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Magazines published by World's Work

World's Work, a UK subsidiary of the US publisher Doubleday, published a number of pulp magazines from 1920 to 1955, starting with British reprint editions of US pulps, and then moving, in the 1930s and 1940s, to a series of inter-related original British pulps.

It started (and ended) with a British reprint edition of Short Stories that ran from March 1920 to February 1955 (or later), absorbing, in 1954, the British reprint edition of West which had itself started in August 1926. Each just reprinted stories from the US pulps of the same name, or occasionally from other Doubleday pulps. For a brief period during 1933/34 there were even enough stories "left over" (particularly from Short Stories) to run another all reprint magazine called Cowboy Stories.

Rather more interesting was the British reprint edition of The Frontier/Frontier Stories which started in April 1925 as a direct reprint of the US pulp of the same name. By 1929, however, it began to take on a life of its own and was retitled Empire Frontier in August 1929 - still an all-reprint magazine but now drawing from a much wider range of US pulps.

Somewhat later, in April 1932, World's Work launched a British reprint edition of Doubleday's Star Magazine under the title All Star. Effectively a direct competitor of Empire Frontier, it lasted as a separate magazine for little over a year before the two merged under the title All Star Western and Empire Frontier. When the magazine(s) folded in Jun-1933 its slot was used to launch All Star Detective Stories (UK).

Possibly the most interesting was a series of anthologies, known as the Master Thriller Series, each issue of which had a separate title and featured a different genre.

Two 'one-off' magazines that have, at times, been associated with this series were Fireside Ghost Stories and Ghosts and Goblins. There was also a brief run of a magazine called Traveller's Pack which ran (true?) adventure styles in much the same style as the Master Thriller magazine.

Conversely, Tales of the Uncanny had two issues that were part of the series and a third (in Nov-1936) that was not and Tales of Mystery and Detection split into a separate series of its own, entitled simply Mystery and Detection, with a companion series called Mystery Stories.

The only magazine from The World's Work that had no direct connection to the Master Thriller series (although the first issue has, at times, been listed as part of the series) was Tales of Wonder, a science-fiction pulp that ran for 16 issues.

Other minor magazines published were Modern Stories which ran for five issues or so in 1934 and a British reprint edition of All Western Magazine which is believed to have run for a period in the 1940s before merging with West (UK).

All Star (Western Magazine)

Mainly a reprint of the US pulp Star Magazine but the contents of the last few issue of Star Magazine were rationed out alongside stories lifted from other Doubleday pulps, mostly Short Stories. It was titled All Star Western Magazine from December 1931 and finally merged with Empire Frontier as All Star Western and Empire Frontier Magazine.

1931      
Apr

May
Jun
Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

v1 #1
Dec
1932
v1 #2
Jan

v1 #3
Feb

v1 #4
Mar

v1 #5
Apr
v1 #6
May

#7
Jun

v1 #1
Jul

v1 #2
Aug

v1 #3
Sep

v1 #4
Oct

v1 #5
Nov

v1 #6
Dec
1933
v1 #7
Jan

v2 #2
Feb

v2 #3
Mar

v2 #4
Apr

v2 #5
May

v2 #6
Jun
           

All Western Magazine

British reprint edition of All Western Magazine which ran for a period during the 1940s before being absorbed by West (UK). Numbers and dates of issues are not known.

1940s X

Cowboy Stories

Companion magazine to the British reprint edition of Short Stories which ran for at least three issues in 1933/34 reprinting stories from Short Stories and elsewhere.

1933     #1, Autumn #2
1934
#3
     

Fireside Ghost Stories

Pulp format anthology of new and reprint stories.

1937                      
#1
(Dec)

The Frontier/Frontier Stories/Empire Frontier

Began life as a British reprint edition of the Doubleday pulp The Frontier, renamed Frontier Stories in Jun-1927, but acquired its own identity in Aug-1929 when it was retitled Empire Frontier and reprinted stories from a wide variety of sources. In Jul-1932 it merged with All Star under the title of All Star Western and Empire Frontier Magazine.

1925       v1 #1
Apr
v1 #2
May
v1 #3
Jun
v1 #4
Jul
v1 #5
Aug
v1 #6
Sep

v2 #1
Oct

v2 #2
Nov
v2 #3
Dec
1926
v2 #4
Jan
v2 #5
Feb

v2 #6
Mar

v3 #1
Apr
v3 #2
May
v3 #3
Jun
v3 #4
Jul
v3 #5
Aug
v3 #6
Sep
v4 #1
Oct
v4 #2
Nov
v4 #3
Dec
1927 v4 #4
Jan
v5 #1
Feb
v5 #2
Mar

v5 #3
Apr

v5 #4
May
v5 #5
Jun
v5 #6
Jul
v6 #1
Aug
v6 #2
Sep
v6 #3
Oct

v6 #4
Nov
v6 #5
Dec
1928
v6 #6
Jan
v7 #1
Feb
v7 #2
Mar
v7 #3
Apr
v7 #4
May
v8 #1
Jun
v8 #2
Jul
v8 #3
Aug
v8 #4
Sep
v8 #5
Oct
v8 #6
Nov
v9 #1
Dec
1929 v9 #2
Jan
v9 #3
Feb
v9 #4
Mar
v9 #5
Apr
v9 #6
May
v10 #1
Jun
v10 #2
Jul
Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1930 Jan Feb
Mar
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Dec
1931 Jan Feb Mar
Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec
1932
Jan
Feb Mar
Apr

May
Jun            

Ghosts and Goblins

Long thought to be an unnumbered volume of the Master Thriller Series, but now known to be a related one-shot. Undated, but clearly contemporaneous with Tales of Wonder #5, in which it is advertised.

1938
#1
(Jan)
                     

The Master Thriller Series

1933  
#1, (Jul)
Tales of the Foreign Legion

#2, (Sep)
Tales of the North-West Mounted Police

#3, (Dec)
Tales of the Seven Seas
1934
#4, (Mar)
Tales of Mystery and Detection

#5, (Jun)
Tales of the Foreign Legion #2

#6, (Sep)
Tales of the Uncanny
#7, (Dec)
Tales of African Adventure
1935
#8, (Mar)
Tales of the Orient
 
#9, (Jul)
Tales of the Jungle
#10, (Oct)
Tales of the Foreign Legion #3
1936
#11, (Jan)
Tales of the Sea

#12, (Apr)
Tales of Valour

#13, (Jul)
Tales of the Levant

#14, (Sep)
Tales of the Air
1937 #15, (Jan)
Tales of the Foreign Legion #4

#16, (Apr)
Tales of Adventure

#17, (Jul)
Tales of Terror

#18, (Oct)
Tales of East and West
1938 #19, (Jan)
Tales of the Underworld

#20, (Apr)
Tales of the Uncanny #2

#21, (Jul)
Tales of Crime and Punishment

#22, (Oct)
Tales of the Grand Express
1939
#23
Tales of the North-West Mounted Police

#24, Apr
Tales of Outlawry
#25, May
Tales of the Grand Dominion

#26, Jun
Tales of the Far Frontier

#27, Jul
Tales of the Underworld #2

#28, Aug
The Far-Flung Coasts of Crime
#29, Sep
Tales of the Foreign Legion #5
#30, Oct
Tales of the Jungle #2

#31, Nov
Tales of Gangsters and 'G'-Men

#32, Dec
Tales of Ghosts and Haunted Houses

Modern Stories

Other issues may exist.

1934               v1 #1
Aug
v1 #2
Sep

v1 #3
Oct

v1 #4
Nov

v1 #5
Dec

Mystery and Detection

One of several pulp reprint magazines issued by World's Work as a spin-off from the Master Thriller Series where the first Tales of Mystery and Detection had appeared in March 1934.

1934
#1

#2
                   
1935      
v1 #3, Apr

v1 #4, May

v1 #5, Jun

v1 #6, Jul

v2 #1, Aug

v2 #2, Sep

v2 #3, Oct
   

Mystery Stories

Mystery Stories is one of the rarest detective pulps with no known copies of 3 of the issues. Published in the UK in 1930s/1940s it contained a mixture of original stories (mainly by British authors) and reprints from US pulps.

1936    
v1 #1
Mar
 
v1 #2
 
v1 #3
 
v1 #4
#4
 
v1 #5
#5
 
1937
#6
 
#7
 
#8
 
#9
 
#10
 
#11
 
1938 #12
#13
   
1939
#14
Spring
#15 #16
#17
#18
#19

#20
     
194?
#21
                     
1941        
#22
May
    #23
Aug
    #24
Nov
 
1942  
#25
Feb
                   

Tales of the Uncanny

The 1934 and 1938 issues of this title are part of the Master Thriller Series, the 1936 issue is not.

1934                
(Sep)
     
1936                    
(Nov)
 
1938        
#2
(Apr)
             

Tales of Wonder

It has often been theorized that the first issue was actually an unnumbered volume in the Master Thriller Series. Improved knowledge of that title has disproved this, however, as there are now no known gaps into which Tales of Wonder could fit. The last four issues feature the same standardized cover design.

1937
#1
     
1938
#2, Spring

#3, Summer

#4, Fall

#5, Winter
1939
#6, Spring

#7, Summer

#8, Fall

#9, Winter
1940
#10, Spring

#11, Summer

#12, Fall
 
1941
#13, Winter

#14, Spring

#15, Fall
 
1942
#16, Spring
     

Traveller's Pack

A magazine of (true?) adventure stories, some reprinted from US pulps. The series is more like a pulp anthology spin-off of the Master Thriller Series series.

1934    
#1
(Mar)
   
#1
(Jun)
    #3
(Sep)