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