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Real Detective Tales (and Mystery Stories)

Country: US
Total Issues: 16+7+61+34?=112?

Real Detective Tales is one of the most elusive of the early detective pulps. It began in late 1922 under the name Detective Tales as a quarto magazine and published indifferent mystery and detective stories. In 1923 it acquired a companion magazine concentrating on the fantastic - the famous Weird Tales - and both magazines ran in parallel until mid-1924 when the publisher, Rural Publications, ran into difficulty.

At that point Detective Tales was sold to Real Detective Tales, Inc. and changed its name, first to Real Detective Tales and then to Real Detective Tales and Mystery Stories. By this point it had shifted to a large (quarto) format and had acquired an interesting stable of authors including Seabury Quinn, George Allan England and Miriam Allen deFord. It ran for six years under this latter title (mainly on a monthly basis) but gradually during 1931 transformed into a non-fiction magazine called Real Detective, although fiction continued to appear into 1934 at least. It is not currently known exactly when the last issue containing any fiction appeared.

In the 1920s a handful of short stories were reprinted as standalone pamphlets possibly to help advertise the magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  1-Oct-1922 – Apr-1924, as Detective Tales: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: Nov-1923)
  May-1924 – Dec-1924, as Real Detective Tales: Crime Fiction Index (Missing Jul-1924, Aug-1924, Sep/Oct-1924, Dec-1924)
  Jan-1925 – Apr-1931, as Real Detective Tales and Mystery Stories: Crime Fiction Index
  May-1931 – ?, as Real Detective: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: Jul-1934; any issues after Dec-1934 containing fiction)


  1-Oct-1922 – Apr-1924: The Rural Publishing Corp., 854 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
  May-1924 – mid 1940s: Real Detective Tales Inc., 4600 Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL, then 1050 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL, from early 1940s
  in 1940s: Macfadden Publishing, Washington and South Avenues, Dunellen, NJ
  in 1970s: The Type Shack, P.O. Box 48, Rockville Center, NY


  Edwin Baird


  1922 – 1924: quarto
  1925 – 1931: large pulp





Mentioned in:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Real F.B.I. Detective Case Stories

Country: UK

Reprints stories from the US F.B.I. Detective Stories. The cover and Table of Contents of the issue seen both give the title as above, but it is also referred to internally simply as FBI Detective.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1949: Crime Fiction Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Magazine Fiction Group, Cartoon Art Productions, 333 Victoria Road, Glasgow S2
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   1/-
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Real Forbidden Sweets

see under Stolen Sweets

Real French Capers

Country: US

Risque articles and illustrations, illustrated advertisements for naughty novelties and books, plus four full page photos of nude models.

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1934 – Mar-1935: FictionMags Index (Missing: Oct-1934)
  Apr-1935 – ?, as French Capers: FictionMags Index (Missing: Apr-1935)


  The Burnham Company


  6.5" x 9.5"



Mentioned in:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps
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Realistic and Other Gems

Country: US
Total Issues: 33

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1890s: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   The Stein Co., Chicago, IL
Prices:   25c & 50c
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Realistic Series

Country: US
Total Issues: 5

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1910s: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Royal Publishing Co., 528 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA
Prices:   50c
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography


Country: Ireland

"Short stories".

Issues & Index Sources:  1936 – ?
Publishers:   Redemptorist Publications, Dublin
Editors:   Rev. Gerry Moloney (in 1997)
Frequency:   monthly

Real Life Adventures

see under Adventure Life

Real Life Confessions

see under Scarlet Confessions

Real Life Stories (1920s)

Country: US

Initially "a monthly magazine of facts, fun and fiction", it changed in 1923 to a glossy magazine featuring confession-style stories.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1922 – Sep-1923, as Hollywood Confessions
  Oct-1923 – 1928?, as Real Life Stories: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)


  Dec-1922 - Sep-1923, as Hollywood Pub Co.
  Oct-1923 – ?: Screenland, Inc.
  ? – Jul-1924: Myron Zobel Publications, Inc.
  Sep-1924 – 1928?: Magazine Builders, Inc.

Real Life Stories (1940s)

Country: UK

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1940
Publishers:   Popular Fiction
Pagecounts:   52pp

Real Life Story

see under Today's Woman

Real Love

Country: US
Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1938
Publishers:   Red Circle Magazines
Formats:   standard pulp
Mentioned in:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps

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Real Love (Australia)

Country: Australia
Total Issues: 17+

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s
Publishers:   Transport Publishing Company

Real Love Magazine

see under Live Girl Stories

The Realm

Country: UK
Total Issues: 6

The Realm was the ambitious companion to The Lady's World, aiming at a wider family readership. The headline stories were Tom Gallon's serial of shady dealings, "Poverty's Diamonds", and William Le Queux's series about the court of Louis XIV, "The Cardinal's Eye", but of more historical interest are two uncollected early stories by Rafael Sabatini, "The Face of the Clock" and "The Devourer of Hearts", plus several stories by James Barr, especially "This Black Bear", set in northern Canada.

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-1904 – Sep-1904
Publishers:   Macdonald & Martin.
Editors:   Not known, possibly Jesse Quail.
Formats:   standard
Prices:   3d
Pagecounts:   100/102pp
Frequency:   monthly
Mentioned in:   The Age of the Storytellers
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The Realm Beyond

Country: US
Total Issues: 7 (to Jan-2020)

Small press science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 2000s
Publishers:   Fortress Publishing Inc., Lemoyne, PA 17043
Editors:   Brian Koscienski
Prices:   $5.00
Pagecounts:   64pp

Real Medic Stories

Country: US

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s

Real Men

Country: US
Total Issues: 161

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1956 – Feb-1975: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Stanley Publications Inc.
Mentioned in:   It's a Man's World

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Real Men (Australia)

Country: Australia

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov/Dec-1971 – ?

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Real Men in Action

Country: UK

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1960s
Publishers:   Dagg Books Ltd., London

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