Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Lucinda Gunnin, Torrey Podmajersky, Joachim Heijndermans, Andy Brown, Julia K. Patt, Tara Campbell, John A. McColley, Sophie Sparrow, Alyssa N. Vaughn, Nicole Tanquary, Matthew R. Davis, J. Harper, Thomas Diehl, Sarah Yasin, Rachel Rodman, Theodore Van Alst, Melanie Rees, Richard Krepski, LaVa Payne, Anne Breen, Jamie Lackey, Denzell Cooper, James Jensen, Veronica Brush

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About the Authors

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, loves sushi, and thinks the world revolves around her cat.

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.

Joachim Heijndermans

Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws, and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he's been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been featured in a number of publications, such as Every Day Fiction, Asymmetry Fiction, and Gathering Storm Magazine, and he's currently in the midst of completing his first children's book. You can check out his other work at, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.

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.

Julia K. Patt

Julia K. Patt lives in Maryland with the smallest, furriest Elder God and her unwitting orange tabby acolyte, which never fails to make life interesting. Her stories have recently appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, and Luna Station Quarterly, and she is at work on a novel. Twitter: @chidorme. Website:

Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell [] is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and an assistant fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Litbreak, Masters Review, b(OINK), Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Mad Scientist Journal. Her novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, with be published in fall 2017.

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.

Sophie Sparrow

Sophie Sparrow writes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and humour (never humor). She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Birmingham, speaks Russian and French, and has worked in the film industry. Catch up with her at or on Twitter @_sophiesparrow.

Alyssa N. Vaughn

Alyssa N. Vaughn lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a former software developer, a current high school teacher, a part-time writer and a full-time geek. When she's not reviewing comics for or video games for ThatVideoGameBlog, she's working on her own science fiction projects. More accurately, she's procrastinating working on them and tweeting about her baby's farts and the weird things her mom says when they watch the Food network. You can read these tweets @msalyssaenvy or see pictures of her kid on Instagram @alyssaenvy.

Nicole Tanquary

Matthew R. Davis

J. Harper

Thomas Diehl

Sarah Yasin

Rachel Rodman

Theodore Van Alst

Melanie Rees

Richard Krepski

LaVa Payne

Anne Breen

Jamie Lackey

Denzell Cooper

James Jensen

Veronica Brush

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