Timeline

1949

December - Issue #1 released as 'The London Mystery Magazine', the volume is priced 2/6. The magazine is in the 'Digest Format' of 7⅜ by 5⅜ inches.

Founded and edited by Michael Hall, distributed by Hulton Press. With thanks to the Abbey National Building Society (the owners of the property), the address for the magazine is given as 221b Baker Street, the home of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

Immediately, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle litigates against London Mystery Magazine for 'passing off' their magazine as being associated with Sherlock Holmes for using both the name and the address of the fictional character created by Doyle. The case was lost.

1950

Magazine is bi-monthly from issue #2, from issue #5, the magazine is renamed 'London Mystery Magazine'.

1952

Magazine fails after issue #15

Hulton Press release 'London Mystery' a 439 page anthology, preserving the best of the magazine in a hardback book.

1953

Magazine is Resurrected by Publisher, Major Norman Kark and the magazine is lowered to quarterly issues from #16.

Magazine is Edited by Kark's Son Austin Kark.

1954

Jennifer Paterson (one of the 'Two Fat Ladies') Takes over editorship from Austin Kark.

1958

From #36, the magazine is re-titled: 'London Mystery', increasing its story remit to cover supernatural and even science fiction offerings.

1965

Price of volume is increased to 3/6

1968

The London Mystery Anthology of 1952 is re-released by Norman Kark, priced 21/- (mail order). The new release features a yellow dust wrapper with the magazine's iconic image of the policeman blowing his whistle.

1970

After Decimilisation, the magazine is priced at 25p and Reduced in size from its original 'Digest' Format to the 'Paperback' format of 7¼ by 4¾ inches.

1973

From #98, the magazine is re-titled: 'London Mystery Selection'

1974

From issue #101, the magazine is reduced in size from 'Paperback' format to the 'Pocketbook' Format of 7¼ by 4¼ inches.

1975

Price raised to 35p

1977

Price Raised to 50p

1980

Price raised to 75p

1982

London Mystery Magazine closes.

Norman Kark retires to South Africa.