Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Andy Brown, Amanda Cherry, Katherine Cowley, Nathan Crowder, Carrie Cuinn, Jonathan Ficke, E. B. Fischadler, Chrissa Gerard, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Aaron J. Heil, Mandi Jourdan, Trevin Maerten, Michael McGlade, Jo Miles, Nick Morrish, Torrey Podmajersky, Holly Schofield, Leslie D. Soule, Xariffa Suarez, Eve Taft, Sarena Ulibarri, Chris Vander Kaay, Stuart Webb, Iris Wright

Cooking advice, previously undiscovered species, and tortured artists. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2018 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Mandi Jourdan, Michael McGlade, and Jo Miles. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, gossip column, and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Amanda Cherry, E. B. Fischadler, Carrie Cuinn, Iris Wright, Stuart Webb, Chrissa Gerard, Sarena Ulibarri, Nathan Crowder, Xariffa Suarez, Nicholas Morrish, Andy Brown, Holly Schofield, Katherine Cowley, Aaron Heil, Christoper Vander Kaay, Eve Taft, Joachim Heijndermans, Jonathan Ficke, Leslie Soule, Trevin Maerten, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art by Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, Shannon Legler, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Justine McGreevy, Dawn Vogel, Amanda Jones, and Liz Argall.

About the Authors

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.

Amanda Cherry

Amanda Cherry is a wife and mom, an actor, and an author loving life in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. She’s an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas whose biggest claim to fame is having once co-starred with a Gecko in an insurance commercial.

As a queer, disabled author of urban & contemporary fantasy, space opera, and role play games, Amanda is drawn to stories that center people whose experiences and points of view are too often erased. She loves magic, mayhem, clever villains, unlikely love stories, and marginalized folx coming into their own power.

Amanda’s debut novel, Rites & Desires was released in 2018. Her short stories have appeared in Cobalt City Christmas: Christmas Harder and several editions of Mad Scientist Journal. She was on the writing team for the tabletop role play game Acute Paranoia and was a finalist in the 2018 NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. She’s been a story consultant to the SyFy Docu-series Looking for Leia in which she was also an on-camera participant.

Amanda is a giant nerd, and a fixture of sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book conventions across the country. Find her on panels about everything from fashion & fanfiction to impostor syndrome and chronic illness. If you’re looking for someone to talk about Star Wars, Star Trek, gaming, or daring to be hyper-femme in geek spaces, she’s your gal.

Amanda has contributed to geek culture sites Tosche StationEleven-ThirtyEight, and Star and has been featured in Journey Planet.

She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, SFWA and Broad Universe.

Amanda is represented by Claire Draper of the Bent Agency.

Katherine Cowley

Katherine Cowley loves European chocolate, the history of science, and steampunk fashion. She has worked as a documentary film producer, a radio producer, and a college writing professor. Her short stories have appeared in Steel and Bone, Segullah, Defenestration, and 365 Tomorrows. She lives in Michigan with her husband and three daughters. You can read many of her stories on

Nathan Crowder

Creator and curator of the superhero universe of Cobalt City, Nathan lives in the wilds of North Seattle, where he writes his weird stories and survives on a diet of coffee and irony. He draws inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut who reminds us, "God damn it, you've got to be kind."

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

Jonathan Ficke

Jonathan Ficke lives outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his beautiful wife. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in public relations, which (in a manner of speaking) is another form of speculative storytelling, His work appears in Mad Scientist Journal Spring 2018, Writers of the Future: Vol. 34, and Tales of Ruma. He muses online at and on twitter @jonficke.

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:

Chrissa Gerard

Chrissa Gerard is a writer and editor based in North Carolina ... for now.

Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a short story author and commercial property manager in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She writes a gossip column for Mad Scientist Journal and has a published collection of short horror Seasons of Horror available at When not writing, she’s a gluten-free gamer girl, sushi lover, and cat-spoiling pet parent. Find her on Twitter @LucindaGunnin.

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 Metaphorosis, Hinnom Magazine, Every Day Fiction, Asymmetry Fiction, Kraxon Magazine, and Gathering Storm Magazine. 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.

Aaron J. Heil

Aaron J. Heil lives in Kansas's amazing Flint Hills. He bikes to work when he can and drives his truck around Emporia and Manhattan. His work has previously appeared in Touchstone.

Mandi Jourdan

Mandi Jourdan studied English/Creative Writing and Classics at SIUC, and she is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction. She is the author of Lacrimosa (Adelaide Books, 2017), Shadows of the Mind (Aphotic Realm, 2018), The Silenced (Bloodstone Press, 2017), Immortal Dissent (Bloodstone Press, 2017), and Warhawks (Bloodstone Press, 2017). She lives in Carbondale, Illinois, with her cats Seraphina, Leonidas, and Vanessa. For more information about her writing, visit her blog ( She can be found on Amazon and on Twitter (@MandiJourdan).

Trevin Maerten

Trevin Maerten is a software engineer living in Northern Virginia. He maintains his sanity by succumbing to his every desire, which mostly consists of eating mangoes.

Michael McGlade

Michael McGlade is an Irish writer with 90 short stories in journals such as Shimmer, Far Fetched Fables, Persistent Visions, and Ares Magazine. He holds a master's degree in English and Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University, Ireland. Represented by the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, he’s currently writing his debut novel. Find out the latest news and views from him on

Jo Miles

Jo Miles is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Maryland. She’s a 2016 graduate of the Viable Paradise writers’ workshop, and her fiction can be found in Diabolical Plots. She also runs FutureShift, a project working to broaden the intersection between speculative fiction and social change work. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her hiking up a mountain.

Nick Morrish

Nick Morrish is an increasingly mad engineer from Yorkshire, England. During a long and futile career, he has worked for a number of frankly certifiable multinational companies. He clings to the last vestiges of sanity by writing serious and truthful stories about the nature of existence. Since no one else seems to observe truth in quite the same way, his work is often mistaken for satire or fantasy.

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.

Holly Schofield

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and many other publications throughout the world. She hopes to save the world through science fiction and homegrown heritage tomatoes. Find her at

Leslie D. Soule

Leslie D. Soule is a fantasy/sci-fi author from Sacramento, CA. She has an M.A. in English from National University, and is currently working on the final book of her fantasy series, The Fallenwood Chronicles.

Xariffa Suarez

Xariffa Suarez lives in Dallas, Texas, of all places, but thinks she would be a better fit for New York, New Orleans, or OZ (the land of, not the prison). An avid reader straight out of the womb, the fantastical settled into her psyche. Old black and white sci-fi movies with pitiful special effects made her appreciate style. One story she wrote, "Farewell Fidel," was published in an anthology by Southern Methodist University, where she took writing classes. This is her first story sale.

Eve Taft

Eve Taft is a writer who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently carrying on a love affair with James Joyce and writing fantasy novels.

Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri is a graduate of the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, and earned an MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Weirdbook, and elsewhere. She is editor-in-chief of World Weaver Press. Find more at

Chris Vander Kaay

Chris Vander Kaay is a screenwriter whose film The Redemption of Henry Myers premiered on the Hallmark Movie Channel. He has previously been published with Mad Scientist Journal, McSweeney’s, and Everyday Fiction and he has co-written three published educational books about film history. He's completing work on a documentary and a graphic novel, and he loves working in the arts in any form he can. He is the husband of a poet, the parent of a Scottish Terrier, and the envy of the cool kids.

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.

Iris Wright

Iris Wright is a poet and short story writer from Plainfield, Illinois. She enjoys arranging flowers, canoeing, and dancing. Though she often experiments with genre and format, never settling for one style, she has an unwavering fascination with science fiction.