Crime Fiction Index
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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.


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