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Queer Stories

This title probably does not exist. It does occur in the occasional magazine checklist but exhaustive research and inquiries have turned up absolutely no information on it.

The earliest reference to it is in a Bradford Day checklist of the early 1950's. Day lists the title as being British and appearing in 1929, but has no data on it.

Copies do not exist in either the British Library or Oxford's Bodleian Library. No known researcher or collector has ever seen a copy of Queer Stories, so it is likely that this title is apocryphal, and that indexers after Day simply picked up his reference and incorporated it into their own work.

Issues & Index Sources:  1929 (possibly phantom)
Sources:   Science Fiction Index
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Quest [1909]

Esoteric magazine that published occasional fiction, including pieces by Algernon Blackwood.

Issues & Index Sources:  1909 – 1930
Publishers:   John Watkins, 21 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Road, London, W.C.2.

Quest [1926]

Religious paper. Subtitled "A magazine for young people" at first, and later "A Baptist magazine for young people"; was briefly entitled The War-time Quest.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1926 – Oct-1973


  Jan-1926 – Oct-1931: Carey Press
  Jan-1932 – Oct-1952: Baptist Union & Baptist Missionary Society
  Jan-1953 – Oct-1973: Baptist Missionary Society





The Quest [1965]

Quarterly literary magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Winter 1965/1966 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   The Quest Inc., Cathedral Station
Editors:   Alexis Levitin
Formats:   digest
Prices:   $1.00
Pagecounts:   72pp


Total Issues: 13

A comics and media fan magazine with newsstand distribution. Most issues contain some amounts of fiction. Many changes took place in the last issue, including an increased fiction content.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1978 – #13, 1981: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   MW Communications, Pittsburgh from #3
Editors:   William G. Wilson; Horace L. Gold was Fiction Editor on last two issues
Formats:   slick
Prices:   various
Pagecounts:   various
Frequency:   roughly quarterly
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Quest Detective News

Total Issues: 1?

One-shot magazine/anthology of original stories by South African authors.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1950: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Dolphin Press (Pty.) Ltd., 16 Hans Street, Jeppe, Johannesburg
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   1/6d
Pagecounts:   48pp
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Quick Action Detective Stories

see under New All-Action Stories

Quick-Trigger Stories of the West

see under Quick Trigger Western Magazine

Quick Trigger Western Magazine

Total Issues: 13

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1929 – Mar-1930: Western Fiction Index
  Apr-1930 – Jan-1931, as Quick Trigger Stories of the West: Western Fiction Index


  Good Story Magazine (Harold Hersey)


  standard pulp




  monthly to May-1930 and from Oct-1930; in between bimonthly


  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Quick Trigger Western Novels Magazine

Total Issues: 1+12=13

Issues & Index Sources

  May-1936, as Quick Trigger Western: Western Fiction Index
  Sep-1936 – Oct-1939, as Quick Trigger Western Novels Magazine: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Sep-1937, Dec-1938, Oct-1939)


  Quick Trigger


  standard pulp




  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western
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Quick Trigger Westerns (Australia)

Total Issues: 2?

Thin Australian digest.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1950s: Western Fiction Index
Publishers:   Ayers & James
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The Quiver

Total Issues: 1284

A religious-orientated magazine that concentrated on articles and fiction of a highly moral and improving nature, its full title saying "designed for the defence of Biblical truth and the advancement of religion." The religious stranglehold was relaxed after Cassell's death in 1865. Only writer of note in early years was Mrs Henry Wood; later it published such popular authors as Rider Haggard ("When the World Shook," 1918 - 1919).

In the 1920s and 1930s the magazine was almost all fiction. In August 1940 the magazine shrank to digest size and thereafter looked more like The Dalesman, but still ran 2 or 3 stories per issue. The final issue started a new serial which ran over into The Sunday Companion.

Issues & Index Sources

  7-Sep-1861 – Jun-1956

#merges with Sunday Companion


  7-Sep-1861 – Jan-1927: Cassell's
  Feb-1927 – Jun-1956: Amalgamated Press


  1861 – 1863: John Cassell
  1863: Charles Wright
  1863 – 1864: John Willis Clark
  1864 – 1865: Teignmouth Shore
  1865 – 1905: Bonavia Hunt
  1905 – 1909: David Williamson
  Oct-1909 – Aug-1953: Herbert Dakin Williams
  Sep-1953 – Jun-1956: John Erskine Tuck


  weekly (also issued very attractive Christmas annuals); ?monthly in later years?


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

QWF (Quality Women's Fiction)

Total Issues: 49

Small-press magazine aimed at producing the best in women's writing.

Issues & Index Sources:  1994 – Jul-2006: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Editors:   Jo Good
Frequency:   bimonthly

Racing Shorts

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1945?: Sports Fiction Index
Publishers:   Gerald G. Swan
Prices:   7d
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Racket-Buster Detective

Total Issues: 1

One of the many undated "one shot" magazines published in the UK in the years after the Second World War. In a loose series with Crime Detective, Homicide Reporter, Police Detective and Crime Investigator.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1949: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Hamilton & Co
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   9d
Pagecounts:   64pp
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Racketeer and Gangland Stories

see under Gangland Stories

Racketeer Stories

Total Issues: 19

Racketeer Stories was one of Harold Hersey's less successful gangster pulp magazines, attempting to cash in on the popularity of Gangster Stories. It lasted for only 19 issues before being merged with its companion magazine, Gangland Stories.

The Dec-1929 issue was an ashcan issue containing no fiction.

Issues & Index Sources

  Dec-1929 – Mar/Apr-1932: Crime Fiction Index

#merges with Gangland Stories


  Good Story Magazine (Harold Hersey)


  standard pulp




  mostly monthly, but bimonthly from May/Jun-1931


  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1956
Publishers:   Publishing Corporation
Sources:   It's a Man's World

Racket Stories

The rumor that a pulp magazine existed by this title has not been confirmed by any positive evidence, and none have been found. It may be confused with Racketeer Stories.

Issues & Index Sources:  ?: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: all issues; possibly phantom)
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