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 is a lover of all things horror and strange. She has been published in such works as Sirens Call Publications' Bellows of the Bone Box, Dark Moon Digest #14, Flame Tree Publishing's Gothic Fantasy: Dystopia Utopia, and Transmundane Press' On Fire anthology. She lives in Lawrence, KS, with her fiancée and probably several ghosts.

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 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.

Sam Jowett

Sam Jowett currently lives and studies law in Toronto, Ontario. While he should perhaps focus on writing more "academic things," he can’t help but procrastinate and write "fiction things" instead. You can find his stories at Fickle Muses and Storyshack.

S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu is a writer, artist, narrator, and translator; their stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction. A dread member of the Queer Asian SFFH Illuminati, S. currently lives in Columbus, OH, with a tiny black cat named Thin Mint. Visit their site at or follow them on Twitter as @sqiouyilu.

Kaitlin Moore

Kaitlin Moore is a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying creative writing and physics and how the two disciplines have anything remotely to do with each other. Her works of short fiction and poetry have appeared in Tinge Magazine, Blue Door Quarterly, Supplement v.1, Stylus, and more. She believes Schrödinger's cat is still alive and to never trust a person not carrying a pen, a book, or an abacus.

Allison Spector

Allison is a New Jersey ex-pat who lives for moments of beautiful whimsy. Their work has been featured in The Cost of Paper, Molotov Cocktail Magazine, & Five2One Magazine, among others. Allison is the author of Let's Stalk Rex Jupiter! Check out their work at

Candida Spillard

Candida Spillard is a lapsed physicist, having researched for over twenty years into the effect the weather has on radio wave reception.
She has a passion for all things environmental, self-sufficient, or just plain eccentric.
She has sometimes been used for the purposes of Mad Science, but has never knowingly come to harm.
The family do not, in fact, have any known links to the West Indies but there are rumours, on her mother's side, of a Princess of the Raj marrying a British officer during those enlightened times before the Victorians put a stop to this sort of thing.

Isaac Teile

Isaac Teile wrote Resting in Peace: How the Restless Dead of Tira-no-gortha Finally Learned to Cope with Their Curse and edited A Man of Stature: Edmund Teile’s collected essays. He lives near the Blackened Sea and feeds a lot of stray cats. Follow him on Facebook.

Steve Toase

Archaeologist and writer Steve Toase lives in North Yorkshire, England, and Munich, Germany.

His work has appeared in Scheherezade's Bequest, Not One Of Us, and Cafe Irreal, amongst others. In 2014, "Call Out" (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year. He is also a regular Fortean Times reviewer.

Recently, Steve worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on Haunt, about Harrogate's haunting presence in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the town.

Darci Vogel

Darci Vogel is a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Lockport, Illinois, with her younger brother and parents. When she’s not learning at her school, Vine Academy, she likes to read, philosophize, dance, bike, and most importantly, write. She dreams of becoming a professional author, but for now she writes as a hobby.

Dylan Vogel

Dylan Vogel is a cute almost-seven-year-old boy. He loves maps, math, and animals, as well as dancing, Legos, and American Ninja Warrior. He lives in Lockport, Illinois, with his family and two cats, Domino and Tag.

E. R. Zhang

Officially, Zhang cultivates a tiny army of bacteria that may or may not help to save bananas. Unofficially, they are often commissioned to translate various documents and end up having knowledge of the uncanny and the strange, such as ghostly stenographers. You can find them on twitter at @zhang_er_ren.