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    Mystery Magazine:    (about)
    Mystery Magazine was one of the earliest crime pulps, first appearing in November 1917, a mere two years after Street & Smith’s Detective Story Magazine. It ran for seven years on a twice-monthly schedule, featuring undistinguished stories by undistinguished authors. It then vanished for a year, returning in 1926 for a further 12 twice-monthly issues. There was then a further hiatus before it restarted, under a new publisher, on a monthly schedule, publishing a much wider range of detective and mystery-suspense stories (including some science fiction). After only ten issues, it changed its name to Mystery Stories, but only lasted a further two years before folding. The title was then acquired by Street & Smith and merged into Best Detective Magazine.


    Mystery Magazine

    • Publishers:
      • Frank Tousey, Publisher; 168 West 23rd Street, New York, NY: Mystery Magazine, Nov 15 1917 – Mar 1 1922.
      • Harry E. Wolff, Publisher; 168 West 23rd Street, New York, NY; later as Mystery Magazine Company, 1133 Broadway, New York: Mystery Magazine, Mar 15 1922 – Jul 1 1926.
      • The Priscilla Company; 52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY: Mystery Magazine, Oct 1926 – Aug 1927.

    • Editors:
      • Lu. Senarens - Editor: Mystery Magazine, Nov 1917 – ? 1924.
      • Robert Simpson - Editor: Mystery Magazine, ? 1926 – ? 1927.



    Mystery Magazine [v1, #2, December 1, 1917] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · Zitana of Maison Rouge · Francis W. Doughty · nv; subtitled ‘A Story Based on the Mystery of Spiritualism’.
    • 22 · The Apparitions of Souter Fell · Anon. · ms
    • 29 · The Seal of Joan of Arc · Eugene Shade Bisbee · ss The White Elephant Feb 1897; given as “The Seal of the Joan of Arc” in the Table of Contents.
    • 33 · Mephistopheles Entrapped · Katherine C. Gibson · ss The White Elephant Jun 1897
    • 36 · A “Cold” Deck of Cards · Chas. C. Geduldig · ss
    • 40 · The Croyden Case [Part 2 of 8] · Police Captain Howard · sl
    • 45 · Current News · Anon. · cl
    • 46 · The Musical Pigeon · Anon. · ms


    Mystery Magazine [v1, #3, December 15, 1917] (10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details supplied by Denny Lien.
    • 1 · The Mysterious Web · Armstrong Perry · nv; subtitled ‘A Detective Story Based on Thought Transference’.
    • 29 · A Break for Liberty · Major Alfred R. Calhoun · ss The White Elephant Feb 1897
    • 33 · In Deep Disguise · Monsieur Lecocq · ss
    • 38 · The Treachery of Rudolph · Emma Howard Wight · ss The White Elephant Jun 1897
    • 40 · No. 7, Rue Feron (From the Diary of a French Detective) · Anon. · ss
    • 42 · The Croyden Case [Part 3 of 8] · Police Captain Howard · sl


    Mystery Magazine [v1, #4, January 1, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · Under the Hypnotic Spell · Dr. Harry Enton · nv; subtitled ‘A Story of Auto-Suggestion’.
    • 24 · Oldest City in the World · Anon. · ms
    • 27 · The Debut of “Pittsburgh” Williams · Cleveland Moffett · ss The White Elephant Dec 1896
    • 31 · The Sorceress [Part 1 of 2] · Paul de Lock · sl
    • 35 · The Man Inside · Will Hanson Royce · ss The Argosy Mar 1901
    • 38 · Two Mysteries · Anon. · ms
    • 39 · The Croyden Case [Part 4 of 8] · Police Captain Howard · sl
    • 42 · Swift Retribution · Lizzie Hyer Neff · ss The White Elephant Jun 1897
    • 44 · One of the Seven Wonders · Anon. · ms
    • 45 · Current News · Anon. · cl



    Mystery Magazine [v1, #6, February 1, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · A Fortune-Teller’s Secret · Gladys Hall · nv; subtitled ‘A Story Based on the Art of Palmistry’.
    • 23 · The Girl Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo · Edgar Saltus · ss Poker Chips Oct 1896
    • 25 · Why the Sea Is Salt · Anon. · ms
    • 26 · The Mystery of a Face · Laurana W. Sheldon · ss
    • 28 · Mental Powers of Signorina Agnesi · Anon. · ms
    • 29 · A Student of Psychology · Everett McNeill · ss
    • 33 · Hindu Sword Swallowing · Anon. · ms
    • 34 · For Love and Freedom · Samuel Charles Steinhardt · ss The White Elephant Jun 1897
    • 35 · Perpetual Fire · Anon. · ms
    • 36 · The Ghost and the Jewels · Anon. · ss
    • 39 · The Croyden Case [Part 6 of 8] · Police Captain Howard · sl
    • 45 · Current News · Anon. · cl


    Mystery Magazine [v1, #7, February 15, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · The Mystic Emblem · Marie Coolidge Rask · nv
    • 25 · The Suicide of Kiaros · L. Frank Baum · ss The White Elephant Sep 1897
    • 29 · “The White Lady” · Anon. · ms
    • 29 · Civil War Food Prices · Anon. · ms
    • 30 · Trumps · William Wallace Cook · ss The White Elephant Jul 1897
    • 32 · Superstition in War · Anon. · ms
    • 32 · Queer Shapes Stones Take · Anon. · ms
    • 33 · Miss Vilda’s “Tramp” · Francis A. Corey · ss The White Elephant Jul 1897
    • 36 · Something About Powder and Guns · Anon. · ms
    • 36 · Pirate Cat’s Ghost Keeps Crews Awake · Anon. · ms
    • 37 · The Croyden Case [Part 7 of 8] · Police Captain Howard · sl
    • 40 · Freak Cisterns · Anon. · ms
    • 41 · Box 52 · Robert W. Sise · ss The White Elephant Sep 1897
    • 43 · Looking for Buried Pot of Gold · Anon. · ms
    • 44 · Miss Gresham’s Engagements · Elizabeth Harman · ss
    • 45 · Current News · Anon. · cl


    Mystery Magazine [v1, #8, March 1, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · The Cards of Fate · William Goode · ss
    • 20 · The Mystery of Melton · Will N. Harben · ss The White Elephant May 1897
    • 29 · German Soldiers Are Superstitious · Anon. · ms
    • 30 · Having His Way · John Habberton · ss The White Elephant May 1897
    • 33 · The Fighter from the Bowery · C. B. Lewis · ss The White Elephant May 1897
    • 35 · Japanese Superstitions · Anon. · ms
    • 35 · How a “Hunch” Really Works · Anon. · ms
    • 36 · Lilies-of-the-Valley · Anita Craven · vi The White Elephant May 1897
    • 37 · Gloves Worn in All Ages · Anon. · ms
    • 37 · How Our Ancestors Told Time · Anon. · ms
    • 38 · From the Borders of Devachan · Sallie F. Toler · ss The White Elephant May 1897
    • 41 · Goosefish Makes Excellent Food · Anon. · ms
    • 41 · Uncle Sam’s Weather Hoodoo · Anon. · ms
    • 42 · The Croyden Case [Part 8 of 8] · Police Captain Howard · sl
    • 45 · Current News · Anon. · cl



    Mystery Magazine [v1, #10, April 1, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · The Inner Wheel · Octavus Roy Cohen · nv; subtitled ‘A Female Detective Story’.
    • 22 · Practical Reasons for Hunting Ancestors · Anon. · ms
    • 22 · Tornadoes and Cyclones · Anon. · ms
    • 23 · The Lost Claim · Helen F. Huntington · ss The White Elephant Aug 1897
    • 27 · Animal Plants That Live in the Snow · Anon. · ms
    • 27 · Romance of the Potato · Anon. · ms
    • 27 · The Last Night at Homburg · Gaston A. Sellier · ss
    • 32 · The Tooth and the Diamond · Wilbur M. Vansant · ss The White Elephant Apr 1897
    • 34 · When Paris Surrendered · Anon. · ms
    • 35 · The Wrong Jones · William Wallace Cook · ss The White Elephant Apr 1897
    • 37 · Oldest Living Woman · Anon. · ms
    • 37 · Ever-Burning Mountains · Anon. · ms
    • 38 · The Grave Upon the Alps · Nathalie George · ss The White Elephant Aug 1897
    • 40 · The Renegade Detective [Part 2 of 10] · Randolph Badger · sl
    • 45 · Current News · Anon. · cl


    Mystery Magazine [v1, #11, April 15, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · The Voice of the Valley · Robert Carlton Brown · nv; subtitled ‘A Strange Story of Clairvoyance’.
    • 27 · The Blue Curse · Linden St. Cyr · ss
    • 30 · House of Seven Gables Now a Soup Kitchen · Anon. · ms
    • 31 · The Oxygen Bit · Robert D. Braine · ss The White Elephant Aug 1897
    • 36 · The X-Ray · Francis Worcester Doughty · ss The White Elephant Mar 1897, as “Saved by the X-Ray”
    • 39 · Oldest Living Woman · Anon. · ms
    • 39 · The Tower of Babel · Anon. · ms
    • 39 · Lives in Three Counties and Four Townships · Anon. · ms
    • 40 · The Renegade Detective [Part 3 of 10] · Randolph Badger · sl
    • 45 · Current News · Anon. · cl




    Mystery Magazine [v1, #14, June 1, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · Case 4,444 · Gladys Hall · nv; subtitled ‘A Detective Story’.
    • 22 · The Magic of Evil · Laurana W. Sheldon · ss
    • 26 · Staking His Partner · Hon. George R. Malby · ss Poker Chips Jul 1896, as “How Jim Staked His ‘Pardner’ and What Came of It”
    • 29 · All in a Sleigh · John Habberton · ss The White Elephant Feb 1897
    • 33 · Altruism and Checkers · Jessie Bartlett Davis · ss Poker Chips Sep 1896
    • 35 · The Queen of the Steerage · Gilson Willets · ss The White Elephant Feb 1897
    • 37 · Four of a Kind · William R. Lighton · ss The White Elephant Mar 1897
    • 39 · The Renegade Detective [Part 6 of 10] · Randolph Badger · sl
    • 42 · Current News · Anon. · cl


    Mystery Magazine [v1, #15, June 15, 1918] ed. Lu. Senarens (Frank Tousey, Publisher, 10¢, 48pp, pulp)
    Details taken from Table of Contents.
    • 1 · After a Million · Police Captain Howard · nv; subtitled ‘A Detective Romance’.
    • 24 · Newest Things · Anon. · ms
    • 25 · The Sacrifice · Beulah Poynter · ss
    • 28 · Riddle of the “Head of Gold” · Anon. · ms
    • 29 · The Duel in the Dark · Geo. F. Lyon · ss The White Elephant Jan 1897, as “Marse Chet’s Duel”
    • 32 · The Iron Pot · J. Irving Alden · ss Poker Chips Nov 1896
    • 34 · Long Baffled Science · Anon. · ms
    • 35 · A Game · Julian Hawthorne · ss Poker Chips Nov 1896
    • 37 · Peggy’s Hero · Katherine Dangerfield · ss The White Elephant Jun 1897
    • 38 · May Day Festival of the Romans · Anon. · ms
    • 39 · The Renegade Detective [Part 7 of 10] · Randolph Badger · sl
    • 42 · Current News · Anon. · cl


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