Mad Scientist Journal – Winter 2020

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Han Adcock, C. R. Anderson, E.D.E. Bell, Maureen Bowden, Arnout Brokking, Andy Brown, Amanda Cherry, Sam Crane, James Cummins, Rain E. Day, Megan Dorei, Madison Estes, Judith Field, Lillie E Franks, Sean Frost, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Andrew K. Hoe, Joan Hudak, Blake Jessop, Michael M. Jones, Larry C. Kay, K. Kitts, Genevieve McCluer, Fiona Moore, Nick Morrish, Alexander Nachaj, George Nikolopoulos, Edward Garcia Punales, Mere Rain, Darren Ridgley, dave ring, J. Rohr, Angelica Rosenthal, Holly Saiki, Connor Sassmannshausen, Holly Schofield, Sophie Sparrow, Franko Stephens, Cory Swanson, Johnny Townsend, D. J. Tyrer, Alyssa N. Vaughn, Chris Walker, Cliff Winnig

Disaster photography, mental health assistance from unlikely sources, and talented velociraptors. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2020 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, Amanda Cherry, Sam Crane, Madison Estes, Larry C. Kay, K. Kitts, Fiona Moore, George Nikolopoulos, Mere Rain, Darren Ridgley, dave ring, J. Rohr, Holly Saiki, Connor Sassmannshausen, Alyssa N. Vaughn, Chris Walker, and Cliff Winnig. 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 Joachim Heijndermans, Genevieve McCluer, Nick Morrish, Cory Swanson, Arnout Brokking, Franko Stephens, Megan Dorei, Judith Field, Rain E. Day, Holly Schofield, Blake Jessop, Michael M. Jones, Andrew K. Hoe, Han Adcock, C. R. Anderson, E.D.E. Bell, Andy Brown, James Cummins, Lillie Franks, Joan Hudak, Alexander Nachaj, Edward Punales, Angelica Rosenthal, Sophie Sparrow, Johnny Townsend, DJ Tyrer, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art provided by Leigh Legler, Luke Spooner, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, America Jones, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Han Adcock

Han Adcock is a writer of short stories, short long stories and poetry ranging from the humorous to the bizarre. His work has appeared in print, online and in podcasts, e.g., Tales to Terrify, Expanded Horizons, and the Siren's Call ezine. He has a novelette available on Amazon ("Damian's Dream"), is an amateur book reviewer and artist, and is the editor-illustrator of Once Upon A Crocodile ezine. Find him at www.facebook.com/wyrdstories.


C. R. Anderson

C. R. Anderson was born and resides by the lake in the City of Milwaukee. He earned a bachelor’s in Business Management from Western Governors University and works as a Health Unit Coordinator and Telemetry Tech at a metropolitan hospital. In the past, he played the lead role in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors and performed with a Milwaukee Conservatory Choir. Recently he was published in cement on the city sidewalks, having one of his poems win a local contest for that honor.


E.D.E. Bell

E. D. E. Bell was born in the year of the fire dragon during a Cleveland blizzard. After a youth in the mitten, an MSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, three wonderful children, and nearly two decades in Northern Virginia and Southwest Ohio developing technical intelligence strategy, she now applies her magic to the creation of genre-bending fantasy fiction in Ferndale, Michigan, where she is proud to be part of the Detroit arts community. A passionate vegan and enthusiastic denier of gender rules, she feels strongly about issues related to human equality and animal compassion. She revels in garlic. She loves cats and trees. You can follow her adventures at edebell.com.


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.


Arnout Brokking

Arnout Brokking (1983) is a Dutch writer of SF, fantasy and horror fiction. Arnout believes in the power of story to amaze and inspire, to terrify and delight, and to teach and question. Stories shape both our world and ourselves. He lives in the Netherlands together with his beloved Camilla and Olga and their three children. You can check out his work at www.arnoutbrokking.com, or follow him on Twitter: @arnoutbrokking.


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.


Amanda Cherry

Amanda Cherry is a red headed wife and mom, an actor, and an author loving life in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. She’s an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas whose biggest claim to fame is having once co-starred with a Gecko in an insurance commercial. Amanda’s debut novel, Rites & Desires is on sale now. When not writing about or pretending to be fictional characters, Amanda enjoys tweeting (@MandaTheGinger) and geeking out about Star Wars.


Sam Crane

Sam Crane enjoys writing science fiction and dark fantasy stories. A History major and an IT professional, she draws considerable influence from both history and technology, as well as from New England, where she lives with two very mischievous black cats. You can find her online at sam-crane-writes.blogspot.com.


James Cummins

James Cummins received the 2009 Canadian Authors Association-BookTelevision prize winner for his history of rave music, Ambrosia: About a Culture, one of his nine books. He is also a poet, fashion reporter, and novelist. His upcoming books include Elixir: Our Oldest Bars and Why They Matter, a history of the oldest bars in the world, and Also and as well … What Day is it Again? - Overbooking the Year with a Few Thousand Too Many Days, the story of his celebrating as many unofficial and official holidays as possible over the 365 days of 2018 (about 2,200 in all).


Rain E. Day

Princess Rain E. Day rules a small kingdom in Oaks, Pennsylvania. She is fond of naps, brushing, and chin bumps. She is opposed to the outdoors, her nemesis—black kitty who deigns to set foot in her kingdom—and children. She’s been known to hiss her displeasure at human females who choose to reproduce. Her hobbies include basking in the sun, pouncing her mousey, and guarding the house. This is her first publication.


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.


Madison Estes

Madison Estes has had work featured in Texas Road Kill Vol. 3 (HellBound Books), Transcendent (Transmundane Press), Enter the Aftermath (TANSTAAFL Press) and Mojave Heart Review. Her work is forthcoming in Tales from Gehenna (Gehenna & Hinnom), Strange Girls (Twisted Wing Productions), The Toilet Zone (HellBound Books) and Unexpected Heroines (Grimbold Books). She lives in southeast Texas with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, sculpting, drawing, and reading. Find her on Twitter @madisonestes or Instagram @madisonpaigeestes


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.


Lillie E Franks

Lillie E Franks is a trans author and playwright from Chicago, Illinois. You can follow her on Twitter at @onyxaminedlife. She writes about things that could never happen because she can’t think of anything more honest.


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.


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 Amazon.com. 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 www.joachimheijndermans.com, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.


Andrew K. Hoe

Andrew K. Hoe is an associate professor of English and speculative fiction author based in Southern California. He is also an assistant editor and narrator for Cast of Wonders. Though he is excited to appear in Mad Scientist Journal, he is actually not a mad scientist—but insists that nobody can be perfect.

Twitter: @andrewk_hoe

Web: andrewkhoe.wordpress.com


Joan Hudak

Joan Hudak has studied geology through the graduate level. Her favorite mineral is kyanite and her favorite Cambrian fauna is Opabinia regalis.


Blake Jessop

Blake Jessop is a Canadian author of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories with a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Adelaide. You can read more of his speculative fiction in DreamForge Magazine or follow him on Twitter @everydayjisei.


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.


Larry C. Kay

Larry C. Kay fights mosquitoes and evades Florida Man with his mysterious wife, who only uses her sorcery for good, and a daughter who wishes she was a wolf made of stars. Find more of the products of his succulent skull meat at GoodReads, or slide over to Amazon and search for Welcome to San Cicaro, an anthology about a city that is a "mecca for the misbegotten" where "rumors of the bizarre and the miraculous abound, magic baked into the very streets by the scorching sun."


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.


Genevieve McCluer

Genevieve McCluer was born in California and grew up in numerous cities across the country. She studied criminal justice in college, but after a few years of that, moved her focus to writing. Her whole life, she’s been obsessed with mythology and past cultures, and she bases her stories in those.

She now lives in Arizona with her partner and cats, working away at far too many novels. In her free time, she pesters the cats, plays video games, and attempts to be better at archery.


Fiona Moore

Fiona Moore is a writer and academic whose first novel, Driving Ambition, is published by Bundoran Press in autumn 2018. She has written and cowritten a number of articles and guidebooks on cult television, three stage plays and four audio plays. Her short fiction has appeared in, among others, Interzone, Asimov, On Spec, Unlikely Story, and the award-winning anthology Blood and Water. When not writing, she is a Professor of Business Anthropology at Royal Holloway, University of London. More details, and free content, can be found at www.fiona-moore.com.


Nick Morrish

Nick Morrish is an increasingly mad engineer from Yorkshire, England. During a long and futile career, he has worked for a number of frankly certifiable multinational companies. He clings to the last vestiges of sanity by writing serious and truthful stories about the nature of existence. Since no one else seems to observe truth in quite the same way, his work is often mistaken for satire or fantasy.


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.


George Nikolopoulos

George Nikolopoulos is a speculative fiction writer from Athens, Greece, and a member of Codex Writers' Group. His short stories have been published in over 60 magazines and anthologies including Galaxy's Edge, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Factor Four, Grievous Angel, Best Vegan SFF, and The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF.


Edward Garcia Punales

Edward Garcia Punales is a writer, poet, filmmaker, and lover of mythology, science fiction, art, and cheeseburgers. He’s self-published three short story collections, written and/or directed a handful of short films, regularly publishes new work on his Medium page, and has spent way too much time on the internet watching old vine compilations.

He used to write under the pen name Edward Lange, but switched to his real name in 2015.

He lives in South Florida, and you can find him online at medium.com/@edwardpgames


Mere Rain

Mere Rain is an international nonentity of mystery whose library resides in California.

Mere likes reading, travel, food, art, and you.

No, really! Feel free to contact Mere at mererainwriting@gmail.com


Darren Ridgley

Darren Ridgley is a journalist and speculative fiction writer residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His work has previously appeared in the Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures anthology published by Mad Scientist Journal, as well as magazines including Polar Borealis, Fantasia Divinity, and Empyreome.


dave ring

dave ring is the chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He has stories featured or forthcoming in Speculative City, GlitterShip, and A Punk Rock Future. He is the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press. More info at www.dave-ring.com. Follow him on Twitter at @slickhop.


J. Rohr

J. Rohr is a Chicago native with a taste for history and wandering the city at odd hours. In order to deal with the more corrosive aspects of everyday life, he writes the blog www.honestyisnotcontagious.com and makes music in the band Beerfinger. His Twitter babble can be found @JackBlankHSH.


Angelica Rosenthal

Angelica "Angie" Rosenthal is a college student from Northern Michigan. She loves reading graphic novels, laughing too much, and being a film snob. Her dream in life is to write for television; pray for her.

She can be contacted on Instagram @your_favorite_angie and on Twitter @thatoneangie.


Holly Saiki

Holly Saiki is a part-time retail worker living in Kapolei, HI, on the Island of Oahu. Her work has appeared in Café Irreal, The Stray Branch, Ink Stains Anthology, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Siren's Call, TANSTAAFL Press' Enter the Rebirth and is forthcoming in Black Hare Press' Monsters, Pure Slush's The Shitlist, and Words and Brushes Volume One. She is currently at work on a superhero novel, Serendipity City Adventures: Shotgun Annie and Blood Gun vs. The Mediators.


Connor Sassmannshausen

Connor Sassmannshausen is an Australian based American author and filmmaker. Her works can be found is Daily Science Fiction, Fantasia Divinity, Enchanted Conversation, Servicescape, Challenge Accepted, and Like a Woman. When not writing, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and cross-stitching. She enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction in this universe or someplace new.


Holly Schofield

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of city and country life. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and many other publications throughout the world. She hopes to save the world through science fiction and homegrown heritage tomatoes. Find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com.


Sophie Sparrow

Sophie Sparrow has published short fiction in a variety of venues, including here at Mad Scientist Journal. She lives and works in Birmingham, England, with her partner and not enough cats. Visit her online at www.writersophiesparrow.com or on Twitter @_sophiesparrow.


Franko Stephens

Franko Stephens lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children. In addition to the multitude of stories told to his kids just before bedtime, he has a novel, The Crooner, currently on Amazon Kindle. His short story, "The Werner and Chalsky Event," was published by Mad Scientist Journal in 2016. He hopes to one day find a home for his new novel, That’s My Little Death God.


Cory Swanson

Cory Swanson lives in Northern Colorado with his wife, two daughters, and an old blind dog named Kirby. When he’s not working himself to the bone teaching tweens how to play band and orchestra instruments, he can be seen camping with his family in his tiny trailer or traveling to strange worlds in his head in order to write about them.
If you would like to witness a nearly middle aged man attempt to navigate the perils of social media, you can find Cory on Facebook under the handle @speculativemeculative, on Instagram @coryswansonauthor, or at his website, coryswansonauthor.wordpress.com


Johnny Townsend

Johnny Townsend has published stories and essays in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Humanist, The Progressive, in the anthologies The Kindness of Strangers, Queer Fish, and Latter-Gay Saints, and in many other publications. His books include Mormon Underwear, Zombies for Jesus, Gayrabian Nights, and Human Compassion for Beginners. He was also an associate producer for the documentary Upstairs Inferno. His books have been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. His latest collection of essays on climate change, Dead Mankind Walking, was published in March 2019.


D. J. Tyrer

D. J. Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines in the UK, USA, online and elsewhere, most recently in Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium), Tales of the Dark Arts (Hazardous Press), Cosmic Horror (Dark Hall Press), and Serial Killers Quattuor (JWK Fiction), as well as Tigershark ezine. In addition, The Yellow House (Dynatox Ministries) is available in paperback and on the Kindle from Amazon.

D. J. Tyrer's website is at http://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/

The Atlantean Publishing website is at http://atlanteanpublishing.blogspot.co.uk/


Alyssa N. Vaughn

Alyssa N. Vaughn lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a former software developer, a current high school teacher, a part-time writer and a full-time geek. When she's not reviewing comics for NerdSpan.com or video games for ThatVideoGameBlog, she's working on her own science fiction projects. More accurately, she's procrastinating working on them and tweeting about her baby's farts and the weird things her mom says when they watch the Food network. You can read these tweets @msalyssaenvy or see pictures of her kid on Instagram @alyssaenvy.


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.


Cliff Winnig

Cliff Winnig writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, Weird Western, and related genres. His short fiction has appeared on the Escape Pod podcast and in several anthologies, including That Ain’t Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley, Footprints, and Straight Outta Deadwood.

When not writing, Cliff plays sitar, studies aikido and tai chi, sings in two different choirs, and does social dance, including ballroom, swing, and Argentine tango. He lives with his family in Silicon Valley, which constantly inspires him to think about the future. He can be found online at http://cliffwinnig.com.


Denizens of Distant Realms

by Dawn Vogel

In Denizens of Distant Realms, fantastical things intertwine in half a dozen fantasy short stories. Dragons and witches fend off suitors by unconventional means, old pacts with demons are fixed with true love, dark magic threatens lives and livelihoods, and magical shoes and mermaids both offer young women new opportunities.

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About the Author

Dawn Vogel's academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA, and Codex Writers. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.

You can reach Dawn at historythatneverwas@gmail.com or vogel.dawn@gmail.com.


Mad Scientist Journal – Winter 2019

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Raluca Balasa, Arinn Dembo, E. B. Fischadler, Eric S. Fomley, Sean Frost, Lucinda Gunnin, Soramimi Hanarejima, Joachim Heijndermans, Brodie Lowe, Tom McGee, Fiona Moore, Nick Morrish, Quinn Parker, Diana Parparita, Ron Riekki, Leslie D. Soule, Annika Sundberg, Rick Tobin, Margret Treiber, Gordon B. White

Necromancy for fun and profit, training the next generation of monster hunters, and looking forward to a new year. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2019 collects twelve tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Quinn Parker, Joachim Heijndermans, and Diana Parparita. 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 Arinn Dembo, Rick Tobin, Fiona Moore, Annika Sundberg, Raluca Balasa, Tom McGee, Gordon B. White, Nick Morrish, Brodie Lowe, Ron Riekki, Soramimi Hanarejima, E. B. Fischadler, Eric Fomley, Leslie Soule, Margret Treiber, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art provided by Leigh Legler, Errow Collins, A. Jones, Justine McGreevyk, Luke Spooner, Dawn Vogel, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Raluca Balasa

Raluca Balasa holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her approach to writing is character-oriented, often dealing with love-hate relationships, antiheroes, and antagonists who make you agree with them. Her short work has appeared in Andromeda Spaceways, Aurealis, Psychopomp, and Grimdark Magazine, among others. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing the piano or spilling things.


Arinn Dembo

Arinn Dembo is an author and screenwriter currently based in Vancouver, BC. She is the Lead Writer of Kerberos Productions, a studio dedicated to creating both video games and tabletop games. If you enjoyed this piece, she would greatly appreciate it if you would sign up for her company newsletter to follow the shenanigans of her indiedev crew as they Make All the Things, Break All the Rules, and Fill Up the Swear Jar on their weekly Twitch boardgaming webcast. Alternatively, you could follow her on Twitter or Facebook, or support her independent fiction and world-building tutorials on Patreon.


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: https://ebfischadler.wordpress.com/


Eric S. Fomley

Eric S. Fomley is the editor of Martian Magazine and the Timeshift and Drabbledark anthologies. His work has appeared in various venues and can be found on his website ericfomley.com. He can also be found on Twitter @PrinceGrimdark.


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.


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 Amazon.com. When not writing, she’s a gluten-free gamer girl, sushi lover, and cat-spoiling pet parent. Find her on Twitter @LucindaGunnin.


Soramimi Hanarejima

Soramimi Hanarejima is a writer of innovative fiction and the author of Visits to the Confabulatorium, a fanciful story collection that Jack Cheng said “captures moonlight in Ziploc bags.” Soramimi’s recent work has appeared in various literary magazines, including Panoply, Pulp Literature, and The Absurdist.


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 www.joachimheijndermans.com, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.


Brodie Lowe

Brodie has a B.A. in English from Western Carolina University. He has stories published in Mystery Tribune, The Bark Magazine, Strange Stories Magazine, Cultured Vultures, Quail Bell Magazine, Antithesis Journal, Frontier Tales, Gypsum Sound Tales, and Coffin Bell Journal, and has a forthcoming poem in Nebo: A Literary Journal. He was a finalist for Still:  The Journal's 2018 Fiction Contest, judged by bestselling author Wiley Cash.  He is a recent alumnus of Spalding University’s MFA Community Workshop (Fall 2018) taught by bestselling author Silas House.


Tom McGee

Tom McGee is a Toronto-based writer, playwright, producer, dramaturge, and puppeteer. If you enjoyed this story, check out Tom’s first novel, The Bloody Lullaby, on Wattpad! He is the co-founder of Theatre Brouhaha and Shakey-Shake and Friends Puppet Shakespeare Company in Toronto. He is also the show runner and Game Master for Dumb-Dumbs and Dragons and Star Trek: Redundancy, two narrative podcasts where comedians play RPGs for the first time with hilarious, disastrous, and occasionally heartbreaking results. Both podcasts are available at GarbageProductions.net and on iTunes. For more of Tom’s writing, go to WhaHappen.ca.


Fiona Moore

Fiona Moore is a writer and academic whose first novel, Driving Ambition, is published by Bundoran Press in autumn 2018. She has written and cowritten a number of articles and guidebooks on cult television, three stage plays and four audio plays. Her short fiction has appeared in, among others, Interzone, Asimov, On Spec, Unlikely Story, and the award-winning anthology Blood and Water. When not writing, she is a Professor of Business Anthropology at Royal Holloway, University of London. More details, and free content, can be found at www.fiona-moore.com.


Nick Morrish

Nick Morrish is an increasingly mad engineer from Yorkshire, England. During a long and futile career, he has worked for a number of frankly certifiable multinational companies. He clings to the last vestiges of sanity by writing serious and truthful stories about the nature of existence. Since no one else seems to observe truth in quite the same way, his work is often mistaken for satire or fantasy.


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.


Diana Parparita

Diana Parparita’s short stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Enchanted Conversation, Avast, Ye Airships!, and other publications. She is currently working on the fantasy web-novel Toadmila Wartly, which can be found at toadmila.blogspot.com.


Ron Riekki

Ron Riekki’s books include And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Great Lakes Best Regional Fiction), The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (Wayne State University Press, 2014 Michigan Notable Book awarded by the Library of Michigan), and U.P.: a novel (Ghost Road Press).


Leslie D. Soule

Leslie D. Soule is a fantasy/sci-fi author from Sacramento, CA. She has an M.A. in English from National University, and is currently working on the final book of her fantasy series, The Fallenwood Chronicles.


Annika Sundberg

Annika Sundberg lives in Pennsylvania with her herd of rabbits. She has her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill. Official Secret Keeper.


Rick Tobin

Rick Tobin is a retired government emergency and counter-terrorism consultant now puttering as a freelance writer, painter, and photographer in San Antonio, Texas. Scores of his flash science fiction stories are at www.365tomorrows.com. His thriller novels are on Amazon: The Curse of the 8th Buddha and Gordion’s Knot. His art is available on Pinterest, under “Rick Tobin Art for Sale.” Rick also writes safety and security guides and blogs for schools at Safe to Learn in Seattle at www.safetolearn.com. He also works part time supporting special needs patients and protecting feral cats.


Margret Treiber

Margret Treiber resides in Southwest Florida and is employed as a systems analyst.  When she is not working with technology or writing speculative fiction, she helps her birds break things for her spouse to fix.

Her short fiction has appeared in a number of publications. Links to her short fiction, novel and upcoming work can be found on her website at http://www.the-margret.com.


Gordon B. White

Gordon B. White has lived in North Carolina, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. He is a 2017 graduate of the Clarion West Writing Workshop, and his fiction has appeared in venues such as Daily Science Fiction, A Breath from the Sky: Unusual Stories of Possession, Nightscript Vol. 2, and the Bram Stoker Award® winning anthology Borderlands 6. Gordon also contributes reviews and interviews to various outlets. You can find him online at www.gordonbwhite.com or on Twitter at @GordonBWhite.


Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Elizabeth Booth, Maureen Bowden, Kate B. Brokaw, Sean Buckley, Tara Campbell, Christa Carmen, Sarah Cavar, Amanda Cherry, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Jessie Kwak, John A. McColley, Charlie Neuner, Jule Owen, Torrey Podmajersky, Cathleen Kivett Smith, J. Lee Strickland, Isaac Teile, Steve Toase, Emma Whitehall

Smart toasters, zombie offboarding, and innovations in 3-D printing. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Sean Buckley, Jule Owen, and Steve Toase. 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 Amanda Cherry, Sarah Cavar, Charlie Neuner, E. B. Fischadler, Christa Carmen, Tara Campbell, Judith Field, Emma Whitehall, Maureen Bowden, Isaac Teile, J. Lee Strickland, John A. McColley, Kate B. Brokaw, Jessie Kwak, Elizabeth Booth, Joachim Heijndermans, Cathleen Kivett Smith, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art by Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, and Amanda Jones.

About the Authors

Elizabeth Booth

Elizabeth Booth is a young writer primarily interested in writing fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other strange things. When not writing, she enjoys reading what other people have written, growing vegetables, and cooking with said vegetables. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel. This is her first published piece.


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.


Kate B. Brokaw

Kate B. Brokaw graduated from Furman University with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She is an aspiring science fiction writer and scientist. Currently, she lives in northern Virginia where she is working on completing her first novel.


Sean Buckley

Sean Buckley is a 25-year-old novelist and screenwriter from Secaucus, New Jersey. He graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from Fairfield University in 2016 for fiction and screenwriting. His screenplays have reached the quarterfinals of the Austin Film Festival and the PAGE International Screenwriting Contest, the semifinals of the Cynosure Screenwriting Contest, and most recently won the Iconic Character Fellowship Award. You can contact him at sean.a.buckley09@gmail.com.


Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell [www.taracampbell.com] is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and a fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong QuarterlyLitbreakMasters Reviewb(OINK)Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Mad Scientist Journal. Her novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, was published in spring 2018. 


Christa Carmen

Christa Carmen's short fiction has appeared in Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2, WolfSinger Publications' Just Desserts, the DreamFusion Press anthology, The Book of the Macabre, Devolution Z Horror Magazine, The J.J. Outré Review, Jitter Press, Literally Stories, Fiction on the Web, Corner Bar Magazine, pennyshorts, and Dark Fire Fiction. Four Souls of Eve is available through Frith Books as a standalone eBook, and is soon to appear in their All Hallows anthology, and "The One Who Answers the Door" took Best in Genre for Thriller/Horror in wordhaus' Trick or Treat Fall Story Contest. Additional work is forthcoming from Anotherealm.


Sarah Cavar

Sarah is an 18-year-old undergraduate student living and studying in New England. They are agender and use they/them/theirs pronouns, and are very interested in incorporating gender-nonconforming/trans characters into their work. They study critical social thought, Mandarin Chinese, and journalism. In their spare time, they enjoy reading, writing, astrology, giving great hugs, and consuming more coffee than is medically advisable.


Amanda Cherry

Amanda Cherry is a red headed wife and mom, an actor, and an author loving life in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. She’s an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas whose biggest claim to fame is having once co-starred with a Gecko in an insurance commercial. Amanda’s debut novel, Rites & Desires is on sale now. When not writing about or pretending to be fictional characters, Amanda enjoys tweeting (@MandaTheGinger) and geeking out about Star Wars.


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: https://ebfischadler.wordpress.com/


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 Amazon.com. 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 www.joachimheijndermans.com, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.


Jessie Kwak

Jessie Kwak is a B2B marketing copywriter and novelist who sometimes amuses herself by imagining how much more lively corporate communications would be during the time of the zombie apocalypse. Her short fiction has appeared in Bikes in Space vols 1-4, and you can find her paranormal and gangster sci-fi novels on her website, jessiekwak.com.


John A. McColley

John A. McColley claims to be a recent father of three, living at the edge of a three-hundred-acre wood. Evidence mounts that he, too, has lost touch with reality after months of sleep deprivation, spinning tales of mechanical men and magic. He reports waking many times a night to the screaming of very cute, but very angry, tiny, twin demons who demand milk and diaper changes.


Charlie Neuner

Charlie Neuner is a young writer in Los Angeles, CA. He got his start way back in middle school and hasn't let up since! Currently, he works as a TV comedy writer; most recently he was in the writer's room for Nickelodeon's Emmy-nominated series School of Rock! He still finds time to write his own prose, both fiction and nonfiction. He's read his pieces in storytelling shows all over the city and his writing has appeared on humor websites like The Higgs Weldon. You can follow him at his Twitter handle, @charzooka, or y'know, you could just Google him and learn about him that way, too.


Jule Owen

Jule Owen was born in the north of England in a little place nestled between Snowdonia, the Irish Sea and the Pennines, and now lives in London. She has spent many years working in online technology, including in the video games industry. By day she is a practising digital technologist, working on products that involve machine learning and automation. By night and weekend, Jule is a science fiction author with a passion for science and a terror of climate change. She's the author of three published science fiction novels and the writer of short stories about the near future.


Torrey Podmajersky

Delivered by time travelers to a newly-cooled Earth, Torrey Podmajersky spent her formative years in de facto world domination. Since her peaceful abdication, she and her knifemaking husband embroider the outskirts of imaginalia with monsters, tools, and words.


Cathleen Kivett Smith

Cathleen Kivett Smith is a seventh-grade student who lives in Florida. In the summer, she works as a freelance writer. She's been writing her entire life and enjoys it as a hobby and possible career.


J. Lee Strickland

J. Lee Strickland is a freelance writer living in upstate New York. In addition to fiction, he has written on the subjects of rural living, modern homesteading and voluntary simplicity. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sixfold, Atticus Review, Icarus Down Review, Latchkey Tales, Scarlet Leaf Review, Workers Write!, Pure Slush, Small Farm Journal, and others. He served as a judge for the 2015 and 2016 storySouth Million Writers Awards. He is at work on a collection of connected short stories vaguely similar in format to the long-defunct American television series, Naked City, but without the salacious title.


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.

stevetoase.wordpress.com


Emma Whitehall

Emma Whitehall is a writer and spoken word performer based in the North East of England. Her work has been published in the United Kingdom, America, and Mexico. She also writes articles about writing, as well as genre fiction reviews. Find out more at emmawhitehallwrites.weebly.com.


The Devil, You Say

By Jeremy Zimmerman

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Thomas Carlton, wealthy man about town, and his faithful companion, Grace Glass, don masks to fight crime in 1930s Cobalt City.

This book collects together three tales of pulp heroism, pitting the Diabolical Duo against threats that are out of this world.

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That Ain’t Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Sanford Allen, Brandon Barrows, Folly Blaine, Darin M. Bush, Kelda Crich, Nathan Crowder, Erik Scott de Bie, Sean Frost, Phil Gonzales, Brian Hamilton, Samuel Marzioli, Erick Mertz, Craig D. B. Patton, Jenna M. Pitman, Evan Purcell, Damir Salkovic, Emily C. Skaftun, Cliff Winnig

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"Growing up in Arkham, you hear things. Ghost stories wrapped in magickal moon lore with a heaping helping of elder gods and forbidden books, all swapped between boys and girls over dwindling campfires. We collected alternate histories like kids on TV traded baseball cards. As a child of Arkham, you just took for granted you lived in a special town, but seeing that difference up close and personal, in the place where you gave up evenings and weekends so college admissions might think you were well-rounded and responsible, well, seeing that kind of truth was an awful big shock."
-- "Arkquarium" by Folly Blaine

Mad Scientist Journal has brought together eighteen tales of people who have either lived in this strange corner of New England or had the misfortune of visiting. Mixed in with nods to classic Lovecraft icons are stories that bring a new eye to the genre. Tales of horse drawn carriages share space with orbital shuttles, alternate worlds, and football.

Included in this collection are Sanford Allen, Brandon Barrows, Folly Blaine, Darin M. Bush, Kelda Crich, Nathan Crowder, Erik Scott de Bie, Sean Frost, Phil Gonzales, Brian Hamilton, Samuel Marzioli, Erick Mertz, Craig D. B. Patton, Jenna M. Pitman, Evan Purcell, Damir Salkovic, Emily C. Skaftun, and Cliff Winnig.

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Sanford Allen

Sanford Allen, at various times, has worked as a newspaper reporter, a college journalism instructor, and a touring musician. He recently released his first novel, Deadly Passage, bound back-to-back with Joe McKinney's Dog Days, as part of JournalStone Books' DoubleDown series. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Horror Library Vol. 5, Rayguns Over Texas, and Innsmouth Magazine, to name a few.

www.sanfordallen.com


Brandon Barrows

Brandon Barrows lives in the shadow-haunted hills of Vermont, the last bastion of Lovecraft's New England, with his wife and a pair of elder-spawn cats.

Best known for his detective comic book series Jack Hammer (Action Lab Comics), he's also written several graphic novels and, as part of a team, won the Ghastly Award for horror comics.

His prose has appeared in such venues as Fantasy Scroll, Voluted Tales, and the anthology Whispers from the Abyss. Over thirty of his poems have been published, including being chosen featured poet of the February 2014 issue of Scifaikuest.


Folly Blaine

Folly Blaine lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared at InfectiveInk.com, Mad Scientist Journal, and in the anthologies, Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations and Fresh Blood, Old Bones. As the Podcast Manager for EveryDayFiction.com, Folly has narrated over 80 stories for weekly podcasts. See more at www.follyblaine.com.


Darin M. Bush

Darin M. Bush is an author, speaker, educator, and victim of excessive personality from Atlanta, Georgia. He also uses the word "panel" as a verb, due to his recently acquired addiction to sitting on panels at conventions, discussing science fiction and fantasy. This is his second story published by Mad Scientist Journal. His ego is accessible through his Amazon author's page, and his id is on display at Facebook.com/DarinMBush.


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.


Nathan Crowder

Creator and curator of the superhero universe of Cobalt City, Nathan lives in the wilds of North Seattle, where he writes his weird stories and survives on a diet of coffee and irony. He draws inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut who reminds us, "God damn it, you've got to be kind."


Erik Scott de Bie

Erik Scott de Bie is a 30-something speculative fiction author and game designer.

He has published ten novels to date, including novels in the storied Forgotten Realms, his World of Ruin epic fantasy setting (the fourth of which, Scourge of the Broken World, is due out in 2019), as well as stand-alone novels for Broken Eye Books (Scourge of the Realm) and the horror novel Blind Justice.

His short work has appeared in numerous anthologies and online, and he is the author of the multimedia superhero project, Justice/Vengeance (including fiction, spoken word, and comics).

In his work as a game designer, he has contributed to products from such companies as Wizards of the Coast and Privateer Press, and he was the lead creative consultant on Red Aegis from Vorpal Games.

He lives in Seattle with his wife, cats, and dog. Learn more at erikscottdebie.com.


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.


Phil Gonzales

Phil Gonzales's story "Cool Cats" was a winner of the HPLFF 1st Annual Lovecraftian Micro Fiction Contest. In between performing, directing, and scribbling horrors at zengroans.wordpress.com, he earns his living as a Public Awareness Associate for the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and struggles to find time to spend with his beautiful partner and two lovely daughters.


Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a recent college graduate, freelance writer, and fan of horror literature--especially anything Lovecraftian. "The Reservoir" is one of his first published short stories. His other works have been published in ebooks and emagazines, including The Asylum Within (Miskatonic Press, 2014).


Samuel Marzioli

Samuel Marzioli is an Italian-Filipino author, born and raised in the drought-ridden state of California. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Apex Magazine, Shock Totem, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. He currently resides in Oregon with his family. For more information about his upcoming works, visit: marzioli.blogspot.com.


Erick Mertz

Erick Mertz writes fiction, screenplays, and poetry while living with his wife, dog, and cats in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in English and Comparative Literature in 1998. He writes full-time while also working with persons with disabilities and mental health challenges.

Recent short stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles and Mad Scientist Journal. His short story "The Measurable Blood" has been adapted into an audio book. His new novella The Pelican is due in the summer of 2014. Follow along @emertzwriting and his site: www.erickmertzwriting.com.


Craig D. B. Patton

Craig D. B. Patton writes stories, poems, flash fiction, drabbles, and other things made out of words. Some of his work has been published in Supernatural Tales, Illumen, Wily Writers, and other markets. He has a triptych of poems forthcoming in the Lovecraft inspired anthology The Terror of Miskatonic Falls (Shroud Publishing). He lives and writes in New England. You can learn more at flawedcreations.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @craigdbpatton.


Jenna M. Pitman

Jenna M. Pitman's first work was published in a monthly zine local to Seattle where it ran for nearly a year, garnering a fair amount of popularity. Since then she has had a number of stories and articles published in a variety of locations. Before moving to Los Angeles, CA, in 2012, she was a well-known member of the Pacific Northwest convention community. Currently she is a happy resident of sunny Southern California where she hikes, dances, and practices yoga daily in addition to working as a full time writer.


Evan Purcell

Evan Purcell is a writer and teacher. He loves to travel the world, and is currently living and working in central China. Wherever he goes, he tries to collect as many stories as he can. For information on his writing and travels, you can visit EvanPurcell.blogspot.com.


Damir Salkovic

Damir is an aficionado of weird and macabre tales, presently residing in Arlington, Virginia. His reading interests range from horror and fantasy to pulp and science fiction. His short stories have been published on the Tales to Terrify podcast, in the Schlock! Bimonthly magazine and in anthologies by Schlock! Webzine, Source Point Press, Parasomnia Press, Apokrupha, Villipede Publications, Miskatonic Press, and the Black Library Bolthole. He earns his living as an accountant, a profession that lends itself well to nightmares and harrowing visions.


Emily C. Skaftun

Emily C. Skaftun is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing. If she could zap things out of this dimension there'd be a lot less traffic, chewing gum, and rain. Despite the inability (yet!) to vanquish rain, Emily lives in Seattle with her husband the mad scientist and a cat who thinks he's a tiger. She dabbles in roller derby and other absurd opportunities as they come along, while writing about fate, flying tigers, and strange fish. Emily is the Managing Editor of the Norwegian American Weekly. Hun lærer norsk, men sakte.


Cliff Winnig

Cliff Winnig writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, Weird Western, and related genres. His short fiction has appeared on the Escape Pod podcast and in several anthologies, including That Ain’t Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley, Footprints, and Straight Outta Deadwood.

When not writing, Cliff plays sitar, studies aikido and tai chi, sings in two different choirs, and does social dance, including ballroom, swing, and Argentine tango. He lives with his family in Silicon Valley, which constantly inspires him to think about the future. He can be found online at http://cliffwinnig.com.


The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

by Dawn Vogel

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Chrysanthemum and Marigold Marsh, girl detectives, investigate a break-in at their family's mechanical garden, and discover the culprit is a mechanical cat. After learning that the mechanical cat has only a limited power supply, they must find the cat to return it to its owner. But Dover is a big place, and there are Built Boys, a carnival, and a man called Solomon standing in their way. They'll need help from Inspector Gaspard Greymoor and his constables in order to rescue the mechanical cat before it's too late.

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Dawn Vogel's academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA, and Codex Writers. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.

You can reach Dawn at historythatneverwas@gmail.com or vogel.dawn@gmail.com.


Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2014

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Russ Bickerstaff, Andy Brown, Christopher DiCicco, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, Sean Frost, James Hanson, Bruce Harris, K. Kitts, Parker McKenzie, Clint Monette, Nick Nafpliotis, M. Kelly Peach, David Pring-Mill, Lorraine Schein, Antonio Urias, Marcelina Vizcarra, Deborah Walker, Sylvia Wrigley, Richard Zwicker

Breeding coat hangers, alien spies posing as children, a war against interplanetary mold. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2014 collects three month's worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are three new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist reader by Bruce Harris, Clint Monette, and Richard Zwicker. 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 Judith Field, Deborah Walker, Christopher D. DiCicco, Sylvia Wrigley, Andy Brown, James Hanson, K. Kitts, Nick Nafpliotis, Marcelina Jacobs, Antonio Urias, David Pring-Mill, Michael Peach, Kate Elizabeth, Sean Frost, Lorraine Schein, Parker Mackenzie, and Russ Bickerstaff. Illustrations are provided by Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Luke Spooner, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Russ Bickerstaff

Russ Bickerstaff is a professional theatre critic and aspiring author living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and two daughters. His short fictions have appeared in Hypertext Magazine, Pulp Metal Magazine, Sein und Werden, and Beyond Imagination among other places. His Internarrational Where Port can be found at: http://ru3935.wix.com/russ-bickerstaff.


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.


Christopher DiCicco

Christopher David DiCicco loves his wife and children—not writing minimalist stories. But he does. He has to. Work in Superstition Review, Bartleby Snopes, Litro, WhiskeyPaper, Literary Orphans, The Cossack, Psychopomp, and other fine publications. Visit http://www.cddicicco.com for more published work.


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.


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.


James Hanson

James Hanson is a physics graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He often finds himself torn between his love of cerebral hard science fiction and his fondness for bad 50s-era special effects. This is his first publication since high school.


Bruce Harris

Bruce Harris is the author of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: ABout Type (available at www.batteredbox.com).


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.


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.


Clint Monette

Clint Monette is a fleshy being who can often be seen watching television with another rather sweet fleshy being that he appears to be affectionate toward. When he is not at the television, he spends his time hunched over a small computing device while carefully rebuffing a small four legged creature. This creature enjoys stealing attention with a small lapping appendage, and has a demeanor that could be described as "peppy." What Clint is doing at the device isn't certain, but he appears to be creating things, and hoping against hope that they are good.


Nick Nafpliotis

Nick Nafpliotis is a music teacher and writer from Charleston, South Carolina. During the day, he instructs students from the ages of 11-14 on how to play band instruments. At night, he writes about weird crime, bizarre history, pop culture, and humorous classroom experiences on his blog, RamblingBeachCat.com. He is also a television, novel, and comic book reviewer for AdventuresinPoorTaste.com. You can follow Nick on Twitter, where he brings shame to his family on a daily basis.


M. Kelly Peach

M. Kelly Peach is married and the father of four children. A recovering addict/alcoholic with over twenty-three years clean and sober, he lives in northern Michigan and enjoys hunting, camping, fishing and walking in the woods. He is, however, a hardcore bibliophile, who has no plans to do anything about his addiction to reading and collecting books and writing speculative fiction. He has work published or appearing in Punchnels, Alternate Hilarities, and Alternate Hilarities 2: Vampires Suck and can be followed on Tumblr at peachmme.tumblr.com.


David Pring-Mill

David Pring-Mill is a writer and filmmaker. His film "Strangers in the Snow" won Best Romantic Comedy at the 2011 Mountain Film Festival. He recently completed production on a sitcom pilot. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in places as diverse as Poetry Quarterly, The Higgs Weldon, openDemocracy, Independent Voter Network, and elsewhere. Follow him online: @davesaidso, pring-mill.com.


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 mayapplepress.com. She has a story forthcoming in Gigantic Worlds and is working on a graphic novel.


Antonio Urias

Antonio Urias is a New Yorker born and bred. He was raised on a steady diet of grapes and books, often fantasy, and spent an inordinate amount of time telling stories, often involving cowboys. Not much has changed in the intervening years. He still loves grapes. He still loves fantasy. And he's still telling stories, though these days there are less cowboys and more magic. He can sometimes be found at his blog at http://antoniourias.wordpress.com.


Marcelina Vizcarra

Marcelina Vizcarra lives in the glacial aftermath of the Pleistocene Epoch in a house that would have been built by eight-foot-long beavers 10,000 years ago, if the giant beavers had acquired a taste for bungalow construction. She has three children. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, The Colored Lens, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal.


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: http://deborahwalkersbibliography.blogspot.com/. Her stories have appeared in Nature’s Futures, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, and The Year’s Best SF 18.


Sylvia Wrigley

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley obsessively writes letters to her mother, her teenage offspring, her accountant, as well as to unknown beings in outer space. Only her mother admits to reading them. Born in Heidelberg, she spent her childhood in California and now splits her time between South Wales and Andalucia, two coastal regions with almost nothing in common. You can find out more about her at http://intrigue.co.uk.


Richard Zwicker

Richard Zwicker is an English teacher living in Vermont, USA, with his wife and beagle. His short stories have appeared in Penumbra, Farstrider Magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, and other semi-pro markets. A collection of his short stories, Walden Planet and Other Stories, is available on Amazon.


Crime and Necromancy

by Jeremy Zimmerman

Bundled in this digital tome are four tales of the dark and weird by Jeremy Zimmerman. A fae knight and a draconic constable hit the mean streets of a strange city to solve the murder of a nephilim. A paladin of Charlemagne faces down an army of monsters from the Necronomicon. A spy possessing the body of a dead girl seeks redemption. And two necromancers explore love and commitment while facing down an army of holy warriors.

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About the Author

Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” He is the author of the young adult superhero book, Kensei and its sequel, The Love of Danger. In his copious spare time he is the co-editor of Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with a herd of cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel.


Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2016

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Leslie J. Anderson, Elizabeth Berger, Scott Chaddon, Gary Cuba, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, J. Herman, Alexander Hollins, Simon Kewin, Ira Krik, Damien Krsteski, Jacob M. Lambert, Alanna McFall, Dan McQuain, Torrey Podmajersky, Stephanie Rose, Steve Ruskin, R. Scott Shanks, Jr., Kathy Steinemann, Sean Stempler, Dusty Wallace, Adam J. Williams, Richard Zwicker

Prophetic skulls, crocheting krakens, murderous plants. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 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, Dusty Wallace, and Richard Zwicker. 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 Ira Krik, Kathy Steinemann, Elizabeth Berger, Damien Krsteski, Leslie Anderson, Alanna McFall, Gary Cuba, Alexander Hollins, J. Herman, E. B. Fischadler, R. Scott Shanks, Jr., Jacob M. Lambert, Sean Stempler, Dan McQuain, Stephanie Rose, Steve Ruskin, Scott Chaddon, Adam J. Williams, Scott Chaddon, Simon Kewin, Kate Elizabeth, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art provided by Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Errow Collins, Amanda Jones, Justine McGreevy, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Luke Spooner, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Leslie J. Anderson

Leslie J. Anderson's writing has appeared in Asimov's, Apex, Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart, Elgin, and Rhysling Award.

She lives in Ohio with her husband and two small dogs, Caper and Oscar. For her day job, she organizes words and pictures for financial consultants.


Elizabeth Berger

Elizabeth Berger's work has appeared in Stupefying Stories. She is pursuing a PhD in bioarchaeology, the study of ancient bones. In the usual course of her work, unlike in Mr. Laredo's account, the bones do not talk back.


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?).


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.


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: https://ebfischadler.wordpress.com/


J. Herman

J. Herman has been a Rocket Scientist, a computer graphic developer for Hollywood films, a network god, and now a writer, which can also be considered sort of a god, who lives in the Pacific Northwest.


Alexander Hollins

Alexander Hollins is a Junior Archivist in the Neural Recorder Archives, a natural talent at integrating with the recorded memories and providing transcripts of the events and details of laboratory accidents and sudden discoveries. He is married to a school teacher and has two children, Flint, 6, and James, 4.


Simon Kewin

Simon Kewin is the author of over 100 published short stories. His works have appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, and many more. He lives in England with his wife and their daughters. His cyberpunk novel The Genehunter and his "steampunk Gormenghast" novel Engn were recently published. He is currently completing his Cloven Land fantasy trilogy. Find him at simonkewin.co.uk.


Ira Krik

Ira Krik lives on a creek in the muddy Michigan woods. He has no wife or children, and he prefers it that way. He lives a life of solitude except for the letters sent between him and his colleagues, like those of Doctor Johannes.


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 http://monochromewish.blogspot.com and @monochromewish.


Jacob M. Lambert

Jacob M. Lambert has published with Flame Tree Publishing, Third Flatiron, and Midnight Echo Magazine. He lives in Montgomery, Alabama, where he teaches English Composition and is a slush reader for THAT Literary Review. When not writing, he enjoys time with his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Annabelle.


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.


Dan McQuain

Dan had a head injury in his youth and as a result has always had two dreams: To sell cars and to be a writer.
He recently quit his job as the operations manager of a K-9 security company to pursue those goals.


Torrey Podmajersky

Delivered by time travelers to a newly-cooled Earth, Torrey Podmajersky spent her formative years in de facto world domination. Since her peaceful abdication, she and her knifemaking husband embroider the outskirts of imaginalia with monsters, tools, and words.


Stephanie Rose

Stephanie Rose is a marine biologist/writer and has recently completed a Masters in Aquatic Pathobiology. They have written two research papers to be released next year, though fiction writing remains one of their greatest passions.


Steve Ruskin

Steve Ruskin’s stories have appeared in AntipodeanSF, Steampunk Trails, and the anthologies Temporally Out of Order and Avast, Ye Airships! He has been a university professor, a mountain bike guide, and a number of things in between. In addition to fiction he has written for publications ranging from the American Journal of Physics to the Rocky Mountain News. He lives in Colorado. Visit steveruskin.com.


R. Scott Shanks, Jr.

R. Scott Shanks, Jr., was introduced to M. Gentry while in the company of the French police, where a firm camaraderie was immediately established. Counter to the opinions of both the prosecutor and the sitting magistrate, he had nothing to do with M. Gentry's sudden departure from Parisian hospitality. It is true that Mr. Shanks had visited M. Gentry in prison, bringing a bushel-basket of broken clocks and bits of wire--as well as several pounds of rodent bait--but that was intended to augment his own person to improve a bad back and several more personal issues.


Kathy Steinemann

Kathy Steinemann has loved writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she scribbled poems and stories. During the progression of her love affair with words, she won multiple public-speaking and writing awards. Her career has taken varying directions, including positions as editor of a small-town paper, computer-network administrator, and webmaster. She’s a self-published author who tries to write something every day. You can read more of Kathy's work at KathySteinemann.com.


Sean Stempler

Sean Stempler is a senior at Georgetown University, studying English and Film & Media Studies. Winner of the DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge, Sean writes about AI, robots, the internet, and all the other surreal machinery that keeps our world rolling. "They Never Blink" is his first piece of published short fiction.


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


Adam J. Williams

Adam J. Williams received degrees in English and Cinema from the University of Iowa. Since then, he spent time as a store manager at Blockbuster Video and working in the hospital world. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two kids, where he spends his days talking to himself and playing pretend.


Richard Zwicker

Richard Zwicker is an English teacher living in Vermont, USA, with his wife and beagle. His short stories have appeared in Penumbra, Farstrider Magazine, Perihelion Science Fiction, and other semi-pro markets. A collection of his short stories, Walden Planet and Other Stories, is available on Amazon.