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The Best Science Fiction

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1964 – #2, 1964: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Galaxy Publishing Co., New York
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Bestseller Mystery Magazine

Total Issues: 17

Conversion of the digest novel series 'Bestseller Mystery' to a magazine. Issues numbered #210-#226.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1958 – Apr-1961: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Mercury Press, NY
Editors:   Joseph W. Ferman
Formats:   digest
Prices:   35c
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   bimonthly
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Bestsellers (UK)

see under Complete Bestsellers

Bestsellers (US)

Contains 2 or 3 book condensations in each issue.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1945 – 1947?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Mercury Press

Best Sports (Magazine)

Total Issues: 11+10=21

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1937 – Feb-1938, as Best Sports Magazine: Sports Fiction Index
  May-1938 – Dec-1939, as Best Sports: Sports Fiction Index
  Oct-1947 – Dec-1951, as Best Sports: Sports Fiction Index

Publishers

  1937 – 1948: Manvis Publications 'Red Circle'
  Feb-1950 – Dec-1951: Atlas News

Editors

  Robert O. Erisman

Formats

  standard pulp

Frequency

  Quarterly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Sports in the Pulp Magazines
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Best Stories

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1946 – ?
Publishers:   B.E.C. Publishing, 1745 Broadway, NY 19
Frequency:   monthly

Best Stories for Girls and Boys

First issue contained "19 stories for children including Pluto and the Puppy by Walt Disney Studios from the Mickey Mouse Magazine".

Issues & Index Sources:  1938 – ?
Publishers:   The Parents Institute Inc.
Formats:   7½" x 5½"
Pagecounts:   128pp

Best Stories (of All Time)

Total Issues: 3+26+6=35

Originally a reprint magazine modelled on Golden Book; always remained chiefly reprint, but shifted to westerns and sf/fantasy in 1928. See "A Rose by any Other Name" by Darrell C. Richardson (Pulp vault #11)

Issues & Index Sources

  Jun-1925 – Aug-1925, as Clever Truths: General Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
  Sep-1925 – Jun-1927, as Best Stories of All Time: General Fiction Index (Missing: Jan-1926; Jul-1926)
  Jul-1927 – Nov-1927, as Best Stories: General Fiction Index
  Feb-1928 – Jul-1928, as Pioneer Tales: Western Fiction Index
  Aug-1928, as American Pioneer Tales: Western Fiction Index

Publishers

  Jun-1925 – Nov-1927: Clever Truths Publishing Co., Chicago
  Feb-1928 – Aug-1928: Metropolitan Publications, Chicago

Editors

  Samuel Bierman (at least for Pioneer Tales)

Formats

  standard book paper; converted to full pulp in 1927; large pulp between Aug-1926 - Apr-1927

Frequency

  monthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Best Stories of Charlotte M. Braeme

Total Issues: 41

Issues & Index Sources:  1910 – 1919: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   Stein
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Best-Story Magazine

Total Issues: 33

Mostly reprint but some new stories. Absorbed The Smart Set and Standard Stories from Oct-1926, and by Aug-1928 had also absorbed The Jolly Mag., which itself had superseded The Sovereign Magazine and The Regent Magazine.

Mostly ran adventure/mystery stories with reprints by Eden Phillpotts, Beatrice Grimshaw, Oliver Onions, Thomas Burke, H.G. Wells, Sax Rohmer, E.F. Benson, Rafael Sabatini.

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1926 – Apr-1929: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)

#merges with Hutchinson's Story Magazine

Publishers

  Hutchinson

Editors

  Evelyn Hornibrook

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  1/-

Pagecounts

  Aug-1926: 224pp
  Sep-1926 – Apr-1928: 192pp
  May-1928 – Apr-1929: 144pp

Frequency

  monthly

Sources

  The Age of the Storytellers
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Best True Fact Detective (Cases)

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Publishers:   Detective House Inc., 114 E. 32nd St., New York, NY, and 441 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
Frequency:   quarterly, then bimonthly in 1951
Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Best True Fact Detective Cases (Canada)

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Publishers:   Alval Publishers of Canada Ltd.

Best Western (Novels) (Magazine)

Total Issues: 27+2+7+26=62

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1935 – Feb-1942, as Best Western Magazine: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Nov-1935; Jan-1937; Jun-1937; Jul-1938; Oct-1938; Aug-1939)
  Oct-1943 – Jan-1944, as Best Western Novels Magazine: Western Fiction Index
  Nov-1947 – May-1949, as Best Western Novels: Western Fiction Index
  Jun-1951 – Mar-1957, as Best Western: Western Fiction Index

Publishers

  1935 – 1942: Western Fiction Publishing [Red Circle]
  1948 – 1949: Interstate Publishing
  1951 – 1957: Stadium Publishing

Editors

  Robert O. Erisman

Formats

  standard pulp

Frequency

  bimonthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Betelgeuse

Total Issues: 4+2+?=6+

Fanzine containing some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  Spring 1967 – May-1969, as The Zobee
  Nov-1969 – Fall 1970, as Grok
  Fall 1971 – ?, as Betelgeuse: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)

Publishers

  University of Massachusetts at Amherst SF Society

Related Sites

  www.umass.edu/rso/scifi/history.shtml

Bête Noire

Total Issues: 19 (as at Aug-2015)

Magazine featuring "stories that are well written, character driven and have a dark bent to them".

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-2011 – present
Publishers:   Dark Opus Press, P.O. Box 1013, Grayson, GA 30017
Website:   www.betenoiremagazine.com

Bethesda Magazine

Bethesda Magazine is "the magazine for people living in Bethesda and the surrounding towns". Features a short story or serial segment in most issues.

Issues & Index Sources:  2004 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Steve Hull
Website:   www.bethesdamagazine.com
Editors:   Steve Hull
Prices:   $3.95
Frequency:   monthly

Better Little Books

Unnumbered series of book released in batches of 12; total unknown, but over 100.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s
Publishers:   Rafael Tuck


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