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The Penny Sunday Times and People's Police Gazette

Total Issues: 278

Consisted entirely of fiction and fabricated police reports in order to by-pass the stamp duty on newspapers. Succeeded because of its many Dickens imitations like "The Life and Adventures of Martin Puzzlewhit" by Bos (1843).

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1841 – 3-Jan-1847
Publishers:   Edward Lloyd
Formats:   story paper
Frequency:   weekly

The Penny Wonder

Boys' story-paper. Ran more sinister stories than its companion, The Penny Wonder, including detective and gothic stories. Has been called 'curiously old-fashioned'.

Issues & Index Sources:  1912 – ?
Publishers:   Harmsworth
Frequency:   weekly

Penthouse (UK)

Although now thought of as a US magazine, Penthouse started as a British magazine and stayed separate from the US magazine even when the latter was launched. In the Playboy mould, it regularly published fiction, though less frequently and with less distinction than the magazine it emulated, and for some years Graham Masterton was fiction editor.

There are news reports that the magazine was relaunced some time in the 2000s but this is believed to be simply a UK distribution of the US magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  1965 – Sep-1997?: FictionMags Index (partial issues only)
  Nov-1997? – 1998, as PH-UK


  1965 – Sep-1997?: Bob Guccione
  Nov-1997? – 1998: Tom Hilditch


  slick men's magazine

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Penthouse (US)

Total Issues: 580 (to Jul/Aug-2019)

Launched as a US version of the British Penthouse, the first four years reprinted covers and some internal features from the British version until, in late 1973, it established a separate presence with original covers and features.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1969 – present: FictionMags Index (Missing: incomplete after Dec-2007)
Publishers:   Bob Guccione
Formats:   slick men's magazine
Frequency:   monthly
Related Sites:   Wikipedia
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Total Issues: 39

Online SF magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-2011 – Dec-2014: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Musa Publishing
Editors:   C.A. Summers
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Penumbric Speculative Fiction

Total Issues: 16

Low-paying online magazine

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-2002 – Dec-2004
Publishers:   Creative Press, Denver, Colorado 80204
Editors:   Jeff Georgeson

The People

Weekly newspaper that published fiction by Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling and Gerald Kersh, who also had a regular column in the 1940s under the name Piers England.

Issues & Index Sources

  16-Oct-1881 – 19-Dec-1971
  2-Jan-1972 – present, as The Sunday People


  Odhams Press, London



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People's Five Cent Novelettes

Total Issues: 3

Issues & Index Sources:  1860
Publishers:   J.W. Mange
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The People's Friend

Total Issues: 7711 (to 27-Jan-2018)

A coelacanth of the British periodical publishing industry, a 19th-century story paper which is still going as a popular weekly of light romances.

Note that issues seem to start from #8, 4-Aug-1869.

Issues & Index Sources:  14-Jun-1869 – present: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   John Leng, Dundee; later D.C. Thomson
Editors:   currently Sinclair Matheson
Formats:   story paper
Frequency:   weekly

The People's Friend Story Library

"50,000 - 55,000-word family and romantic stories aimed at 30+ age group".

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1970 – ?
Publishers:   D.C. Thomson, Dundee
Formats:   small booklet, 132pp
Frequency:   twice-monthly

People's Home Journal [1885]

Total Issues: 56

Issues & Index Sources:  1885 – 1890
Publishers:   Peters & Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

People's Home Journal [1886]

Issues & Index Sources:  1886 – 1929: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   F.M. Lupton
Related Sites:   MagazineArt

People's Illustrated Monthly Telephone

Total Issues: 10

Issues & Index Sources:  1881 – 1882
Publishers:   George H. Gilman
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The People's Journal [1846]

Issues & Index Sources

  3-Jan-1846 – Jul-1849: Index to Periodical Literature
  Jul-1849 – Jun-1851, as People's and Howitt's Journal: Index to Periodical Literature (incorporates Howitt's Journal)


  John Saunders, William Howitt





The People's Journal [1858]

A story paper with many serials and short stories, Scottish in flavour.

Issues & Index Sources:  2-Jan-1858 – 1990
Publishers:   John Leng, Dundee, later D.C. Thomson
Formats:   small tabloid
Prices:   1½d
Frequency:   weekly

People's Library

Total Issues: 27

Issues & Index Sources:  1899 – 1901
Publishers:   American News Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

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