Fantastic Novels

Fantastic Novels was an American science fiction and fantasy pulp magazine published from 1940 to 1941. It was a companion to Famous Fantastic Mysteries. It mostly reprinted novels by A. Merritt, George Allan England, and Victor Rousseau, though it occasionally published reprints of more recent work.

About Fantastic Novels in brief

Summary Fantastic NovelsFantastic Novels was an American science fiction and fantasy pulp magazine published from 1940 to 1941. It was a companion to Famous Fantastic Mysteries. The magazine lasted for 5 issues in its first incarnation, and for another 20 in the revived version from Popular Publications. It mostly reprinted novels by A. Merritt, George Allan England, and Victor Rousseau, though it occasionally published reprints of more recent work. A Canadian edition from 1948 to 1951 reprinted 17 issues of the second series; two others were reprinted in Great Britain in 1950 and 1951. The final issue announced plans to reprint Otis Adelbert Kline’s Maza of the Moon. In the early 1950s, when Fantastic Novels and two years later Famous.

Fantastic Mysteries ceased publication, it is likely that the audience for science fiction was growing too sophisticated for these early works, except for Earth’s Last Citadel, by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, which had been serialized in Argosy in 1943. The last issue featured one more reprint of Earth’s last Citadel, which was published in the last issue of the magazine’s second series. In second series, Mary Gnaedinger continued to reprint work, along with other reader favorites from the Munsey years, such as Victor. Allan England and Ray Cummings, as well as reprints by Ray Stevens, Francis Stevens, and Ralph Milne Farley.