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Black Lotus

Total Issues: 5

Small press horror magazine containing at least 1 story by D.F. Lewis.

Issues & Index Sources:  1992 – 1996: Science Fiction Index (Missing: #1, #3)
Publishers:   Pentagram Publications, 11410 NE 124 Street, PMB 270, Kirkland, WA 98034
Editors:   John M. Navroth
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Black Magic

Pictorial girlie magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  1964 – 1971?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)


  in 1965 – 1968: American Art Agency, Inc., 7311 Fulton Avenue, North Hollywood, CA.
  in 1969: Jaybird Enterprises, Inc., 7311 Fulton Avenue, North Hollywood, CA.


  Ian Duncastle (in 1964)
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Black Mask [1920]

Total Issues: 100+232+7+1+1+8+4=353 (as at Jan-2019)

Black Mask started life fairly innocuously as a general pulp running all types of fiction from adventure to romance to westerns. However, it was the advent of Joseph T. Shaw as editor in November 1926 that saw Black Mask transformed into what is generally regarded as the finest detective pulp magazine ever published. Even though Shaw was fired in 1936, the magazine continued with a consistently high standard into the early 1950s, reaching a total of 340 issues.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1920 – Apr-1927, as The Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index
  May-1927 – Mar-1950, as Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index
  May-1950 – May-1951, as Black Mask Detective: Crime Fiction Index
  Jul-1951, as Black Mask Detective Magazine: Crime Fiction Index

#merges with Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

  Aug-1974, as Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index
  #1, 1985 – #2, 1985, as The New Black Mask Quarterly: Crime Fiction Index
  #3, 1985 – #8, 1987, as The New Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index
  Fall 2016 – present, as Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: any after Spring 2018)


  Apr-1920 – Apr-1940: Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York, NY
  Jun-1940 – Jul-1951: Popular Publications, Inc., 2256 Grove Street, Chicago, IL
  Aug-1974: Lopez Publications, 21 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010
  1985 – 1987: Harvest/HBJ, New York
  Fall 2016 – present: Altus Press


  Apr-1920 – Sep-1922: F.M. Osborne
  Oct-1922 – 15-Mar-1924: George W. Sutton, Jr.
  Apr-1924 – Oct-1926: Philip C. Cody
  Nov-1926 – Nov-1936: Joseph T. Shaw
  Dec-1936 – Apr-1940: Fanny Ellsworth
  Jun-1940 – Nov-1948: Ken White
  Dec-1948 – Jul-1951: none listed
  Aug-1974: Keith Alan Deutsch
  1985 – 1987: Matthew Bruccoli & Richard Laymon
  Fall 2016 – present: Matthew Moring


  standard pulp
  1985 – 1987: trade paperback




  Apr-1920 – Jan-1923: monthly
  Feb-1923 – 15-Apr-1924: twice monthly
  May-1924 – Mar-1943: monthly
  May-1943 – Jul-1951: bimonthly
  1985 – 1987: quarterly
  Fall 2016 – present: semiannually

Related Sites

  The Pulp Magazines Project

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Black Mask (Canada)

Initially a Canadian reprint edition of Black Mask; later reprinted stories from other US detective pulps.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s – in 1940s: Crime Fiction Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Popular Publications Canada
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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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+44=85 (to Autumn 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 #85, Autumn 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+67=109 (to Jan/Feb-2019)

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 #67, Jan/Feb-2019)


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


  Andy Cox


  digest, then A4 slick





Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

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The Black Swan

Subtitled "The Magazine of Virginia".

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1920s: FictionMags Index (partial issues only)
Publishers:   T. Beverly Campbell, Richmond

Black Tears

Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1994 – #10, 1995: Science Fiction Index
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