Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Chris Aldridge, Maureen Bowden, Judith Field, Sean Frost, Paul Alex Gray, Lucinda Gunnin, Sandy Dee Hall, Teo Yi Han, Joachim Heijndermans, Michael Hobbs, Shelly Jasperson, Lucas Leery, Tom Lund, Brandon Nolta, Andrew Openshaw, Quinn Parker, Julia K. Patt, K. Tracy-Lee, Chris Walker, Kathryn Yelinek

Familial love, giant death bees, and notes for teaching assistants. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2018 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Maureen Bowden, Judith Field, and Sandy Dee Hall. 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 Michael Hobbs, Kathryn Yelinek, Chris Walker, Paul Alex Gray, Teo Yi Han, Shelly Jasperson, Brandon Nolta, Lucas Leery, Chris Aldridge, Julia Patt, K. Tracy-Lee, Tom Lund, Andrew Openshaw, Joachim Heijndermans, Kevin Holton, Linda M. Crate, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art by Scarlett O'Hairdye, .A. Jones, Leigh Legler, Errow Collins, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, Dawn Vogel, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Chris Aldridge

Chris Aldridge is an American writer of fiction and non-fiction originally from Thomasville, North Carolina. He was born in 1984 in Asheboro, and received his education from Columbia College of Missouri. Find him online at

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.

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.

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.

Paul Alex Gray

Paul Alex Gray enjoys writing linear and interactive fiction starring sentient black holes, wayward sea monsters, curious AIs, and more. His work has been published in Nature Futures, Andromeda Spaceways, The Arcanist, and others. Paul grew up by the beaches of Australia, then traveled the world and now lives in Canada with his wife and two children. On his adventures, Paul has been a startup founder, game designer, and mentor to technology entrepreneurs. Chat with him on Twitter @paulalexgray or visit

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.

Sandy Dee Hall

Sandy Dee Hall is a chef from NYC. He now works for his non-profit Sourc.ed. A non-profit for change of food and its access to youth. Don’t get lost out there!

Teo Yi Han

Teo Yi Han is a Singaporean policy analyst with a degree in psychology who struggles with policy writing by day and narrative writing by night. One of her stories won 1st prize in the Singapore 2015 Golden Point Award short story category, and others have been published in Southeast Asian anthologies such as FLESH:  A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology and This Is How You Walk On The Moon: An Anthology Of Anti-Realist Fiction.

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.

Michael Hobbs

Michael Hobbs won the stock option lottery ("...just what is a stock option?" he asked innocently the first they tried to grant him some) when he was still all but a child, and now he wastes his time very seriously ooogling birds, savoring IPAs and single malt scotches, assiduously attending to the needs of cats, going to readings and concerts with his wife Janka, and generally trying to have fun in the bucket we're all going to hell in. He does not generally consider himself a writer.

Shelly Jasperson

Shelly Jasperson has an inexplicable love for dead things. This is unrelated to her being a wife, mother of three little terrors, and author. Her short stories can be seen at Timeless Tales Magazine and Bewildering Stories.

Lucas Leery

Lucas Leery lives on the coast of Maine and spends a lot of time outside, collecting treasures found in the ocean and on land.

Tom Lund

From his childhood in the Caribbean to his later years in the Eastern Bloc, Tom has found that sometimes the best way to explore this crazy world is to create your own. He has dabbled in many things, careers and hobbies alike, but has always found that nothing satiates his restless heart more than creating. He currently lives and creates among the red rocks of Southern Utah.

Brandon Nolta

Brandon Nolta is a writer, editor, and professional curmudgeon living in the transportation-challenged wilds of north Idaho. After earning an MFA, he went slightly mad. Nothing much happened with that, so he gave it up and started working for respectable companies again, which he still does when he wants to pay his bills. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Centropic Oracle, Stupefying Stories, The Pedestal Magazine, Every Day Fiction, Perihelion, and a cacophony of other publications. Iron and Smoke, his first novel, was published by Montag Press in 2015; he has yet to admit to a second.

Andrew Openshaw

Quinn Parker

Quinn Parker is a novelist and award-winning screenwriter from a forgotten corner of the USA. She’s the author of the upcoming Nova EXE, among other books. Under various names, she has been published with Thunderdome Press, Sci-Phi Journal, The Literary Hatchet, Aphotic Realm, Mighty Quill Books, HellBound Books, Severed Press, Pleiades, Rain Taxi, and Crystal Lake Publishing. When not reading and writing, she can be found doing yoga or laughing at a scary movie.

Julia K. Patt

Julia K. Patt lives in Maryland with the smallest, furriest Elder God and her unwitting orange tabby acolyte, which never fails to make life interesting. Her stories have recently appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, and Luna Station Quarterly, and she is at work on a novel. Twitter: @chidorme. Website:

K. Tracy-Lee

K. Tracy-Lee lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Chris Walker

Chris works in spacecraft mission operations and is a sometime astrodynamicist and bytewrangler. He enjoys writing stories of other worlds and days that might be. His short stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Electric Spec, and Aurealis.

Chris lives in the UK and loves the liquid phase of what you humans call coffee.

Kathryn Yelinek

Kathryn Yelinek lives in Pennsylvania, where she works as a librarian.  She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.  Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction,, Metaphorosis, and Deep Magic, among others.  Visit her online at