Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by S.R. Algernon, D. M. Allan, Juan Angel, Andy Brown, Denzell Cooper, Jim Doering, Finale Doshi-Velez, David Ferris, Heather Frederick, Sean Frost, Seth Frost, Carl Grafe, Dan Hart, JC Hemphill, Jamie Lackey, Zee Martin, Parker McKenzie, Adam Millard, J. Rohr, Adam Sear, R.G. Summers, Anne Toole

Alternate realities, zombie peanut butter, dragon surgery and time-travling grandmothers. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2013 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included is the thrilling serial novella, with its gripping conclusion, by R. G. Summers. 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 Heather Frederick, J. Rohr, Sarah Frost, D. M. Allan, Juan Angel, S. R. Algernon, David Ferris, Jamie Lackey, Carl Grafe, Dan Hart, Adam Millard, Finale Doshi-Velez, JC Hemphill, Adam Sear, Sean Frost, Parker McKenzie, Jim Doering, Andy Brown, Denzell Cooper, Anne Toole, and Zee Martin. Illustrations are provided by Luke Spooner, Katie Nyborg, Scarlet O'Hairdye, Justine McGreevy, Shannon Legler, and Eleanor Leonne Bennett.

About the Authors

S.R. Algernon

S. R. Algernon studied fiction writing and biology, among other things, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing interests include sociological science fiction, Japanese science fiction, alternate histories and puzzle stories like Asimov used to write. He currently resides in Singapore.

D. M. Allan

D. M. Allan was born and raised in Edinburgh. He also went to Edinburgh University where he studied medicine. After graduation he chose to specialise in radiology and obtained his postgraduate qualification while working in Oxford. Following his retirement he has pursued other interests, obtaining an MA in archaeology and another in creative writing. He enjoys watching rugby, cricket and American football and he is a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer. At present he lives on a houseboat on the river Thames.

Juan Angel

Juan Angel lives in London, England. He spends his time writing, reading, and poring over other phantasmagorical things.

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.

Denzell Cooper

Denzell Cooper is a British writer working across multiple genres. His dark fiction has previously appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Bete Noire, and other small press publications, as well as the anthologies Mental Ward: Echoes of the Past and Pirates & Ghosts. When he's not writing, Denzell enjoys playing horror board games, such as those set in the world of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, which provided part of the inspiration for this story. The other part was his own twisted imagination.

Jim Doering

Jim Doering's work has been featured in Meat For Tea Magazine, Kansas City Parent Magazine and Metro Voice Newspaper. A collection of short fiction, Sacred and Profane, will be released in January, 2014. He lives in Kansas City.

Finale Doshi-Velez

Finale Doshi-Velez is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard. She believes that happiness is a choice.

David Ferris

David Ferris is an undergraduate Electrical Engineering/Mathematics student at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has a website at which has not been updated in pretty much forever. This is the first writing piece he’s ever gotten published. Besides, like, one or two things, but those were years ago. Like, waaaaaay back in school. And they were TERRIBLE, let me tell you what. Spelling and grammar mistakes EVERYWHERE. He hasn’t really gotten that much better, to be honest. This is pretty terrible stuff.

Heather Frederick

Heather J. Frederick is a medical doctor by training and a writer by choice. She writes short speculative fiction and, thus far, has completed one children's action adventure novel in the little known "fluffy spy kitty" category. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband, two children, and four cats, none of whom are secret agents (that she knows of).

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.

Seth Frost

Seth Frost is a writer from Kansas whose mind has been warped by prolonged exposure to raw scientific research. His work has appeared in Analog, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Stupefying Stories, among others.

Carl Grafe

Carl Grafe lives with his family in the Salt Lake Valley, which he enjoys on days when it’s not snowing. His nascent career as a mad scientist ended abruptly in fourth grade when he tried to convert a record player into a robot arm in a rainstorm and received some electric pulse stimulation therapy as a result.

Dan Hart

Dan Hart is a writer and systems engineer working, arguing, and hiking in Silicon Valley with his boyfriend. Dan maintains a blog and list of publications at He believes in the power of fiction as a tool to solve real world problems.

JC Hemphill

Writing consumes. The reader is consumed by a world of imagination; the writer is consumed by an obsession for expressing those imaginings. As both an avid reader and writer, JC Hemphill can be difficult to find. The words, you see, have consumed him. And if you or anyone you know goes looking for him, beware. Words have teeth and they just might consume you, too.

Some of his work has appeared in Buzzy Mag, Stupefying Stories, and Nameless Magazine, with upcoming work in Space and Time, Tales to Terrify, and S.T. Joshi's Weird Fiction Review. Free reads and more can be found at

Again, if you seek the man himself ... beware.

Jamie Lackey

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She has over 130 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Cast of Wonders. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

Zee Martin

Zee Martín is an Engineer and Artist, an award-winning Dancer and Teacher, a Marksman and a small-time Rancher. She lives with her husband and a whole lot of critters on a small farm on a dirt road near a very tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. And sometimes, she likes to write.

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.

Adam Millard

Adam Millard is the author of thirteen novels and more than a hundred short stories, which can be found in various collections and anthologies. Probably best known for his post-apocalyptic fiction, Adam also writes fantasy/horror for children. He created the character Peter Crombie, Teenage Zombie just so he had something decent to read to his son at bedtime. Adam also writes Bizarro fiction for several publishers, who enjoy his tales of flesh-eating clown-beetles and rabies-infected derrieres so much that they keep printing them. His "Dead" series has recently been the filling in a Stephen King/Bram Stoker sandwich on Amazon’s bestsellers chart. Adam has recently sold the translation rights to a German publisher for his Dead series. When he’s not writing about the nightmarish creatures battling for supremacy in his head, Adam writes for This Is Horror, whose columnists include Shaun Hutson, Simon Bestwick, and Simon Marshall-Jones.

J. Rohr

J. Rohr is a Chicago native with a taste for history and wandering the city at odd hours. In order to deal with the more corrosive aspects of everyday life, he writes the blog and makes music in the band Beerfinger. His Twitter babble can be found @JackBlankHSH.

Adam Sear

Adam Sear is a BA English student at the University of Hull, UK. As an English student, he spends much of his time reading or drinking. He spends many of his weekends travelling around the UK, going to debate competitions. He blogs occasionally at and can be found as @Extra_Thoughts on Twitter.

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

Anne Toole

Anne Toole is a WGA-nominated writer for computer games, one-hour television, webseries, and short fiction. Her credits include the Emmy-winning webseries THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, STARGATE WORLDS, and the WGA-nominated dark fantasy game THE WITCHER.  Due to her transmedia experience, Anne has spoken at the inaugural Nokia OpenLab 2008 as well as at GDC Europe, GDC Online, South by Southwest, the Login Game Conference, and Comic-con International.  She also serves on the Los Angeles board of the International Games Developers Association (IGDA).  Anne graduated from Harvard with an ever-so-useful degree in Archaeology, naturally.  You can follow her on Twitter: @amely