Issues & Index Sources:  1960: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
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Authors include Leroy Quintana, Rita Ciresi, Shirley Geoklin Lim, Sondra Spatt Olsen, and Jim Sanderson. Circulation 2,000.

Issues & Index Sources:  1981 – present
Publishers:   Pleiades Press, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO 64093 (in 2000 - 2002)
Editors:   R.M. Kinder & Kevin Prufer (in 2000 - 2002)
Formats:   review
Pagecounts:   140pp
Frequency:   twice-yearly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)


Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s
Publishers:   Paget Publications, 106 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London
Prices:   2/6d


Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1994 – #9, 1997: Miller/Contento
Publishers:   Calypso Publishing, Sugar Land, TX.
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Total Issues: 84 (to May-2001)

Known for its compelling fiction and poetry. Each issue is guest-edited by a prominent writer who explores personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles. Authors include Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Hoagland, Marilyn Hacker, Andre Dubus. Circulation 6,000.

Issues & Index Sources:  Fall 1971 – present: Short Story Index (Missing: all before 1974 at least)
Publishers:   Emerson College, 100 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116 (in 1998 - 2002)
Editors:   founding editor DeWitt Henry; originally edited by a committee but now has guest editors
Formats:   pocketbook
Frequency:   thrice-yearly (Apr,Aug,Dec)
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Pluck [1894]

Total Issues: 519+594+103=1216

Started with only true stories but soon switched to fiction; ran Nelson Lee stories plus Charles Hamilton's St Jim. 1st 46 issues of original series entitled Stories of Pluck. The second series took over from Sport and Adventure.

Third series included an 8pp supplement from issue 1 entitled Star Library.

Issues & Index Sources

  24-Nov-1894 – 5-Nov-1904: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  12-Nov-1904 – 18-Mar-1916

#incorporated into The Boys' Realm (Gifford)

  28-Oct-1922 – 11-Oct-1924

#becomes The Triumph


  Harmsworth; Amalgamated Press


  William H. Maas
  J.H. Pym
  c. 1890: Percy C. Bishop
  Somers J. Summers
  Hamilton Edwards [Editor in Chief]
  Harold J. Garrish
  c. 1912: Rex Haydon
  1915: Horace Phillips
  c. 1907: Charles Manders [Assistant Editor]
  F. Addington Symonds
  John W. Wheway [Assistant Editor]
  c. 1924: Alfred Edgar [Assistant Editor]


  small tabloid (octavo)


  20pp; 28pp


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Pluck [1956]

Total Issues: 3

Issues & Index Sources:  1956
Publishers:   L. Miller
Pagecounts:   16pp
Frequency:   monthly

Pluck and Luck

Total Issues: 1605

The longest-running dime novel series, primarily printing stories of adventure in many different settings.

Issues & Index Sources:  12-Jan-1898 – 6-Mar-1929: Dime Novel Bibliography (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Frank Tousey, NY
Frequency:   semi-monthly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography
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Plume & Sword

Student literary magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1960 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   University of Virginia
Editors:   Thomas T. Taylor
Formats:   digest
Prices:   30c
Pagecounts:   28pp
Frequency:   monthly (except Jun-Sep)


Total Issues: 12

Subtitled "Living for Men".

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1958 – 1960
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A classic late 1930s/early 1940s fanzine which included stories, articles and fan notes. It also ran some poetry and has an extensive letter column. There were letters from Damon Knight, Will Sykora, H. C. Koenig and other "big name" fans.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Publishers:   The Literature, Science and Hobbies Club, Decker, Indiana
Editors:   Vincent and Marvis Manning
Frequency:   bi-monthly

Pocket Book Weekly (Storyteller)

Total Issues: 731?

Story paper that published some "Saint" stories by Leslie Charteris.

Issues & Index Sources

  23-Jan-1943 – 15-May-1943, as Pocket Book: Wireless Weekly
  22-May-1943 – 1949?, as Pocket Book Weekly
  1949? – 23-Feb-1957?, as Pocket Book Weekly Storyteller: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Associated Newspapers Ltd., Sydney


  6¾" x 7¾"





Pocket Budget Library

Total Issues: 17?

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1903 – Apr-1904: FictionMags Index (Missing: all after #8)
Publishers:   James Henderson

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