Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Folly Blaine, Peter J. Carter, Carrie Cuinn, Robert Dawson, Kate Elizabeth, J. A. Grier, Sean Patrick Hazlett, Alexis A. Hunter, John A. McColley, Antoinette McCormick, Brandon Miller, Franco Raud, Ben Revermann, Diana Rohlman, Adam Rowe, Jeffrey Wooten

Cryptobotany, infernal bargains, virtual universes, mind control drugs in the water supply. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2013 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are three new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers written by Alexis A. Hunter, Folly Blaine, and Antoinette McCormick. 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 Brandon Miller, Kate Elizabeth, John A. McColley, Jeffrey Wooten, Carrie Cuinn, Robert Dawson, Diana Rohlman, Peter J. Carter, Ben Revermann, Franco Raud, Adam Rowe, Sean Patrick Hazlett, and J.A. Grier. Illustrations are provided by Luke Spooner, Katie Nyborg, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Justine McGreevy, and Shannon Legler.

About the Authors

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

Peter J. Carter

Pete Carter lives on Cape Cod where he did most things wrong until he married. After twenty years and two children, he decided he is much happier being right, if only occasionally.

He most often writes short stories and has published with Apocrypha and Abstractions, Static Movement, Bewildering Stories, Theatre of Decay, Oddville Press, Battered Suitcase, Full of Crow, Ray Gun Revival and Wild Child Press.

While working on a degree in Bio-chemistry, he dropped out of school and became an automotive part's man; amazed that the two fields were startlingly similar.

He is currently building a time machine with parts found in the trash and currently controls only one clock.

Carrie Cuinn

Carrie Cuinn is a writer, editor, historian, and geek. In her spare time, she researches local history, enjoys music and art house cinema, cooks everything, reads voraciously, and tries to find time for sleep. Find her online at @CarrieCuinn or at

Robert Dawson

Robert Dawson has a Ph.D., teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian University, and writes science fiction.

Kate Elizabeth

Kate Elizabeth lives in Melbourne, Australia. When she isn't working, she likes to write the occasional short story.

J. A. Grier

Dr. J. A. Grier is a planetary scientist, poet, fiction writer, and wine lover. Her stories and poems have appeared in venues such as Mad Scientist Journal, Eye to the Telescope, Liquid Imagination, and Mirror Dance. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Dr. Grier spends her time penning odd articles, reading strange stories, comparing vintages, and looking at impact craters on other worlds. She throws a fabulous Halloween party every year where one room is decorated entirely in eyeballs. Her babblings can be found at and @grierja on Twitter.

Sean Patrick Hazlett

Sean Patrick Hazlett is a technology analyst and Army veteran living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he considers writing fiction as therapy that pays for itself. His fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency Magazine, The Colored Lens, and For more information, please visit:

Alexis A. Hunter

Since she was a child of nine years old, Alexis A. Hunter has reveled in the endless possibilities of speculative fiction.  Short stories are her true passion, despite a few curious forays into the world of novels.  Over thirty of her short stories have been published, appearing most recently in The Future Fire, Kasma SF, Spark: A Creative Anthology, and more.  To learn more about Alexis visit

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.

Antoinette McCormick

Antoinette McCormick always loved to poke fun at things she didn't completely understand, believing the climate in her native Vermont too inhospitable for supernatural entities. She was last seen at a yard sale, purchasing a funny-looking box ...

Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller is a young American fiction writer who has had a wide variety of jobs and experiences. He finds purpose and joy in his life in two places, the interesting people he has known, and whatever he is writing about at the time. He hopes to have a future somewhere in a creative art form.

Franco Raud

Franco Raud (1972 - present) lives in Ploom, Delaware. He has previously had a story, "The Pleasing Shapes," published in Kasma Magazine and the story "The Pain Engine" published at Drunk Monkeys.

Ben Revermann

Ben Revermann lives in southern Minnesota with his wife and children. He is currently working on his Associates degree and will be moving towards his Bachelors degree in English Literature. He has been published a number of times and hopes to one day make his living using the written word.

Diana Rohlman

Diana lives in the Pacific Northwest, invariably spending the rainy days inside, writing, with a glass of wine nearby, and her dog offering helpful critiques. Her website can be found at:

Adam Rowe

As a current senior communications and writing major, Adam Rowe was able to base a lot of his tales off of his own college experience, despite the fact that he's caused considerably fewer chemical explosions. He's proud to say that he's proven the existence of just as many missing links as any of his characters. Ken and Emmett's ongoing adventures are documented as podcasts at, and Adam can also be found on his blog.

Jeffrey Wooten

Jeffrey Wooten lives in the southern United States with his wife and children. His work has appeared both in print and that magical space between computers known as the internet.