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London Life

Magazine with occasional fiction interspersed with photographs of classic art & bathing belles, and film stills.

Issues & Index Sources:  193? – 194?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   New Picture Press
Formats:   5" x 7.2"

The London Magazine [1732]

Full title was The London Magazine; or, Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer.

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr-1732 – Jun-1785
Frequency:   monthly?
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 1

The London Magazine [1820]

Later called itself 'The Journal of Facts'.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1820 – Jun-1829: Index to Periodical Literature
Publishers:   Baldwin, Cradock & Joy, London
Editors:   John Scott, John Taylor
Formats:   standard, octavo
Frequency:   monthly?
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 2

The London Magazine [1898]

Total Issues: 24+12+3+345+31=417

Initially 3d (half the price of The Strand). At its peak, around 1906 - 1913, probably the best of the popular fiction magazines. Published rather more adventure/mystery fiction than others. Most popular writers of the day appeared; popular fiction imitation-Strand.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jul-1898 – Jul-1900, as The Harmsworth Monthly Pictorial Magazine: FictionMags Index
Indexes to Fiction #10: The Harmsworth Magazine
  Aug-1900 – Jul-1901, as The Harmsworth Magazine: FictionMags Index
Indexes to Fiction #10: The Harmsworth Magazine
  Aug-1901 – Oct-1901, as The Harmsworth London Magazine: FictionMags Index
Indexes to Fiction #10: The Harmsworth Magazine
  Nov-1901 – Oct-1930, as The London Magazine: Indexes to Fiction #10: The Harmsworth Magazine (to 1915 only)
  Nov-1930 – May-1933, as The New London Magazine

Publishers

  Jul-1898 – Jul-1901: Harmsworth Brothers Ltd
  Aug-1901 – Aug-1915: Amalgamated Press

Editors

  Jul-1898 – 1902: Cecil Harmsworth
  Sep-1902 – Dec-1905: Charles Sisley
  1905 – 1907: J.A. Hammerton
  1907 – 1909: Eric Clement Scott
  1909 – 1910: Comyns Beaumont
  1910 – 1931: David Whitelaw

Formats

  standard

Frequency

  monthly (but combined Nov/Dec-1898 and Apr/May-1906 issues)

Sources:   The Age of the Storytellers
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London Magazine [1954]

A literary magazine of review and criticism that also publishes much fiction. Authors include L.P. Hartley, Graham Greene, V.S. Pritchett, William Sansom, Paul Bowles, Frank Tuohy, William Trevor, A.E. Ellis, Caroline Blackwood, Ben Okri. Circulation around 4-5,000.

Issues & Index Sources

  Feb-1954 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

Publishers

  1954 – 1956: Chatto & Windus
  1957 – 1960: Heinemann
  1961 – 1970: The Windmill Press
  1970: Shenval Press
  1971 – Spring 2001: The London Magazine

Editors

  1954 – 1961: John Lehmann
  1961 – Spring 2001: Alan Ross

Formats

  digest; now pocketbook

Prices

  1954 – 1955: 2/6d
  in 1978: £1.00
  in 1992: £4.75

Pagecounts

  Feb-1954 – Jun-1958: 112pp
  Jul-1958 – 1978: 96pp
  in 1992: 160pp

Frequency

  originally monthly; but bimonthly 1971 - 1978; then monthly; now bimonthly

Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 4
Website:   www.thelondonmagazine.org
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The London Mercury

Total Issues: 234

A literary review with a heavy emphasis on poetry and non-fiction, it published an eclectic range of short stories. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Walter de la Mare, Elizabeth Bowen, Max Beerbohm, D.H. Lawrence, Graham Greene, James Stephens, George Moore, Maurice Baring, John Metcalfe.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1919 – Apr-1939: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)

#merges with Life and Letters

Publishers

  The Field Press, London

Editors

  1919 – 1934: J.C. Squire
  1934 – 1939: R.A. Scott-James

Formats

  standard, pulp paper, unillustrated

Frequency

  monthly

Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 4

The London Miscellany

Total Issues: 18+39=57

A well produced, highly illustrated magazine that ran many of Errym/Rymer's serials.

Issues & Index Sources

  10-Feb-1866 – 9-Jun-1866
  16-Jun-1866 – 9-Mar-1867

#superseded by The Empire

Publishers

  1st series, Charles Jones, London; 2nd series, William Barrett, London.

Editors

  Malcolm J. Errym, later editor may be Charles Stevens

Formats

  large quarto tabloid

Prices

  1d

Pagecounts

  16pp

Frequency

  weekly

London Mystery Magazine/Selection

Total Issues: 132

The title was originally The London Mystery Magazine. The "The" dropped off the cover after the fourth issue, from the spine after the 35th issue, but remained on the contents page through the entire run. Although the title was changed to London Mystery Selection with #36, the word "Magazine" appeared on the covers of #s 73, 74, 75 and 81, and on the spine of #s 78 to 87. On the cover the title was given as just London Mystery on #s 36 to 46, 54 to 72, 76 to 80, and 82 to 97. Most issues feature a standard cover design, several of which were used over the life of the magazine. In one stretch, from #70 to 81, individual covers were drawn for most issues. The longest running British mystery magazine, fantasy was a significant part of its mix, rarely less than a third of an issue. A highly collectible, but apparently little known, magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  #1, 1949 – Dec-1957, as The London Mystery Magazine: Crime Fiction Index
  Mar-1958 – Mar-1982, as London Mystery Selection: Crime Fiction Index

Publishers

  #1, 1949 – Oct/Nov-1951: Hulton Press
  Dec-1951/Jan-1952 – Mar-1982: Norman Kark Publications, London

Editors

  #1, 1949 – Oct/Nov-1951: Michael Hall
  Dec-1951/Jan-1952 – Mar-1982: Norman Kark

Formats

  initially square digest (13.6cm x 18.2cm); thereafter pocketbook

Prices

  #1, 1949 – Dec-1965: 2/6d
  Mar-1966 – Sep-1970: 3/6d
  Dec-1970 – Jun-1975: 25p
  Sep-1975 – Dec-1977: 35p
  Mar-1978 – Dec-1980: 50p
  Mar-1981 – Mar-1982: 75p

Pagecounts

  128pp (first issue 132pp)

Frequency

  mostly bimonthly until March 1955 then quarterly; no issues between Apr/May-1952 and Jun-1953

Related Sites

  CrimeTime

Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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London Opinion

This publication absorbed (or perhaps replaced?) Barry Pain's weekly To-Day, circa July 1905; original format unknown, but in a later incarnation, probably from November 1939, it was a digest-sized monthly magazine resembling Men Only and Lilliput, and it carried some fiction as well as cartoons, humorous squibs, etc.

It absorbed The Humorist in August 1940 and was absorbed by Men Only in 1954.

Issues & Index Sources

  26-Dec-1903 – 27-Jun-1939
  Jul-1939 – Apr-1954: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)

#merges with Men Only

Publishers

  George Newnes

Formats

  digest

Prices

  c. Apr-1940: 7d
  c. Sep-1940: 8d

Pagecounts

  96pp (c. 1940

Frequency

  26-Dec-1903 – 27-Jun-1939: weekly
  Jul-1953 – Apr-1954: monthly

Related Sites

  Wikipedia
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The London Pioneer

Had success with a salacious serial by Mrs Smerdon; also published steamy translations of French material by Eugene Sue and Alexandre Dumas. As a cover to all this titillation the journal sub-titled itself "A Journal of Progression in science, literature and all that tends to instruct and amuse the human race." Was a continuation of The Penny Satirist (22-Apr-1837 - 25-Apr-1846).

Issues & Index Sources

  30-Apr-1846 – Mar-1948
  20-Apr-1848 – Dec-1848, as The London Literary Pioneer

Publishers

  B.D. Cousins

Formats

  story paper?

Frequency

  monthly

London Quarterly Review

Issues & Index Sources:  1853 – ?: Index to Periodical Literature (Poole to 1901; Well4 to 1900)
The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 4
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 2 (says 1834 - 1893)

The London Reader

really a continuance of The Seven Days Journal

Issues & Index Sources:  18-May-1863 – 1877 (at least)

London Review [1829]

Issues & Index Sources:  1829: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 2

London Review [1835]

Issues & Index Sources:  1835 – 1836: The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals Volume 3
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 2

The London Review of Books

Mainly a literary review with substantial essays, but has published some fiction, e.g. two short stories by Angela Carter.

Issues & Index Sources:  27-Sep-1979 – ?
Editors:   Karl Miller, Mary Kay Wilmers
Formats:   tabloid
Frequency:   fortnightly

London Society

Total Issues: 441

Many stories were anonymous; a strong source of Victorian ghost and horror stories. Authors include Mrs J.H. Riddell, Florence Marryat, Sheridan Le Fanu, Edmund Yates, G.A. Sala. imitation-Cornhill.

Issues & Index Sources

  Feb-1862 – Dec-1898: Index to Periodical Literature (1862 - 1890 only)

Publishers

  1862 – 1871: Kelly & Co.
  1872 – 1880: Sampson, Low
  1881 – 1886: London Society
  1887 – 1896: F.V. White
  1897 – 1898: Arliss Andrews

Editors

  James Hogg; Florence Marryat

Formats

  standard

Frequency

  monthly

Sources:   The Age of the Storytellers


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