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 David Kelleher Joe Rainone Tiziano Agnelli Larry Estep Paul Kenny James Reasoner John Apostolou James Felton Bruce Kiefer John Rebelo Mike Ashley Richard Fidczuk Carol Kilgore Stephen D. Rogers René Beaulieu David Fingerman David LePlae Nichole Rounds Kimberley Becker Graeme Flanagan Tom Lesser Richard Saunders Guy Belleranti Jessica Frasca Ron Lewis Paulette Schmidt John Benson Sara Frommer Steve Lewis Robert Silverberg Dave Benz James Furlong Lance Liddle Steven Slutsky Victor Berch Gary Garner Dennis Lien David Lee Smith Paul Berglund Terry Gibbons John Locke David W. Smith Dennis Billows Millie Gill John Loder Brett Snyder Terry Black Scott Green Matt Louis Earl Staggs Richard Bleiler Douglas Greene Gary Lovisi Peter Stekel Jerry Boyajian John Gunnison Joel Lyczak Doug Stewart Brian Earl Brown Peter Haining Jeffrey Marks Kate Stine Donal B. Buchanan Mark Halegua Todd Mason Pierre Stolte Jan Burke Andrew Hall Andy McAleer Carter Swart Jeffrey B. Burton Rick Hall Kevin McCoy Larry D. Sweazy Tony Burton Katherine Harper Alastair McLean Robert Thompson Chad Calkins Geoff Harrison John J. Miller 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 Barry Ergang Chuck Juzek David Rachels Tracey Caulfield and the staff at Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne Tom Tytor and the staff at Library & Archives Canada