Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2014

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by S.R. Algernon, K. A. Blaha, Jason Bougger, Andy Brown, Regina Clarke, Kelda Crich, Gary Cuba, E. B. Fischadler, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Sean Patrick Hazlett, James M. Hines, Damien Krsteski, Parker McKenzie, David Neilsen, Lorraine Schein, K. C. Shaw, Charity Tahmaseb, Steve Toase, T. J. Tranchell

The secret history of the universe, virtual civilizations, murderous plants, and tailored diseases. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2014 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are three new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers by Charity Tahmaseb, Gary Cuba, and Sean Patrick Hazlett. 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 Mathew Allan Garcia, Regina Clarke, S. R. Algernon, Jason Bougger, K. C. Shaw, T. J. Tranchell, E. B. Fischadler, Steve Toase, James M. Hines, Kelda Crich, Damien Krsteski, David Neilsen, K. A. Blaha, Sean Frost, Lorraine Schein, Andy Brown, and Parker McKenzie. Illustrations are provided by Amanda Jones, Dawn Vogel, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Katie Nyborg, Luke Spooner, Shannon Legler, and Justine McGreevy.

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.

K. A. Blaha

K. A. Blaha, another mad scientist, recently received her PhD in chemical engineering with research in chaos and nonlinear dynamics. Her fiction has appeared in Swords and Sorcery Magazine and The Colored Lens. She writes about science, photography, and science fiction at her blog ( Her science-fiction themed fairy tales, set in Balini’s universe, are available free in the ibooks store, including over 50 original illustrations.

Jason Bougger

Jason Bougger grew up in Brainard, Nebraska and currently lives in Omaha with his wife and kids. His fiction has appeared in about a dozen places in print and online, most recently in Night to Dawn Magazine vol. 25, Biblical Legends: Garden of Eden (Garden Gnomes Publications), and Alternate Hilarities (Strange Musings Press).  He blogs about writing and other stuff (but mostly writing) at his website

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.

Regina Clarke

Regina Clarke has a doctorate in English and has worked as a technical writer in high tech, focusing on network management systems, virtual protocols, augmented reality, and military surveillance software. Her stories have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Subtle Fiction, and Over My Dead Body!, among others. Her passion is for mysteries, film noir, science fiction B-grade movies, and biographies of writers. It pleases her no end to live in the Hudson River Valley, not very far from where Rod Serling grew up. She has a brilliant, green, eclectus parrot--Harry--who talks a great deal about himself.

Kelda Crich

Kelda Crich is a new born entity. She's been lurking in her creator's mind for a few years. Now she's out in the open. Find her in London looking at strange things in medical museums or on her blog. Kelda's work has appeared in the Lovecraft E-zine, Journal of Unlikely Acceptance, Mad Scientist Journal, and in the Bram Stoker-Award winning After Death anthology.

Gary Cuba

Gary Cuba, a frequent contributor to Mad Science Journal, has seen his fiction published in more than ninety magazines and anthologies, including Baen's Universe, Nature Futures, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. His lives with his wife in South Carolina, dangerously close to the Congaree National Swamp. He sometimes sees things that cannot possibly exist.

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:

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.

Mathew Allan Garcia

Mathew Allan Garcia is the fiction editor of Pantheon Magazine. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Mad Scientist Journal, Kasma SF,, and the Suspended In Dusk anthology from Books of the Dead Press. You can find his complete bibliography on

Sean Patrick Hazlett

Sean Patrick Hazlett is a technology analyst and Army veteran living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he considers writing fiction as therapy that pays for itself. His fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency Magazine, The Colored Lens, and For more information, please visit:

James M. Hines

James Michael Hines was born in 1975. He grew up in Kentucky where he lived until moving to Oklahoma in 2001. James thoroughly enjoys writing science fiction, and his work has been featured in a number of science fiction publications over the last few years.

Damien Krsteski

Damien Krsteski writes SF and develops software. His stories have appeared in Plasma Frequency Magazine, Flapperhouse, The Colored Lens, Perihelion SF, Bastion, Kzine, Mad Scientist Journal, and others. He lives and works in Skopje, Macedonia. Online, he can be found at and @monochromewish.

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.

David Neilsen

David Neilsen is the author of a number of relatively disturbing short stories, and a slightly-less-disturbing novel. When he's not writing, he's performing one-man shows of either The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or The Call of Cthulhu. David wants to be a mad scientist when he grows up.

Lorraine Schein

Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, Space & Time, and the anthologies Phantom Drift and Alice Redux. Her poetry book, The Futurist's Mistress, is available from She has a story forthcoming in Gigantic Worlds and is working on a graphic novel.

K. C. Shaw

K. C. Shaw's fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Daily Science Fiction. Visit her website at

Charity Tahmaseb

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She’s worn both Girl Scout and Army green. These days, she writes fiction (short and long) and works as a technical writer.

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.

T. J. Tranchell

T. J. Tranchell is busy balancing life as a graduate student and teaching assistant at Central Washington University with being a husband to a beautiful woman and father to a rambunctious 8-month-old boy. He spends what little free time he has these days writing short stories; reading Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Neil Gaiman; watching horror movies; and teaching his son about professional wrestling and comic books.