Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

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

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

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

About the Authors

Ali Abbas

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


Nyri Bakkalian

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


S. E. Casey

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


M. Lopes da Silva

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


Julian Dexter

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


Evan Dicken

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


Carolyn A. Drake

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


Dorian Graves

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


Diana Hauer

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


Georgie Hinojosa

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


Michael M. Jones

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

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

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


Gwendolyn Kiste

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


Christine Lucas

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

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


Lyndsie Manusos

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


Alanna McFall

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


Alexander Nachaj

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


Timothy Nakayama

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


Betty Rocksteady

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


Ian M. Smith

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

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


Kathryn Yelinek

Kathryn Yelinek lives in Pennsylvania, where she works as a librarian.  She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.  Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, NewMyths.com, Metaphorosis, and Deep Magic, among others.  Visit her online at kathrynyelinek.com.


E. R. Zhang

Officially, Zhang cultivates a tiny army of bacteria that may or may not help to save bananas. Unofficially, they are often commissioned to translate various documents and end up having knowledge of the uncanny and the strange, such as ghostly stenographers. You can find them on twitter at @zhang_er_ren.


Rolling in the Dark

by Angela Spencer

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Angela Spencer brings two sweet romance short stories set against the backdrop of the paranormal.

In "Devil May Care", Marcie Sandidge receives dark warnings about her new home from a handsome and mysterious man in her neighborhood named Darren. As the warnings turn out to be true, she has to rely on Darren to make it through the night.

"Something Fishy" features private investigator Teresa Martin. While on a case in the fishing town of Crynoch, Washington, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend is alive and well after allegedly dying fifteen years earlier. Can she trust him and find out the secret of sleepy coastal town?

About the Author

Angela Spencer has written science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and now paranormal romance. She lives in Seattle with a heard of cats and her partner, Danny. Angela was a semi-finalist in All Romance eBook's "Just One Bite" contest. She is published by DefCon One Publishing, www.defconone.com.


Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2014

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Maureen Bowden, Andy Brown, Judith Field, J. J. Green, Camille Griep, Iulian Ionescu, Christine Layton, Mark Patrick Lynch, Parker McKenzie, Erick Mertz, Jennifer Mitchell, Pathos, Torrey Podmajersky, Alter S. Reiss, Diana Rohlman, Ian Rose, Dusty Wallace, Trent Walters, Steve Zisson

The unicorn apocalypse, self-propelled time-travel, pharmaceutical rocket fuel, and cloned steampunk boy bands. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 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 Camille Griep, Erick Mertz, and Trent Walters. 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 Dusty Wallace, Ian Rose, Mark Patrick Lynch, Jennifer Mitchell, Iulian Ionescu, Christine Layton, Judith Field, Diana Rohlman, Steve Zisson, Pathos, Maureen Bowden, J. J. Green, Alter S. Reiss, Torrey Podmajersky, Parker McKenzie, and Andy Brown. Illustrations are provided by Scarlett O'Hairdye, Dawn Vogel, Katie Nyborg, Luke Spooner, Shannon Legler, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Maureen Bowden

Maureen Bowden is a Liverpudlian living with her musician husband in North Wales. She has had over a hundred stories and poems accepted for publication by paying markets. Silver Pen publishers nominated one of her stories for the 2015 international Pushcart Prize. She also writes song lyrics, mostly comic political satire, set to traditional melodies. Her husband has performed these in Folk clubs throughout England and Wales. She loves her family and friends, Rock 'n' Roll, Shakespeare, and cats.


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.


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.


J. J. Green

Attracted to the weird and fantastic since childhood, J. J. Green feeds her addiction by writing about the frontiers of scientific exploration and beyond. Her work has been published in SFGate, Opposing Views, Global Science, Synonym.com, Seattle P-I, Modern Mom, Dark Tide Writers' Magazine, Metro Moms, Piker Press, and other publications. Living in Taiwan has also given her endless opportunities to amuse the locals by attempting to learn Chinese. Check out her meanderings at http://infinitebook.wordpress.com/


Camille Griep

Camille Griep lives and writes north of Seattle, Washington. When she's not alphabetizing the paragraphs of her stories, she works for a couple of literary magazines and volunteers for a local summer workshop. Her genre work has been anthologized in Evil Girlfriend Media's Witches, Stitches, & Bitches, Song Story Press's Blaze of Glory, and The Sea forthcoming from Dark Continents Books.


Iulian Ionescu

Iulian was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, where he earned his Bachelor's in Finance. He moved to the US in 2001, and became a CPA (oh, the excitement!). Despite his career choice, Iulian's creative side kept him awake at night. At this point he calls himself an aspiring sci/fi and fantasy writer. He published several short stories and is currently working on two novels. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son and he blogs at www.fantasyscroll.com and www.iulianionescu.com. He is also the editor of http://fantasyscrollmag.com.


Christine Layton

Christine Layton lives and writes in the Chihuahua Desert. Her nonfiction work can be found on Cracked.com. Her fiction work can be found at the bottom of the sea.


Mark Patrick Lynch

British writer Mark Patrick Lynch’s short stories have appeared in various publications around the world, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine to Zahir. On the internet, his work can be found on Daily Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Abyss and Apex. Several of his pieces have received honourable mentions in annual Year’s Best summaries as notable tales of the year. His print book Hour of the Black Wolf is published by Robert Hale Ltd, while What I Wouldn’t Give, a novella, is available for eBook. Don’t be shy: find him at markpatricklynch.blogspot.com, or through his twitter feed @markplynch.


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.


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.


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.


Pathos

Pathos is a shadow. He has had stories previously published in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine and on yesteryearfiction.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.


Alter S. Reiss

Alter S. Reiss is a field archaeologist and scientific editor whose fiction has appeared in F&SF, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. While he does occasionally do science in real life, it seldom reaches the level of irritable science, let alone mad science.


Diana Rohlman

Diana lives in the Pacific Northwest, invariably spending the rainy days inside, writing, with a glass of wine nearby, and her dog offering helpful critiques. Her website can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/rohlmandiana


Ian Rose

Ian Rose lived on every coast that the United States has to offer, and had a few short stints inland, before settling in Oregon. He lives with his fiancée, her daughter, and a mischievous black cat. His work has recently appeared in New Myths and Cast of Wonders, and more of his writing can be found at http://ianwrites.com.


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


Trent Walters

Although Trent Walters denies being mad, scientificking or journaling, he teaches science in Honduras. Moreover, an eighteenth-century Egyptian archaeologist uncovered journals of his purported ravings next to the Necronomicon. You decide.... His works have appeared (or will appear) in Dreams & Nightmares, Electric Velocipede, Fantasy, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Mad Scientist Journal, among others. He won the Hayward-Faultline and Texas Ruby Red prizes, was honorably mentioned in the Asimov's and Writers of the Future contests.


Steve Zisson

Steve Zisson began his writing career as a journalist and now writes speculative fiction from a town north of Boston. He finds most journalism these days to be highly speculative. His day job now is running a medical education publishing company. He likes to write in approximately 1,500-word bursts and has another similar length story forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction.


Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by K.C. Ball, Andy Brown, Myke Edwards, K. Esta, Mathew Allan Garcia, Janka Hobbs, K. G. Jewell, Jason Lairamore, David D. Levine, Zoe McAuley, Parker McKenzie, K. S. O'Neill, Diana Parparita, Torrey Podmajersky, Cat Rambo, Michael Rettig, J.J. Roth, Megan Vogel, Trent Walters, Richard Zwicker

Undead love, clog dancing aliens, succubi and giant slugs. 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 are four new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers written by K.C. Ball, David D. Levine, Cat Rambo, and Trent Walters. 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 K. Esta, Mathew Allen Garcia, Janka Hobbs, K. S. O'Neill, J.J. Roth, Megan Vogel, Richard Zwicker, Zoe McAuley, Jason Lairamore, Myke Edwards, Michael Rettig, K.G. Jewell, Diana Parparita, Torrey Podmajersky, Andy Brown, and Parker McKenzie. Illustrations are provided by Scarlett O'Hairdye, Shannon, Legler, Luke Spooner, Katie Nyborg, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

K.C. Ball

K.C. Ball lives in Seattle. Her short stories have appeared in various online and print publications, including Analog, Lightspeed and Murky Depths, as well as in a collection of her works, Snapshots From A Black Hole & Other Oddities, published by Hydra House Books. Her novel, Lifting Up Veronica, was released in May, 2013 by Every Day Publishers. K.C. is a 2010 graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. She won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award in 2009 and the Speculative Literature Foundation's Older Writers award in 2012.


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.


Myke Edwards

Myke Edwards has been writing stories of the fantastic and outlandish for most of his life. Upon graduating from a reputable creative writing program, he began traveling through several dimensions where he claims to still live. He really just finds himself caught in his worlds more often than not, and makes his home in Toledo, OH, where he can frequently be found writing alongside several empty coffee mugs.


K. Esta

K. Esta is a fan of Sci Fi in all forms, but has been known to play with other genres as well. After studying mechanical engineering and geology, working as an aerospace engineer for a few years, and dabbling in other things, K has decided that writing is much more fun. K's serialised dystopian novel Dosterra can be found at the genre fiction site JukePop Serials: http://www.jukepopserials.com/home/read/111, and K's short fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction. All K's work can be viewed or accessed via http://writingbykesta.wordpress.com/.


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


Janka Hobbs

Janka Hobbs lives in the Puget Sound lowlands where she studies Botany and Aikido when she's not playing with words. Her story "Photographic Memories" appeared in the January issue of Emerald Sky Magazine.


K. G. Jewell

K. G. Jewell lives and writes in Austin, Texas. He bakes a mean boule. His website, which is rarely updated, is lit.kgjewell.com.


Jason Lairamore

Jason is a family man. He is the father to three wonderful children, and is the lucky husband to one very beautiful lady. By day he works as a medical professional, and at night he is blessed enough to be father and husband. Only after normal people are safely tucked away cozily in their beds and sleeping soundly, does Jason get to sit down and explore the tangential worlds of everyanywhere. And explore he does. You can find Jason at http://www.facebook.com/#!/jason.lairamore


David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in markets including Asimov's, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule, with whom he co-edits the fanzine Bento. His web page is at http://www.daviddlevine.com, and his video of mad scientist Dr. Talon's "Letter to the Editor" can be found at http://youtu.be/NkOuPyILWx0.


Zoe McAuley

Zoe McAuley is a resident of northern England and approaching her late twenties at a frightening rate. Lacking any other means of gainful employment, she has taken to putting Lady Dr. MacChruim's notes into a format intelligible to the rest of the human population. She enjoys Live Action Roleplaying and getting lost in caverns in Minecraft.


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.


K. S. O'Neill

K. S. O'Neill is a math professor and fencing coach at a small college. He wishes certain people reading this to know that his patience is not infinite.


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.


Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 100+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Tor.com. Her short story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction and information about her online classes, see http://www.kittywumpus.net


Michael Rettig

Michael Rettig is a left handed, red headed only child who sees shapes in clouds no one else does. Once when fired from a job, instead of getting drunk, he went alone to a room and read Orwell’s 1984 straight through. This is Mike’s second story for Mad Scientist Journal. His first story was "Chuck the Alien." After an insanely stressful career as a stockbroker, Mike writes short stories. He’s won a couple of short fiction contests and been a writing contest director. His writing critique group, "The Word Herd," meets frequently at the local Barnes and Noble.


J.J. Roth

J.J. Roth's fantasy and science fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, The Colored Lens, Aoife's Kiss and Every Day Fiction.  A transplanted New Yorker, J.J. now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes when not chauffeuring two young sons or working at a large IT company.  Visit http://www.jjroth.net for more info and updates.


Megan Vogel

Megan Vogel is a marketing professional and wine enthusiast living in Atlanta, GA.  MeganVogel.com


Trent Walters

Although Trent Walters denies being mad, scientificking or journaling, he teaches science in Honduras. Moreover, an eighteenth-century Egyptian archaeologist uncovered journals of his purported ravings next to the Necronomicon. You decide.... His works have appeared (or will appear) in Dreams & Nightmares, Electric Velocipede, Fantasy, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Mad Scientist Journal, among others. He won the Hayward-Faultline and Texas Ruby Red prizes, was honorably mentioned in the Asimov's and Writers of the Future contests.


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.


Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2015

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Maureen Bowden, Domenic diCiacca, E. M. Eastick, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Sylvia Heike, Michael Hudson, J. R. Johnson, Barry King, Damien Krsteski, Nick Nafpliotis, Diana Parparita, Juliana Rew, Christopher J. Teuton, Deborah Walker

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: Summer 2015 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, Jennifer Johnson, 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 Damien Krsteski, Judith Field, Sylvia Heike, Michael Hudson, Domenic diCiacca, Barry King, E. M. Eastick, Juliana Rew, Diana Parparita, Nick Nafpliotis, E. B. Fischadler, Christopher Teuton, David Wing, Gwendolyn Kiste, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Leenna Naidoo, Lorainne Schein, Michael Hudson, and Rochelle Cashdan. Art provided by Scarlett O'Hairdye, Dawn Vogel, Shannon Legler, Justine McGreevy, Luke Spooner, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Maureen Bowden

Maureen Bowden is a Liverpudlian living with her musician husband in North Wales. She has had over a hundred stories and poems accepted for publication by paying markets. Silver Pen publishers nominated one of her stories for the 2015 international Pushcart Prize. She also writes song lyrics, mostly comic political satire, set to traditional melodies. Her husband has performed these in Folk clubs throughout England and Wales. She loves her family and friends, Rock 'n' Roll, Shakespeare, and cats.


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.


E. M. Eastick

E. M. Eastick worked as an environmental engineer in Australia, Britain, Ireland, and the Middle East before landing in Colorado, where she works at singing John Denver songs and eating grilled bison steaks. Although she claims to be a writer of no fixed genre, she maintains a secret fascination for strange scientific facts, especially those pertaining to carnivorous insects and oddly-shaped vegetable matter. She is currently occupied with Daughter, a YA-fantasy-adventure novel co-written over two continents.


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/


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.


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.


J. R. Johnson

J.R. Johnson grew up in the folded Appalachian hills, where she learned to love Fall, blueberries straight from the bush, and the stream beneath the willows near her house. The fact that Fall is inevitably followed by Winter, that picking berries means crossing paths with bears, and that the stream was laced with dioxins may also have had some impact on her outlook. For more on her latest projects visit jrjohnson.me.


Barry King

Barry King is an IT consultant to NGOs who was born in Greece and lived in Tunisia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Brunei, and the U.S. before finally settling in his wife's hometown of Kingston, Ontario, and converting to Canadianism.


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.


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.


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.


Juliana Rew

Juliana Rew is a software engineer and former science and technical writer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, who is now trying her hand at writing fantasy and science fiction. She has sold stories to Sorcery and the Far Frontier, Fresh Blood (May-December Publications), Bards and Sages Quarterly, Aurora Wolf, InfectiveInk, Song Stories Press, and The Colored Lens. Her Y/A SF novellas, Erenarch Academy and Miranda of Daris, have been released by World Castle Publishing. Her author website is julianarew.com.


Christopher J. Teuton

Christopher J. Teuton is an author and entrepreneur currently living in Port Wentworth, GA, in the United States. He has written numerous short stories and journalistic articles which can be found in both print and online publications. His other passions include philosophy, astrophysics, microbiology, dogs, dancing in the rain, and climbing on trees.


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.