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    True Mystic Science [v2 #2, May 1939] ed. C. A. Randall (Continental News; Minneapolis, MN, 25¢, 68pp, large)
    Details supplied by Denny Lien.
    • fc. · [barefoot maiden in flowing white robes holds sword in left hand and sphere in right; possibly a Greek goddess?—maybe Eris, with apple of discord?] · Anon. · cv
    • 4 · Was Houdini Fiar in the “Margery” Case? · Jaime Lord & Rex Grahame · ar
    • 8 · Marvels All About Us · Lloyd Kenyon Jones · ar
    • 11 · Levitation in Full Light · Major R. T. M. Scott · ar
    • 12 · You Can Be a Prophet [Part 1 of ?] · Alan M. Emley, Ph.D. · ar
    • 16 · Weird Hauntings of Mischievous Entities · Eugene Phillips · ar
    • 19 · “And I Prayed” · Our Readers · cl
    • 20 · Astrological Analysis of Mussolini and Hitler · Dr. Gustave Ekstrom · ar
    • 22 · “I Was Persecuted!” (Readers’ Questions Answered Psychometrically) · Rev. Evan Shea · cl
    • 25 · The Meaning of Life [Part 1 of 2] · Dr. Hereward Carrington · ar
    • 26 · Your Mystic Council Chamber · Lloyd Kenyon James · cl
    • 29 · Predictions by Mediums, Clairvoyants and Readers · [Misc.] · ar
    • 30 · Astrology Shows Your Psychic Self · Dr. Gustave Ekstrom · cl
    • 34 · Animals Display Psychic Powers · Scientificus · ar
    • 36 · Handwriting Is Your Signpost to Success · John H. Geller · cl
    • 38 · True Psychic Experiences Contents for Readers · [Misc.] · ms
    • 40 · Tibet’s Amazing Magic · Eugene Coldbrook · ar
    • 53 · Professional Directory (Listing of Accredited Churches and Mediums) · [Misc.] · ms
    • bc. · [in black and white, but with a quotation in red type from “The Book of Eleanora” explaining that Jehan d’Espagne has “done as the mystic tome commanded” and raised a vision of “the lovely head of Eleanora”] · Anon. · cv


    True Mystic Science [v2 #3, June 1939] ed. C. A. Randall (Continental News; Minneapolis, MN, 25¢, 68pp, large)
    Details supplied by Denny Lien.
    • fc. · [face of a woman with hand to lips (fingers twisted into some sort of, presumably, mystic gesture), staring up in direction of an apparition in the sky of a large old-fashioned key)] · Anon. · cv
    • 4 · Alice Kirby—a True Medium · Jaime Lord · ar
    • 8 · Will the New Telescope Reveal the Martians? · Ruby Lorraine Radford & Fritz Kunz · ar
    • 14 · He Heals with Hypnotism · Gordon P. Hayne · ar
    • 17 · The Meaning of Life [Part 2 of 2] · Dr. Hereward Carrington · ar
    • 18 · Filming Spirits of the “Dead” [Part 1 of 2] · Whit Wellman · ar
    • 22 · Find Your Venus—the Key to Romance · Dr. Gustave Ekstrom · ar
    • 24 · The Real Faust Came to a Seance · Tomaso Cellani · ar
    • 28 · Spirits Speak Truth · Rev. Evan Shea · ar
    • 31 · Your Mystic Council Chamber · Lloyd Kenyon James · cl
    • 32 · The Healing Hands of Riblet Hout · Dana Byron · ar
    • 35 · Lena Drews—a Modern Psychic · Charles Wilson Herbert · ar
    • 36 · True Psychic Experiences · Anon. · cl
    • 38 · Your Script Mirrors Your Social Type · John H. Geller · cl
    • 40 · The Mystery of Inspiration · Vincent Gaddis · ar
    • 44 · You Can Be a Prophet [Part 2 of ?] · Alan M. Emley, Ph.D. · ar
    • 54 · Professional Register (Listing of Accredited Churches and Mediums) · Anon. · ms
    • 59 · Mary Adams Says · Mary Adams · cl
    • 62 · Land o’Dreams · Somnus · cl
    • bc. · [pink and gray painting of a priest or iman leading some ceremony in front of a steaming cauldron, as crowd of turbaned worshippers in background bow their heads] · Anon. · cv


    True Mystic Science [v2 #4, July 1939] ed. C. A. Randall (Continental News; Minneapolis, MN, 25¢, 68pp, large)
    The photo on the back is comparable to the entries in present-day FT “Simulacra Corner”—e.g. natural phenomena (tree branches and foliage in this case) which bear close accidental resemblance to people or things—but unsurprisingly TMS is pushing this photo (from 1927) as miraculous rather than accidental. Details supplied by Denny Lien.



    True Story [November 1919] (standard)
    Incomplete details taken from the Index of Short Stories in Edward J. O’Brien’s The Best Short Stories (1918-1921).


    True Story [February 1929] (The True Story Publishing Company; NY, cover by Leo Sielke, Jr.)
    Details supplied by Sharon Eisenberg.
    • Yearning for Love · Bernarr Macfadden · ed
    • The Marriage Wrecker—I Was Jealous Mad! · Anon. · ts
    • In His Blood—The Romance of a War Bird · Anon. · ts
    • I Pawned My Very Soul-She Lived in Hell! · Anon. · ts
    • Flower of the Jungle-Among the Shadow Dodgers · Anon. · ts
    • The Wife Who Had to Have Romance-When the Family Slave Revolts · Anon. · ts
    • My Mysterious Inheritance-The Secret of the Old Homestead · Anon. · ts
    • He Couldn’t Afford to Marry-The Man Who Tried to Run Away from Love · Anon. · ts
    • I Wanted a Husband-A Girl in Search of the Right Man · Anon. · ts
    • Does Love Always Find a Way?-For the Sake of Her Children · Anon. · ts
    • Mate Calls to Mate-You Can Never Tell About a Woman · Anon. · ts
    • Only Skin Deep-He Threw Away Life’s Greatest Gift · Anon. · ts
    • Child of the Sun-The Blood of Her Own People · Anon. · ts
    • First in a Woman’s Life-She Didn’t Understand Love · Anon. · ts
    • The One Woman for Him-How She Kept Her Man · Anon. · ts
    • Special Features-$3,000.00 in Prizes for True Stories · [Various] · cn
    • Thinking Clergymen Acclaim True Stories · [Various] · ms
    • Stranger Than Fiction · [Various] · cl
    • Home Problems Forum · [Various] · cl
    • Laughs from Life · [Various] · cl
    • Mirror of Beauty · [Various] · cl
    • The True Story Home Maker · [Various] · cl


    True Story [v40 #2, March 1939] ed. Bernarr Macfadden (Macfadden Publications, 15¢, 158pp, quarto)
    • 4 · America’s Disgrace · Dr. Mary Halton · ms
    • 6 · With God as My Partner · Anon. · ts
    • 8 · A Debt Is Paid · Anon. · ts
    • 10 · What Do You Think? · [The Readers] · ms
    • 11 · About This Month’s Cover Girl · Anon. · ms
    • 12 · “I’ll Never Forget” · Anon. · ms
    • 14 · Cuckoo Cooking! · Anon. · ms
    • 16 · Love’s Bewildering Delights · Bernarr Macfadden · ed
    • 19 · Moment of Treachery · Anon. · ts
    • 22 · It’s Tough to Be a Hollywood Mother · Joan Blondell · ar
    • 24 · I Was Only Looking for Love · Anon. · ts
    • 28 · My Letter Was Answered · Anon. · ts
    • 30 · Kept Husband · Enzo Fiermonte · bg
    • 32 · Did I Fail as a Woman? · Anon. · ts
    • 34 · His People Were My People [Part ? of ?] · Anon. · ts
    • 36 · Clergyman’s Wife · Anon. · ts
    • 40 · My Price of Freedom · Anon. · ts
    • 42 · I Was an Adopted Mother · Anon. · ts
    • 44 · Woman of Alaska · Anon. · ts
    • 46 · Strange Reunion · Anon. · ts
    • 48 · Gambler’s Hell [Part ? of ?] · Warden Lawes · ts
    • 70 · You Can Make Them Yourself · Anon. · ms
    • 79 · The National Whatsit · Anon. · ms
    • 84 · Whatsit Prize Winners · Anon. · ms
    • 112 · Home Problems Forum · [Various] · ms
    • 114 · So—You Want to Be a Cook? · Phoebe Dane · ms
    • 117 · How Do You Wash Dishes? · Martha Holmes · ms
    • 118 · Needlework Can Give That Certain Touch of Brightness · Baroness Piantoni · ms
    • 119 · A House to Grow with You · Helen Foster · ms
    • 120 · Just Look Around · Marion Randall · ms
    • 121 · Clothes Make the Child · Nell Howard Enloe · ms
    • 154 · $25,000 in Cash Prizes for Stories You Can Write · Anon. · ms


    True Story Magazine    (about)
    UK version of the US True Story, which was the first of the so-called “confessions” magazines. Stories were purportedly true and hence were uncredited. An unusual feature of the magazine is that each story is prefixed by a “Reading Time” - to the nearest second!


    True Story Magazine [#11, September 1923] (Hutchinson, 1/-, 160pp, standard-size slick)
    Details supplied by Mike Ashley.
    • 7 · “I’m So Sorry!” · Bernarr MacFadden · ed
    • 9 · Confessions of a Selfish Wife · Anon. · ts
    • 21 · Babs, Her Story · Anon. · ts
    • 25 · Duty or Death? · Anon. · ts
    • 26 · All for Love · Anon. · ts
    • 30 · The Ghurka Knife · Anon. · ts
    • 37 · The Clever Devil · Anon. · ts
    • 39 · Ways That Are Dark [Part 1 of 2] · Anon. · sl
    • 48 · Mismated · Anon. · ts
    • 59 · The Adventures of an International Spy · Anon. · ts
    • 69 · “The World is Like That!” · Anon. · ts
    • 77 · The Great Sacrifice · Anon. · ts
    • 91 · The Youthful Mrs. Perrot · Anon. · ar
    • 96 · The Potion · Anon. · ts
    • 101 · The Moving Finger · Anon. · ts
    • 110 · A Red Night · Anon. · ts
    • 115 · On a Bridge at Midnight · Anon. · ts
    • 125 · My Friend’s Wife · Anon. · ts
    • 135 · Her Fight for a Husband · Anon. · ts
    • 145 · An Awful Little Devil · Anon. · ts
    • 150 · Over the Precipice · Anon. · ts
    • 152 · Death and “Mrs. Crump” · Anon. · ts


    True Story Magazine [#125, April 1933] (MacFadden Magazines, 6d, 72pp, letter-size slick)
    Details supplied by Mike Ashley.
    • 5 · Dynamic Health in Romance · Bernarr MacFadden · ed
    • 9 · Because She Wanted Children · Anon. · ts
    • 14 · His Slave Woman · Anon. · ts
    • 19 · I Wanted to Be Free [Part ? of ?] · Anon. · sl
    • 22 · I Was a Child Wife · Anon. · ts
    • 26 · The Man I Sent Away · Anon. · ts
    • 31 · Too Easy for Him · Anon. · ts


    True Story Magazine [#127, June 1933] (MacFadden Magazines, 6d, 72pp, letter-size slick)
    Details supplied by Mike Ashley.
    • 5 · Love Never Grows Old · Bernarr MacFadden · ed
    • 9 · The Road to Madness · Anon. · ts
    • 17 · Gossip Started It All · Anon. · ts
    • 21 · Ashamed of His In-Laws · Anon. · ts
    • 23 · The Mystery of the Woman I Loved · Anon. · ts
    • 26 · Last Will and Testament · Anon. · ts
    • 28 · I Wanted to Be Free [Part ? of ?] · Anon. · sl
    • 30 · Up from the Swamps · Anon. · ts


    True Story Magazine [#315, February 1949] (The Argus Press, 1/-, 48pp, 10.7"x7.5")
    • 2 · You Must Have a Dream · Anon. · ss
    • 6 · The Barometer of Love · Anon. · ss
    • 10 · When Love Comes Twice [Part ?] · Anon. · sl
    • 15 · Kiss Me Good-bye · Anon. · ss
    • 18 · The Pilot’s Special Guest · Anon. · ss
    • 23 · Film Notes · Anon. · cl
    • 26 · Essential for Good Cooking · Ann Rawlinson, L.C.A. · ms
    • 28 · Not-so-Young Mother · Joan Littlewood · cl
    • 30 · I’ll Never Forget · [The Readers] · lt


    True Strange (Stories)
    True Strange may be a revival of True Weird. They share the same publisher and followed one upon another. True Strange also reprinted material from True Weird. True Strange was a large magazine published by Weider Periodicals Inc., 16 Hopkins Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey. William R. Shelton edited the first five issues and Allen Camelli edited the last two. It was subtitled “incredible...weird... and factual.” There were a total of seven issues with one short story in four of the issues. Other authors with material that may be of interest are: Arthur J. Burks (5-6/57); M.E. Counselman (10/56, 3/57, 10/57, 2/58); Jules De Grandon (3/57); Theophile Gautier (3/57); R. DeWitt Miller (8/57).

    The magazine dealt with sensationalized accounts of myths, legends, and stories. Unlike True Weird, True Strange often tied their articles to the famous and the infamous: Stalin, Hitler, Ilse Koch, Houdini, Ingrid Bergman, etc. The covers also emphasized the famous with Elvis Presley, James Dean, Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren and others appearing. The magazine would be of marginal interest to collectors. The contents of the first issue and information on the other issues follows:





    True Strange (Stories) [v1 #4, August 1957] (35¢, 84pp, large)
    • 20 · The Ghost · Guy de Maupassant · ss Famous Modern Ghost Stories, ed. Dorothy Scarborough, Putnam 1921; translated from the French (“Apparition”, Le Gaulois, April 4, 1883).







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