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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The Smart Set and Standard Stories from Oct-1926, and by Aug-1928 had also absorbed The Jolly Mag., which itself had superseded The Sovereign Magazine and The Regent Magazine.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
Editors:   Steve Hull
Prices:   $3.95
Frequency:   monthly
Website:   www.bethesdamagazine.com

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

Betty Fedora

Total Issues: 4 (as at Oct-2018)

Crime fiction digest, subtitled "Kickass Women in Crime Fiction".

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 2015 – present: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: any after #4, 2017)
Editors:   Kristen Valentine
Website:   www.bettyfedora.com
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Betty's Paper

Total Issues: 991

Young women's story paper. "Uses strong, very emotional love stories making a special appeal to girls and women. Children's stories are not wanted. Serials about 60,000 words, complete stories of 12,000 and 3,000 words."

Issues & Index Sources:  11-Nov-1922 – 15-Nov-1941: Story Paper Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Allied Newspapers Ltd., 44 Shoe Lane, London E.C.4
Editors:   Miss Lassells.
Prices:   2d
Pagecounts:   36pp
Frequency:   weekly
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Betty's Weekly

Total Issues: 7

Young women's story paper.

Issues & Index Sources

  12-Feb-1916 – 25-Mar-1916

#merges with Woman's Weekly

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press

Frequency

  weekly

Betwixt

Total Issues: 11

"A quarterly magazine of eclectic speculative fiction".

Issues & Index Sources:  Fall 2013 – Spring 2016: Science Fiction Index
Editors:   Joy Crelin
Formats:   online
Frequency:   quarterly
Website:   www.betwixtmagazine.com
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Beware the Dark

Total Issues: 2

Horror magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-2013 – May-2014: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Short, Scary Tales Publications, 15 North Roundhay, Birmingham, B33 9PE
Editors:   Paul Fry
Formats:   quarto
Prices:   £7.95
Pagecounts:   158pp
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Bewildering Stories

Total Issues: 756 (to 9-Apr-2018)

Weekly online magazine. Issue numbers show the first and last for each month.

Issues & Index Sources:  15-Jul-2002 – present
Publishers:   Jerry Wright, Moses Lake, Washington
Editors:   Don Webb
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Website:   www.bewilderingstories.com


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