Because of the vast number of magazines covered by this site (over 9000 at
last count) and the varying degrees of interest that different magazines command,
I have attempted to structure this part of the web site so that everyone (within
reason) can get rapid access to the information they are looking for.
For general browsing, or to locate a particular
magazine by name, the best place to start is the top level index to All
Magazines as this includes all the magazines and the story papers
in the list. However, if you are interested in a particular genre/style of magazine,
there are also twelve additional subsets:
Magazines:These are fundamentally the magazines I started out
to list – all the key genre magazines and other pulp magazines in
which genre authors are likely to have appeared. It covers about 2000
Magazines: This is an attempt to list all pulp magazines
(although the attribution is highly debatable in some cases).
Fiction, Fantasy and Weird Fiction Magazines:This lists only
those magazines that contain a high proportion of SF, Fantasy, Horror, Ghost
or Supernatural stories.
Mystery & Gangster Fiction Magazines:This lists only those
magazines that contain a high proportion of Crime, Mystery, Detective, and/or
War, and Espionage Fiction Magazines:This lists only those
magazines that contain a high proportion of Adventure, War, Espionage and/or
and Frontier Fiction Magazines:This lists only those magazines
that contain a high proportion of Western and Frontier stories and was primarily
put together for, and with the assistance of, the members of the WesternPulps
Fiction Magazines:This lists only those magazines that contain
a high proportion of Sports stories.
Story Magazines:This lists only those magazines that contain
a high proportion of Love/Romance stories.
Magazines:This lists only those magazines aimed primarily at
a male audience, including the saucy/spicy titles from the 1920's &
1930's, the men's adventure magazines from the 1940's & 1950's, and
the more explicit magazines of more recent decades.
Magazines:This lists only those magazines that are considered
to be "little", "literary" or "regional" magazines.
Papers:This set includes all the story papers, dime novels
and/or libraries in the list and is based mainly on the research done by
Steve Holland and Demian Katz.
Magazines:This set includes all the magazines, excluding story
papers, in the list (currently about 4000) and is primarily of interest
to the enthusiasts on the FictionMags mailing list.
In a number of cases I've had to guess at the
contents of a magazine I did not recognise so there could well be some errors
in attribution – please feel free to let me know of any mistakes I have
In each list, the magazine data is subdivided into four hierarchical levels
providing more and more detail about fewer and fewer magazines. These levels
are as follows:
- Top Level:This simply provides a single-page table of contents
to the next level down to facilitate rapid access to a given magazine.
- Magazine Lists: These pages contain a single line for each
magazine title, listing:
- The magazine title. Note that an attempt has been made to group together
all variant titles of a given magazine, with cross-references from each
title to the main entry.
- Details (as far as is known) of the range of issues for which the magazine
- Details of up to two magazine indexes that index some or all of the
contents of the magazine in question. The magazine indexes themselves,
apart for those that form part of the FictionMags
Index Family, are listed on a separate page
(in either case, the index is hyperlinked from the lists).
- Notes on the coverage of the indexes (if incomplete), with particular
emphasis on missing issues, together with a link to the illustrated checklist
for the magazine, where one is available.
- Magazine Data: Each of the magazines in the magazine lists
is hyperlinked to a page containing further details of the magazine. The level
of detail provided varies widely from magazine to magazine, partly due to
the limited information available and partly due to the sheer volume of information
that needs to be entered.
- Magazine Images: The magazine data pages (and issue checklists)
contain thumbnail cover scans of as many of the magazines as I have images
for; these are also hyper-linked to larger versions of the same cover scans
– typically limited to 400 pixels wide and about 60Kb in size, although
this varies widely from magazine to magazine.
Illustrated Checklists are provided
for about 3300 of the more popular magazines (such as pulp magazines and SF/Fantasy
magazines). Each contains a full checklist of all known issues of the magazine
in question, illustrated, where possible, with thumbnail cover scans of each
issue (which, as always, may be "clicked" to display a larger cover
image). As mentioned above, this are linked from both the Magazine List and
Magazine Data pages for the magazines in question. In addition, there are a
series of summary pages for the key members of the FictionMags
Index Family. For a small number of
magazines (such as Argosy and New
Worlds) these pages also contain detailed discussions of the magazines in
question. In due course I would like to add similar information for all magazines
but, at the current rate, this will take about another 200 years.
In some extreme cases (e.g. Argosy with
over 2500 issues) I have split the checklists across multiple pages, but I have
tried to avoid this. Note that these pages, like the rest of the site, are optimised
for a display resolution of 1024x768 although they should display reasonably
on lower resolutions. There are also
a small number of checklists that are organised by publisher rather than genre:
there are three additional resources that might be of interest:
- Image Gallery: This provides a set of
linked pages similar to the indexes above, but just displays the cover images
for the magazines. The primary use of this is to display additional cover
images for magazines that do not (yet) have illustrated checklists (as the
magazine data pages typically display a maximum of six covers), but may also
be of interest to those whose interest is mainly in the artwork on the magazines
rather than the contents. Note that, where a magazine does have an
illustrated checklist, this page will contain a link to the checklist rather
than duplicate all the cover scans (which run into the thousands for some
- Current Magazines:
This contains all those magazines that are still being published (for any
budding, or actual, authors among you), together with website/e-mail links
(where known). As few magazines formally announce their termination, I have
used a rule of thumb here and elsewhere that a magazine that has not published
an issue for at least 3 years should be considered defunct. Some such magazines
do revive, and will be reinstated as soon as they do, but this is the exception
rather than the rule.
Indexes: This summarises all the pulp/genre magazines that have, so
far, not been indexed (and for which indexes are not in progress), as well
as identifying the missing issues where an existing index is incomplete. Your
assistance in filling in these gaps would be most welcome!