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Spicy Stories (UK)

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1948: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Utopian Press, 22 Roland Gardens, London SW7

Spicy Tales

Total Issues: 20

Comic book reprinting comic strips that appeared in the 'Spicy' line of pulps by Frank Armer's Culture Publications.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1988 – Jun-1990
Publishers:   Aircel (Malibu Graphics)
Editors:   Chris Ulm
Formats:   quarto newsprint
Prices:   $1.95 to $2.95
Pagecounts:   32pp
Frequency:   monthly (with some gaps)
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Spicy Western Stories

Total Issues: 57+42=99

Note that from 1936 through late 1937, most issues appeared in two different versions - one uncensored and the other self-censored. The censored version was identifiable by a star within a box located at the top of the cover. The interior illustrations were typically "toned down" in the censored versions and some even had variant contents.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1936 – Dec-1942: Western Fiction Index (Missing: Jan-1938; Apr-1938; Mar-1939; Sep-1939)
  Jan-1943 – Jan-1948, as Speed Western Stories: Western Fiction Index


  Nov-1936 – Dec-1942: Culture Publications, NY
  Jan-1943 – Mar-1944: Trojan Publishing
  Apr-1944 – Jan-1946: Arrow Publishing


  Kenneth W. Hutchinson


  standard pulp


  Nov-1936 – Dec-1942: 25c
  Jan-1943 – Jan-1946: 15c




  mostly bimonthly


  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, The Pulp Western, Uncovered: The Hidden Art of Girlie Pulps
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Spicy Zeppelin Stories

Total Issues: 1

This imaginary title was a long-standing joke amongst pulp fans, representing the ultimate absurd cross-genre magazine. It was probably inevitable that someone would eventually attempt to fabricate a copy. Odyssey Publications, a pulp reprint publisher, made such an attempt, with partner Will Murray writing the entire issue. Unfortunately, Odyssey became dormant shortly thereafter, and the publication languished until 1989, when pulp fan Doug Ellis finally published it.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1989: Science Fiction Index
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The Spider

Total Issues: 118

A character pulp. Most of the novels have a macabre tone that matches that of the horror pulps; many have actual SF/fantasy elements.

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1933 – Dec-1943: Adventure Fiction Index


  Popular Publications


  1933 – 1942: Rogers Terrill
  in 1943: Robert Turner and Ryerson Johnson


  standard pulp




  Oct-1933 – Mar-1936: 128pp
  Apr-1936 – Dec-1943: 112pp


  Oct-1933 – Mar-1943: monthly
  Apr-1943 – Dec-1943: bimonthly

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia


  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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The Spider (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of The Spider.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all except Aug-1935)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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The Spider (UK)

British reprint edition of The Spider.

Issues & Index Sources:  late 1940s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Publishers:   T.V. Boardman; Thorpe & Porter
Formats:   pulp
Sources:   Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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see under Skullduggery

Spies Confidential

Total Issues: 1

Possibly non-fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  1960
Publishers:   H.S. Publishing
Sources:   It's a Man's World
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Music magazine (?) with some literary content.

Issues & Index Sources:  198? – ?
Frequency:   monthly

Spinning Whorl

A literary zine devoted to fantastic fiction, Spinning Whorl prints fantasy, science fiction, or work from any other genre, so long as it possesses a fantastical "edge."

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 2006 – Spring 2007: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Jungle Boy Publications
Editors:   Samuel Tinianow
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Spirit of the Times

Originally a sports and humour magazine but ran increasingly more short stories, especially tales of the frontier; superseded by The Spirit of the Times and Sportsman, retitled Wilkes's Spirit of the Times from 1861 - 1902.

Issues & Index Sources

  10-Dec-1831 – 1856
  1856 – 1861, as Porter's Spirit of the Times


  William T. Porter, to 1856; then George Wilkes


  William T. Porter

Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine

Total Issues: 76 (to Spring 2015)

Started as a baseball poetry journal, it quickly evolved into a broader literary magazine that included baseball short fiction, prose, art, and book reviews.

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1981 – present: FictionMags Index (Missing: any after #67)
Publishers:   Spitball, P.O. Box 333, Annville, PA 17003
Editors:   Mike Shannon
Prices:   $6
Frequency:   Irregular; bi-annual in 2004

Spit in the Ocean

Total Issues: 6

Literary arts magazine founded by Ken Kesey

Issues & Index Sources:  1974 – 1981: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Editors:   Different editor for each issue
Formats:   5.5" x 8.5"
Prices:   $2.00
Pagecounts:   128pp
Frequency:   annual (no issues for 1975 & 1980)

The Spook

Total Issues: 15

The Spook is the world's first fully downloadable consumer magazine in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. It features short fiction by some of today's finest writers, celebrity profiles, and reviews. The Spook is a free publication sponsored by its advertisers.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-2001 – Dec-2002: Science Fiction Index
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Spoor Anthology

Total Issues: 2

Fanzine that ran fiction of the Lovecraft and R.E.Howard type.

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1974 – #2, 1974: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   The Strange Company of Madison, Wisconsin
Editors:   Edward P. Berglund
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Sport Adventure

Men's magazine that published some stories by Barry Malzberg.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jun-1957 – Aug-1957
  Oct-1957 – ?, as Ace: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Four Star Publications, 880 Third Avenue, NY


  It's a Man's World
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