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Descant (Canada)

Total Issues: 167

Publishes fiction, poetry, essays, drama, interviews with a variety of special thematic issues. See Paper Guitar: 25 Years of Descant ed. Karen Mulholland (HarperCollins, 1995)

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1970 – Jan-2015: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Descant, P.O. Box 314, Station P, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S8 (in 1998)
Editors:   Karen Mulhallen
Formats:   review
Pagecounts:   130pp
Frequency:   quarterly (#100 Spring 1998)
Related Sites:   Wikipedia

Descant (US)

A forum for fiction and poetry, descant seeks high-quality work in either innovative or traditional form. Fiction is customarily 5000 words or less, poems 60 lines or fewer. We do, however, occasionally accept MSS exceeding these lengths. descant specifies no particular subject matter or style.

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  1957 – present


  TCU Department of English, Box 297270, 2850 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76129


  in 1998: Neal Easterbrook, Editor
  in 2002: Dave Kuhne and Lynne Risser





A thin side-stapled fan production revolving around graveyards and ghosts, with has short stories, poems and articles.

Issues & Index Sources:  Dec-2002 – ?
Publishers:   Rain Oubliette, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
Editors:   Rain Oubliette

Descent Into Darkness

Total Issues: 5 (as at Jan-2019)

Issues & Index Sources:  Feb-2018 – present: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any after #5)
Publishers:   Rainfall Books
Editors:   John B. Ford & Steve Lines
Formats:   A5
Prices:   £4.00
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Desert Sun


Issues & Index Sources:  in 1980s: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Nightowl Productions
Editors:   Chris Chrissinger

The Designer

Originally a women's fashion magazine, in the 1920s it began to compete with The Delineator as a fiction-bearing publication; a sample 1925 issue contains: "'The Blind Goddess,' a new novel by Arthur Train," and "other fiction by Royal Brown, Octavus Roy Cohen, Dana Gatlin"; it absorbed The Woman's Magazine in April 1920.

Issues & Index Sources

  1894? – Jul-1898, as Standard Designer
  Aug-1898 – Mar-1920, as The Designer: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Apr-1920 – Oct-1926, as The Designer and The Woman's Magazine: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)


  big slick



Desires of Darkness

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1950
Publishers:   The Park Trading Company, 14 Portland Road, London W11


Total Issues: 11

A paperback anthology series that was a magazine in everything but physical format; also had spin-off volume Proteus (May-1981). When Jim Baen founded his own paperback house, he issued two similar anthology series which could be considered successors: see Far Frontiers and New Destinies.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1978 – Aug-1981: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Ace Books
Editors:   James Baen
Formats:   pocketbook
Prices:   $2.25
Pagecounts:   average 300pp
Frequency:   roughly quarterly
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Destiny [1950]

Total Issues: 10

Amateur magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1950 – Fall 1954: Science Fiction Index
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Destiny [1975]

Total Issues: 3

Amateur magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  1975
Editors:   Bob Sourk

Destiny [1991]

Total Issues: 1

One-shot "Blake's 7" fanzine with fan fiction and poetry.

Issues & Index Sources:  1991
Publishers:   Ashton Press, Altamonte Springs, Florida
Editors:   Brendan O'Cullane & Ann Wortham

Detective [1933]

Total Issues: 3

A very rare, and short-lived, magazine which was unusual in that the lead story actually started on the cover of the magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1933 – Jan-1934: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: Jan-1934)
Publishers:   Delo Publications, Myrick Bldg., Springfield, MA.
Formats:   bedsheet
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Detective [1940]

True crime. Compilation of stories from Official Detective, Intimate Detective and Actual Detective.

Issues & Index Sources:  1940 – ?
Publishers:   Detective Stories Publishing Co., 731 Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL
Frequency:   quarterly

Detective [1947]

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1947 – ?
Publishers:   Bernarr MacFadden

Detective [1949]

Although listed in CookMDE as a 64pp pocketbook that appeared bimonthly for 24 issues in 1949, this is actually an anonymous anthology called DETECTIVE: 24 COMPLETE YARNS.

Detective Aces

Total Issues: 8?

British reprint edition of Ten Detective Aces, including some stories from Lone Wolf Detective Magazine and one from Marvel Science Stories!.

Issues & Index Sources:  early 1950s: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   L. Miller and Son, Ltd, 342-344 Hackney Road, London E2
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   1/- (last 2 issues 1/3d)
Pagecounts:   64pp
Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Detective Action Stories

Total Issues: 19+9=28

Detective Action Stories was one of the first four magazines published in October 1930 by the then-new partnership of Henry Steeger and Harold Goldsmith that was to become so well-recognised as Popular Publications. However Detective Action Stories was never a great success, running for only 19 monthly issues until April 1932. It was briefly relaunched four years later (in October 1936) but lasted for only a further 9 issues before folding for good.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1930 – Apr-1932: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 3
  Oct-1936 – Oct/Nov-1937: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1


  Popular Publications, NY


  in 1931: Harry Steeger
  in 1937: Ralph Perry


  standard pulp






  monthly; bimonthly from Feb/Mar-1937

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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