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True Romances

Macfadden; downmarket slick

Issues & Index Sources:  1923 – ?
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True Romances & True Story

Perhaps UK editions of the US magazines of the same titles (?); "first-person true stories with strong love interest... 7000 - 8000 words".

Issues & Index Sources:  ?
Publishers:   8-10 Temple Ave., London EC4
Editors:   Mrs J. M. Hadley (in 1962)
Frequency:   monthly

True Society Whipping Stories

Total Issues: 9?

Flagellation magazine containing various stories about corporal punishment and a correspondence section on the same. Despite being published in France, this was targeted at a British audience.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s
Publishers:   Les Beaux Oeuvres, Establissement H. P., 43 Chaussee d'Antin, Paris
Prices:   2/6d

True Spy and War Stories

Total Issues: 3?

Reprints from earlier magazines.

Issues & Index Sources:  Feb-1966 – Feb-1967
Publishers:   Jalart House
Sources:   It's a Man's World
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True Story

The first of the so-called "confessions" magazines, hugely successful and a trail-blazer in its own downmarket way. Stories were purportedly true and many are anecdotal experiences; but by the mid-1920s many more had become staff-written or were professional submissions. Most were by Macfadden's stable of writers, e.g. Fulton Oursler, Lyon Mearson.

Issues & Index Sources

  May-1919 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)


  Bernarr Macfadden


  1919 – 1926: John Brennan
  1926 – 1942: Willian Jordan Rapp


  bedsheet on quality paper



True Story Magazine

UK edition of the US magazine but with some British material; stories uncredited.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1922 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Hutchinson's (The Argus Press in 1949)
Formats:   standard (better quality paper with photos)
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   160pp (48pp in 1949)
Frequency:   monthly

True Story Series

Total Issues: 6

Issues & Index Sources:  1923
Publishers:   McFadden
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

True Strange Stories [1929]

Total Issues: 8

The November issue says Strange Stories on the cover but says True Strange Stories on the spine and contents page.

Issues & Index Sources:  Mar-1929 – Nov-1929: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   True Strange Stories Publishing Co., Inc. (Macfadden)
Editors:   Walter Gibson, though identified at Webster Scofield
Formats:   large format
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   96pp
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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True Strange (Stories) [1956]

Total Issues: 7

True Strange may be a revival of True Weird. They share the same publisher and followed one upon another. True Strange also reprinted material from True Weird. True Strange was a large magazine subtitled "incredible...weird... and factual." There were a total of seven issues with one short story in four of the issues.

Other authors with material that may be of interest are: Arthur J. Burks (5-6/57); M.E. Counselman (10/56, 3/57, 10/57, 2/58); Jules De Grandon (3/57); Theophile Gautier (3/57); R. DeWitt Miller (8/57).

Issues & Index Sources

  Oct-1956 – Feb-1958: Science Fiction Index


  Weider Periodicals Inc., 16 Hopkins Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey


  Oct-1956 – Oct-1957: William R. Shelton
  Dec-1957 – Feb-1958: Allen Camelli


  Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, It's a Man's World
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True Supernatural Stories

Total Issues: 1

This magazine was assembled for trademark purposes and was never offered for sale to the general public.

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1934: Science Fiction Index
Formats:   bedsheet
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps
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True Thrills

Total Issues: 4

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  1941 – 1942
Publishers:   Country Press Inc., 1100 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY, and Broadway and 11th, Louisville, KY

True Twilight Tales

Total Issues: 2

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, 1963 – #2, 1964: Science Fiction Index
Pulp Magazine Index 1
Publishers:   League Publications, Inc., New York.
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True War [1956]

Total Issues: 11

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1956 – Jul-1958
Publishers:   Magnum Magazines
Sources:   It's a Man's World
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True War [1975]

Total Issues: 23+

Possibly non-fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  May-1975? – Mar-1981?
Publishers:   Countrywide Pubs.
Sources:   It's a Man's World
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True War Stories

Total Issues: 2

Issues & Index Sources:  Jan/Feb-1953 – Apr/May-1953
Publishers:   Westridge Publishing Corp.
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True Weird

Total Issues: 3

True Weird was a large magazine subtitled "strange... fantastic... true!". The magazine contained no fiction. It dealt with sensationalized accounts of myths legends and stories. Topics such as Lincoln's ghost, Count St. Germain (4000 year old man), levitation, the Holland tulip mania of 1635 and various vampires, witches and werewolves. The magazine would not be of interest to most collectors.

Issues & Index Sources:  Nov-1955 – May-1956: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Weider Periodicals Inc., 16 Hopkins Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey
Editors:   Howard Booth
Formats:   bedsheet
Sources:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, It's a Man's World

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