Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Melanie Atherton Allen, H. E. Bergeron, Maureen Bowden, Andy Brown, Wesley O. Cohen, Domenic diCiacca, Megan Dorei, Rhonda Eikamp, Sean Frost, Darrell Z. Grizzle, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Sam Jowett, S. Qiouyi Lu, Kaitlin Moore, Allison Spector, Candida Spillard, Isaac Teile, Steve Toase, Darci Vogel, Dylan Vogel, E. R. Zhang

Phantom limb surgery, dimensional windows, and sentient androids. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Rhonda Eikamp, Darrell Z. Grizzle, and Joachim Heijndermans. 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 Isaac Teile, H. E. Bergeron, S. Qiouyu Lu, Candida Spillard, Steve Toase, E. R. Zhang, Kaitlin Moore, Maureen Bowden, Wesley O. Cohen, Megan Dorei, Allison Spector, Sam Jowett, Domenic diCiacca, Melanie Atherton Allen, Andy Brown, Darci Vogel, Dawn Vogel, Dylan Vogel, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art by Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Melanie Atherton Allen

Melanie Atherton Allen writes fiction, primarily mystery, horror, and comedy (as well as combinations of any two of these, and sometimes of all three).  A story of hers will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Occult Detective Quarterly.  When she is not writing fiction she hopes to publish, she is often engaged in some strange project for her blog (she spells it blaugh), This "blaugh" is the home of many works of fiction too dependent on images to be readily publishable, as well as other freaks and oddities.

H. E. Bergeron

H. E. Bergeron, in addition to writing, is partial to calligraphy pens, dragons, and tabletop roleplaying, but has found some time in between all that to create prose, other examples of which can be found in the anthology Once & Now and the magazine Vitality. @HEBergeron also exists on Twitter, but mostly posts opinions on books and pictures of tea.

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.

Wesley O. Cohen

Wesley O. Cohen is a San Francisco writer who specializes in short stories. As a journalist, she has fiercely advocated for cyborg and android rights. Her work appears in Matchbox Magazine, Star 82 Review, Potluck Mag, and Prized Writing. She graduated from University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior before attending the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. You can find more of her work at

Domenic diCiacca

Domenic diCiacca lives on a farm in Missouri where he excels as a time-share mattress for cats. Domenic's hobby is making his wife laugh.

Megan Dorei

Megan Dorei lives in Lawrence, KS, with her fiancee and has been published in several anthologies. In between writing and thinking about writing, she enjoys long walks, summer nights, and contemplating how supermarkets could best be fortified in the likely event we piss off the extraterrestrials.

Rhonda Eikamp

Rhonda Eikamp is originally from Texas and lives in Germany. Stories of hers have appeared in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Lackington's, The Journal of Unlikely Observances, and Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction". Find more stories at When not writing fiction, she translates for a German law firm.

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.

Darrell Z. Grizzle

Darrell Z. Grizzle is a former parole officer who now works as a counselor in private practice. He writes horror and crime fiction in shadow-haunted Marietta, Georgia, where he lives with two cats and way too many books. His fiction publications include "The Bag in the Corner" (Shotgun Honey, May 2016), "The Last Confession" (Near to the Knuckle, February 2017), and "Under the Blood" (Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy, Number 4).

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.

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 Me