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The Cornhill Magazine

Total Issues: 1084

Called by Sutherland "the premier fiction-carrying magazine of the century," it reigned supreme until toppled by The Strand and others in the 1890s. Circulation peaked at around 110,000 in first few years, settled at about 20,000 by 1870. Authors in early issues include Thackeray, Trollope, Sala, Mrs Gaskell, Thomas Hardy ("Far from the Madding Crowd" 1874); George Eliot, Wilkie Collins ("Armadale" 1864-66), Charles Reade, George Meredith, Henry James and, in later years, Elizabeth Bowen, Somerset Maugham, William Sansom, Evelyn Waugh. actually three consecutive series.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1860 – Spring 1975: FictionMags Index (Missing: Jan-1901 - Jun-1929; Jan-1936 - Dec-1938)


  1860 – 1916: Smith, Elder & Co., London
  1917 – 1975: John Murray


  Jan-1860 – May-1862: William Makepeace Thackeray
  Jun-1862 – Mar-1871: an editorial board of varying members, inc. George Smith, Frederick Greenwood, G.H. Lewes and Edward Dutton Cook
  Apr-1871 – Dec-1882: Leslie Stephen
  Jan-1883 – Jun-1896: James Payn
  Jul-1896 – Dec-1897: John St. Loe Strachey
  Jan-1898 – Dec-1916: Reginald Smith
  Jan-1917 – Jun-1933: Leonard Huxley
  Jul-1933 – Dec-1939: Lord Gorell
  Jan-1944 – Spring 1951: Peter Quennell
  Summer 1951 – Spring 1975: John Murray & Osyth Leeston


  Jan-1860 – Dec-1882: standard (styled on Harper's)


  Jan-1860 – Dec-1882: 1/-
  Jan-1883 – Jun-1896: 6d
  c. 1950 – c. 1956: 2/6d


  monthly; suspended publication 1939 - 1944; quarterly from 1944


  British Literary Magazines Vol. 3, British Literary Magazines Vol. 4, The Age of the Storytellers
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The Cornhill Booklet

Total Issues: 27

"One of the best of the turn-of-the-century chapbooks, distinguished both for its content and its design. Literary highlights include first American printings of Rudyard Kipling poems, Robert Louis Stevenson letters, and Oscar Wilde's brilliant "The Ballad of Reading Gaol". Of equal note are special issues devoted to the works of Eugene Field (one, an attractive reprint of the Tribune Primer and, the other, a collection of short stories), Nathaniel Hawthorne (the first reprints of articles that appeared in the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge) and Mark Twain ("English as She is Instructed," Twain's take on a Devil's Dictionary).

Issues & Index Sources

  Jul-1900 – 1904
  Oct-1914 – Dec-1914


  Alfred Barlett, Boston


  Alfred Barlett


  Jul-1900 – Dec-1901: monthly
  1902: quarterly
  1903 – 1904: annual
  Oct-1914 – Dec-1914: monthly

The Cornish Magazine

Total Issues: 11

Regional magazine that published some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1898 – May-1899: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Joseph Pollard, Truro, Cornwall
Editors:   A. T. Quiller-Couch


Total Issues: 299

"The pocket magazine ranking second in circulation to Reader's Digest... its first issue, with its five-color cover, carried drawings, etchings, and color reproductions of the work of Rembrandt and Raphael in addition to fiction, articles, and photographs" (Theodore Peterson, Magazines in the Twentieth Century). This magazine, which sounds like an American equivalent of the British publication Lilliput, later toned down its "artiness" but remained popular for a couple of decades.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1936 – Oct-1961: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Esquire, Inc. (David A. Smart)
Editors:   Arnold Gingrich (in 1937)
Formats:   digest
Prices:   35c (in 1937)
Pagecounts:   194pp (in 1937)
Frequency:   monthly
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The Corpse

Total Issues: 2

Quarterly magazine dedicated to bringing you the finest in horror writing and horror artwork.

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-2004 – Jul-2004: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Oleander Press, 15545 SW Sands Lane #115, Beaverton, OR 97007
Editors:   Paul Grant
Prices:   $12.99
Pagecounts:   188pp
Frequency:   quarterly
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Total Issues: 5+2=7

Subtitled "New Writings", this magazine, in many ways, resembled a cheaper, thinner, New Worlds and featured many of the same authors. Michael Moorcock's "The Swastika Set-up" appeared in issue 4 (Winter 1972).

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan/Feb-1971 – #5, 1974: FictionMags Index
  #6, 1975? – #7, 1976, as Wordworks


  Michael Butterworth Publications


  Michael Butterworth








Total Issues: 8?

Fanzine. From Sep-1951 published with Science Fiction Digest.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1951 – Sep-1952?: Science Fiction Index (Missing: #1, #2, #3)
Publishers:   Ian T. Macauley, 57 East Park Lane, Atlanta, Georgia
Editors:   Henry G. Burwell & Ian T. Macauley
Related Sites:   ZineWiki
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Cosmic Crime Stories

Total Issues: 4

Cosmic Crime Stories is a print science fiction mystery magazine containing fiction, illustrations, articles, and interviews.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-2011 – Jan-2013: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: Jan-2013)


  Jan-2011 – Jul-2012: Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, IA
  Jan-2013: White Cat Publications



  Jan-2011 – Jul-2012: Karen L. Newman
  Jan-2013: J. Alan Erwine


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Cosmic Science Stories

see under New All-Action Stories

Cosmic Speculative Fiction

Total Issues: 5

Online magazine sent as an email attachment in PDF format. The third issue was also Padwolf Presents #2.

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 2004 – Winter 2006: FictionMags Index (Missing: all except #1)
Publishers:   Edward McFadden
Editors:   Edward McFadden
Formats:   quarto PDF
Prices:   free
Pagecounts:   22pp
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Cosmic Stories

Total Issues: 3

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1941 – Jul-1941: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Albing Publications, Holyoke, MA
Editors:   Donald A. Wollheim
Formats:   standard pulp
Pagecounts:   128pp (last 112pp)
Frequency:   bimonthly
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Cosmic Tales

Total Issues: 18

Classic fanzine featuring stories plus articles by many names who went on to become famous in the golden years of SF.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1937 – Aug-1941: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   James V. Taurasi, New York City
Editors:   James V. Taurasi
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Total Issues: 35

Intended as an "international review," it published different articles in English, French and German. Though the emphasis was on literary and political commentary, it published some fiction and serialized R.L. Stevenson's "The Weir of Hermiston" (1896). Other authors include S.R. Crockett, Israel Zangwill, Somerset Maugham, George Gissing.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1896 – Nov-1898
Publishers:   T. Fisher Unwin (in UK)
Editors:   F. Ortmans
Formats:   standard size, coated stock but unillustrated
Prices:   2/6d
Pagecounts:   316pp
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 3


Serialized Wells's "The War of the Worlds" (1897) and "The First Men in the Moon" (1900-1901); other authors include Maxim Gorky, W.W. Jacobs, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur B. Reeve. Went through a muck-raking period but switched heavily to fiction in 1912. Eventually was transformed into a sexy upmarket women's magazine under the editorship of Helen Gurley Brown (from 1965).

Initially called The Cosmopolitan, although the definite article seems to have been dropped by 1903 or therabouts. Merged with Hearst's International in Mar-1925 and technically called Hearst's International combined with Cosmopolitan until Mar-1952, although generally known as Cosmopolitan throughout. Re- emerged under single name in April 1952.

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1886 – present: Index to Periodical Literature (Missing: Dec-1912 - May-1914; Sep-1934; Oct-1934; Dec-1934; Nov-1958; incomplete after Jun-1963)
FictionMags Index


  1886 – 1889: Joseph Hallock
  1889 – 1905: John B. Walker
  1905 – present: International Magazine Co. [Hearst]



  1886 – 1889: Joseph N. Hallock
  1889 – 1905: John Brisben Walker
  1918 – 1931: Ray Long
  1931 – 1946: Harry Payne Burton
  1946 – ?: Arthur Gordon
  1965 – ?: Helen Gurley Brown


  Mar-1886 – Aug-1916: standard, on coated stock, often with colour illustrations
  Sep-1916 – present: big slick



Related Sites

  Spartacus Educational
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Cosmopolitan (UK)

UK edition of US original, though with many UK features. Prides itself on its high-quality short fiction and novel-extracts: authors include Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Penelope Lively, David Lodge, Alison Lurie, Joyce Carol Oates, Ruth Rendell, Salman Rushdie, William Trevor, Alice Walker, Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson (some stories are reprints from The New Yorker and other American magazines). See such derivative anthologies as The Best of Cosmopolitan Fiction (Serpent's Tail, 1991) and The Cosmopolitan Book of Short Stories (Penguin, 1995), both edited by Kate Figes; women's magazine; circulation 461,000.

Issues & Index Sources:  1972 – present
Publishers:   National Magazines
Editors:   currently Mandi Norwood; fiction editor Kate Figes
Formats:   slick
Frequency:   monthly

Cosmopolitan Magazine

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  Autumn 1946: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   New Realm Publishing Corporation, Temple Bar House, 23/28 Fleet Street, London E.C.4.
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   50pp

Cosmopolitan Series

Total Issues: 36

Issues & Index Sources:  1889
Publishers:   Hurst
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

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