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The Red Book

Total Issues: 1373 (to Dec-2017/Jan-2018)

Founded in the early years of the twentieth century, along with Green Book and Blue Book, Red Book originally carried fiction aimed at women and might have been considered a pulp magazine. By the end of 1929 it had become Redbook and was carrying material similar to other women's magazines. It still continued to publish fiction well into the 1980s, although less and less frequently as the years progressed. The August 1993 issue is the last issue known to have contained any fiction.

Early authors little known but later included Ellis Parker Butler, Octavus Roy Cohen, George Allan England, Gilbert Parker, Albert Payson Terhune; became 'the Magazine for Young Readers' in 1949 before becoming an upmarket women's magazine in the 1960s. Absorbed American Home in Mar-1978.

Issues & Index Sources

  May-1903, as The Red Book Illustrated: General Fiction Index
  Jun-1903 – Apr-1905, as The Red Book: General Fiction Index
  May-1905 – Dec-1929, as The Red Book Magazine: General Fiction Index
  Jan-1930 – Nov-1942, as Redbook Magazine: General Fiction Index
  Dec-1942 – Aug-1983, as Redbook: General Fiction Index (incomplete after 1950; continued without fiction)

Publishers

  1903 – 1929: Short Story Company [later The Consolidated Magazines Corporation]
  1929 – ?: McCall

Website

  www.redbookmag.com

Editors

  ?: Trumbull White
  ?: Karl Harriman
  1911 – 1918: Ray Long
  1929 – 1949: Edwin Balmer
  1949 – 1958: Wade Nichols
  1958 – ?: Robert Stein
  in 2000: Dawn Raffel

Formats

  May-1903 – Sep-1917?: standard
  Oct-1917 – 1920: quarto
  1920 – present: oversize slick

Prices

  initially 10 cents, rose to 15c and then 20c in Oct-1917

Frequency

  monthly

Sources

  Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Red Clay Reader

Total Issues: 7

An annual magazine that published the work of Southern authors and artists.

Issues & Index Sources:  1964 – 1970: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Southern Review
Editors:   Charleen Whisnant
Formats:   8.5" x 11" hardcover

Red Cover Series

Total Issues: 87

Issues & Index Sources:  1880 – 1890
Publishers:   J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Red Dime Detective

Total Issues: 1?

Reprints stories from the US Dime Detective. The cover and Table of Contents of the issue seen both give the title as above, but it is also referred to internally simply as Dime Detective.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1949: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Magazine Fiction Group, Cartoon Art Productions, 333 Victoria Road, Glasgow S2
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   1/-
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The Red Dragon

Issues & Index Sources:  Feb-1882 – Jun-1887: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Daniel Owen, Howell and Co., Cardiff, Wales

Red Eft

Total Issues: 3

An "occasional publication" fanzine with fiction, poetry and interviews, featuring authors such as Janet Fox, D.F. Lewis & Steve Sneyd, etc. Went online in 2005.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1994 – Fall 1997: Science Fiction Index (Missing: #1, Jul-1994)
Publishers:   Meg Smith, Lowell, Mass.
Website:   redeft.tripod.com
Editors:   Meg Smith
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Red Guerilla

Total Issues: 1 (unnumbered)

Issues & Index Sources:  1943
Publishers:   National Council for British Soviet Unity
Pagecounts:   16pp

Red Heart Novels

Total Issues: 6

Issues & Index Sources:  1940
Publishers:   Gerald G. Swan
Pagecounts:   68pp

Red Herring Mystery Magazine

Total Issues: 12?

Elusive small-press magazine that ran for 12 issues or so in the mid 1990s.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1994? – Summer 1997?: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: v2 #1, 1995; v3 #2, 1996)
Publishers:   Potpourri Publications, PO Box 8278, Prairie Village, KS 66208
Editors:   Sherri Armel, Carol Newman, Lawrence Walsh & Suella Walsh
Prices:   $4.95
Pagecounts:   90pp
Frequency:   quarterly
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Red Hood Detective Stories

see under Red Mask Detective Stories

Red Letter (UK)

Women's story paper.

Issues & Index Sources:  1899 – 1987: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   D. C. Thomson, Dundee
Frequency:   weekly

The Red Letter (US)

Total Issues: 8

An art and literary magazine with more emphasis on art. The literature included fiction, poetry and book reviews.

The first issue had a sticker on it stating that it had absorbed THE POSTER. This latter was published in New York by W. M. Clemens and lasted for only five issues, Jan-May 1896.

Contained a poem by George Allan England in one issue.

Issues & Index Sources

  Aug-1896 – Apr-1897

Publishers

  Barta, Badger and Bird, Boston, Mass.

Editors

  Aug-1896 – Nov-1896: Richard Gorham Badger
  Dec-1896 – Jan-1897: Henry Draper Hunt
  Feb-1897 – Apr-1897: H. Walter Stephenson

Frequency

  monthly

Red Letter Series [1889]

Total Issues: 40

Issues & Index Sources:  1889 – 1890
Publishers:   National Pub. Co.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Red Letter Series [1894]

Total Issues: 150

Issues & Index Sources:  1894 – 1895
Publishers:   International Book Company
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Red Letter Series [1903]

Total Issues: 15

Issues & Index Sources:  1903
Publishers:   New Amsterdam Book
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

The Red Magazine

Total Issues: 620

Published a high-proportion of sf, fantasy and mystery in first decade; shifted more to light romance in the 1920s but reverted to more adventure-based stories in 1930s. Authors include A.E. Ashford, Bertram Atkey, Coutts Brisbane, A.M. Burrage, William Hope Hodgson, M.P. Shiel, Edgar Wallace, J. Russell Warren, Fred M. White.

Cover title was Harmsworth's Red Magazine in 1930s.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jun-1908 – Sep-1939: Search & Research #1, 11-1973 (SR1 sf & fantasy only; FicMags incomplete)
FictionMags Index

Publishers

  Amalgamated Press, London

Editors

  1908 – 1909?: John Stock & A.H. Broadwell
  1909? – 1926?: John Stock
  1926? – 1931: W.A. O'Donnell
  1932: David Whitelaw
  1933 – 1935: Francis Ward
  1936 – 1939: Clarence Winchester

Formats

  slightly undersized (8½" x 9½") standard all-fiction pulp

Pagecounts

  Jun-1908 – May-1909: 192pp
  Jun-1909 – 1-Apr-1917: 160pp
  15-Apr-1917 – 1-Mar-1919: 96pp
  15-Mar-1919 – Jul-1926: 112pp
  13-Aug-1926 – Sep-1939: 96pp

Frequency

  Jun-1908 – Jan-1910: monthly
  Feb-1910 – Mar-1918: twice-monthly
  Apr-1918 – Dec-1918: monthly
  1-Jan-1919 – 15-Jul-1919: twice-monthly
  25-Jul-1919 – Sep-1929: bi-weekly
  Oct-1929 – Sep-1939: monthly

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources

  The Age of the Storytellers
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Red Mask Detective Stories

Total Issues: 2+1=3

Short lived detective pulp featuring lead stories by Stanley Richards about Perry Morgan, the Red Mask! Most of the stories were sluggish trivialities by obscure writers. After two issues the magazine changed its name to Red Hood Detective Stories but survived only a single issue under that title before folding.

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1941 – May-1941: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
  Jul-1941, as Red Hood Detective Stories: Crime Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1

Publishers

  Albing Publications

Editors

  Jerry Albert

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  10c

Pagecounts

  128pp

Sources

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