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The Quiver

Total Issues: 1284

A religious-orientated magazine that concentrated on articles and fiction of a highly moral and improving nature, its full title saying "designed for the defence of Biblical truth and the advancement of religion." The religious stranglehold was relaxed after Cassell's death in 1865. Only writer of note in early years was Mrs Henry Wood; later it published such popular authors as Rider Haggard ("When the World Shook," 1918 - 1919).

In the 1920s and 1930s the magazine was almost all fiction. In August 1940 the magazine shrank to digest size and thereafter looked more like The Dalesman, but still ran 2 or 3 stories per issue. The final issue started a new serial which ran over into The Sunday Companion.

Issues & Index Sources

  7-Sep-1861 – Jun-1956: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

#merges with Sunday Companion


  7-Sep-1861 – Jan-1927: Cassell's
  Feb-1927 – Jun-1956: Amalgamated Press


  1861 – 1863: John Cassell
  1863: Charles Wright
  1863 – 1864: John Willis Clark
  1864 – 1865: Teignmouth Shore
  1865 – 1905: Bonavia Hunt
  1905 – 1909: David Williamson
  Oct-1909 – Aug-1953: Herbert Dakin Williams
  Sep-1953 – Jun-1956: John Erskine Tuck


  weekly (also issued very attractive Christmas annuals); ?monthly in later years?

Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 3, The Age of the Storytellers

QWF (Quality Women's Fiction)

Total Issues: 49

Small-press magazine aimed at producing the best in women's writing.

Issues & Index Sources:  1994 – Jul-2006: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Editors:   Jo Good
Frequency:   bimonthly

Racing Shorts

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1945?: Sports Fiction Index
Publishers:   Gerald G. Swan
Prices:   7d
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Racing Special

Total Issues: 1

Mainly non-fiction, but included one story.

Issues & Index Sources:  1934: Sports Fiction Index
Publishers:   The World's Work
Prices:   1/-
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Racket-Buster Detective

Total Issues: 1

One of the many undated "one shot" magazines published in the UK in the years after the Second World War. In a loose series with Crime Detective, Homicide Reporter, Police Detective and Crime Investigator.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1949: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Hamilton & Co
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   9d
Pagecounts:   64pp
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Racketeer and Gangland Stories

see under Gangland Stories

Racketeer Stories

Total Issues: 19

Racketeer Stories was one of Harold Hersey's less successful gangster pulp magazines, attempting to cash in on the popularity of Gangster Stories. It lasted for only 19 issues before being merged with its companion magazine, Gangland Stories.

The Dec-1929 issue was an ashcan issue containing no fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1929 – Mar/Apr-1932: Crime Fiction Index

#merges with Gangland Stories


  Good Story Magazine (Harold Hersey)


  standard pulp




  mostly monthly, but bimonthly from May/Jun-1931

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1956
Publishers:   Publishing Corporation
Sources:   It's a Man's World

Racket Stories

The rumor that a pulp magazine existed by this title has not been confirmed by any positive evidence, and none have been found. It may be confused with Racketeer Stories.

Issues & Index Sources:  ?: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: all issues; possibly phantom)
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Quarterly (paperback) magazine of original stories; each issue chooses a winner and runner-up. Sponsored by The European newspaper, who can publish any of the submitted stories under 1500 words.

Issues & Index Sources:  1993? – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Raconteur Publications
Editors:   Graham Lord (in 1995)
Formats:   trade paperback
Prices:   £5.99 (in 1995)
Pagecounts:   241pp (in 1995)


Total Issues: 1?

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

Racy Stories

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1949: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Utopian Press, 22 Roland Gardens, London SW7
Prices:   2/6d
Pagecounts:   32pp


Total Issues: 1?

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

Radio Digest

Newsstand magazine that published articles and fiction about all things radio, including stories by Jackson Gregory and E. Phillips Oppenheim.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Radio Digest Publishing Co. Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Editors:   Harold P. Brown

Radio Fun

Small tabloid magazine aimed at younger readers, featuring stories, serials and comic strips.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Publishers:   Amalgamated Press, The Fleetway House, Farrington St., London
Prices:   3d

Radio Guide

Radio (and later Movie) listings guide that occasionally published fiction, including a series of "Calling All Cars" stories by Arthur Kent in 1936.

Issues & Index Sources

  25-Oct-1931 – 9-Feb-1940
  16-Feb-1940 – Nov-1943, as Movie and Radio Guide


  Leonard Dubkin

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Radio Mirror

Gossip magazine about radio and (later) television which also contained some fiction and adapted radio/TV dramas.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1933 – Jul-1939
  Aug-1939 – Oct-1942, as Radio and Television Mirror
  Nov-1942 – Dec-1945, as Radio Mirror, the Magazine of Radio Romances
  Jan-1946 – Mar-1948, as Radio Mirror
  Apr-1948 – Sep-1951, as Radio and Television Mirror: FictionMags Index (sample room only)
  Oct-1951 – 1977, as Radio-TV Mirror



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