Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Ali Abbas, Nyri Bakkalian, S. E. Casey, M. Lopes da Silva, Julian Dexter, Evan Dicken, Carolyn A. Drake, Dorian Graves, Diana Hauer, Georgie Hinojosa, Michael M. Jones, Gwendolyn Kiste, Christine Lucas, Audrey Mack, Lyndsie Manusos, Alanna McFall, Alexander Nachaj, Timothy Nakayama, Betty Rocksteady, Ian M. Smith, Kathryn Yelinek, E. R. Zhang

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"It takes time for a space to become a place. I'd never quite pinned down at what point during the gradual accretion of events and memories that houses became more than the sum of their parts, but I'd put down enough supposed hauntings to have developed a feel for when a place had turned."
- Evan Dicken, "Every House a Home"

No one understands strange places like people who have been there. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-two tales of people who have visited places both beautiful and horrifying. Some places heal, some places destroy, some places just want to see the world. Haunted houses share a neighborhood in these pages with dimensional rifts, hidden skyscrapers, and abandoned spacecraft.

Included in this collection are stories from Ali Abbas, Nyri Bakkalian, S. E. Casey, Julian Dexter, Evan Dicken, Carolyn A. Drake, Dorian Graves, Diana Hauer, Georgie Hinojosa, Michael M. Jones, Gwendolyn Kiste, M. Lopes da Silva, Christine Lucas, Audrey Mack, Lyndsie Manusos, Alanna McFall, Alexander Nachaj, Timothy Nakayama, Betty Rocksteady, Ian M. Smith, Kathryn Yelinek, and E. R. Zhang. Includes art by Ray McCaughey, Kristen Nyht, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Luke Spooner.

About the Authors

Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas is a writer, carpenter, and photographer born and bred in London. He is the author of Like Clockwork, a steampunk mystery published by Transmundane Press; Image and Other Stories, a collection of seven short stories that examine themes of love, loss, and the haunting nature of bad decisions; and Hajj--My Pilgrimage, a light-hearted and secular look at the pilgrimage to Mecca that is at the heart of the Islamic faith. His short story/love letter to London "An Absolute Amount of Sadness" was published by Mad Scientist Journal in their Fitting In anthology. You can find out what he is up to through his blog at www.aliabbasali.com.

Nyri Bakkalian

Nyri A. Bakkalian is a queer Armenian-American and adopted Pittsburgher. A military historian by training, she's an artist and writer whose work has appeared on Inatri, Metropolis Japan, Gutsy Broads, and Queer PGH. She has a soft spot for local history and unknown stories, preferably uncovered during road trips. When not hunting for unknown history, Nyri can most often be found sketching while enjoying a good cup of Turkish coffee. Check out her blog at sparrowdreams.com, and come say hello on Twitter at @riversidewings.

S. E. Casey

S. E. Casey grew up on the coast of New England near a lighthouse. As a child, he always dreamed of smashing the lighthouse and building something truly vulgar with its rubble. This has become the writing method for his unconventional, grotesque stories. His broken down and rebuilt weird tales have been published in many magazines and anthologies, a listing of which can be found at secaseyauthor.wordpress.com.

M. Lopes da Silva

M. Lopes da Silva is a bisexual author and artist from Los Angeles. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, and Nightscript Vol. IV and V. She likes to put fairy and folk tales in everything she makes. She tends roses and cats alongside her partner, a film critic.

Julian Dexter

Julian Dexter is a writer and English tutor who comes from a long line of teachers, avid readers, and English nerds. He lives in Washington with his cat and spends his free time pretending to be other people in various role-playing games.

Evan Dicken

By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and crunches data for all manner of fascinating medical experiments at Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His fiction has most recently appeared in publications such as: Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction. Feel free to visit him at: evandicken.com, where he wastes both his time and yours.

Carolyn A. Drake

A Jersey Shore native, Carolyn currently resides in Howell, New Jersey, where she works as a Promotional Review Editor for Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her professional work has appeared in a number of online publications, including HCPLive.com, where she was a regular contributor. In 2016, her first short work of fiction was published in the Three Rooms Press Songs of my Selfie anthology.

Dorian Graves

Having achieved a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Mills College in 2014, Dorian Graves retreated to the mountains of Oregon in order to hunt down new ideas to write about (and Sasquatch, but only because he keeps raiding the fruit orchard). When not writing short stories or an urban fantasy novel series, Dorian can be found traveling along the West Coast, designing increasingly ridiculous World of Darkness campaigns, or the "exciting" day job of selling shoes. Dorian's first novel, Bones and Bourbon, will be released by Ninestar Press on April 2nd, 2018.

Diana Hauer

Diana Hauer is a writer of words, both technical and fantastical, who lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with a dog and a husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and studying martial arts.

Georgie Hinojosa

Georgie Hinojosa is a 25-year-old content creator in Orlando. A lover of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, he especially likes technology and things that play with perception. He also has a fondness for corporate and mainstream popular culture, which balances out his geeky tendencies. He's written numerous short stories, a non-fiction book, and a novel, but this is his first published work.

Michael M. Jones

Michael M. Jones lives in southwestern Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who knows where all the bodies are buried. His stories, many of which take place in this same setting, have appeared in anthologies such as Constellary TalesF is for Fairy, and Fitting In. The characters in "The High Cost of Answers" first appeared in "The Strange Case of Rebecca Rice," available in Like a Mystery Uncovered: Erotic Detective Stories (caution: adult material!).

The characters in "...Octopuses in the Office" first appeared in "Saturday Night Science," available in the first issue of Broadswords & Blasters (April 2017).

For more, visit him at www.michaelmjones.com.

Gwendolyn Kiste

Gwendolyn Kiste is a speculative fiction author based in Pennsylvania. Her stories have appeared in Shimmer, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, Black Static, Nightmare, and Three-Lobed Burning Eye, among other outlets. Her debut fiction collection, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, is available now from JournalStone. You can find her online at gwendolynkiste.com.

Christine Lucas

Christine Lucas lives in Greece with her husband and a horde of spoiled animals. A retired Air Force officer and mostly self-taught in English, has had her work appear in several print and online magazines, including Daily Science Fiction, Pseudopod/Artemis Rising 4, and Nature: Futures. She was a finalist for the 2017 WSFA award and is currently working on her first novel. Visit her at: http://werecat99.wordpress.com/

Audrey Mack

Audrey Mack is a proofreader, book reviewer, and reader of all things fictional, with a special interest in the odd and unexplainable. She lives in New England on a quiet, little farm and spends much of her time in the woods, dreaming of the monsters dwelling just out of sight.

Lyndsie Manusos

Lyndsie Manusos has published fiction in PANK, Apex Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and The Masters Review blog, among other publications. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You can follow her on Twitter @lmanusos or visit her website at https://lyndsiekay.wordpress.com/. She lives in Chicago.

Alanna McFall

Alanna McFall is an actor and science-fiction writer based out of the Bay Area in California. She has published pieces on Mad Scientist Journal, Escape Pod, Alliteration Ink, and many more, across a range of mediums. You can follow her work on her website at https://alannamcfall.wordpress.com or on Twitter at @AlannaMcFall.

Alexander Nachaj

Alexander Nachaj lives in Montreal, Canada. He lectures part-time at Concordia University, where he is in the process of completing his Ph.D. and spends too much time reading and writing. His work has appeared in Grievous Angel, Shotgun Honey, and Right Hand Pointing, among other places. You can keep a tab on him over at his blog: www.anachaj.ca.

Timothy Nakayama

Timothy Nakayama was born and raised in Malaysia and currently resides in Seattle. His short stories have been featured in various anthologies such as Fish, Lost in Putrajaya, KL Noir: Yellow, PJ Confidential, and Little Basket 2016: New Malaysian Writing. He has also written short stories in comic form, many of them featured in anthologies published by GrayHaven Comics.

Betty Rocksteady

Betty Rocksteady is the author of a variety of weird horror fiction, including her novellas Arachnophile and Like Jagged Teeth. Her short fiction has appeared in DOA III, Eternal Frankenstein, and all three issues of Turn To Ash. Betty also does pen and ink illustration. Find out more at www.bettyrocksteady.com or connect via Facebook or Twitter @bettyrocksteady.

Ian M. Smith

Ian M. Smith spends a great deal of time staring into space. Sometimes, after staring into space for a particularly long while, he writes things down. This was one of those things. Another is his novel, Trace, which some very smart and attractive people have said quite kind things about.

He lives with his best friend in Seattle, Washington, along with a handful of freeloading roommates: two kids, two cats, and a dog. He is rather happy with his life, though he'd be happier if the patriarchy was demolished. But who wouldn't, right? Right.

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, NewMyths.com, Metaphorosis, and Deep Magic, among others.  Visit her online at kathrynyelinek.com.

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.