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Sparkling Confessions

Country: UK
Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  1948: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Brown Watson
Prices:   1/-
Pagecounts:   32pp

Sparkling Love Stories

Country: US
Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1950: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Avon Periodicals, Inc.
Editors:   Donald A. Wollheim
Formats:   standard pulp
Mentioned in:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps

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The Spartan

Country: UK
Total Issues: 3

A magazine for boys of 9-12 years of age. The high spot of the magazine was a reprint of "The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne; the rest of the paper was a mixture of short articles, a second brief serial, a short story and competitions. The third issue announced that the following month they would begin reprinting "The Fifth Form at St. Dominic's" by Talbot Baines, but it was never to appear.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1953 – Aug/Sep-1953
Publishers:   16 Lister Lane, Bolton, Bradford 2
Editors:   B. Hoyle & W. Barker; G. Suddards (Assistant Editor)
Formats:   5" x 7¾"
Prices:   3d
Pagecounts:   28pp
Frequency:   monthly; bimonthly

Speakeasy Stories

Country: US
Total Issues: 4

One of several gangster pulps published by Harold B. Hersey. However, by the time it was published, in 1931, public interest in gangsters was fading and it only lasted for 4 issues.

Issues & Index Sources:  Apr/May-1931 – Oct/Nov-1931: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Good Story Magazine (Harold Hersey)
Formats:   standard pulp
Mentioned in:   The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Country: US

A literary and poetry zine which included contributions from Stanton Coblentz, e.e.cummings, August Derleth, David H. Keller, Lilith Lorraine, Clark Ashton Smith, and William Carlos Williams.

Issues & Index Sources:  1949? – Spring 1951
Publishers:   Spearhead Press, Martinsville, Virginia
Editors:   Thomas H. Carter
Related Sites:   ZineWiki

Special Detective

Country: US
Total Issues: 3

Launched by the then editor of Detective Fiction Weekly, Special Detective featured a blend of fiction (mainly by authors familiar from Detective Fiction Weekly) and factual articles. After the third issue the former were phased out and the magazine continued as a true crime magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Sep-1937 – Nov-1937: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Haig-Kostka Publications Inc., 434 Main Street, Mount Morris, Illinois
Mentioned in:   Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Special Detective Cases

Country: US

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources

  1937 – ?


  1948 – mid 1950s: Detective House Inc., 114 E. 32nd St., New York, NY, and 441 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
  in 1950s: Skye Publishing Co., 270 Park Ave., New York, NY, 60 W 46th St., New York, NY, and Louisville, KY



Special Detective Cases (Canada)

Country: Canada

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1941 – ?
Publishers:   Magazine Publishing House of Canada (Aug-1941 - 1945); Pastime Publications (1946-1947); Merchants House (Jan-1948); Alval Publishers of Canada (1948-1950)

Special Detective Yearbook

Country: US

True crime.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1940s

Special Garvice Library

Country: US
Total Issues: 24

Issues & Index Sources:  1900 – 1910: Dime Novel Bibliography (incomplete)
Publishers:   Mutual Book Co., Boston, MA
Formats:   7¼ x 4¾"
Prices:   25c
Pagecounts:   218
Mentioned in:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Special Report: Fiction

Country: US

A short-lived product of Whittle Communication LP which flourished in the early '90s, as part of a set of SPECIAL REPORT magazines explicitly aimed at doctors' offices and similar sites.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1990s
Publishers:   Whittle Communication LP
Formats:   slick bedsheet


Country: US
Total Issues: 1?

A quarterly illustrated fiction and lifestyle magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Winter 2018: FictionMags Index
Publishers:   Spectacle Media Inc.
Editors:   Kevin Hale & Danny Dumas

The Spectator [1711]

Country: UK
Total Issues: 555+80=635

Mayo says: "On the whole the Spectator published less fiction than the Tatler, perhaps because it gave increased emphasis to literary criticism. Nevertheless The Spectator did make one new and significant addition to the repertory of 18thC magazine fiction: the oriental tale." Examples are "The Vision of Mirza", "The Letter from a Monkey", "The Story of Hilpa".

Issues & Index Sources

  1-Mar-1711 – 6-Dec-1712: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)


  Addison & Steele, London


  Addison & Steele



Mentioned in:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 1

The Spectator [1828]

Country: UK

Primarily a Conservative political weekly, but still publishes the occasional short story, e.g. "Birthday and Christmas" by Tim Parks (18-Dec-1999).

Issues & Index Sources

  1828 – present: Index to Periodical Literature (Poole 1882 - 1906 only; FicMags sample issue only)
FictionMags Index



  Robert Stephen Rintoul, London


  1861 – 1897: R.H. Hutton
  1898 – 1925: John St Loe Strachey
  in 1962: Iain Hamilton
  ?: Dominic Lawson
  in 1997: Frank Johnson
  in 2000: Boris Johnson



Mentioned in:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 2

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Spectra-Foundation Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine

Country: US

Issues & Index Sources:  Winter 1989 – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Team Spectra/Foundation, NY (BantamDoubledayDell)
Editors:   Lou Aronica
Formats:   US Quarto
Prices:   free
Pagecounts:   24pp
Frequency:   Three times annually

Spectral Realms

Country: US
Total Issues: 20 (to Winter 2024)

Journal devoted to weird poetry.

Issues & Index Sources:  Summer 2014 – present: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any after #20, Winter 2024)
Publishers:   Hippocampus Press
Editors:   S.T. Joshi
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