Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Ali Abbas, Jimmy Bernard, Elisa A. Bonnin, Maureen Bowden, Sean Frost, Lucinda Gunnin, Michael M. Jones, S. Qiouyi Lu, John A. McColley, Timothy Nakayama, Jennifer R. Povey, Darren Ridgley, Stuart Webb

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Editions:Paperback - Print Edition: $ 14.99
ISBN: 978-0997793628
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 370
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"Once we were all just people. Our culture was only an element of our complex being. Now, we are reduced to our origins." -- Amelia Fisher, "The Children of Echidna"

No one understands being an outsider like the people who have experienced it. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-eight tales of people who have lived in a world that doesn't accept them. Some face their situation with humor, others less so. Vampires, werewolves, and changelings share space in these pages with gorgons, natukkong, jiangshi, and rokurokubi.

Included in this collection are stories from Ali Abbas, Marina Belli, Jimmy Bernard, Elisa A. Bonnin, Maureen Bowden, Darin M. Bush, Garrett Croker, Jordan Davies, Laura Duerr, Amelia Fisher, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Lucinda Gunnin, Rhiannon Held, Valjeanne Jeffers, Michael M. Jones, S. Qiouyi Lu, John A. McColley, Ville Meriläinen, Timothy Nakayama, Adam Petrash, Jennifer R. Povey, Darren Ridgley, Erin Sneath, J. C. Stearns, and Stuart Webb. Interior art is provided by Errow Collins, GryphonShifter, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas is a writer, carpenter, and photographer born and bred in London. He is the author of Like Clockwork, a steampunk mystery published by Transmundane Press; Image and Other Stories, a collection of seven short stories that examine themes of love, loss, and the haunting nature of bad decisions; and Hajj--My Pilgrimage, a light-hearted and secular look at the pilgrimage to Mecca that is at the heart of the Islamic faith. His short story/love letter to London "An Absolute Amount of Sadness" was published by Mad Scientist Journal in their Fitting In anthology. You can find out what he is up to through his blog at www.aliabbasali.com.


Jimmy Bernard

Jimmy Bernard is a 25-year-old writer with a degree in applied psychology. He works as an HR analyst and writes stories in his spare time. Besides writing, he plays guitar and spends most of his time reading. He resides in Belgium and visits Professor Fowler, a very old friend of his, at least twice a month, to discuss some of the new cases he has uncovered.


Elisa A. Bonnin

Elisa Bonnin was born in the Philippines, where she lived until the age of sixteen. Growing up, she enjoyed reading fantasy, writing, and going to the beach. Now, Elisa is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, studying oceanography. She still enjoys reading and writing, and can be found working on pieces of creative fiction from time to time.


Maureen Bowden

Maureen Bowden is a Liverpudlian living with her musician husband in North Wales. She has had over a hundred stories and poems accepted for publication by paying markets. Silver Pen publishers nominated one of her stories for the 2015 international Pushcart Prize. She also writes song lyrics, mostly comic political satire, set to traditional melodies. Her husband has performed these in Folk clubs throughout England and Wales. She loves her family and friends, Rock 'n' Roll, Shakespeare, and cats.


Sean Frost

Sean Frost is a software developer in Michigan, who writes comics and stories while watching horror and science fiction movies. He lives with four demanding cats and a very understanding wife. It is entirely likely that he has a few too many hobbies.


Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a short story author and commercial property manager in the western Philly suburbs, a few miles past the end of the Main Line. Her collection of horror short stories Seasons of Horror is available online, and her story "Righteous Anger" was included in Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures. Gunnin also reviews board games at geekinitiative.com, loves sushi, and thinks the world revolves around her cat.


Michael M. Jones

Michael M. Jones lives in southwestern Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who knows where all the bodies are buried. His stories, many of which take place in this same setting, have appeared in anthologies such as Clockwork Phoenix 3, D is for Dinosaur, and Fitting In. The characters in "The High Cost of Answers" first appeared in "The Strange Case of Rebecca Rice," available in Like a Mystery Uncovered: Erotic Detective Stories (caution: adult material!). For more, visit him at www.michaelmjones.com.


S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu is a writer, artist, narrator, and translator; their stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction. A dread member of the Queer Asian SFFH Illuminati, S. currently lives in Columbus, OH, with a tiny black cat named Thin Mint. Visit their site at s.qiouyi.lu or follow them on Twitter as @sqiouyilu.


John A. McColley

John A. McColley claims to be a recent father of three, living at the edge of a three-hundred-acre wood. Evidence mounts that he, too, has lost touch with reality after months of sleep deprivation, spinning tales of mechanical men and magic. He reports waking many times a night to the screaming of very cute, but very angry, tiny, twin demons who demand milk and diaper changes.


Timothy Nakayama

Timothy Nakayama was born and raised in Malaysia and currently resides in Seattle. His short stories have been featured in various anthologies such as Fish, Lost in Putrajaya, KL Noir: Yellow, PJ Confidential, and Little Basket 2016: New Malaysian Writing. He has also written short stories in comic form, many of them featured in anthologies published by GrayHaven Comics.


Jennifer R. Povey

Jennifer R. Povey is in her early forties, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, and written RPG supplements for several companies. She is currently working on an urban fantasy series, Lost Guardians.


Darren Ridgley

Darren Ridgley is a journalist and speculative fiction writer residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His work has previously appeared in the Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures anthology published by Mad Scientist Journal, as well as magazines including Polar Borealis, Fantasia Divinity, and Empyreome.


Stuart Webb

Stuart Webb has been an active member of Transformers fandom for over a decade, writing multiple comic reviews for tfarchive.com. Since 2012, he has been running the Transformation project at thesolarpool.weebly.com, where he looks at each issue of the British Transformers comic at a weekly rate. To date, two book versions have been collected of material from the website. His hands aren't evil, just mildly confused.