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Phil May's Annual

Total Issues: 16

An interesting annual that went through a range of editors and publishers. The early issues reflected Phil May's renown for cartoons and jokes and the stories were usually humorous, certainly light hearted, and occasionally romantic, but over time it grew increasingly macabre, especially under its final editor Harry Thompson whose issues are almost all full of weird and supernatural stories.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 1892 – Winter 1904/05: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   The Central Publishing & Advertising Co.
Editors:   Francis Gribble, Grant Richards, Neville Beeman, Harry Thompson
Frequency:   annual

Phoebe: A Journal of the Literary Arts

Phoebe seeks to publish quality writing. Do not send formulaic writing, romance fiction, or greeting card poetry. We welcome experimental writing.

Issues & Index Sources:  1971 – present
Publishers:   MSN 2D6, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444 (in 2000 - 2002)
Formats:   review
Frequency:   twice yearly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

The Phoenix [1914]

see under The Papyrus

Phoenix [1941]

Subtitled "A magazine for young writers".

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct/Nov-1941 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Cynthia Crawshaw, "Wayside", Ayton, Berwickshire
Editors:   Cynthia Crawshaw (and others)

Phoenix [1946]

Total Issues: 2

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1946 – Autumn 1946: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   The Furze Press, 121 High Street, Lewes, Sussex
Editors:   Norman Swallow
Prices:   1/6df
Pagecounts:   36pp

Phoenix Novels

Cited by Mike Cook in MYSTERY, DETECTIVE, AND ESPIONAGE MAGAZINES, this is actually a series of mystery novels.

Phoenix Phables

Total Issues: 1

One-shot sf, fantasy and horror fanzine which "offered the writer and artist, known or unknown, a place to publish works that otherwise might no get published".

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1998: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   13th Hour Books
Editors:   Nancy Thomas

Photo Bits

Photo Bits was a softcore pornography weekly magazine that gained fame when it was mentioned in James Joyce's ULYSSES. Each issue generally included one serial story written by Derk Fortesque, multiple short stories, different comic pieces, and photographs, drawings and sketches of clothed and nude showgirls and stars of the theater world.

Issues & Index Sources:  9-Jul-1898 – 9-Dec-1914
Related Sites:   Wikipedia

Photo Detective

A light fiction detective magazine "with as fresh a slant as tomorrow's newspaper." The stories were illustrated with photographs of models. The men are shown fully clothed and generally intently examining clues. The women show a lot of leg.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1937: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Emess Publishing Company, 404 N. Wesley Ave., Mount Morris, IL
Frequency:   monthly
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The Photogenic Onion

Total Issues: 2


Issues & Index Sources:  1968 – Jun-1968
Publishers:   George Foster, Jr., Worthington, OH
Editors:   George Foster, Jr.


One of the best-known of the movie "fan magazines," it carried fiction in its earlier years, principally novelizations of film scripts; by Oct-1957 it was a downmarket big slick with chatty personality pieces on film stars and copious advertising aimed at women (but no fiction).

Issues & Index Sources:  1911 – 1980: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Macfadden
Frequency:   monthly

Photo-Play Journal

Another movie "fan magazine" which carried fiction in its earlier years, principally novelizations of film scripts.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1916 – Feb-1921
Publishers:   La Verne Publishing, Philadelphia, PA
Editors:   Ed Roberts

Photo-Play World

Another movie "fan magazine" which carried fiction in its earlier years, principally novelizations of film scripts.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1917 – May-1920: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   The Downs Publishing Co., Philadelphia, PA
Prices:   35c


Called the Atlanta Review of Race and Culture.

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1940 – present
Publishers:   Atlanta University, GA
Editors:   W.E.B. DuBois

Physical Culture (US)

The foundation stone of MacFadden's sleazy publishing empire. Although a popular health-and-fitness magazine (much condemned by serious medical journals), it published a surprising amount of fiction -- to such an extent that "in the early thirties, it aped the general monthlies and ran fiction by popular authors like Warwick Deeping and Harold Bell Wright" (Theodore Peterson, Magazines in the Twentieth Century).

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1899 – 1941: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
  1943 – 1950
  1950 – ?, as MacFadden's Health Review, 1950


  Bernarr MacFadden


  in 1914: Carl Williams
  ? – Sep-1916: Brisben Walker


  initially: 6.75" x 9.5"
  Feb-1919 – ?: 9" x 11.75"



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Physical Culture (UK)

see under Sandow's Magazine

Physique Culture for Boys and Girls

US reprints.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1905 – ?
Publishers:   Bernarr MacFadden
Pagecounts:   20pp
Frequency:   monthly


Initially similar to Life in size and format, became more like a "men's adventure" magazine in the late 1950s.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1937 – Nov-1958
Publishers:   Wagner Publications (in 1950s)
Sources:   It's a Man's World


Total Issues: 1

Small press fantasy/horror fiction magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1992: Science Fiction Index
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