Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2016

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Maureen Bowden, Thomas Canfield, Scott Chaddon, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Sean Frost, Farah Ghuznavi, Michael Goldstein, Tom Howard, Sean Kavanagh, K. Kitts, Matt Largo, A. C. Martin, Perry McDaid, Michael Monaco, Jennifer Moore, Leenna Naidoo, Maya Obregon, Edward Palumbo, Shane Patrick, Deborah Walker, Dusty Wallace

Jovian life forms, the cruel death of a superhero, memory loops. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2016 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Judith Field, K. Kitts, and Deborah Walker. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, horoscopes, and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Sean Kavanagh, Michael Goldstein, Farah Ghuznavi, Leenna Naidoo, Maureen Bowden, Dusty Wallace, Tom Howard, E. B. Fischadler, Matt Largo, Thomas Canfield, Edward Palumbo, Michael Monaco, Kate Elizabeth, Sean Frost, A. C. Martin, Scott Chaddon, Jennifer Moore, Maya Obregon, Perry McDaid, and Shane Patrick. Includes art by Amanda Jones, Justine McGreevy, Shannon Legler, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, and Errow Collins.

About the Authors

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.

Thomas Canfield

Thomas Canfield aspires to worry less, for which purpose he has taken up the study of children, and to laugh more, for which purpose he has taken up the study of politicians.

Scott Chaddon

Scott Chaddon is a 25-year-old man in a 48-year-old body that looks 35 (possibly due to Madam Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream). Condemned to exile from his beloved home in the far north, he strives to carry on in his strange new environment. He brings forth news from distant places and times, different realities and parallel universes to any who find interest and amusement in them. He’s at home in the surreal, buddies with the bizarre, and teases the twisted things creeping in the darkness (how else can he get the stubborn things out from under your bed?).

Kate Elizabeth

Kate Elizabeth lives in Melbourne, Australia. When she isn't working, she likes to write the occasional short story.

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.

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.

Farah Ghuznavi

Farah Ghuznavi is a writer, newspaper columnist and development worker, whose writing has been widely anthologized in the UK, US, France, Canada, Germany, Singapore, India, Nepal and her native Bangladesh.  Her story Judgement Day was awarded in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition 2010, and Getting There placed second in the Oxford University GEF Competition. Farah was Writer in Residence with Commonwealth Writers in 2013. She edited the Lifelines anthology (Zubaan Books, 2012), and subsequently published her first short story collection Fragments of Riversong (Daily Star Books, 2013). Her Facebook author page is at:

Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein dabbles in science fiction and is a gunner's mate in the US Navy. He is also pursuing his degree in mathematics. Between all this, he somehow finds time for his very patient and very supportive wife, Ellie, and daughter, Avery.

Tom Howard

Tom Howard is a fantasy and short story writer in Little Rock, Arkansas, who is currently working for a bank's IT department in the Philippines. He doesn't own any cats, but thanks his children for their inspiration and the Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers' Group for their perspiration.

Sean Kavanagh

Sean Kavanagh works in commercials and TV, as well as being a prolific writer of his favourite form of fiction: the short story. He has published three anthologies on Kindle, as well as having stories published on 365 Tomorrows and in the 81Word fiction anthology. You can see more about him on his blog:


K. Kitts

Dr. K. Kitts is a retired geology professor who lives in the high desert of New Mexico. She served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Mission and worked with both Apollo lunar samples and meteorites. She has dozens of non-fiction publications, but she no longer wishes to talk about “what is” but rather “what if.” She is currently writing both short and novel-length science fiction.

Matt Largo

Matt Largo studied literature at Arizona State University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and three cats. He blogs occasionally at, and can be found in person by whispering his name three times in front of a mirror in the dark. On second thought, no. Don't do that.

A. C. Martin

A. C. Martin was born in 1995 and currently lives in Kenya. He started writing in 2012 and got his first novel (Widows: A Blackhearts Series Novel) published in 2013. Since then, he has been writing with a small company of other writers called Fort Writing, mostly writing both fictional and nonfictional short articles and longer research papers. Martin is currently in college but spends most of his free time watching, reading and writing all forms of literature, from comic books to erudite novels.

Perry McDaid

Irish writer Perry McDaid lives in Derry under the brooding brows of Donegal hills which he occasionally hikes in search of druidic inspiration. His diverse creative writing appears internationally in the like of Quantum; Runtzine; Stupefying Stories; Amsterdam Quarterly; Everyday Fiction; Bewildering Stories; Flash Fiction Magazine; Bunbury and others.

Michael Monaco

Michael is a blogger, writer, and admin assistant extraordinaire from Washington, D.C. He graduated from William & Mary with a degree in Linguistics and Creative Writing. His greatest fears are crocodiles and failure, and he loves writing speculative fiction even more than he loves his neurotic Boston Terrier.

Jennifer Moore

If you were to visit the recent past in a time machine you’d find Jennifer’s short fiction appearing in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Guardian, Mslexia, The First Line and Short Fiction. You might also catch her winning the Commonwealth Short Story Competition.  Equally, there’s a chance you’d miss all the exciting writing bits and catch her doing the washing-up after dinner instead.  Time machine controls can be a bit temperamental like that.

Leenna Naidoo

Leenna almost failed Physics at high school, passed first year Electronics for Video Technology easily, and has hankered to study physics further ever since. After quitting ESL Teaching in 2014, she has concentrated on writing women's fiction and sci-fi/fantasy, including Situation No Win, How Not To Meet The Man of Your Dreams, and Here Be Monsters (set mostly on Mars). She is currently working on her novel, Incident At Wolfe Creek, which is not set on Mars, but on parallel worlds because her favorite theory has strings attached. Her blog is

Maya Obregon

Maya Obregon is a fairly new writer (in the terms of a writer who submits her work) but has enjoyed it for many years. Unfortunately, she is currently a captive of the Texan school system. When she is not held in the limbo of school, she likes mountain biking, writing, and reading. She also loves listening to music (though she weeps for anyone forced to hear her create it).

Edward Palumbo

Edward Palumbo is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (1982). His fiction, poems, shorts, and journalism have appeared in numerous periodicals, journals, e-journals and anthologies including Rough Places Plain, Flush Fiction, Tertulia Magazine, Epiphany, The Poet’s Page, Reader’s Digest, Baseball BardDark Matter, and Ed’s literary credo is: if you fall off the horse, get right back on the bicycle.

Shane Patrick

Shane Patrick has picked rocks, dug ditches, handled explosives, run a trap-line, raised mink, sold puppies, ridden motorcycles, told fools which team to bet on, shoveled all manner of things, skied powder, and more, all to make a buck. He currently flies helicopters for money. Mr. Patrick lives, works, and plays in Alaska.

Deborah Walker

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog: Her stories have appeared in Nature’s Futures, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, and The Year’s Best SF 18.

Dusty Wallace

Dusty Wallace lives in the Appalachians of Virginia with his wife and two sons. He enjoys reading, writing, and the occasional fine cigar. Find him on Twitter: @CosmicDustMite