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Black Mask (Detective) (UK)

Total Issues: 206+120=326

British reprint edition of Black Mask. There were two distinct series. The first series ran for 206 issues from Jun-1923 to Oct-1939. This series was printed in the US for UK distribution; had the same covers as the US editions apart for UK price (sometimes); and reprinted the entire contents of the US edition, plus frequently an additional story or two. Initially the additional stories were reprinted from US issues that had not appeared in the UK but in later issues no prior appearance can be traced (in Black Mask or anywhere else) so they might be original stories that ONLY appeared in the UK issues. The numbering system on these issues was specific to the UK issues and ran from v1 #1 to v17 #12.

The second series ran for 120 issues from Nov-1939 to Nov-1953 (at least). This series was printed in the UK; had different covers to the US issues; typically was a partial reprint of assorted US issues, initially of Black Mask but in later years of other magazines such as Dime Detective. Atlas used a strange numbering system on these (consistent with all the other US pulps they distributed during this period) - initially they used the volume/issue number of the corresponding US issue, then they had no volume/issue numbers at all, and then they settled into a UK-specific numbering that was implicitly backdated to the first Atlas issue.

Issues & Index Sources

  15-Jun-1923? – Apr-1927, as The Black Mask (UK): Crime Fiction Index (incomplete)
  May-1927 – Oct-1939, as Black Mask (UK): Crime Fiction Index (incomplete)
  Nov-1939 – Oct-1950, as Black Mask (UK): Crime Fiction Index (incomplete)
  Nov-1950 – Nov-1953, as Black Mask Detective (UK): Crime Fiction Index


  Atlas Publishing and Distributing Ltd.


  standard pulp

Sources:   The Age of the Storytellers
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Black Moon

A professional looking local news stand magazine featuring horror fiction, articles, reviews etc.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1990s
Publishers:   Black Moon Publishing, Freehold, New Jersey
Editors:   Louis Sorrentino
Pagecounts:   98pp

Black October Magazine

Total Issues: 6

The magazine of gothic and psychological horror, including fiction, poetry, artwork, reviews, essays, and more. A seventh issue was announced but appears not to have been published.

Issues & Index Sources:  v1 #1, 1996 – Oct-2004: Science Fiction Index
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Black Oracle


Issues & Index Sources:  in 1970s: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Editors:   John DiPrete
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Black Orpheus

Total Issues: 22+1+2=25

A journal of African and Afro-American literature.

Issues & Index Sources

  Sep-1957 – 1967: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Jan/Jun-1974 – 1975


  Ministry of Education/Mbari Club, Ibadan, Nigeria


  Ezekiel Mphahlele; Ulli Beier



Black Petals

Total Issues: 41+43=84 (to Summer 2018)

The first eight issues were published as part of a group of home-printed magazines called "The Basement Insanities Group" and were typed on a typewriter.

Went online in 2008 starting with #42.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1997? – Autumn 2007: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any before Autumn 1999)
  Winter 2008 – present, as Black Petals (online): Science Fiction Index (Missing: any after #84, Summer 2018)


  Dec-1997? – 1999: D.M. Yorton, 1319 Marshall St., Manitowoc, WI 54220
  Autumn 1999 – Autumn 2007: Fossil Publications, 11627 Taft, Witchita, KS 67209


  Dec-1997? – 1999: D.M. Yorton
  Autumn 1999 – Autumn 2007: Kenneth James Crist & John Gollihar









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Black Rose

Total Issues: 6

Small press supernatural/ghost, horror and dark fantasy magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1998 – Jan-2001: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Black Rose Publications
Editors:   David P. Dunning
Formats:   A4
Prices:   £2.50
Pagecounts:   60
Frequency:   twice-yearly
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Black Satellite

Total Issues: 7

"A magazine of weird horror and startling science fiction, showcasing the talents of new authors and veterans of the small press".

Issues & Index Sources:  Fall 2001 – Winter 2006: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Darktree Press, PO Box 748, Boylston, MA 01505
Editors:   Brian Lingard
Prices:   $4.00
Frequency:   irregular
Email Address:
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Black Skull Magazine

Total Issues: 2?

Black Skull Magazine featured "weird stories by young authors" and appears to have been produced by/for members of the armed forces. The first issue contained 6 stories and 2 "true" stories/articles.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1949 – Aug/Sep-1949
Publishers:   Arthur Tate, St Louis, Missouri
Editors:   H.S.Weatherby

Black Static

Total Issues: 42+65=107 (to Sep/Oct-2018)

Issues & Index Sources

  #1, 1994 – Summer 2005, as The Third Alternative: Science Fiction Index
  Mar-2008 – present, as Black Static: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any issues after #65, Sep/Oct-2018)


  TTA Press, 5 Martins Lane, Witcham, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB


  Andy Cox


  digest, then A4 slick





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  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

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Black Tears

Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1994 – #10, 1995: Science Fiction Index
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Black Tulip Thriller Romances

Not a magazine but a series of romantic novellas published by Fleetway Publications in 1959.

Black Warrior Review

Total Issues: 56 (to Dec-2002)

Publishes new writings from both established and emerging writers. Has published Billy Collins, Barry Hannah, Dev Hathaway. Payment for contributions. Circulation 3,000.

Issues & Index Sources

  Fall 1974 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)


  University of Alabama, P.O. Box 862936, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0027 (in 1998 - 2002)


  in 1994: Mark S. Drew
  in 1998: Mindy Wilson
  in 2000: Laura Didyk






  twice yearly

Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Blackwood's (Edinburgh) Magazine

Total Issues: 1982

Arguably the most influential magazine of the Victorian period and called, by Sutherland "the outstanding magazine vehicle for fiction in the nineteenth century." Set the standard and format imitated by many. Authors include John Galt, John Gibson Lockhart, James Hogg, Samuel Warren, Bulwer Lytton, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, Margaret Oliphant, Joseph Conrad, John Buchan ("The 39 Steps" 1915) and many more.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1817 – Dec-1900, as Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 1
Index to Periodical Literature
  Jan-1901 – Dec-1905, as Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine: An Index to Blackwood's Magazine
  Jan-1906 – Dec-1980, as Blackwood's Magazine: An Index to Blackwood's Magazine


  William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh


  Apr-1817 – Sep-1817: James Cleghorn & Thomas Pringle
  Oct-1817 – Sep-1834: William Blackwood
  Sep-1834 – Apr-1845: Alexander Blackwood
  May-1845 – Oct-1879: John Blackwood
  Nov-1879 – 1912: William Blackwood
  1912 – 1942: George William Blackwood
  1942 – 1948: James Hugh Blackwood
  1948 – 1976: George Douglas Blackwood
  1976 – 1979: David Fletcher
  1980: Michael Blackwood


  standard (unillustrated)


  monthly (quarterly for last few issues)

Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 2, British Literary Magazines Vol. 4, The Age of the Storytellers

Black World

see under Negro Digest

The Blade

Issues & Index Sources:  1847 – 1924
Publishers:   Toledo, Ohio
Editors:   "Petroleum V. Nasby"
Frequency:   weekly

Blade and Ledger

Formed from the merger of The Saturday Blade and The Chicago Ledger and continued the volume numbering of the former.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1925 – May-1938: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   W.D. Boyce Publishing Company, Chicago
Formats:   tabloid
Frequency:   monthly

Blast…Review of the Great English Vortex

Total Issues: 2

A little magazine, short-lived but a world-shaker; published fiction by Ford Madox Ford, Wyndham Lewis, Rebecca West.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1914 – Jul-1915: Index to English-Language Little Magazines, 1890-1970
Publishers:   John Lane, The Bodley Head, London
Editors:   Wyndham Lewis
Frequency:   irregular
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 4

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