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