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Introduction

The Crime, Mystery & Gangster Fiction Magazine Index (or Crime Fiction Index in short) was an attempt to provide an index to crime fiction magazines in the same style as the classic Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index originally compiled by Stephen T. Miller and William G. Contento. It has now been updated and made freely available online as part of the Fictionmags Index Family.

The index is based (with permission) on the two classic indexes in this field (both now long out of print):

  1. Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Fiction: A Checklist of Fiction in U.S. Pulp Magazines, 1915-1974 compiled by Michael L. Cook and Stephen T. Miller
  2. Monthly Murders: A Checklist and Chronological Listing Of Fiction In The Digest-Size Mystery Magazines In The United States And England compiled by Michael L. Cook

While Cook & Miller managed to identify and locate a huge number of magazine issues, they were only too aware themselves of some of the shortcomings and omissions in their indexes. From the beginning, a key focus of the current index has therefore been to:

As well as expanding the “width” of the index, an attempt has also been made, where possible, to expand the “depth” of the index. The previous indexes listed only the fiction content of the magazines and then gave only the author name and story title. The current index attempts also to:

All of these areas presented problems of their own – some of which are discussed in more detail here – and are often “best guesses”, but hopefully this is more useful than not making the attempt. There are also a number of titles that users might expect to find in this index which have been explicitly excluded – these are discussed in more detail here.

As can be imagined with a project of this magnitude (comprising over 15,000 issues from over 850 different magazines), the compilers would welcome any offers of assistance from anyone who has access to some of these magazines and is prepared to help out.

In particular:

  1. The core of the index has been compiled from OCR scans of the two original indexes, rather than from the magazines themselves, and as such inevitably reproduce some of the mistakes inherent in those indexes (as well as introducing new ones). We would love to hear from anyone who has a collection (whether large or small) of crime fiction magazines and would be prepared to compare the relevant sections of the index against their collections.

  2. There are still a number of small gaps in earlier magazines (see here for a full list), but we would particularly love to hear from anyone who has any copies of a handful of US magazines for which there are significant gaps:
    • Mystery Buff
    • Over My Dead Body!
    • Red Herring Mystery Magazine
    • Scientific Detective (Annual) (not the same as Scientific Detective Monthly)
    • True Gang Life
  3. Although the index contains many hundred issues of magazines published outside the US, the coverage of these is still woefully incomplete and we would love to hear from anybody who has crime magazines published in the UK (particularly reprint editions of US pulps), Australia, Canada, South Africa or New Zealand (or, indeed, any other country publishing crime magazines in the English language).

A list of all the magazines that are included in the index can be found here while a detailed list of the magazines and issues for which contents information is still needed can be found here.

If you think you can help with any of the above, or would just like more detail on the project, then please – all contributions are welcome, no matter how small! Even though the index has now been published, there will (hopefully) be new editions every year or so which will include new and corrected information.


Acknowledgements

Thanks, in particular, must go to the spirit of the late Mike Cook, who started the whole process off, and to my collaborators on the project:

However, the index would not have been possible without the many contributors mentioned above, and I would like to thank all of those who have already contributed (directly or indirectly) to the project:

Bob Adey Barry Ergang Chuck Juzek David Rachels
Tiziano Agnelli Larry Estep David Kelleher Joe Rainone
John Apostolou James Felton Paul Kenny James Reasoner
Mike Ashley Richard Fidczuk Bruce Kiefer John Rebelo
René Beaulieu David Fingerman Carol Kilgore Stephen D. Rogers
Kimberley Becker Graeme Flanagan David LePlae Nichole Rounds
Guy Belleranti Jessica Frasca Tom Lesser Richard Saunders
John Benson Sara Frommer Ron Lewis Paulette Schmidt
Dave Benz James Furlong Steve Lewis Robert Silverberg
Victor Berch Gary Garner Lance Liddle Steven Slutsky
Paul Berglund Terry Gibbons Dennis Lien David Lee Smith
Dennis Billows Millie Gill John Locke David W. Smith
Terry Black Scott Green John Loder Brett Snyder
Richard Bleiler Douglas Greene Matt Louis Earl Staggs
Jerry Boyajian John Gunnison Gary Lovisi Peter Stekel
Brian Earl Brown Peter Haining Joel Lyczak Doug Stewart
Donal B. Buchanan Mark Halegua Jeffrey Marks Kate Stine
Jan Burke Andrew Hall Todd Mason Carter Swart
Jeffrey B. Burton Rick Hall Andy McAleer Larry D. Sweazy
Tony Burton Katherine Harper Kevin McCoy Robert Thompson
Chad Calkins Geoff Harrison Alastair McLean Paul Tomlinson
Ben Chapman Darren Heil Steve Miller Al Tonik
Steve Cherry Monte Herridge Richard Moore Virgil Utter
Jan Christensen Marion Moore Hill Marv Morrison Randy Vanderbeek
Bill Cissna Joyce Holland Frank Motler Morgan Wallace
Bill Crider Steve Holland Tim Myers Rodney Walters
Tom Daniels Elorise Holstad Kris Neri Mike Ward
O'Neil de Noux Joe Horka, Jr. Francis M. Nevins Robert Weinberg
William Denton Maria Huybens Scott Owen Mike Whale
Kate Derie Bob Iles Terry O'Neill Chris Wood
Paul Di Filippo Patrick Irelan Chris Parente Martin Morse Wooster
Alistair Durie Alfred Jan Curt Phillips Peter Youngman
Steven Edwards Keith Jeffrey Rob Preston Terry Zobeck
John Eggeling Kenneth R. Johnson John Pugmire Gene Zombolas
Peter Enfantino Tom Johnson John Raab Endre Zsoldos
Tracey Caulfield and the staff at Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne
Tom Tytor and the staff at Library & Archives Canada
My apologies to anyone I have missed – please remind me!