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    True Mystic Science [v1 #2, December 1938] ed. R. T. Maitland Scott, Jr. (Continental News; Minneapolis, MN, 25¢, 84pp, large)
    cover: Nude adolescent female faces reader; gold (?) band around hair; bunch of grapes and sheaf of wheat cover (most of) right and left breasts respectively (no indication what holds them there); right hand holds mystic device incorporating ship’s model and a balance; left holds device incorporating ankh and a four-walled bell; to either side of her are pillars carved with Egyptian hieroglyphics; picture cuts off just above navel level. The only cover that might have caused raised eyebrows at a newstand, I think. Promised lead story next month: Joan of Arc, by Paul Chadwick.


    True Mystic Science [v1 #3, January/February 1939] ed. R. T. Maitland Scott, Jr. (Continental News; Minneapolis, MN, 25¢, 84pp, large)
    note on the table of contents offers an unusual reason for the combinated date: “In order to give hosts of new readers the time to catch up on the wealth of ground covered by TRUE MYSTIC SCIENCE, the January issue is combined with the February...” Details supplied by Denny Lien.


    True Mystic Science [v1 #4, March 1939] ed. R. T. Maitland Scott, Jr. (Continental News; Minneapolis, MN, 25¢, 68pp, large)
    pagination runs from 103-166, not counting covers; 101-168 if covers are counted. The previous issue’s pagination stopped at 82 (or 84 counting covers, as TMS apparently did in the pagination of the earlier issues, where the first text page was p.3). There’s no explanation of why the jump from page 84 to page 101; certainly neither issue appears to be defective; maybe It’s A Mystical Thing. Details supplied by Denny Lien.
    • fc. · [closeup of face of woman apparently in white uniform (nurse? nun?) who stares offstage, seemingly ignoring a mysterious light in the sky above her)] · Anon. · cv
    • 104 · War Proves Survival of the Dead · Dr. Hereward Carrington · ar
    • 110 · Child of Two Worlds · Herbert Hall Taylor · ar
    • 114 · She Has Died More Than 600 Times! · Henry Jordan · ar
    • 116 · When a Famous Skeptic Bowed to Spiritism · [Misc.] · ar
    • 118 · London’s Famous Tower Still Boasts of Ghosts · Tomaso Cellani · ar
    • 121 · Everybody a Medium, Says Maude Kline · Reginald Rhodes · ar
    • 122 · “Psychometry Is My Life” · Rev. Evan Shea · cl
    • 124 · He Saves Souls · Rex Grahame · ar
    • 127 · Murder in the Crystal · [Misc.] · ar
    • 128 · Washington Was Psychic · Ronald Thomas · ar
    • 130 · How Planets Foretell the Destiny of America · Grant Lewi · ar
    • 132 · Your Penstroke Is Your Love Compass · John H. Geller · cl
    • 134 · The Enigmatic Prophet · Paul Chadwick · ar
    • 138 · Letters from Our Readers (True Pychic Experiments) · [The Readers] · lc
    • 140 · Aleister Crowley—Man or Demon? · Eugene Coldbrook · ar
    • 144 · Seeks Prize of $10,000.00 · [Misc.] · ar
    • 145 · Cheiro’s Death Clock · [Misc.] · ar
    • 146 · Methodism’s Most Famous Ghost · C. A. Paige · ar
    • 151 · $1,000,000 Psychic Experiences Contest (Rules and Regulations) · [Misc.] · cl
    • 164 · Are You Psychic? · [Misc.] · ms
    • ibc. · [pink-and-black painting of a sorceress (?) pouring something out of a drinking horn in front of what I take to be demons] · Anon. · cv


    True Mystic Science [v2 #1, April 1939] ed. R. T. Maitland Scott, Jr. (Continental News; Minneapolis, MN, 25¢, 68pp, large)
    Details supplied by Denny Lien.
    • fc. · [head of woman with long curly fair hair gazing down mystically from what may be ectoplasm, a blanket, or some sort of stylized bird’s body (wings appear to be enveloping her)] · Anon. · cv
    • 4 · Test Medium Foils All Traps and Challenges · Wayne L. Gorton · ar
    • 10 · Science Now Verifies Old Occult Wonders · Fritz Kunz · ar
    • 12 · Psychic Healer Baffles Surgeons · Rex Grahame · ar
    • 15 · $1,000,000 Psychic Experiences Contest (Rules and Regulations) · [Misc.] · cl
    • 16 · Clairvoyant Race Grows in U.S. · Ruby Lorraine Radford · ar
    • 19 · The Bible Proves Mystic Phenomena · [Misc.] · ar
    • 21 · Graphology a Way to Better Health · John H. Geller · cl
    • 22 · What Is the Source of Prophecy · Otis Adelbert Kline · ar
    • 25 · The Man Who Walked on Air · Robert W. Sneddon · ar
    • 26 · Astrology Shows Your Psychic Self · Dr. Gustave Ekstrom · cl
    • 28 · Letters from Our Readers (True Pychic Experiments) · [The Readers] · lc
    • 32 · Fear Is Spiritualism’s Only Enemy · Rev. Evan Shea · cl
    • 35 · Poem of Hope · Albert E. von Strode · pm
    • 36 · Nemesis of Evil Spirits · Reginald Rhodes · ar
    • 53 · Professional Register (Listing of Accredited Churches and Mediums) · [Misc.] · ms
    • 60 · Psychic Terms You Ought to Know · [The Editor] · ar
    • 62 · Can Man See Without Eyes? · [Misc.] · ar
    • 63 · When the Dead Prayed for the Living · [Misc.] · ar
    • 64 · N.S.A. Prophet Speaks · [Misc.] · ar
    • 65 · Important Answers to Problems of Mediumship · [Misc.] · ar
    • 66 · The Bouncing Ghost · [Misc.] · ar


    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!


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