Entry updated 2 April 2015. Tagged: Publication.
US letter-size magazine; ten monthly issues, January to October 1930, published by Gernsback Publications, for the first issue, and thereafter by Techni-Craft Publishing Co; edited by Hugo Gernsback, with Arthur B Reeve as editorial consultant. It was a sister magazine to Science Wonder Stories (see Wonder Stories) and Air Wonder Stories. From issue #6 it was retitled Amazing Detective Tales (though Scientific Detective Monthly more accurately described the magazine's contents) and edited by David Lasser. Most issues included Craig Kennedy stories by Arthur B Reeve and collaborations by Edwin Balmer and William McHarg. A number of stories had sf elements (murder by X-ray, whisky contaminated by hormones), though few were true sf, an exception being "Murder in the Fourth Dimension" by Clark Ashton Smith in the final issue. It was sold to writer and publisher Wallace Bamber who continued the magazine as Amazing Detective Stories, under the imprint Fiction Publishers Inc. This version, which ran from February to August 1931, however, carried no sf. [FHP/MA]
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