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Subtitled "A New Literary Magazine".

Issues & Index Sources:  1989? – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Bombshelter Press, Los Angeles
Editors:   Jack Grapes
Prices:   $7.00

On the Spot Detective Tales

see under New All-Action Stories

On-Time Railroad Stories

see under Near-Miss Western

Oomph Bedtime Stories

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1950
Publishers:   Paget Publications, 106 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London

Opaline Series

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  1895
Publishers:   Hobart Pub.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Open City

Total Issues: 30

Tries to emulate Partisan Review from the 1940s. Has published Cyril Connolly, Jim Thompson. Publishes perhaps 10 stories per year. Circulation 5,000.

Issues & Index Sources:  1990 – Dec-2010
Publishers:   Open City, 225 Lafayette Street, Suite 1114, New York, NY 10012 (in 2000 - 2002)
Editors:   Thomas Beller, Daniel Pinchbeck (in 2000 - 2002)
Formats:   review
Pagecounts:   200pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)
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Open Confessions

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  1948?
Publishers:   Scion Ltd.
Prices:   1/3d
Pagecounts:   30pp

The Open Road

Boys magazine encouraging the outdoor life. Ran regular stories.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1919 – Jul-1925?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
  Oct-1925 – Mar-1950, as The Open Road for Boys: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  Apr-1950 – Jun-1953, as Open Road: The Young People's Magazine: FictionMags Index (Missing: all issues)
  Jul-1953 – Oct-1954?, as The American Boy—Open Road: FictionMags Index (Missing: all issues)


  Open Road Publications, Illinois


  in 1940: Clayton H. Ernst


  in 1940: 10c


  in 1940: 34pp



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Open Window

Total Issues: 12

An artistic and imaginative "new age" magazine with the emphasis on poetry, illustration, plays and stories. Authors include Lord Dunsany, E.M. Forster, Frank Swinnerton, Katherine Mansfield ("A Fairy Story" Dec-1910).

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1910 – Sep-1911
Publishers:   Locke Ellis, London
Editors:   Vivian Locke Ellis
Formats:   an early "little" magazine (6" x 4.5")
Pagecounts:   65pp
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 3

Operation Fantast

Total Issues: 17


Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1949 – May-1955: FictionMags Index
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Operator #5

Total Issues: 17+31=48

A character pulp. The lead novels are all SF but the back-up stories almost never are. The novels from June 1936 to March 1938 are sequential and tell the story of the "Purple Invasion." Another sequence, featuring an invasion by the "Yellow Vulture," was begun in May 1939 and had not been resolved when the magazine folded.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1934 – Aug-1935: Adventure Fiction Index
  Sep-1935 – Nov/Dec-1939, as Secret Service Operator #5: Adventure Fiction Index


  Popular Publications


  Rogers Terrill with Henry Sperry


  standard pulp




  Apr-1934 – Sep-1935: 128pp
  Oct-1935 – Nov/Dec-1939: 112pp


  monthly to Apr-1936; then mostly bimonthly

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Operator #5 (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of Operator #5.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Operator #5 (UK)

see under Secret Service Operator #5 (UK)


A magazine aimed at salesmen that ran some fiction in 1929/1930 at least. Succeeded by "Salesman's Opportunity" which may or may not have run any fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1923 – May-1950: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   The Opportunity Publishing Company, 750 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Editors:   James R. Quirk
Formats:   13.5" x 9.5" slick
Prices:   10c

Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life

The house organ of the Urban League of Chicago "A journal of Negro life that would devote itself religiously to an interpretation of the social problems of the Negro population." From 1924 launched a literary competition to foster creative expression among young black writers, and to expose that writing to an audience outside of the African American community.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1923 – Winter 1949


  National Urban League, NY


  Jan-1923 – Sep-1928: Charles Spurgeon Johnson
  Oct-1928 – Jan-1945: Elmer Anderson Carter
  Jan-1945 – Jun-1947: Madeline L. Aldridge
  Jul-1947 – Jan-1949: Dutton Ferguson




  around 32pp


  Jan-1923 – Dec-1944: monthly
  Jan-1945 – Summer 1948: quarterly
  Winter 1949: Special Issue

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The Optimist

Total Issues: 9

A short-run little magazine whic mostly published articles and poetry, but included several brief pices of fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1900 – May-1901: FictionMags Index (Missing: Mar-1901; Apr-1901; May-1901)
Publishers:   The Nevernod Press, Boone, Iowa
Editors:   H.S. Kneedler

Optimus Series

Total Issues: 38

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1891 – 1895: Dime Novel Bibliography (Missing: #32; #33; #34; #35; #37)
Publishers:   Donohue, Henneberry & Co., 407-425 Dearborn St., Chicago
Formats:   7 1/4 x 5"
Prices:   50c ($6.00 per year)
Pagecounts:   175 to 300
Frequency:   Monthly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Opus Quarterly

Total Issues: 5

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1987 – Spring 1988: Science Fiction Index
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The Oracle [1933]

Total Issues: 1322

"A story paper for women," mentioned by George Orwell in his 1940 essay on boys' weeklies. Title changed to Oracle sometime between 1952 and 1957.

Incorporates: Fortune (1937); Miracle (1954)

Issues & Index Sources

  28-Oct-1933 – 8-Jun-1958: Story Paper Index (sample issues only)


  Amalgamated Press


  Len Pratt
  William Lewis Allen [Editor in Chief]


  small tabloid (quarto)


  ? – 30-Mar-1957: 3½d
  6-Apr-1957 – ?: 4d


  20pp (in 1957)



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