Coast to Coast Stars

by Dawn Vogel

Cerulean City, California. Home to the film industry, beautiful beaches, an extensive harbor, and superheroes. With superheroes come supervillains, and conflict between the heroes and villains of Cerulean City has persisted for generations.

Coast to Coast Stars introduces a reluctant visitor learning about the heroes and villains of Cobalt City's sister city on the other coast, then follows a few of these heroes and villains throughout their respective histories in five short stories, some of which are published here for the first time. Meet J.J. and the Justice family of heroes, Preethi, Cyclone and Celadon Cyclone, Doctor Ruthless, and Cobalt City's own Gray Dawn, the alter ego of pop sensation Cassidy Sweet!

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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.


I Didn’t Break the Lamp – Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by E.D.E. Bell, Jade Black, Die Booth, Maureen Bowden, Veronica Brush, Jacob Budenz, Sam Crane, M. Lopes da Silva, Matthew R. Davis, Julian Dexter, Sam Fleming, Troy H. Gardner, Kiki Gonglewski, Lucinda Gunnin, Neil James Hudson, Blake Jessop, Vivian Li, Tucker Lieberman, Christine Lucas, Ville Meriläinen, Jennifer R. Povey, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, Kayleigh Taylor, Jieyan Wang, E. R. Zhang

"When I was little, I didn't have an imaginary friend, I had an imaginary bully. She was a little girl of my age, who looked just like me, and took great delight in being cruel. This included doing things to make my parents furious, like punching my little brother. One day, when I was about thirteen, Ludwig showed up and wrapped all two hundred of his copper-bladed arms around this evil version of me. There was a warm light, like a camera flash made of lava, and then she was gone."
-- Sam Fleming, "Ludwig"

Are they in our imagination, or are we in theirs? Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-six tales of people with uncertain existence. These accounts range from cheerful to dark, stopping off at frequent points between. Imaginary friends share space with witches, monsters, nightmares, and maybe a few things that have not yet been dreamed.

Included in this collection are stories from E.D.E. Bell, Jade Black, Die Booth, Maureen Bowden, Veronica Brush, Jacob Budenz, Sam Crane, Matthew R. Davis, Julian Dexter, Sam Fleming, Troy H. Gardner, Kiki Gonglewski, Lucinda Gunnin, Neil James Hudson, Blake Jessop, Vivian Li, Tucker Lieberman, K. K. Llamas, Christine Lucas, M. Lopes da Silva, Ville Meriläinen, Jennifer R. Povey, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, Kayleigh Taylor, Jieyan Wang, and E. R. Zhang. Interior art is provided by Errow Collins, America Jones, Leigh Legler, and Ariel Alian Wilson. Cover art by Luke Spooner.

About the Authors

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.


Jade Black

Jade Black is an American author whose career in law enforcement is used to fund a profound penchant for all things macabre. Prior to beginning her law enforcement career she worked as an archaeologist.


Die Booth

Die Booth lives in Chester, England and enjoys making monsters and exploring dark corners. When not writing wild lies, he chairs a writing group, and DJs at goth nights. You can read his stories in places like The Fiction Desk, Shoreline of Infinity, and The Cheshire Prize for Literature anthologies. His books Spirit Houses, 365 Lies, and My Glass is Runn, are available online, and he’s currently working on a collection of spooky short stories featuring transgender protagonists. http://diebooth.wordpress.com/ @diebooth


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.


Veronica Brush

Veronica Brush is the author of the novellas First Grave on Mars and Second Deception on Mars, a murder mystery series set on the red planet. Her work has been featured in publications including Apex Magazine, the Mad Scientist Journal, and the anthologies Bubble Off Plumb and Do Not Go Quietly. She also has an occasional blog, www.ThemelessWriting.com.


Jacob Budenz

Jacob Budenz is a writer, multi-disciplinary performer, and witch with an MFA in Creative Writing from University of New Orleans. The author of Pastel Witcheries (Seven Kitchens Press 2018), Jacob has recent work in journals such as Pussy Magic, Liminality, and Slipstream, as well as anthologies published by Mason Jar Press and Lycan Valley Press. For links to additional publications, as well as photos and videos of performances, visit http://jakebeearts.com/


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.


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.


Matthew R. Davis

Matthew R. Davis can never just walk past a second-hand bookshop, so his home increasingly resembles one. He’s had over forty short stories published thus far, with his first collection, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, due in 2019. He has acted as a judge for the Australian Shadows Awards and the Aurealis Awards, and his work has been shortlisted for both (these occurrences are unrelated). A dossier on his behaviour and crimes has been assembled at matthewrdavisfiction.wordpress.com.


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.


Sam Fleming

Sam Fleming lives in the north east of Scotland with an artistic spouse, an opinionated husky, a number of bicycles most people would consider abnormal, and several invisible friends. When not writing various flavours of speculative fiction focused on unconventional characters, Sam is an environmental scientist being paid to save the world (it's not as glamorous as it sounds). Their work has been published in Black Static, Apex Magazine, and Clockwork Phoenix 5, and is forthcoming in the Not All Monsters anthology from Rooster Republic Press. Find more at www.ravenbait.com.


Troy H. Gardner

Troy H. Gardner was born in Florida. He grew up and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in New England before returning to the Sunshine State just in time for Hurricane Irma.

He started writing stories on his Tandy Personal Computer in the ’90s after devouring the works of Stephen King in elementary school.

Red is his favorite color, but blue hasn’t gotten the memo yet. When Troy isn’t writing, or talking about writing, he enjoys killing hours on his PlayStation or watching horror movies (both really great and incredibly bad are his jam). You can find him on Twitter @TroyHGardner.


Kiki Gonglewski

Kiki Gonglewski is a senior at Albuquerque Academy high school. She was a finalist in the 2017 and 2019 state-wide "NM Girls Make Movies" screenplay contest, has won a National Gold Medal for Scholastic Art and Writing, and 17 gold keys in their Southwest Regional levels. She has also been published in literary magazines Gypsum Sound, Madness Heart, and Unfading Daydream, as well as Third Flatiron’s recent anthology, Terra, Tara, Terror! Her former childhood imaginary friend Luna Hepburn (who has since left on sabbatical) shares Kiki’s love of art, obscure movies, long naps, and Korean Barbecue.


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.


Neil James Hudson

Neil James Hudson is a UK-based writer who has published over forty stories. His collection The End of the World: A User's Guide can be obtained from his website at neiljameshudson.net, and his paranormal romance On Wings of Pity is available on Amazon. He lives in the North York Moors, but spends much of his time in York, where he works as a charity shop manager, and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at York St John University.


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.


Vivian Li

Vivian Li is a writer, musician, and inventor. She is currently studying at the University of Toronto, and has been awarded Gold and Silver Keys from Scholastic Awards for her poetry, and Silver Keys for her fiction. Her creative works have been published in journals or magazines such as The Window, ellipsis…literature & art, Young Voices Magazine, and the UC Review. Most recently, she has received a Book Prize for Ted Chamberlin’s Poetry Prize, and Honourable Mentions in Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize. She is currently editing her fantasy novel. She can be reached @eliktherain.


Tucker Lieberman

Tucker Lieberman is the author of Flip the Finger at Despair, Bad Fire, and Painting Dragons. His short fiction is in Owl Canyon's No Bars and a Dead Battery and Elly Blue's forthcoming The Great Trans-Universal Bike Ride. His superpower is listening to a Top 40 song over and over until a story emerges. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he lives in Bogotá, Colombia. www.tuckerlieberman.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/
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Ville Meriläinen

Ville Meriläinen is a Finnish university student, award-winning author of speculative fiction, and death metal vocalist. His short fiction has appeared in various venues online and in print, including IGMS, Cast of Wonders, and Pseudopod. His musical fantasy novel, Ghost Notes, is available now.


Jennifer R. Povey

Jennifer R. Povey lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Third Flatiron, and written RPG supplements for several companies. Her most recent novel is the urban fantasy Daughter of Fire.


Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi

Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi is an author and screenwriter, a lover of the frightening, and a purchaser of clothing much more suited to a younger person. Though originally a Texan, she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and two guinea pigs.


Kayleigh Taylor

Kayleigh is a seventeen-year-old high school student living in the Northwest. Despite having pretty significant cognitive delays, she works very hard at her school work and, after seven tries, does have her learner’s permit for driving! Getting her driver’s license is a bit tricky since she has trouble with spatial orientation and has recently had a few seizures. Still, she continues to try!

Inspired by her mother’s love of writing, Kayleigh has been writing her own stories since she was twelve. She likes to write about her life, and her cats, and her favorite activities. She’s currently working on an illustrated story about a taxi company where cats and dogs drive taxis along with their human friends.

Kayleigh believes that people can do anything they want, so long as they try hard enough. She wants her readers to know that they shouldn’t let anything stop them from making their dreams happen.


Jieyan Wang

Jieyan Wang is a fiction writer from northern Idaho. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, The Blue Nib, Canvas Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Although her reading tastes are broad, she is especially inspired by the works of Emily Brontë, Gabriel García Márquez, and Lewis Carroll.


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.


Cobalt City: Ties that Bind

by Nathan Crowder

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Editions:Paperback - DefCon One Edition
ISBN: 978-1-948280-07-5
Kindle - Nathan Crowder Edition: $ 1.99 USD
ISBN: B014LRBC72

It’s a multi-billion dollar industry in a country that would rather look away–an insidious crime so horrible that authorities are powerless, or unwilling, to stop it.

Not even Cobalt City, the bright, cosmopolitan center of the superhero world, is safe from human trafficking and sexual slavery. For heroes used to dealing with madmen and megalomaniacs, the decentralized nature of the blight is difficult to comprehend, much less impact. How do you combat not just criminals but the very nature of a crime itself?

Velvet, society girl turned powerhouse, has slugged it out with gods. But when she crosses paths with a dead young woman, she finds herself dragged into a grim underworld that challenges her understanding of the city. With the mysterious vigilante Bantam as her guide, Velvet goes in search of justice for the victims of sex trafficking—whether the deadly Harlequin and Crime Kings of Cobalt City like it or not.

But how can she hope to stop something as nebulous as an idea?

And who can she really trust?

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DefCon One is the publisher of the print edition of this book. The ebook is published by Nathan Crowder.

About the Author

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."


Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Andy Brown, Amanda Cherry, Katherine Cowley, Nathan Crowder, Carrie Cuinn, Jonathan Ficke, E. B. Fischadler, Chrissa Gerard, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Aaron J. Heil, Mandi Jourdan, Trevin Maerten, Michael McGlade, Jo Miles, Nick Morrish, Torrey Podmajersky, Holly Schofield, Leslie D. Soule, Xariffa Suarez, Eve Taft, Sarena Ulibarri, Chris Vander Kaay, Stuart Webb, Iris Wright

Cooking advice, previously undiscovered species, and tortured artists. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2018 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Mandi Jourdan, Michael McGlade, and Jo Miles. 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, E. B. Fischadler, Carrie Cuinn, Iris Wright, Stuart Webb, Chrissa Gerard, Sarena Ulibarri, Nathan Crowder, Xariffa Suarez, Nicholas Morrish, Andy Brown, Holly Schofield, Katherine Cowley, Aaron Heil, Christoper Vander Kaay, Eve Taft, Joachim Heijndermans, Jonathan Ficke, Leslie Soule, Trevin Maerten, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art by Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, Shannon Legler, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Justine McGreevy, Dawn Vogel, Amanda Jones, and Liz Argall.

About the Authors

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.


Katherine Cowley

Katherine Cowley loves European chocolate, the history of science, and steampunk fashion. She has worked as a documentary film producer, a radio producer, and a college writing professor. Her short stories have appeared in Steel and Bone, Segullah, Defenestration, and 365 Tomorrows. She lives in Michigan with her husband and three daughters. You can read many of her stories on katherinecowley.com.


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."


Carrie Cuinn

Carrie Cuinn is a writer, editor, historian, and geek. In her spare time, she researches local history, enjoys music and art house cinema, cooks everything, reads voraciously, and tries to find time for sleep. Find her online at @CarrieCuinn or at http://carriecuinn.com.


Jonathan Ficke

Jonathan Ficke lives outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his beautiful wife. He graduated from Marquette University with a degree in public relations, which (in a manner of speaking) is another form of speculative storytelling, His work appears in Mad Scientist Journal Spring 2018, Writers of the Future: Vol. 34, and Tales of Ruma. He muses online at jonficke.com and on twitter @jonficke.


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/


Chrissa Gerard

Chrissa Gerard is a writer and editor based in North Carolina ... for now.


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.


Aaron J. Heil

Aaron J. Heil lives in Kansas's amazing Flint Hills. He bikes to work when he can and drives his truck around Emporia and Manhattan. His work has previously appeared in Touchstone.


Mandi Jourdan

Mandi Jourdan studied English/Creative Writing and Classics at SIUC, and she is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction. She is the author of Lacrimosa (Adelaide Books, 2017), Shadows of the Mind (Aphotic Realm, 2018), The Silenced (Bloodstone Press, 2017), Immortal Dissent (Bloodstone Press, 2017), and Warhawks (Bloodstone Press, 2017). She lives in Carbondale, Illinois, with her cats Seraphina, Leonidas, and Vanessa. For more information about her writing, visit her blog (bloodandtalons.wordpress.com). She can be found on Amazon and on Twitter (@MandiJourdan).


Trevin Maerten

Trevin Maerten is a software engineer living in Northern Virginia. He maintains his sanity by succumbing to his every desire, which mostly consists of eating mangoes.


Michael McGlade

Michael McGlade is an Irish writer with 90 short stories in journals such as Shimmer, Far Fetched Fables, Persistent Visions, and Ares Magazine. He holds a master's degree in English and Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University, Ireland. Represented by the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, he’s currently writing his debut novel. Find out the latest news and views from him on McGladeWriting.com.


Jo Miles

Jo Miles is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Maryland. She’s a 2016 graduate of the Viable Paradise writers’ workshop, and her fiction can be found in Diabolical Plots. She also runs FutureShift, a project working to broaden the intersection between speculative fiction and social change work. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her hiking up a mountain.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Xariffa Suarez

Xariffa Suarez lives in Dallas, Texas, of all places, but thinks she would be a better fit for New York, New Orleans, or OZ (the land of, not the prison). An avid reader straight out of the womb, the fantastical settled into her psyche. Old black and white sci-fi movies with pitiful special effects made her appreciate style. One story she wrote, "Farewell Fidel," was published in an anthology by Southern Methodist University, where she took writing classes. This is her first story sale.


Eve Taft

Eve Taft is a writer who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently carrying on a love affair with James Joyce and writing fantasy novels.


Sarena Ulibarri

Sarena Ulibarri is a graduate of the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, and earned an MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Weirdbook, and elsewhere. She is editor-in-chief of World Weaver Press. Find more at sarenaulibarri.com.


Chris Vander Kaay

Chris Vander Kaay is a screenwriter whose film The Redemption of Henry Myers premiered on the Hallmark Movie Channel. He has previously been published with Mad Scientist Journal, McSweeney’s, and Everyday Fiction and he has co-written three published educational books about film history. He's completing work on a documentary and a graphic novel, and he loves working in the arts in any form he can. He is the husband of a poet, the parent of a Scottish Terrier, and the envy of the cool kids.


Stuart Webb

Stuart Webb has been an active member of Transformers fandom for over a decade, writing multiple comic reviews for tfarchive.com. Since 2012, he has been running the Transformation project at thesolarpool.weebly.com, where he looks at each issue of the British Transformers comic at a weekly rate. To date, two book versions have been collected of material from the website. His hands aren't evil, just mildly confused.


Iris Wright

Iris Wright is a poet and short story writer from Plainfield, Illinois. She enjoys arranging flowers, canoeing, and dancing. Though she often experiments with genre and format, never settling for one style, she has an unwavering fascination with science fiction.


Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Marnie Azzarelli, Maureen Bowden, Andy Brown, Andrew Browning, Dantzel Cherry, Sarina Dorie, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Constance Flux, Jon Hartless, Eddie Newton, Bobby O'Rourke, Amanda Partridge, Hamilton Perez, Torrey Podmajersky, Rebecca Siân Pyne, Bobby Riahi, Caroline von Schmalensee, Stuart Webb, Shanan Winters

Wing removal from tooth fairies, discoveries of insect history, and Romantic poetry written by automatons. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Constance Flux, Shanan Winters, and Bobby Riahi. 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 Marnie Azzarelli, Caroline von Schmalensee, Sarina Dorie, Dantzel Cherry, Edward Newton, Maureen Bowden, Hamilton Perez, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Bobby O'Rourke, Rebecca Siân Pyne, Jon Hartless, Stuart Webb, Amanda Partridge, Andrew Browning, Andy Brown, Kate Elizabeth, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art by Luke Spooner, Errow Collins, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, Justine McGreevy, and Scarlett O'Hairdye.

About the Authors

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli's short work has appeared in Clever Girl magazine and Marywood University's literary publication, The Bayleaf. She has co-authored a book entitled Labor Unrest in Scranton, which was published in 2016, and writes plays for local theater productions. She holds a B.A. in English from Marywood University, writes scary stories that only scare herself, and reviews TV shows that keep getting cancelled. Azzarelli currently lives with two cats, two parents, and one dog in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


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.


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.


Andrew Browning

Andrew Browning doesn't like "wordsmith"--he prefers literary kung fu. He lives in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he works as a copywriter at an advertising agency. When he is not writing, he is failing at golf.


Dantzel Cherry

Dantzel Cherry teaches Pilates and raises her daughter by day. By night and naptime, she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. Her short stories have appeared in Fireside, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy's Edge, and other magazines and anthologies.


Sarina Dorie

Sarina Dorie has sold over 100 short stories to markets like Daily Science Fiction, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's IGMS, Cosmos, and Sword and Lase. Her stories and published novels have won humor and Romance Writer of America awards. Her steampunk romance series, The Memory Thief, and her collections, Fairies, Robots and Unicorns--Oh My! and Ghosts, Werewolves and Zombies--Oh My! are available on Amazon.

By day, Sarina is a public school art teacher, artist, belly dance performer and instructor, copy editor, fashion designer, event organizer, and probably a few other things. By night, she writes. As you might imagine, this leaves little time for sleep.

You can find info about her short stories and novels on her website: www.sarinadorie.com.


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/


Constance Flux

Constance Flux is a librarian by day. At night, she feeds her overactive imagination by writing short stories, mostly unusual science fiction. Other than writing and reading copiously, she breaks all other librarian stereotypes. She kickboxes and speaks too loudly. You can contact her at theprocrastinatingmuse@gmail.com and read more of her work at theprocrastinatingmuse.wordpress.com.


Jon Hartless

Jon Hartless was born in the early 1970s. He has had several novellas appear with various digital publishers, (some under the pen names of Arabella Wyatt and Ora le Brocq), whil 2017 will see his first release by a traditional publisher, Accent Press. Full Throttle is a steampunk racing novel, inspired by both the era of the Bentley Boys and the ongoing inequality between the rich and the poor in western society.


Eddie Newton

Eddie Newton was awarded the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for the Best First American Mystery Short Story of the Year. His short story, "White," is presented in the anthology Snowpocalypse. He is the author of the political thriller e-novel, American Herstory. He lives in North Dakota with his wife Treina and his four children: Kobe, Gage, Oliver, and Bennett. He has never been called a mad scientist, although he did get really angry at a test tube once. And like most of us, he is still waiting...


Bobby O'Rourke

Bobby O’Rourke is a native of New Jersey. He has had fiction appear in The Binnacle, Sanitarium Magazine, and The Writing Disorder, and has had poetry appear in Spires. He recently earned his MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Creative Writing and Literature. While formerly a teacher, he now works in higher education administration. When Bobby is not writing, he reads, sings in his car or at karaoke, and enjoys popping in a truly horrendous horror movie for laughs.


Amanda Partridge

Amanda Partridge is a paralegal in small town Arkansas, where she is active in several local literary organizations. She received her B.A. in English in 2011. When she isn’t writing legal documents, Amanda dabbles in short stories and poetry.


Hamilton Perez

Hamilton Perez is a writer and freelance editor living in Sacramento, California. He enjoys long walks through the woods and things that aren't real. His stories have also appeared in Daily Science Fiction and Between Worlds.


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.


Rebecca Siân Pyne

Dr Rebecca Siân Pyne is a writer, researcher (and mental health first-aider), now based in West Wales, via Cardiff University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. She has a PhD in Micropalaeontology, specializing in British Upper Cretaceous ostracods, with published research in Revista Española de Micropaleontología and Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Short stories have appeared in Bête Noire, Macabre Cadaver, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Albedo One, Aurora Wolf, Eschatology, Neo-Opsis, and others. Research assistants include a mad sprollie (springer spaniel x collie) who ensures there is no time for writer's block.


Bobby Riahi

I live in a small town with my girlfriend and daughter. After falling in love with the works of Kurt Vonnegut, I have done my best to make the world a better, more sane place through my literature, even if at the moment it does not seem so.


Caroline von Schmalensee

Caroline von Schmalensee lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. A technical writer by day, she writes fiction in her free time. Caroline writes urban fantasy and makes forays into fairytale and horror. Her short stories can be found in New Writing Scotland, The Seven Wonders of Scotland, The Scotsman, FREAKCircus, and online. She's working on her first novel.

Caroline writes about writing at carolinevonschmalensee.com.


Stuart Webb

Stuart Webb has been an active member of Transformers fandom for over a decade, writing multiple comic reviews for tfarchive.com. Since 2012, he has been running the Transformation project at thesolarpool.weebly.com, where he looks at each issue of the British Transformers comic at a weekly rate. To date, two book versions have been collected of material from the website. His hands aren't evil, just mildly confused.


Shanan Winters

Shanan is a professional writer, editor, and novelist. She loves board gaming, table-top roleplaying, and all things geek-and-fantasy, and she is a regular contributor for several parenting blogs. She lives in the Phoenix metropolitan sea-of-beige with her husband, two kids, and two cats. When not working on projects, Shanan can be found writing about whatever strikes her fancy at interpreterofinspiration.com.


Selfies from the End of the World: Historical Accounts of the Apocalypse

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Rhoads Brazos, Samantha Bryant, Garrett Croker, Nathan Crowder, Matthew R. Davis, Kate Elizabeth, Mathew Allan Garcia, Sylvia Heike, B. T. Joy, Herb N. Legend, Samuel Marzioli, Mary Mascari, Nick Nafpliotis, Shivangi Narain, Brandon Nolta, Alexis J. Reed, Natalie Satakovski, J. C. Stearns, Charity Tahmaseb, Nicole Tanquary, Kristopher Triana, Dusty Wallace, MJ Wesolowski, Caroline M. Yoachim

Cover Art for Selfies from the End of the World
Editions:Paperback - Print Edition: $ 11.30 USD
ISBN: 978-0692514702
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Pages: 306
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"It would be our duty, as citizens on this earth
to document its end the best way we know
and if that means a second by second update
of the world going up in flames, or down in rain, or crushed under the feet of invading monsters
so be it."
-- Shivangi Narain

No one understands an apocalypse like the people who have experienced it. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-three tales of people who have seen the world end. These accounts range from irreverent to surreal to heartbreaking. Zombies share space with global wars, superviruses, canned peaches, and the death of the sun.

Included in this collection are Rhoads Brazos, Samantha Bryant, Garrett Croker, Nathan Crowder, Matthew R. Davis, Kate Elizabeth, Mathew Allan Garcia, Sylvia Heike, B. T. Joy, Herb N. Legend, Samuel Marzioli, Mary Mascari, Nick Nafpliotis, Shivangi Narain, Brandon Nolta, Alexis J. Reed, Natalie Satakovski, J. C. Stearns, Charity Tahmaseb, Nicole Tanquary, Kristopher Triana, Dusty Wallace, MJ Wesolowski, and Caroline M. Yoachim. Includes art by Errow Collins, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, and Luke Spooner.

About the Authors

Rhoads Brazos

Rhoads has written stories across the entire spectrum of speculative fiction, from light fantasy to the most decrepit tales of horror to quirky sci-fi. His works can be found in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 7; Apex Magazine; Death’s Realm by Grey Matter Press; Pantheon Magazine’s Gaia: Shadow and Breath, Vols. 1 & 2; and a dozen other magazines and collections. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and son.


Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant believes in love, magic, and unexplainable connections between people. She is a middle school teacher by day and a novelist by night. She also raises two kids, a dog, and a husband in a small town in North Carolina. That makes her a superhero all the time. You can find her online at samanthabryant.com and on Twitter @mirymom1. Her debut novel Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, with Curiosity Quills Press, features another mad scientist.


Garrett Croker

Garrett Croker studied writing at UC Berkeley and received his MFA in creative writing from Mills College. He is a monster of the genus Homo Scriptorus, a much feared species known for subsisting on caffeine-based nutrients and possessing a particularly thick epidermal layer. Find him online at garrettcroker.com and on Twitter at @garrettcroker.


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."


Matthew R. Davis

Matthew R. Davis can never just walk past a second-hand bookshop, so his home increasingly resembles one. He’s had over forty short stories published thus far, with his first collection, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, due in 2019. He has acted as a judge for the Australian Shadows Awards and the Aurealis Awards, and his work has been shortlisted for both (these occurrences are unrelated). A dossier on his behaviour and crimes has been assembled at matthewrdavisfiction.wordpress.com.


Kate Elizabeth

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


Mathew Allan Garcia

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


Sylvia Heike

Sylvia Heike lives in Finland and loves her pet rabbits even when they nibble on her books. She writes short fiction, poetry, and is working on her novel. Her work has appeared recently in Flash Fiction Magazine and is forthcoming in three anthologies: Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction 2014, Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, and Selfies from the End of the World. Check out her website at www.sylviaheike.com.


B. T. Joy

B. T. Joy is a British horror writer whose short fiction has appeared within the printed pages, internet presences, and podcasts of markets such as Static Movement, Surreal Grotesque, James Ward Kirk Fiction, Human Echoes, MicroHorror, Flashes in the Dark, SQ Magazine, Forgotten Tomb Press, and Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, among others. He is also a practicing poet and his poetry can be found in magazines and anthologies produced worldwide. He is currently working as a high school English teacher in Heilongjiang, China. He can be reached through his website: http://btj0005uk.wix.com/btjoypoet or on Tumblr: http://btj0005uk.tumblr.com/.


Herb N. Legend

Herb is a budding, twenty-year-old African-American wordsmith from Chicago with a penchant for fiction, poetry, music, and trees. Perhaps you’ve seen him—a skinny red-eyed kid sipping a scalding cup of tea, completely engrossed in a paperback or tarnished notebook. Or maybe you’ve read some of his previously published works, which include a self-published collection of poems--but let’s be honest--you probably haven’t. One thing’s for sure, whether or not you’ve heard of Herb or not, he’s an author to keep your eyes on.


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.


Mary Mascari

Mary first fell in love with Science Fiction when Luke turned on his lightsaber.

After getting a highly impractical degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Mary has held a variety of careers ranging from programmer to clown. Now she's pursuing her MFA at Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction.

She and her husband are raising their two boys to be geeks, and proudly display their life-size replica of Han Solo in Carbonite in their family room. You can follow Mary on Twitter at @geekyMary.


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.


Shivangi Narain

Shivangi Narain is a young adult running wild on the internet, with dreams of working in either AV production or journalism. She is a student by day, and a writer by night. Her first published works can be found in So You Think You Can Write, a collection of works by the OCE future author's program. She was raised in Florida, but currently lives in Bangalore, India, with her parents, brother, and dog.


Brandon Nolta

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


Alexis J. Reed

Alexis J. Reed is a UK-based writer who self-published her first novel, Searching For You, in 2012. Two of her plays were performed in festivals in London and Cambridge. She has also had two stories shortlisted for the International Aeon Award for speculative fiction as well as having short fiction published both in the UK and abroad.


Natalie Satakovski

Natalie is an ex-English teacher who's turned to copywriting to support her fiction habit. Her fictional work has appeared in Infernal Ink and AntipodeanSF, and is upcoming in the anthology In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep. She loves reading all things creepy, from southern gothic to the new weird.


J. C. Stearns

After a long and failed career in alchemy yielded nothing but a time consuming and expensive formula for turning gold into lead, J. C. Stearns was forced into freelance writing to make ends meet. Currently he dwells with his wife, child, and menagerie of animals in the swamps of Southern Illinois, where he seethes with resentment against the world that has denied him the fame and glory he feels is rightfully his, and gleefully plots his revenge. His work has previously been published in Under the Bed and Selfies from the End of the World, and he is a regular contributor to Quoth the Raven.


Charity Tahmaseb

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


Nicole Tanquary

Nicole Tanquary lives in upstate New York State, where she has worked variously as a geochemistry lab assistant, a teaching assistant, and a non-fiction editor and writer, and is currently employed as a writing tutor for Syracuse University. She has sold and published short stories to a menagerie of venues, the most recent of these including work with Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Grievous Angel, and Deadman's Tome. Other things she likes to do include long hikes, playing with her pet rats and cats, and eating ice cream.


Kristopher Triana

Kristopher Triana is the author of Growing Dark, and his novel The Ruin Season will be published in 2016. His work has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. He is also a professional dog trainer and runs the popular horror webpage Tavern of Terror, where he rambles on and on about how much he loves 80s horror and forgotten VHS treasures. He lives in North Carolina with his wife.


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


MJ Wesolowski

Matthew John Wesolowski is a writer from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. His first ever book, written and illustrated by himself at age 11 was entitled Attack of the Killer Flytraps and whilst his writing style has possibly matured since then, his themes and content almost certainly haven't.

His short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, The Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology (May December Publications), the 22 More Quick Shivers anthology (Cosmonomic Multimedia), the Short Not Sweet anthology (Iron Press), the Kitchen Sink Gothic anthology (Parallel Universe Publications), the Selfies from the End of the World anthology (Mad Scientist Journal), and the Play Things & Past Times anthology (Great British Horror)

His debut novella, The Black Land,a horror set in the Northumberland countryside was published by Blood Bound Books in 2013.

You can find Matt on twitter: @ConcreteKraken

He blogs about horror, books and strange things here: https://mjwesolowskiauthor.wordpress.com


Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold, cloudy weather. She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Lightspeed, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places. She likes avocados in burgers or sandwiches, but not in smoothies. For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com.


Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by S.R. Algernon, D. M. Allan, Juan Angel, Andy Brown, Denzell Cooper, Jim Doering, Finale Doshi-Velez, David Ferris, Heather Frederick, Sean Frost, Seth Frost, Carl Grafe, Dan Hart, JC Hemphill, Jamie Lackey, Zee Martin, Parker McKenzie, Adam Millard, J. Rohr, Adam Sear, R.G. Summers, Anne Toole

Alternate realities, zombie peanut butter, dragon surgery and time-travling grandmothers. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2013 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included is the thrilling serial novella, with its gripping conclusion, by R. G. Summers. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Heather Frederick, J. Rohr, Sarah Frost, D. M. Allan, Juan Angel, S. R. Algernon, David Ferris, Jamie Lackey, Carl Grafe, Dan Hart, Adam Millard, Finale Doshi-Velez, JC Hemphill, Adam Sear, Sean Frost, Parker McKenzie, Jim Doering, Andy Brown, Denzell Cooper, Anne Toole, and Zee Martin. Illustrations are provided by Luke Spooner, Katie Nyborg, Scarlet O'Hairdye, Justine McGreevy, Shannon Legler, and Eleanor Leonne Bennett.

About the Authors

S.R. Algernon

S. R. Algernon studied fiction writing and biology, among other things, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing interests include sociological science fiction, Japanese science fiction, alternate histories and puzzle stories like Asimov used to write. He currently resides in Singapore.


D. M. Allan

D. M. Allan was born and raised in Edinburgh. He also went to Edinburgh University where he studied medicine. After graduation he chose to specialise in radiology and obtained his postgraduate qualification while working in Oxford. Following his retirement he has pursued other interests, obtaining an MA in archaeology and another in creative writing. He enjoys watching rugby, cricket and American football and he is a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer. At present he lives on a houseboat on the river Thames.


Juan Angel

Juan Angel lives in London, England. He spends his time writing, reading, and poring over other phantasmagorical things.


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.


Denzell Cooper

Denzell Cooper is a British writer working across multiple genres. His dark fiction has previously appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Bete Noire, and other small press publications, as well as the anthologies Mental Ward: Echoes of the Past and Pirates & Ghosts. When he's not writing, Denzell enjoys playing horror board games, such as those set in the world of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, which provided part of the inspiration for this story. The other part was his own twisted imagination.


Jim Doering

Jim Doering's work has been featured in Meat For Tea Magazine, Kansas City Parent Magazine and Metro Voice Newspaper. A collection of short fiction, Sacred and Profane, will be released in January, 2014. He lives in Kansas City.


Finale Doshi-Velez

Finale Doshi-Velez is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard. She believes that happiness is a choice.


David Ferris

David Ferris is an undergraduate Electrical Engineering/Mathematics student at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has a website at http://randomini.com/ which has not been updated in pretty much forever. This is the first writing piece he’s ever gotten published. Besides, like, one or two things, but those were years ago. Like, waaaaaay back in school. And they were TERRIBLE, let me tell you what. Spelling and grammar mistakes EVERYWHERE. He hasn’t really gotten that much better, to be honest. This is pretty terrible stuff.


Heather Frederick

Heather J. Frederick is a medical doctor by training and a writer by choice. She writes short speculative fiction and, thus far, has completed one children's action adventure novel in the little known "fluffy spy kitty" category. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband, two children, and four cats, none of whom are secret agents (that she knows of).


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.


Seth Frost

Seth Frost is a writer from Kansas whose mind has been warped by prolonged exposure to raw scientific research. His work has appeared in Analog, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Stupefying Stories, among others.


Carl Grafe

Carl Grafe lives with his family in the Salt Lake Valley, which he enjoys on days when it’s not snowing. His nascent career as a mad scientist ended abruptly in fourth grade when he tried to convert a record player into a robot arm in a rainstorm and received some electric pulse stimulation therapy as a result.


Dan Hart

Dan Hart is a writer and systems engineer working, arguing, and hiking in Silicon Valley with his boyfriend. Dan maintains a blog and list of publications at http://www.danhartfiction.com. He believes in the power of fiction as a tool to solve real world problems.


JC Hemphill

Writing consumes. The reader is consumed by a world of imagination; the writer is consumed by an obsession for expressing those imaginings. As both an avid reader and writer, JC Hemphill can be difficult to find. The words, you see, have consumed him. And if you or anyone you know goes looking for him, beware. Words have teeth and they just might consume you, too.

Some of his work has appeared in Buzzy Mag, Stupefying Stories, and Nameless Magazine, with upcoming work in Space and Time, Tales to Terrify, and S.T. Joshi's Weird Fiction Review. Free reads and more can be found at www.JCHemphill.com.

Again, if you seek the man himself ... beware.


Jamie Lackey

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. She has over 130 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Cast of Wonders. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at www.jamielackey.com.


Zee Martin

Zee Martín is an Engineer and Artist, an award-winning Dancer and Teacher, a Marksman and a small-time Rancher. She lives with her husband and a whole lot of critters on a small farm on a dirt road near a very tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. And sometimes, she likes to write.


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.


Adam Millard

Adam Millard is the author of thirteen novels and more than a hundred short stories, which can be found in various collections and anthologies. Probably best known for his post-apocalyptic fiction, Adam also writes fantasy/horror for children. He created the character Peter Crombie, Teenage Zombie just so he had something decent to read to his son at bedtime. Adam also writes Bizarro fiction for several publishers, who enjoy his tales of flesh-eating clown-beetles and rabies-infected derrieres so much that they keep printing them. His "Dead" series has recently been the filling in a Stephen King/Bram Stoker sandwich on Amazon’s bestsellers chart. Adam has recently sold the translation rights to a German publisher for his Dead series. When he’s not writing about the nightmarish creatures battling for supremacy in his head, Adam writes for This Is Horror, whose columnists include Shaun Hutson, Simon Bestwick, and Simon Marshall-Jones.


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.


Adam Sear

Adam Sear is a BA English student at the University of Hull, UK. As an English student, he spends much of his time reading or drinking. He spends many of his weekends travelling around the UK, going to debate competitions. He blogs occasionally at www.supplementalthoughts.wordpress.com and can be found as @Extra_Thoughts on Twitter.


R.G. Summers

R. G. Summers writes primarily science-fiction, but has published stories and poetry of all natures. Summers lives in Seattle, more or less, and has great hopes for the future, including being able to pay the rent by writing, and someday owning a crock-pot. She’s also training to be a circus performer, just in case this whole "writing" thing doesn’t work out. You can find her little corner of the internet at https://sites.google.com/site/herpuckishness/


Anne Toole

Anne Toole is a WGA-nominated writer for computer games, one-hour television, webseries, and short fiction. Her credits include the Emmy-winning webseries THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, STARGATE WORLDS, and the WGA-nominated dark fantasy game THE WITCHER.  Due to her transmedia experience, Anne has spoken at the inaugural Nokia OpenLab 2008 as well as at GDC Europe, GDC Online, South by Southwest, the Login Game Conference, and Comic-con International.  She also serves on the Los Angeles board of the International Games Developers Association (IGDA).  Anne graduated from Harvard with an ever-so-useful degree in Archaeology, naturally.  You can follow her on Twitter: @amely


Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by David Taub Bancroft, Franz Bidinger III, Andi Blija, Andy Brown, Mark Carpenter, Jeremiah Cheney, Mike Dominguez, Kate Elizabeth, Sean Frost, A.W. Gifford, Eric J. Guignard, Jesse Heindl, Alexis A. Hunter, Pôl Jackson, Nicholas Knight, Antoinette McCormick, Parker McKenzie, Nicholas P. Oakley, Conor Powers-Smith, James Rowland, Cameron Suey, Mark Wardecker, Richard Zwicker

Captured angels, bioterrorism, chimpanzee politics, and tips on staging your own death. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2013 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are three new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers written by Eric J. Guignard, Richard Zwicker, and Nicholas Knight. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include A.W. Gifford, Nicholas P. Oakley, Franz Bidinger III, David Taub Bancroft, Cameron Suey, Mark Wardecker, Mark Carpenter, Antoinette McCormick, Alexis A. Hunter, Kate Elizabeth, James Rowland, Conor Powers-Smith, Sean Frost, Jesse Heindl, Pôl Jackson, Andi Blija, Andy Brown, Jeremiah Cheney, Mike Dominguez, and Parker Mackenzie. Illustrations are provided by Justine McGreevy, Katie Nyborg, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Cory Caywood, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Luke Spooner.

About the Authors

David Taub Bancroft

David Taub Bancroft is a writer and blogger based in Vancouver, Canada. He is currently working very, very slowly on his first novel. Writing is hard. You may find his work in The Montreal Review, Zouch Magazine & Miscellany, backofthebook.ca, and rabble.ca.


Franz Bidinger III

Franz Bidinger III is not as foreign as his name might suggest. He enjoys fly-fishing, hockey, and bourbon-laced evenings discussing philosophy and other impractical matters.


Andi Blija

Andi Blija is a designer and advertising jockey by day, frantic roleplayer by nights and weekends. Though not a writer by trade, he has been accused that he does not completely suck at it, and is decently good at making up amusing things. Andi has resided in Seattle for the last 18 years, an escape from the war-torn wastes of Wisconsin.


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.


Mark Carpenter

Mark Carpenter is the pen-name of a student and writer from the far north of England.


Jeremiah Cheney

Like an actor in sleep, Jeremiah Cheney constructs speculative fiction, slipstream, urban fantasy, sci-fi, and beyond. Break the chains with him at creativechains.wordpress.com


Mike Dominguez

Mike Dominguez is an aspiring writer living in New York.  Follow his progress at http://www.mike-dominguez.com.


Kate Elizabeth

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


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.


A.W. Gifford

Many of A. W. Gifford's story ideas come from the nightmares of his wife, Jennifer. Though she too is a writer of dark fiction, she will never write these stories herself, fearing that if she does, they will come true.

He is the editor of the dark fiction magazine Bête Noire and his work has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines and anthologies.

He resides in the northern suburbs of Detroit with his wife and daughter.


Eric J. Guignard

Eric J. Guignard writes dark and speculative fiction from his office in Los Angeles. His most recent writing credits include Stupefying Stories Magazine, +Horror Library+ Vol 5 (Cutting Block Press), A Feast of Frights (Best of The Horror Zine Magazine), and Eulogies II (Horror World Press). He's a member of the Horror Writer's Association, the Greater Los Angeles Writer's Society, and is also the Horror Genre Correspondent for Men's Confidence Magazine. Although his passion is for fiction, he's also a published essayist and editor, including this year's acclaimed collection, Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, which was nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award. Look for the next anthology, After Death..., to be released in April, 2013, as well as his first novella, Last Case at a Baggage Auction, to be released in September, 2013 (JournalStone Publishing). Visit Eric at: www.ericjguignard.com or at his blog: www.ericjguignard.blogspot.com.


Jesse Heindl

Jesse Heindl defies words.


Alexis A. Hunter

Since she was a child of nine years old, Alexis A. Hunter has reveled in the endless possibilities of speculative fiction.  Short stories are her true passion, despite a few curious forays into the world of novels.  Over thirty of her short stories have been published, appearing most recently in The Future Fire, Kasma SF, Spark: A Creative Anthology, and more.  To learn more about Alexis visit www.idreamagain.wordpress.com.


Pôl Jackson

Pôl Jackson is the spitting image of Mad King Ludwig. He likes tea, cats, temporal paradoxes, and beating imaginary people up.


Nicholas Knight

Nicholas Knight is the bestselling author of the official Supernatural companion guides and The Essential Supernatural coffee table book, as well as a feature writer for the Official Supernatural Magazine. His short fiction has appeared in places such as Forbidden Texts, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Trailer Park of Terror, and Weird Tales, and he's received honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.


Antoinette McCormick

Antoinette McCormick always loved to poke fun at things she didn't completely understand, believing the climate in her native Vermont too inhospitable for supernatural entities. She was last seen at a yard sale, purchasing a funny-looking box ...


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.


Nicholas P. Oakley

Nicholas P. Oakley is a science fiction author from the UK.

Nicholas was born in Solihull, England, and now lives with his partner in Inverness, Scotland. His first novel, The Watcher, is due out in 2013 from See Sharp Press. Details of this and his other stories can be found at his website, http://www.nicholaspoakley.com


Conor Powers-Smith

Conor Powers-Smith grew up in New Jersey and Ireland. He currently lives on Cape Cod, where he works as a reporter. His stories have appeared in Abyss and Apex, Fantastic Frontiers, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and other magazines.


James Rowland

James Rowland is a young, British writer who is just beginning the journey of publication. Since it is just the start of that road, he doesn't have a fancy website or an interesting twitter account. However he hopes 2013 will be an exciting year where he starts to self-publish his novelette series, The Collingwood Report, and also continues hoping to find people mad enough to publish his short stories.


Cameron Suey

Cameron Suey is a California native living in San Francisco with his wife (who can occasionally be convinced to edit his work, as long as it's not too gross) and infant daughter. He works as a writer and producer in the games industry, and along with several other talented writers, won the WGA Award for Videogame Writing in 2009 for "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed." He can be found on the web at thejosefkstories.com, where he writes about writing, horror, and other influences, and on twitter as @josefkstories


Mark Wardecker

Mark Wardecker has been a great admirer (from a safe distance) of mad scientists since his first exposure to Peter Cushing's Victor Frankenstein and his various monsters from hell. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, The Willows, Doctor Who and Philosophy, and the Baker Street Journal. He has also edited an anthology of August Derleth's early Solar Pons stories and is a librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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.


Sparx and Arrows

by Dawn Vogel

Sparx and Arrows
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ISBN: 978-0692627648
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Cobalt City is home to super heroes and villains. And trouble follows the heroes even when they aren't at home. Kara Sparx and three different incarnations of the Huntsman battle killer Ferris wheels, mecha, clockwork ex-presidents, and Russian communists in five different stories of daring and adventure!

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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: Autumn 2015

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Anatoly Belilovsky, Maureen Bowden, Daniel Coble, Dave D'Alessio, Alby Darling, Domenic diCiacca, Judith Field, Michael Hudson, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Jennifer Mitchell, Alan Murdock, Diana Parparita, Torrey Podmajersky, Steve Toase, Deborah Walker, Marlee Jane Ward, David J. Wing, Adam Wykes, Rich Young, Richard Zwicker

Steampunk butlers, the execution of Earth, and binary fission in rabbits. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2015 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Anatoly Belilovsky, Judith Field, Diana Parparita, 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 Maureen Bowden, Adam Wykes, Stephen Toase, Alan Murdock, Daniel Coble, Rich Young, Richard Zwicker, Marlee Jane Ward, Alby Darling, Domenic diCiacca, Jennifer Mitchell, Dave D'Alessio, Torrey Podmajersky, Michael Hudson, Julie Bloss Kelsey, and David Wing. Illustrations by Luke Spooner, Shannon Legler, Amanda Jones, Justine McGreevy, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky is a Russian-American author and translator of speculative fiction. His work appeared in the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology, Ideomancer, Nature Futures, Stupefying Stories, Immersion Book of Steampunk, Daily SF, Kasma, Kazka, and has been podcast by Cast of Wonders, Tales of Old, and Toasted Cake. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net, pediatrics at belilovsky.com, and his medical practice web site is babydr.us.

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later (see wikipedia, Jackson-Vanik amendment), he learned English from Star Trek reruns and went on to become a paediatrician in an area of New York where English is only the fourth most commonly used language. He has neither cats nor dogs, but was admitted into SFWA in spite of this deficiency.


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.


Daniel Coble

Daniel Coble lives with his wife, daughters, and sister in southern California, where he develops Web applications in the light of day and commits his literary crimes under cover of darkness. Those abetting these offenses include River Lit, Spank the Carp, Third Flatiron anthologies, Halfway Down The Stairs, Fabula Argentea, Frostfire Worlds, and the Zombies in Japan anthology from Dreamscape Press. He enjoys 1,354 other hobbies, but like some kind of sad, bespectacled prose shark, he cannot stop writing, lest he perish.


Dave D'Alessio

Dave D'Alessio is an ex-industrial chemist, ex-TV engineer, and ex-award-winning animator currently masquerading as a social scientist. His more than twenty previously published stories include "The Twenty-Year Reich," finalist for the Sidewise Award for best alternative history short story of 2017, and "Jack the Giant-Killer: A Species Traitor?" in Mad Scientist Journal, Volume CXCVIII, August 2015.


Alby Darling

Alby Darling is a former frequent-traveler and current resident of New Jersey, where they spend their time predominantly involved with the organizing of shelves. Besides being addicted to short-form writing and drafting novel outlines, Alby is fond of pepperjack cheese, songs that don't make any sense, and mythologies related to aquatic beings.


Domenic diCiacca

Domenic diCiacca lives on a farm in Missouri where he excels as a time-share mattress for cats. Domenic's hobby is making his wife laugh.


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.


Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson is originally from Springfield, Missouri and moved to Austin, Texas while in the Army. He lives there with his girlfriend and their lazy, poop-machine of a cat, Prince.


Julie Bloss Kelsey

Julie Bloss Kelsey writes speculative fiction and science fiction poetry from her home in suburban Maryland. In 2011, her scifaiku "Comet" won the Dwarf Stars Award given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. You can catch her on Twitter where she posts @MamaJoules.


Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell is a Canadian writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Born in 1722, a homemade time machine has allowed her to write stories for the people of the future. She has been abducted by aliens twice. Do not approach Jennifer, because it may be her identical evil twin, NotJennifer, who is a wanted criminal in six galaxies.


Alan Murdock

Alan Murdock is a writer of horror, sci-fi, and other weird fiction. He lives with his wife and daughter in New England, but is a frequent visitor to the fictional town of Haven Falls, Connecticut. When not reading or writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching the Red Sox, and drinking beer--usually all at once. For information on his upcoming projects, follow him on Twitter @AlanMurdock13.


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.


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.


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


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.


Marlee Jane Ward

Marlee Jane Ward is a writer, reader, and weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. She's a Clarion West Writers Workshop alum, took second place in the Katherine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction awards for 2014, and her debut novella is shortlisted for Seizure Online's Viva La Novella. She has a lot of thoughts and feelings that she overshares at http://marleejaneward.com. She digs cats, babes, and food, in that precise order.


David J. Wing

David is predominantly a short fiction writer, but he's venturing into children's novels at the moment. He has a beautiful wife, a gorgeous baby daughter and a needy dog. He runs a flash fiction site: www.zeroflash.wordpress.com


Adam Wykes

Adam Wykes is a technical writer at Forte Automation Systems, and fascinated with science in fiction and reality--especially complexity, cosmology, cognition, evolution, or ants. He lives in Rockford, IL, with his wife Emily, his new son Joseph, a dog, and the target host for toxoplasma gondii. In his spare time, Adam games, builds computers, learns Linux, reads, and tries to write a novel. His work also appears in the Von Neumann/Darwin-inspired game Boss Constructor, due for release on Steam soon, and the self-published (and free!) "Witness to the Dawn" on Lulu.


Rich Young

Rich Young is a writer, guitar player, business analyst, father, and husband from Michigan. He has completed one novel, Letters From Tomorrow, and several short stories ranging from horror to science fiction. He is currently working on a series of Tales of The Scraping, and a novel that sums up all the experiences of his life in some odd fashion or another.


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.