Phantasmagoria was a science fiction and fantasy fanzine by Derek (1928-2008) and Mavis Pickles.
Phantasmagoria was published in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. The first issue was published in November 1950. It was such a success that Mavis and Derek decided to put on NECON, the North-East Science Fiction Convention, held in Bradford on October 14th, 1951. The next issue appeared in Spring 1951 with #3 following in the Summer. After the success of their fanzine, Mavis and Derek decided to put on NECON, the North-East Science Fiction Convention, held in Bradford on October 14th, 1951. Issue 4 was released in Spring 1952, and #5 in Autumn of the same year. Issue 6 came in June 1953, #7 in June, and #8 in November 1954, June of 1955 saw #9, and November #10, with the last issue appearing in 1956. Stan Thomas was co-editor of issues 9 and 10.
Mavis and her brother Derek both attended the 1951 Internation Science-Fiction Festival Convention (Festivention) in London and put out a special issue of their fanzine, Phantasmagoria Vol. 1 No. 3, devoted to the goings-on there. It contained convention reports by Walt Willis (Slant), Derek Pickles, and Bob Shaw, including illustrations by Bob Shaw.
Contributors of writing to other issues included John Brunner, his first appearance in print, and H.J. Campbell, Alan Hunter, Clive Jackson, E.R. James, Nigel Lindsay, Jim Linwood (Typo), Ken Slater (Vector), and the regular column by Walt Willis called "The Outpost".
Contributions of poetry came from John Brunner, and Pete Ridley.
The Phantasmagoria of June 1954 was the issue where the idea of "the usual" -- whether it be in the form of a contribution, letter of comment, or a fanzine in trade -- was given in preference to money as the price of receiving a fanzine.