Volatile Figments

by Dawn Vogel

Dani finds the new director in her college theater department more than a little unnerving, but she has barely scratched the surface on just how weird things are about to get. Lucy just wanted a date for homecoming, not the heaps of trouble her wish cookie has stirred up in her high school. Unable to find the inspiration for a performance for her dance troupe, Mia calls upon a muse and gets far more than she bargained for. Mikayla feels bad about having drifted away from her BFF Ashley, but Ashley's new lifestyle may be more than Mikayla can handle. Julia doesn't know how she came to be bound to a painting in a hotel, but she's about to find out how to break the curse. And Seattle homicide detective Moira O'Connelly has more than a suspicion that a recent arson is tied to an orphanage fire years ago. But how the young psychic who calls herself Cassie is connected is not what she was expecting to find.

The supernatural abounds in this collection of six dark contemporary fantasy short stories by author Dawn Vogel. Stories staring teenage witches and ageless childlike ghosts sit side by side with those featuring normal women confronting eldritch gods, muses, ghouls, and mad scientists. Everyone's got problems, and these characters are dealing with more than their fair share!

Publisher: DefCon One Publishing
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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-runs a small press, 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.

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

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

Cover Art for That Ain't Right
Editions:Paperback - Print Edition: $ 10.99
ISBN: 978-0692270219
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 278
Kindle - Amazon Edition: $ 4.99
ePub - Smashwords Edition: $ 4.99
ISBN: 9781310995378

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

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

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

Publisher: DefCon One Publishing
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About the Authors

Sanford Allen

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


Brandon Barrows

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

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

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

Folly Blaine

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

Darin M. Bush

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

Kelda Crich

Kelda Crich is a new born entity. She's been lurking in her creator's mind for a few years. Now she's out in the open. Find her in London looking at strange things in medical museums or on her blog. Kelda's work has appeared in the Lovecraft E-zine, Journal of Unlikely Acceptance, Mad Scientist Journal, and in the Bram Stoker-Award winning After Death anthology.

Nathan Crowder

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

Erik Scott de Bie

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

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

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

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

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

Sean Frost

Sean Frost is a software developer in Michigan, who writes comics and stories while watching horror and science fiction movies. He lives with four demanding cats and a very understanding wife. It is entirely likely that he has a few too many hobbies.

Phil Gonzales

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

Brian Hamilton

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

Samuel Marzioli

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

Erick Mertz

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

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

Craig D. B. Patton

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

Jenna M. Pitman

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

Evan Purcell

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

Damir Salkovic

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

Emily C. Skaftun

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

Cliff Winnig

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

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

Crossing the Streams

by Jeremy Zimmerman

Non-human romance. Tarot-powered difference engines. The bureaucracy of the gate to Hell. These and more appear in this anthology of strange stories by Jeremy Zimmerman. This anthology collects five genre-bending tales from fantasy to steampunk to cyberpunk.

Reviews:KJ Hannah Greenberg on Tangent wrote:

"I won’t spoil the ending, but I will offer that the imagery in this tale is so wonderful that the settings sometimes transported me away from the main character’s conflict. The scenes in this story, like Impressionist art, consist of ordinary subjects displayed in mesmerizingly vacillating light. Whereas I usually care most about plot and about character development, these descriptions were so robust that I would gladly read additional pages of Zimmerman’s work just to reimmerse myself in his language."

Lillian Cohen-Moore wrote:

"Unchained Melody is a sharp, beautiful blow to the heart. Zimmerman wrote a heroine who is recognizable; a woman who is defining herself, on her terms."

About the Author

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

Crime and Necromancy

by Jeremy Zimmerman

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

Publisher: DefCon One Publishing
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About the Author

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