Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2012

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Darrell Albert, Adam Aresty, Keith Baldwin, Folly Blaine, Andy Brown, Rebecca L. Brown, Gary Cuba, Sylvia Cullinan, K. Esta, Sean Frost, Caren Gussoff, Jon Arthur Kitson, James Kowalczyk, Laura Littlejohn, Parker McKenzie, Diana Parparita, Roger Pattison, Torrey Podmajersky, Eryk Pruitt, James Rowland, Kenneth Schneyer, Justin Short, R.G. Summers, Tamara Zachary, Richard Zwicker

Life on Mars, self cloning, military reports on the supernatural, turkeys brought back from the dead. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2012 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are four new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers written by Sean Frost, Caren Gussoff, Jon Arthur Kitson, and Diana Parparita. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Darrell Albert, Adam Aresty, Keith Baldwin, Folly Blaine, Andy Brown, Rebecca L. Brown, Gary Cuba, Sylvia Cullinan, K. Esta, James Kowalczyk, Laura Littlejohn, Parker McKenzie, Roger Pattison, Torrey Podmajersky, Eryk Pruitt, James Rowland, Kenneth Schneyer, Justin Short, R.G. Summers, Tamara Zachary, and Richard Zwicker. Illustrations are provided by Justine McGreevy, Katie Nyborg, and Eleanor Leonne Bennett.

About the Authors

Darrell Albert

Darrell Albert enjoys writing alternative music with his identical twin brother Darrin, who is also a published writer. Darrell loves to write science fiction stories. For enjoyment, he immerses himself in music, comics, anime, science fiction, cooking and poetry. He was recently published in Metahuman Press and The Lorelei Signal. He is married and is currently working on another short story.

Adam Aresty

Adam Aresty is an award-winning screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.

Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin is a writer and student living deep inside the comforting warmth of his own head somewhere in Brooklyn. He is currently studying Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, and exploring every permutation of the robot uprising at

Folly Blaine

Folly Blaine lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared at, Mad Scientist Journal, and in the anthologies, Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations and Fresh Blood, Old Bones. As the Podcast Manager for, Folly has narrated over 80 stories for weekly podcasts. See more at

Andy Brown

Andy Brown is a musician and entertainer living near Edinburgh in Scotland. (He doesn't currently own a kilt but does play bagpipes a little.) He is a pleasant enough fellow with a healthy interest in many things and an obsessive interest in many others. (Music, computers, astronomy, reading, writing…) He plays a wide variety of instruments to a wide variety of standards. His greatest happiness is his family and the fact that he wakes every morning still breathing. His greatest sadness is that he might die before warp travel, teleportation, and Klingons are discovered.

Rebecca L. Brown

Rebecca L. Brown is a British writer. She specialises in horror, SF, humour, surreal and experimental fiction, although her writing often wanders off into other genres and gets horribly lost.

Gary Cuba

Gary Cuba, a frequent contributor to Mad Science Journal, has seen his fiction published in more than ninety magazines and anthologies, including Baen's Universe, Nature Futures, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. His lives with his wife in South Carolina, dangerously close to the Congaree National Swamp. He sometimes sees things that cannot possibly exist.

Sylvia Cullinan

Sylvia Cullinan likes writing stories about giant mantises, virgin sacrifices, and, occasionally, mummies. She also likes making friends rather a lot, so follow her on Twitter @SylviaCullinan if you enjoy reading about bizarre creatures, discussing speculative fiction, or viewing pictures of the writer's cat.

K. Esta

K. Esta is a fan of Sci Fi in all forms, but has been known to play with other genres as well. After studying mechanical engineering and geology, working as an aerospace engineer for a few years, and dabbling in other things, K has decided that writing is much more fun. K's serialised dystopian novel Dosterra can be found at the genre fiction site JukePop Serials:, and K's short fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction. All K's work can be viewed or accessed via

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.

Caren Gussoff

Caren Gussoff lives in Seattle, WA. The author of Homecoming, a novel (2000), and The Wave and Other Stories (2003), Gussoff's work has also been published in anthologies by Seal Press, Prime, and Hadley Rille, as well as in Abyss & Apex, Cabinet des Fées and Fantasy Magazine. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, and in 2008, wasthe Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar to Clarion West. Her new novel, set in post-pandemic Puget Sound, is due in 2014. She is spitkitten everywhere online, especially at

Jon Arthur Kitson

Jon's stories have appeared at and His story "Something in the Dark" recently won Free Flash Fiction's 'Christmas to Remember' contest. You can find links to Jon's other work at

James Kowalczyk

James Kowalczyk was born and raised in Brooklyn and now lives in Northern California with his wife and two daughters. His work has appeared in over a dozen print and online publications. He holds fast to the fact that ice cream has no bones.

Laura Littlejohn

Laura Littlejohn lives in New York. She is an avid reader, mostly of the horror genre. She laughs a lot and enjoys going for long walks in the rain with her pet armadillo Francis - who only she can see ...

Parker McKenzie

Parker McKenzie is a hobby writer and archeology student living in the backwoods of British Columbia, Canada.

Between time spent sleeping and studying, he manages to squeeze in time to write, draw, and play video games into the wee hours of the morning.

He also has an alarming tendency to spend more time inside his own head than is likely healthy. A condition not helped by his love of fantasy and sci-fi.

Diana Parparita

Diana Parparita’s short stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Enchanted Conversation, Avast, Ye Airships!, and other publications. She is currently working on the fantasy web-novel Toadmila Wartly, which can be found at

Roger Pattison

Brief bio for Roger Pattison.
Musician, teacher, electronics engineer, writer on bad days. Retired on good days.
Interests/obsessions:- keeping away from things (e.g. Hot air balloons, moving stairways, stationary stairways, stairways of alien origin, all stairways called Allen).
Ambitions:- to fail at aqua ballooning. To fail at failing. To fail at black belt cake decorating. To have a cake named after me. To spell my name right, To spell anything right without the aid smoke signals.

Torrey Podmajersky

Delivered by time travelers to a newly-cooled Earth, Torrey Podmajersky spent her formative years in de facto world domination. Since her peaceful abdication, she and her knifemaking husband embroider the outskirts of imaginalia with monsters, tools, and words.

Eryk Pruitt

Eryk Pruitt is a writer, screenwriter, and former restaurant professional living in Durham, NC. His short dark comedy "Foodie" has won awards at screenings in film festivals across the United States.

James Rowland

James Rowland is a young, British writer who is just beginning the journey of publication. Since it is just the start of that road, he doesn't have a fancy website or an interesting twitter account. However he hopes 2013 will be an exciting year where he starts to self-publish his novelette series, The Collingwood Report, and also continues hoping to find people mad enough to publish his short stories.

Kenneth Schneyer

Kenneth Schneyer's stories have appeared in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clockwork Phoenix 3, Abyss & Apex, GUD, Daily Science Fiction, Ideomancer, The Drabblecast, and that disquieting note you found in your mailbox yesterday. He attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2009 and joined the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop in 2010. In his other life, Ken is a college professor who teaches business law and science fiction literature. Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island with one singer, one dancer, one actor, and something striped and fanged that he sometimes glimpses out of the corner of his eye.

Justin Short

Justin Short lives in the Midwest. His fiction has previously appeared in 365 Tomorrows.

R.G. Summers

R. G. Summers writes primarily science-fiction, but has published stories and poetry of all natures. Summers lives in Seattle, more or less, and has great hopes for the future, including being able to pay the rent by writing, and someday owning a crock-pot. She’s also training to be a circus performer, just in case this whole "writing" thing doesn’t work out. You can find her little corner of the internet at

Tamara Zachary

Tamara Zachary's hobbies include humorous science fiction, revolutionary agit-prop, competitive hitchhiking and knitting funny hats. She does decent cute cat ears and has a good line in bobbles, even if she does say so herself.

Richard Zwicker

Richard Zwicker is an English teacher living in Vermont, USA, with his wife and beagle. His short stories have appeared in Penumbra, Farstrider Magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, and other semi-pro markets. A collection of his short stories, Walden Planet and Other Stories, is available on Amazon.