The pulp magazine Famous Fantastic Mysteries ran from September-October 1939 to June 1953 - monthly for a few issues, but more often quarterly or bimonthly. Generally, the idea was to feature a full-length classic fantasy novel, plus a few old and new short stories. It says a lot for the pulp readership that such a formula was successful for so long, though of course until the end, such pulps didn't have to compete for our attention with television, or paperback books.
This particular issue had a cover by Lawrence (Lawrence Sterne Stevens); Lawrence also contributed interior illustrations, along with Virgil Finlay. The main novel, "Rebirth" by Thomas Calvert McClary, filled 62 pages; it had originally appeared in 1934 as a two-part serial in the February and March issues of Astounding Stories.
The novelette "Monsieur Seeks a Wife" by Margaret Irwin had first appeared Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, December 1934, and then in a collection of her stories from British publisher Chatto & Windus in 1935. "Nobody's House" by A. M. Burrage came from a 1927 book of his, Some Ghost Stories. A two-page poem near the back was a reprint, too: "Golden Atlantis" by Richard Butler Glaenzer, originally seen in FFM's own second issue, in 1939. Its illustration, by Finlay, was new, however.
That left enough room for one new 7-page story, "The Man Who Collected Poe," by Robert Bloch, always now best known as the author of Psycho. It has been reprinted more than a dozen times since then, in collections and anthologies - hopefully including the author's own introduction. "Would Edgar Allan Poe be able to sell his stories if he were writing today? This is a question which has long intrigued editors, authors, readers and critics of fantasy. It is a question I have sought to answer in the only possible way - by writing a story of Poe in the manner which Poe himself might have written it. I do not claim a tenth of his talent or a tithe of his genius... but I have proposed deliberately, in so far as possible to recreate his style. Poe scholars will recognize my deliberate inclusion of sentences and sections from 'The Fall of the House of Usher', and the casual reader will quite easily discover them. The result is, I believe, a 'Poe story' in a rather unique and special sense... and one which it gave me great pleasure to write as a tribute to a figure to whom I, like every other writer of fantasy, must own indebtedness."
The "In The Next Issue" advertisement promises "The Gray Mahatma" by Talbot Munday, and the letters column includes missives from Robert Hoskins, Bradford M. Day (of later Index and Checklist fame), Bob Silverberg, and many more - and talking of advertisements, opposite the table of contents is a full-page 'Bogart's Socco in "Sirocco"' ad: "...beyond Casablanca, in Damascus - where day begins when the sun goes down!" More fun than the Rosicrucians, Nostradamus Inc, Gillette razor blades, International Correspondence Schools, amazing Sun Watch, Book League of America, Beltone Hearing Aid Co, and an "easy way to make big money" by becoming an agent selling uniforms and work clothes. Plenty of smaller ads towards the back too, including Joan the Wad (the lucky Cornish Piskey) and many more...