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Detective Short Stories

Total Issues: 26

Detective Short Stories specialised in unflagging, unsubtle and ferocious action, with covers typically featuring girls in torn clothes, tied up and in fearful danger. Despite the relatively poor quality of most of the stories, the magazine lasted for six years from 1943 to 1947, followed four years later by a single issue from a different publisher.

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1937 – Oct-1943: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 4
  Oct-1947: Crime Fiction Index

Publishers

  Aug-1937 – Oct-1943: Manvis Publications
  Oct-1947: Exclusive Detective Stories, Inc.

Editors

  Robert O. Erisman

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  10c

Pagecounts

  112pp

Frequency

  mostly quarterly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Detective Star Magazine

This is listed in John Locke's Pulp Title Index as a detective pulp, but JL has subsequently confirmed it was an error for {Star Detective}.

Detective Stories [1910]

Total Issues: 50

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

Detective Stories [1952]

The contents of the only known issue (#9) of the second series are identical to the only known issue (#1) of Manhunt Stories, also published by Page Publications.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1952? – ?: Crime Fiction Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Blue Diamond Publishing Company, Sydney; Page Publications Pty. Ltd., Surry Hills, NSW.
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Detective Story Annual

Total Issues: 7

Annual series of reprints, mostly from Detective Story Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  1941 – 1949: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: 1945, 1947 - may not exist)
Publishers:   Street & Smith Publications, Inc.
Editors:   Daisy Bacon from 1944
Formats:   bedsheet (last issue digest)
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   160pp (last issue 224pp)
Frequency:   annual (missing 1945 & 1947)
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Detective Story Magazine [1915]

Total Issues: 1057

Detective Story Magazine was the first pulp magazine devoted to detective fiction, and was actually a continuation of the dime novel series Nick Carter Stories with its first issue continuing a serial begun in that magazine. It ran for 34 years with half of that being on a weekly basis (although it had dropped to quarterly by the end of its life), notching up an amazing 1057 issues.

Issues & Index Sources

  5-Oct-1915 – 14-Feb-1931: Crime Fiction Index
  21-Feb-1931 – Summer 1949, as Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine: Crime Fiction Index

Publishers

  Street & Smith Publications, Inc.

Editors

  1915 – 1938: Frank E. Blackwell
  1938: Anthony M. Rud
  1939 – 1940: Hazlett Kessler
  1941: R.B. Miller
  1942: Ronald Oliphant
  May-1942 – Summer 1949: Daisy Bacon

Formats

  5-Oct-1915 – Sep-1943: standard pulp
  Oct-1943 – Sep-1948: digest
  Winter 1949 – Summer 1949: pulp

Frequency

  5-Oct-1915 – 20-Aug-1917: twice a month
  4-Sep-1917 – 3-Sep-1932: weekly
  Oct-1932: monthly
  25-Oct-1932 – 25-Sep-1935: twice monthly
  Oct-1935 – Sep-1948: monthly
  Winter 1949 – Summer 1949: quarterly

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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Detective Story Magazine [1952]

Total Issues: 6

A short-lived relaunch of the venerable Detective Story Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1952 – Sep-1953: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 4
Publishers:   New Publications imprint of Popular Publications, NY
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   16pp
Frequency:   bimonthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
 
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Detective Story Magazine (UK)

see under Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine (UK)

Detective Story Magazine [1988]

see under Hardboiled (Detective)

Detective Story Magazine (Australia)

Total Issues: 1?

Thin magazine of stories by Australian authors; only 1 issue known.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-1947: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Emvee Publishing Co., Sydney
Prices:   6d
Pagecounts:   64pp
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Detective Tabloid

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s

Detective Tales [1922]

see also under Real Detective Tales (and Mystery Stories)

Detective Tales [1935]

Total Issues: 202

Note: Some issues of Detective Tales had the descriptive text "Twelve Stories" above the title, which has led to the rumour of a title called "Twelve Stories Detective Tales".

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1935 – Aug-1953: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1

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Publishers

  Popular Publications, NY

Editors

  1935: Rogers Terrill
  1936: Henry Sperry
  1939: Loring Dowst
  1944: Ryerson Johnson

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  Aug-1935 – 1944: 10c
  1944 – 1949: 15c
  1949 – Aug-1953: 25c

Pagecounts

  varied but mostly 128pp

Frequency

  Aug-1935 – Apr-1951: monthly
  Jun-1951 – Aug-1953: bimonthly

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Detective Tales (Canada)

This was a reprint series which selected from the US Detective Tales. At least one issue (October 1946) seems to have been reprinted in the UK as a "special British edition".

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s: Crime Fiction Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Popular Publications Canada
Formats:   pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Detective Tales (UK) [1940]

British reprint edition of Detective Tales.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1940: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   T.V. Boardman
Formats:   standard pulp
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Detective Tales (UK) [1946]

Total Issues: 2

British reprint edition of Detective Tales.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1946 – Dec-1946: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Popular Publications
Formats:   standard pulp
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Detective Tales (UK) [1949]

Some confusion surrounds this title. Mike Cook in MYSTERY, DETECTIVE, AND ESPIONAGE MAGAZINES lists a T.V. Boardman {Detective Tales} that he claims ran for 119 issues (with the first two issues entitled {New Detective Tales}) from 1949-1951. This seems unlikely and it is possible that this was confused with the {Boardman Pocket Reader} series (whose numbering began at #101).

Detective Tales (UK) [1950]

British reprint edition of Detective Tales.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1950: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Thorpe & Porter
Formats:   standard pulp
 
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Detective Tales (UK) [1952]

Total Issues: 110

British reprint edition of Detective Tales, although some issues (at least) also reprinted from other magazines such as Dime Mystery Magazine, Detective Story Magazine, Fifteen Detective Stories and New Detective Magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1952 – Apr-1962?: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: April-1957)

Publishers

  Atlas Publishing

Formats

  Apr-1952 – 1957: standard pulp
  1957 – 1960: digest-sized pulp
  1960 – 1962: digest

Prices

  9d (in 1953)

Frequency

  mainly monthly

Sources

  Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Detective Tales (UK)

see also under Aldine Detective Tales and Pocket Reader Series

Detective Thriller Library

Total Issues: 24+3=27

Issues & Index Sources

  1949 – 1950
  Spring 1960 – Autumn 1960: FictionMags Index (Missing: Autumn 1960)

Publishers

  Gerald G. Swan

Prices

  1/- (in 1960)

Pagecounts

  64pp (in 1960)

Detective Thrillers

Total Issues: 1

One of those rare magazines rumoured to exist but never seen. It was probably published by Standard Magazines but Cook (via Bill Blackbeard) suggests it was a Clayton magazine from about 1930, and AHGTTP says it is an ashcan issue published by Better Publications (Thrilling).

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1933: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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