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The Saturday Evening Post

Always featured fiction from the output, often short tales or serials reprinted from other publications.

First golden age was in the late 1840s-1850s when it published (often pirated) leading US and UK writers, including Charles Dickens, Ouida, G.P.R. James, Diana Mulock; declined after Civil War and remained a cheap story paper until bought by Cyrus Curtis in Aug-1897.

Curtis revamped the magazine and circulation grew from 2,231 in 1897 to 726,681 in 1907 and over 2 million by 1922. Artist Norman Rockwell contributed 323 cover paintings, 1916 - 1965.

Authors include Mary Roberts Rinehart, Clarence Budington Kelland, Arthur Train, P.G. Wodehouse (early "Jeeves" stories appeared in the Post first, followed by British publication in The Strand), Conan Doyle ("Maracot Deep" 1927), Morgan Robertson, Stephen V. Benet ("The Devil and Daniel Webster" 24-Oct-1936), Heinlein, Bradbury, C.S. Forester, Gerald Kersh, John Christopher.

Circulation rose from 315,000 in 1902, to 2.7 million in 1933, and almost 3.9 million in 1948.

Note: The latest incarnation seldom publishes fiction, but does run some short light-hearted stories.

Issues & Index Sources

  4-Aug-1821 – 25-Dec-1830
  1-Jan-1831 – 29-Dec-1832, as Atkinson's Saturday Evening Post
  5-Jan-1833 – 21-Sep-1833, as Atkinson's Saturday Evening Post and Bulletin
  28-Sep-1833 – 5-Jan-1839, as Atkinson's Saturday Evening Post
  12-Jan-1839 – 2-Nov-1839, as Atkinson's Evening Post, and Philadelphia Saturday News
  9-Nov-1839 – 1-Oct-1842, as The Saturday Evening Post
  8-Oct-1842 – 23-Sep-1843, as United States Saturday Post and Chronicle
  30-Sep-1843 – 9-Aug-1845, as United States Saturday Post
  16-Aug-1845 – 15-Jan-1898, as The Saturday Evening Post
  22-Jan-1898 – 8-Feb-1969, as The Saturday Evening Post: FictionMags Index
  Summer 1971 – present, as The Saturday Evening Post: FictionMags Index (incomplete)


  1821 – 1848: Charles & Samuel Atkinson
  1848 – 1877: Henry Peterson
  1877 – 1897: Andrew Smythe
  ?: Cyrus H.K. Curtis


  1821 – ?: Thomas Cottrell Clarke
  1846 – ?: Henry Peterson
  1899 – 1936: George Horace Lorimer
  1937 – 1942: Wesley Stout
  1942 – 1962: Ben Hibbs


  initially 48" x 24" (became an oversize slick by 1900s)


  initially 4pp


  1821 – 1962: weekly
  1962 – 1969: fortnightly summer issues
  1971 – ?: quarterly, later bimonthly

Related Sites

  Spartacus Educational
  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

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Saturday Evening Quill

Total Issues: 3

Prominent African-American magazine that published some fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1928 – Jun-1930
Publishers:   Saturday Evening Quill Club, Boston, Massachusetts
Editors:   Eugene Gordon
Frequency:   annual

Saturday Home Magazine

Supplement to the Chicago American, serialised Hammett's FAREWELL MURDER in 1937 prior to any book publication.

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1937
Frequency:   weekly

Saturday Journal

Total Issues: 661

Relied heavily on dime novelists, especially Prentiss Ingraham, Edward S. Ellis, Ned Buntline, Mayne Reid. Emphasis on westerns, mysteries, romance and adventure.

Started as The Weekly Saturday Star Journal to #96, The New York Saturday Star Journal to #156; New York Saturday Journal to #459 and again #521-624; and The Star Journal #460-#520.

Issues & Index Sources

  19-Mar-1870 – 11-Nov-1882: Dime Novel Bibliography (sample issues only)

#superseded by Beadle's Weekly


  Beadle & Adams, NY


  large tabloid story paper


  6c (5c to #46)





Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Saturday Library

Total Issues: 231

Primarily frontier, detective and comic stories.

Issues & Index Sources:  26-Dec-1885 – 24-May-1890
Publishers:   Saturday Library Co.
Formats:   8.75" x 12"
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   16-32pp
Frequency:   weekly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Saturday Night [1865]

Total Issues: 1867

A story paper; authors include William Mason Turner, John B. Williams, Ann S. Stephens, Edward S. Ellis, A.R. Calhoun.

Issues & Index Sources:  30-Sep-1865 – 6-Jul-1901
Publishers:   Robert S. Davis & James Elverson, Philadelphia
Editors:   Robert S. Davis
Formats:   large tabloid
Prices:   6c
Pagecounts:   8pp
Frequency:   weekly
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Saturday Night [1887]

Originally a weekly paper of public affairs and the arts but later became a monthly magazine. Mostly non-fiction but does run fiction including work by Robertson Davies, Douglas Coupland ("Shampoo Planet" Sep-1992).

Issues & Index Sources:  3-Dec-1887 – 22-Sep-2001: Short Story Index (Missing: all before 1974 at least)
Publishers:   Saturday Night, 184 Front Street East, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5A 4N3
Editors:   14 editors including Robert Fulford (1968 - 1987)
Formats:   slick
Frequency:   weekly; later monthly

Saturday Press

A "bohemian" or experimental magazine much patronised by the Pfaff's Cellar brigade -- Walt Whitman, Fitz-James O'Brien, Adah Menken et al. Also published Mark Twain's "Celebrated Jumping Frog" story (18-Nov-1865).

Issues & Index Sources:  1858 – 1866
Publishers:   Henry Clapp
Frequency:   weekly

The Saturday Review

Authors included Lord Dunsany.

Issues & Index Sources:  3-Nov-1855 – 1938: Index to Periodical Literature (1882 - 1906 only)
Editors:   Frank Harris (1894 - 1898)
Frequency:   weekly
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 3

The Saturday Review of Literature

Not to be confused with the British publication of same name.

Issues & Index Sources

  1924 – 1952
  1952 – 1982, as The Saturday Review



(Saturn) (Web Detective/Terror Stories)

Total Issues: 5+4+10+8=27

Really three magazines in one. First was an sf/fantasy magazine, then a detective magazine, then a weird-menace terror title.

Issues & Index Sources

  Mar-1957 – Mar-1958, as Saturn, The Magazine of Science Fiction: Crime Fiction Index
Science Fiction Index
  Aug-1958 – Apr-1959, as Saturn Web Detective Story Magazine: Crime Fiction Index
Science Fiction Index
  Jul-1959 – Sep-1961, as Web Detective Stories: Crime Fiction Index
Science Fiction Index
  Aug-1962 – Jun-1965, as Web Terror Stories: Crime Fiction Index
Science Fiction Index


  Candar Publishing, NY


  Mar-1957 – Mar-1958: Donald A. Wollheim
  May-1958 – Jun-1965: Robert C. Sproul




  Mar-1957 – Aug-1964: 35c
  Nov-1964 – Jun-1965: 60c


  Mar-1957 – Aug-1964: 128pp
  Nov-1964 – Jun-1965: 160pp


  most bimonthly but often irregular

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Total Issues: 2


Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1943 – Jan-1944
Publishers:   Art Sehnert, 1414 Poplar, Memphis 4, Tennessee
Editors:   Art Sehnert
Prices:   5c

Saturn Web Detective Stories

see under (Saturn) (Web Detective/Terror Stories)

Saucy Bedtime Stories

Total Issues: 1

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

Saucy Detective

Total Issues: 5

Short-lived companion magazine to Saucy Stories and Saucy Movie Tales.

Last issue called Saucy Detective Stories.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1937 – Aug-1937: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Movie Digest, Inc., 330 West 42nd Street, later 67 West 44th Street, New York, NY.
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Saucy Movie Tales

Total Issues: 23

Jan-1937 cover in Pulp Culture; 3 1936 covers in Pulp Collector #15; first two issues (before 12/35) called Spicy Movie Tales.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1935? – Nov-1935?, as Spicy Movie Tales: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
  Dec-1935 – Jan/Feb-1938, as Saucy Movie Tales: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: Jul-1937, Sep-1937, Oct-1937)
  c. 1939/1940, as Saucy Movie Tales: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)


  Dec-1935 – Aug-1937: Movie Digest, Inc.
  Nov-1937: Solon Publishing
  Dec-1937 – Jan/Feb-1938: Newsdealers Magazine Co.


  standard pulp




  monthly (except Feb-1936)

Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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Saucy Romantic Adventures

Total Issues: 5

Includes much detective fiction including the Domino Lady stories.

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1936 – Oct-1936: Adventure Fiction Index
Publishers:   Fiction Magazines Inc.
Formats:   standard pulp
Prices:   15c
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps
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