If a magazine of genre fiction has to be the size of a pulp magazine and printed on pulp paper in order to be a pulp magazine, then Ghost Stories wasn't a pulp magazine, at least in its first two years of publication. It may not have been a weird fiction or fantasy magazine either. But for the sake of completeness, I'll cover Ghost Stories here in this series on rivals of Weird Tales.
Ghost Stories ran for five years under two different publishers. Bernarr Macfadden (1868-1955) published the magazine from 1926 to 1930. Good Story Magazine Company, under Harold Hersey, took over for the last two years in print. There were sixty-four issues in all. Fulton Oursler (1893-1952), later author of The Greatest Story Ever Told, served as editor. The magazine seems to have been tailored to women readers.
According to Wikipedia, Ghost Stories published tales by Robert E. Howard, Carl Jacobi, Frank Belknap Long, Agatha Christie, H.G. Wells, and Charles Dickens. A look at the covers will show that other authors included Arthur Conan Doyle, Ellen Glasgow, F. Marion Crawford, Upton Sinclair, and Roy Vickers (William Edward Vickers).
Ghost Stories gave up the ghost in late 1931. Weird Tales survived.
July 1926 to Dec. (?) 1931
64 Issues (Unknown number of volumes)
Published by: Macfadden Publications (1926-1930); Good Story Magazine Company (1930-1931)
Edited by: Fulton Oursler (1)
Format: Magazine size and coated or semi-slick paper until Aug. 1928, when the magazine converted to pulp size and pulp paper
(1) I found an oblique reference suggesting that Walter Adolphe Roberts (1886-1962) was also an editor. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
|Here's a typical Ghost Stories cover showing a spook scaring a nicely dressed young woman. There's that title again: "The Man Who _____." Note the absence of bylines, another difference between Ghost Stories and the typical pulp magazine.|
|A final Ghost Stories cover: there's the nicely dressed woman, there's the spook (this time without a shroud), and there--instead of story titles--are the names of four authors. On top of all that, the cover art is signed (but I can't tell by whom).|