Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Marnie Azzarelli, Maureen Bowden, Andy Brown, Andrew Browning, Dantzel Cherry, Sarina Dorie, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Constance Flux, Jon Hartless, Eddie Newton, Bobby O'Rourke, Amanda Partridge, Hamilton Perez, Torrey Podmajersky, Rebecca Siân Pyne, Bobby Riahi, Caroline von Schmalensee, Stuart Webb, Shanan Winters

Wing removal from tooth fairies, discoveries of insect history, and Romantic poetry written by automatons. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Constance Flux, Shanan Winters, and Bobby Riahi. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, horoscopes, and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Marnie Azzarelli, Caroline von Schmalensee, Sarina Dorie, Dantzel Cherry, Edward Newton, Maureen Bowden, Hamilton Perez, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Bobby O'Rourke, Rebecca Siân Pyne, Jon Hartless, Stuart Webb, Amanda Partridge, Andrew Browning, Andy Brown, Kate Elizabeth, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art by Luke Spooner, Errow Collins, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, Justine McGreevy, and Scarlett O'Hairdye.

About the Authors

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli's short work has appeared in Clever Girl magazine and Marywood University's literary publication, The Bayleaf. She has co-authored a book entitled Labor Unrest in Scranton, which was published in 2016, and writes plays for local theater productions. She holds a B.A. in English from Marywood University, writes scary stories that only scare herself, and reviews TV shows that keep getting cancelled. Azzarelli currently lives with two cats, two parents, and one dog in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

Andrew Browning

Andrew Browning doesn't like "wordsmith"--he prefers literary kung fu. He lives in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he works as a copywriter at an advertising agency. When he is not writing, he is failing at golf.

Dantzel Cherry

Dantzel Cherry teaches Pilates and raises her daughter by day. By night and naptime, she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. Her short stories have appeared in Fireside, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy's Edge, and other magazines and anthologies.

Sarina Dorie

Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's IGMS, Cosmos, and Sword and Lase. Her stories and published novels have won humor and Romance Writer of America awards. Her steampunk romance series, The Memory Thief, and her collections, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns--Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies--Oh My! are available on Amazon.

By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer, and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.

You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website:

Kate Elizabeth

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

Judith Field

Judith Field lives in London, UK. She is the daughter of writers, and learned how to agonise over fiction submissions at her mother's (and father's) knee. She's a pharmacist working in emergency medicine, a medical writer, editor, and indexer. She started writing in 2009. She mainly writes speculative fiction, a welcome antidote from the world she lives in. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the USA, UK, and Australia. When she's not working or writing, she studies English, knits, sings, and swims, not always at the same time.

E. B. Fischadler

E. B. Fischadler has been writing short stories for several years, and has recently begun publishing. His stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Bewildering Stories, eFiction, Voluted Tales, Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine, and Beyond Science Fiction. In addition to fiction, Fischadler has published over 30 papers in refereed scientific journals, as well as a chapter of a textbook on satellite engineering. When he is not writing, he pursues a career in engineering and serves his community as an EMT. Fischadler continues to write short stories and is working on a novel about a naval surgeon. You can learn more about Fischadler and access his other publications at:

Constance Flux

Constance Flux is a librarian by day. At night, she feeds her overactive imagination by writing short stories, mostly unusual science fiction. Other than writing and reading copiously, she breaks all other librarian stereotypes. She kickboxes and speaks too loudly. You can contact her at and read more of her work at

Jon Hartless

Jon Hartless was born in the early 1970s. He has had several novellas appear with various digital publishers, (some under the pen names of Arabella Wyatt and Ora le Brocq), whil 2017 will see his first release by a traditional publisher, Accent Press. Full Throttle is a steampunk racing novel, inspired by both the era of the Bentley Boys and the ongoing inequality between the rich and the poor in western society.

Eddie Newton

Eddie Newton was awarded the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for the Best First American Mystery Short Story of the Year. His short story, "White," is presented in the anthology Snowpocalypse. He is the author of the political thriller e-novel, American Herstory. He lives in North Dakota with his wife Treina and his four children: Kobe, Gage, Oliver, and Bennett. He has never been called a mad scientist, although he did get really angry at a test tube once. And like most of us, he is still waiting...

Bobby O'Rourke

Bobby O’Rourke is a native of New Jersey. He has had fiction appear in The Binnacle, Sanitarium Magazine, and The Writing Disorder, and has had poetry appear in Spires. He recently earned his MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Creative Writing and Literature. While formerly a teacher, he now works in higher education administration. When Bobby is not writing, he reads, sings in his car or at karaoke, and enjoys popping in a truly horrendous horror movie for laughs.

Amanda Partridge

Amanda Partridge is a paralegal in small town Arkansas, where she is active in several local literary organizations. She received her B.A. in English in 2011. When she isn’t writing legal documents, Amanda dabbles in short stories and poetry.

Hamilton Perez

Hamilton Perez is a writer and freelance editor living in Sacramento, California. He enjoys long walks through the woods and things that aren't real. His stories have also appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Between Worlds.

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.

Rebecca Siân Pyne

Dr Rebecca Siân Pyne is a writer, researcher (and mental health first-aider), now based in West Wales, via Cardiff University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. She has a PhD in Micropalaeontology, specializing in British Upper Cretaceous ostracods, with published research in Revista Española de Micropaleontología and Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Short stories have appeared in Bête Noire, Macabre Cadaver, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Albedo One, Aurora Wolf, Eschatology, Neo-Opsis, and others. Research assistants include a mad sprollie (springer spaniel x collie) who ensures there is no time for writer's block.

Bobby Riahi

I live in a small town with my girlfriend and daughter. After falling in love with the works of Kurt Vonnegut, I have done my best to make the world a better, more sane place through my literature, even if at the moment it does not seem so.

Caroline von Schmalensee

Caroline von Schmalensee lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. A technical writer by day, she writes fiction in her free time. Caroline writes urban fantasy and makes forays into fairytale and horror. Her short stories can be found in New Writing Scotland, The Seven Wonders of Scotland, The Scotsman, FREAKCircus, and online. She's working on her first novel.

Caroline writes about writing at

Stuart Webb

Stuart Webb has been an active member of Transformers fandom for over a decade, writing multiple comic reviews for Since 2012, he has been running the Transformation project at, 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.

Shanan Winters

Shanan is a professional writer, editor, and novelist. She loves board gaming, table-top roleplaying, and all things geek-and-fantasy, and she is a regular contributor for several parenting blogs. She lives in the Phoenix metropolitan sea-of-beige with her husband, two kids, and two cats. When not working on projects, Shanan can be found writing about whatever strikes her fancy at