Spiders of the Shifting Swamp

by Dawn Vogel

The spiders live in a shop in the swamp with Grandfather Spider. But when Grandfather Spider disappears, they must rescue him!

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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.


The Long-Cursed Map

by Dawn Vogel

The Long-Cursed Map
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In the stormy skies of the Republic, it's not always easy to catch a favorable wind ...

On the hunt for a legendary, cursed map that leads to treasure unimaginable, the crew of The Silent Monsoon, led by the pertinacious Captain Svetlana Tereshchenko, soon discover they aren't the only ones hunting for riches. But there's more than gold at stake in this pursuit. The Last Emperor's Hoard is rumored to contain the Gem of the Seas, a device that gives its owner the power to control the oceans.

Wanted by the Air Fleet and dogged by spectres both real and imagined, Svetlana and her crew will have to call in every favor and pull every string—even if it means stirring up more ghosts—to complete the map before the High Council does. This race will require courage, determination, and sacrifice. Will Svetlana have what it takes to win, or will the map's curse be too high a price?

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

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


Mad Scientist Journal – Winter 2019

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

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

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2019 collects twelve tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Quinn Parker, Joachim Heijndermans, and Diana Parparita. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, gossip column, and other brief messages from mad scientists.

Authors featured in this volume also include Arinn Dembo, Rick Tobin, Fiona Moore, Annika Sundberg, Raluca Balasa, Tom McGee, Gordon B. White, Nick Morrish, Brodie Lowe, Ron Riekki, Soramimi Hanarejima, E. B. Fischadler, Eric Fomley, Leslie Soule, Margret Treiber, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art provided by Leigh Legler, Errow Collins, A. Jones, Justine McGreevyk, Luke Spooner, Dawn Vogel, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Raluca Balasa

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


Arinn Dembo

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


E. B. Fischadler

E. B. Fischadler has been writing short stories for several years, and has recently begun publishing. His stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Bewildering Stories, eFiction, Voluted Tales, Beyond Imagination Literary Magazine, and Beyond Science Fiction. In addition to fiction, Fischadler has published over 30 papers in refereed scientific journals, as well as a chapter of a textbook on satellite engineering. When he is not writing, he pursues a career in engineering and serves his community as an EMT. Fischadler continues to write short stories and is working on a novel about a naval surgeon. You can learn more about Fischadler and access his other publications at: https://ebfischadler.wordpress.com/


Eric S. Fomley

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


Sean Frost

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


Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a short story author and commercial property manager in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She writes a gossip column for Mad Scientist Journal and has a published collection of short horror Seasons of Horror available at Amazon.com. When not writing, she’s a gluten-free gamer girl, sushi lover, and cat-spoiling pet parent. Find her on Twitter @LucindaGunnin.


Soramimi Hanarejima

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


Joachim Heijndermans

Joachim Heijndermans writes, draws, and paints nearly every waking hour. Originally from the Netherlands, he's been all over the world, boring people by spouting random trivia. His work has been featured in a number of publications, such as Metaphorosis, Hinnom Magazine, Every Day Fiction, Asymmetry Fiction, Kraxon Magazine, and Gathering Storm Magazine. He's currently in the midst of completing his first children's book. You can check out his other work at www.joachimheijndermans.com, or follow him on Twitter: @jheijndermans.


Brodie Lowe

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


Tom McGee

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


Fiona Moore

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


Nick Morrish

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


Quinn Parker

Quinn Parker is a novelist and award-winning screenwriter from a forgotten corner of the USA. She’s the author of the upcoming Nova EXE, among other books. Under various names, she has been published with Thunderdome Press, Sci-Phi Journal, The Literary Hatchet, Aphotic Realm, Mighty Quill Books, HellBound Books, Severed Press, Pleiades, Rain Taxi, and Crystal Lake Publishing. When not reading and writing, she can be found doing yoga or laughing at a scary movie.


Diana Parparita

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


Ron Riekki

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


Leslie D. Soule

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


Annika Sundberg

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


Rick Tobin

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


Margret Treiber

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

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


Gordon B. White

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


Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Chris Aldridge, Maureen Bowden, Judith Field, Sean Frost, Paul Alex Gray, Lucinda Gunnin, Sandy Dee Hall, Teo Yi Han, Joachim Heijndermans, Michael Hobbs, Shelly Jasperson, Lucas Leery, Tom Lund, Brandon Nolta, Andrew Openshaw, Quinn Parker, Julia K. Patt, K. Tracy-Lee, Chris Walker, Kathryn Yelinek

Familial love, giant death bees, and notes for teaching assistants. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2018 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, Judith Field, and Sandy Dee Hall. 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 Michael Hobbs, Kathryn Yelinek, Chris Walker, Paul Alex Gray, Teo Yi Han, Shelly Jasperson, Brandon Nolta, Lucas Leery, Chris Aldridge, Julia Patt, K. Tracy-Lee, Tom Lund, Andrew Openshaw, Joachim Heijndermans, Kevin Holton, Linda M. Crate, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art by Scarlett O'Hairdye, .A. Jones, Leigh Legler, Errow Collins, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, Dawn Vogel, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Chris Aldridge

Chris Aldridge is an American writer of fiction and non-fiction originally from Thomasville, North Carolina. He was born in 1984 in Asheboro, and received his education from Columbia College of Missouri. Find him online at www.caldridge.net.


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.


Judith Field

Judith Field lives in London, UK. She is the daughter of writers, and learned how to agonise over fiction submissions at her mother's (and father's) knee. She's a pharmacist working in emergency medicine, a medical writer, editor, and indexer. She started writing in 2009. She mainly writes speculative fiction, a welcome antidote from the world she lives in. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the USA, UK, and Australia. When she's not working or writing, she studies English, knits, sings, and swims, not always at the same time.


Sean Frost

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


Paul Alex Gray

Paul Alex Gray enjoys writing linear and interactive fiction starring sentient black holes, wayward sea monsters, curious AIs, and more. His work has been published in Nature Futures, Andromeda Spaceways, The Arcanist, and others. Paul grew up by the beaches of Australia, then traveled the world and now lives in Canada with his wife and two children. On his adventures, Paul has been a startup founder, game designer, and mentor to technology entrepreneurs. Chat with him on Twitter @paulalexgray or visit www.paulalexgray.com


Lucinda Gunnin

Lucinda Gunnin is a short story author and commercial property manager in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She writes a gossip column for Mad Scientist Journal and has a published collection of short horror Seasons of Horror available at Amazon.com. When not writing, she’s a gluten-free gamer girl, sushi lover, and cat-spoiling pet parent. Find her on Twitter @LucindaGunnin.


Sandy Dee Hall

Sandy Dee Hall is a chef from NYC. He now works for his non-profit Sourc.ed. A non-profit for change of food and its access to youth. Don’t get lost out there!


Teo Yi Han

Teo Yi Han is a Singaporean policy analyst with a degree in psychology who struggles with policy writing by day and narrative writing by night. One of her stories won 1st prize in the Singapore 2015 Golden Point Award short story category, and others have been published in Southeast Asian anthologies such as FLESH:  A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology and This Is How You Walk On The Moon: An Anthology Of Anti-Realist Fiction.


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.


Michael Hobbs

Michael Hobbs won the stock option lottery ("...just what is a stock option?" he asked innocently the first they tried to grant him some) when he was still all but a child, and now he wastes his time very seriously ooogling birds, savoring IPAs and single malt scotches, assiduously attending to the needs of cats, going to readings and concerts with his wife Janka, and generally trying to have fun in the bucket we're all going to hell in. He does not generally consider himself a writer.


Shelly Jasperson

Shelly Jasperson has an inexplicable love for dead things. This is unrelated to her being a wife, mother of three little terrors, and author. Her short stories can be seen at Timeless Tales Magazine and Bewildering Stories.


Lucas Leery

Lucas Leery lives on the coast of Maine and spends a lot of time outside, collecting treasures found in the ocean and on land.


Tom Lund

From his childhood in the Caribbean to his later years in the Eastern Bloc, Tom has found that sometimes the best way to explore this crazy world is to create your own. He has dabbled in many things, careers and hobbies alike, but has always found that nothing satiates his restless heart more than creating. He currently lives and creates among the red rocks of Southern Utah.


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.


Andrew Openshaw

Quinn Parker

Quinn Parker is a novelist and award-winning screenwriter from a forgotten corner of the USA. She’s the author of the upcoming Nova EXE, among other books. Under various names, she has been published with Thunderdome Press, Sci-Phi Journal, The Literary Hatchet, Aphotic Realm, Mighty Quill Books, HellBound Books, Severed Press, Pleiades, Rain Taxi, and Crystal Lake Publishing. When not reading and writing, she can be found doing yoga or laughing at a scary movie.


Julia K. Patt

Julia K. Patt lives in Maryland with the smallest, furriest Elder God and her unwitting orange tabby acolyte, which never fails to make life interesting. Her stories have recently appeared in Clarkesworld, Escape Pod, and Luna Station Quarterly, and she is at work on a novel. Twitter: @chidorme. Website: juliakpatt.com.


K. Tracy-Lee

K. Tracy-Lee lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Chris Walker

Chris works in spacecraft mission operations and is a sometime astrodynamicist and bytewrangler. He enjoys writing stories of other worlds and days that might be. His short stories have appeared in Mad Scientist Journal, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Electric Spec, and Aurealis.

Chris lives in the UK and loves the liquid phase of what you humans call coffee.


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.


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: Winter 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Jimmy Bernard, Andy Brown, Scott Chaddon, Calvin Demmer, Laura Duerr, Kate Elizabeth, E. B. Fischadler, Sean Frost, Lyn Godfrey, Lisha Goldberg, Liam Hogan, Chris Marchant, John A. McColley, Alanna McFall, Candida Spillard, Deborah Walker, Richard Zwicker

Advances in mass production, tidying tips, and suggestions for the use of supernatural fluids. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2017 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, E. B. Fischadler, and David Harrison. 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 Alanna McFall, Andy Brown, Richard Zwicker, Liam Hogan, Deborah Walker, Jimmy Bernard, Lyn Godfrey, Calvin Demmer, Candida Spillard, Lisha Goldberg, Laura Duerr, Chris Marchant, John A. McColley, Scott Chaddon, Kate Elizabeth, and Sean Frost. Art by Errow Collins, Luke Spooner, Amanda Jones, GryphonShifter, Shannon Legler, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Ariel Alian Wilson, Dawn Vogel, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Jimmy Bernard

Jimmy Bernard is a 25-year-old writer with a degree in applied psychology. He works as an HR analyst and writes stories in his spare time. Besides writing, he plays guitar and spends most of his time reading. He resides in Belgium and visits Professor Fowler, a very old friend of his, at least twice a month, to discuss some of the new cases he has uncovered.


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.


Scott Chaddon

Scott Chaddon is a 25-year-old man in a 48-year-old body that looks 35 (possibly due to Madam Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream). Condemned to exile from his beloved home in the far north, he strives to carry on in his strange new environment. He brings forth news from distant places and times, different realities and parallel universes to any who find interest and amusement in them. He’s at home in the surreal, buddies with the bizarre, and teases the twisted things creeping in the darkness (how else can he get the stubborn things out from under your bed?).


Calvin Demmer

Calvin Demmer is a crime, mystery, and speculative fiction author. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Sanitarium Magazine, Morpheus Tales, and Mystery Weekly Magazine.


Laura Duerr

Laura Duerr is a writer, social media coordinator, gamer, and reader living in Vancouver, WA, with her husband, a rescue dog, and more cats than she'd like to admit. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Linfield College. Her other work can be seen in Devilfish Review and Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures.


Kate Elizabeth

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


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/


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.


Lyn Godfrey

Lyn Godfrey is a small-town, American southwestern, book-hoarding, animal-loving kind of girl. She writes in most "genre" genres and is a self-described Geek of All Trades. If it's nerdy, she loves it. Lyn began writing her first book (a Star Wars sequel) at age eleven. She has been making plans to write ever since but is often distracted by reading or looking for shiny things, like spaceships and robots. Her recent short stories can be found in the following anthologies: Ain't Superstitious, In Memory: A Tribute to Terry Pratchett, Misunderstood, Sproutlings, UNICORNADO!, and Third Flatiron: Best of 2015.


Lisha Goldberg

Lisha Goldberg started her professional career as a technical writer, then switched to teaching science to elementary children. She enjoys writing short stories and poems. Her hobbies include playing piano, assisting at a riding school for special needs children, and creating artwork with mosaic tiles.


Liam Hogan

This unverified account of the events leading up to the Valentine’s Day 2017 Phenomenon was reported to writer Liam Hogan, of http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk/, by a source who wishes to remain anonymous. It appeared first in 52Loves.


Chris Marchant

Chris Marchant currently lives in County Cavan, Ireland, with her boyfriend and far too many cats. She mostly writes science fiction and fantasy with some horror, YA, and historical thrown in. She is active on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. Her website is www.chrismarchantwriter.com. She has stories out in two anthologies, with two more stories in anthologies coming out later this year. More details about those can be found on her website.


John A. McColley

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


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.


Candida Spillard

Candida Spillard is a lapsed physicist, having researched for over twenty years into the effect the weather has on radio wave reception.
She has a passion for all things environmental, self-sufficient, or just plain eccentric.
She has sometimes been used for the purposes of Mad Science, but has never knowingly come to harm.
The family do not, in fact, have any known links to the West Indies but there are rumours, on her mother's side, of a Princess of the Raj marrying a British officer during those enlightened times before the Victorians put a stop to this sort of thing.


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.


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: Spring 2015

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Jen R. Albert, Jarod K. Anderson, Andy Brown, Loria Chaddon, Scott Chaddon, Robert Dawson, Kate Elizabeth, Michael Hudson, K. G. Jewell, Sierra July, K. Kitts, Rich Knight, Jamie Lackey, Meg Merriet, Leland Neville, L. L. Phelps, Torrey Podmajersky, Kaleigh Rodgerson, Diana Rohlman, D. J. Tyrer, Deborah Walker

Living pasta, sinister balloon animals, robotic torch singers. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2015 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Deborah Walker, Jamie Lackey, and Kaleigh Rodgerson. 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 David-John Tyrer, Meg Merriet, Rich Knight, Jarod Anderson, L. L. Phelps, Robert Dawson, Leland Neville, K. G. Jewell, Sierra July, Diana Rohlman, K. Kitts, Jen Albert, Michael Hudson, Kate Elizabeth, Torrey Podmajersky, Scott Chaddon, Loria Chaddon, and Andy Brown. Illustrations are provided by Errow Collins, Luke Spooner, Shannon Legler, Justine McGreevy, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Dawn Vogel.

About the Authors

Jen R. Albert

Jen lives in Toronto, Canada with one dog, one guinea pig, and one fiancé. She is addicted to reading and writing speculative fiction, and steals time to indulge in these obsessions whenever she can, usually late at night by the light of a single tallow candle. Jen puts up a respectable front and pays the bills working as an entomologist at a university in Toronto, so you could say that she’s a bit of a mad scientist herself.


Jarod K. Anderson

Jarod K. Anderson is a fan of comic books, tattoos, pulp detective novels, herpetology, folklore, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, video games, and all things sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Growing up, he wanted to be either a ninja or a maple tree. These aspirations led him to teach college English. Teaching college English led him to try other things.

Jarod’s work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Fictionvale, The Colored Lens, Fantasy Scroll, and elsewhere. His work is forthcoming in Midnight Echo and Shroud Magazine. His bestselling books of speculative fiction writing prompts (co-written with his wife Leslie J. Anderson) include: Inklings: 300 Starts, Plots, and Challenges to Inspire Your Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and 100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers. Find Jarod online at: www.jarodkanderson.com.


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.


Loria Chaddon

Loria Chaddon is a 40-year-old photographer and writer, with delusions of responsible adulthood. Due to her regular use of Madame Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream, (which she introduced to her husband, as well) she is often mistake for a much younger 30.

A gentle soul with a heart of murderous darkness, she accompanies her beloved husband in their shared travels through a dubious reality (accompanied by four hyperactive Hell Hounds disguised as dachshunds), both dreading, and anticipating, the day the monsters buried beneath their kindly masks might burst forth, to the dismay of all. Or she might bake some cookies.


Scott Chaddon

Scott Chaddon is a 25-year-old man in a 48-year-old body that looks 35 (possibly due to Madam Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream). Condemned to exile from his beloved home in the far north, he strives to carry on in his strange new environment. He brings forth news from distant places and times, different realities and parallel universes to any who find interest and amusement in them. He’s at home in the surreal, buddies with the bizarre, and teases the twisted things creeping in the darkness (how else can he get the stubborn things out from under your bed?).


Robert Dawson

Robert Dawson has a Ph.D., teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian University, and writes science fiction.


Kate Elizabeth

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


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.


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.


Sierra July

Sierra is a University of Florida graduate. Her fiction appears in Robot and Raygun, T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog, Perihelion Science Fiction, and SpeckLit, among other places. She blogs at talestotellinpassing.blogspot.com.


K. Kitts

Dr. K. Kitts is a retired geology professor who lives in the high desert of New Mexico. She served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Mission and worked with both Apollo lunar samples and meteorites. She has dozens of non-fiction publications, but she no longer wishes to talk about “what is” but rather “what if.” She is currently writing both short and novel-length science fiction.


Rich Knight

When Rich Knight isn’t teaching, he’s writing. A lot. He has been published in many publications such as Complex, Cinemablend, and Weightwatchers, and is starting to venture out into fiction. “Lasagna With Legs” is his first published sci-fi/fantasy short story. His novel, The Darkness of the Womb, can be found at http://thedarknessofthewomb.com/. You can also find him ranting about something or other at his blog: http://knighttakesrook.blogspot.com/. Swing by.


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.


Meg Merriet

Meg Merriet is a writer of short stories, novels, and plays with an inclination toward gothic fairytales and gritty, dark narratives. Her short story "The Bedfellow" appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of The Antigonish Review, a journal published by St. Francis Xavier University. She currently resides in Jersey City and is developing the play "The Shapeshifter" for production at Art House. "The Nightingale of Atlantic City" is dedicated to Raven Kneally, who taught Meg how to climb gates, how to dance the "Twitch," and all the joys of anime, video games, and reckless adventuring.


Leland Neville

Leland Neville lives in upstate New York where he is a full time writer. He previously worked for a news magazine in Washington, D.C., and taught in both a high school and a prison. His short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, The Barcelona Review, Pulp Modern, and Workers Writes. Non-fiction has appeared in U. S. News & World Report and The New York Review of Science Fiction.


L. L. Phelps

L. L. Phelps is an American speculative fiction author currently living in Taipei. You can find her often on twitter @LLPhelps1 and occasionally on taipeiwritersgroup.wordpress.com. Her stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction and the anthology, Dragon: Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts.


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.


Kaleigh Rodgerson

Kaleigh Rodgerson was born in Linden, Michigan. She is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where she studies writing. She has been previously published in Qua and writes both poetry and prose fiction.


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


D. J. Tyrer

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

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

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


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.


Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2015

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Marla L. Anderson, Jaime Babb, Russ Bickerstaff, Rob Brooks, Loria Chaddon, Scott Chaddon, Denzell Cooper, Kate Elizabeth, James Fadeley, E. B. Fischadler, Sean Frost, MJ Gardner, Dorian Graves, J. A. Grier, Liz Hedgecock, Sylvia Heike, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Fred Lubnow, Chelsea McClellan, John A. McColley, Diana Parparita, J. M. Perkins, Lorraine Schein, Dan Stout, Chris Vander Kaay, Deborah Walker, Jeannie Warner

Squamous science fairs, undead butterflies, godhood brokers. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2015 collects thirteen "essays" from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Deborah Walker, Diana Parparita, and MJ Gardner. 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 Fred Lubnow, E. B. Fischadler, Jaime Babb, Marla L. Anderson, J. M. Perkins, Dorian Graves, Christopher Vander Kaay, Denzell Cooper, Jeannie Warner, James Fadeley, J. A. Grier, Dan Stout, Russ Bickerstaff, Kate Elizabeth, Sean Frost, Chelsea McClellan, John McColley, Loria Chaddon, Scott Chaddon, Rob Brooks, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Liz Hedgecock, Lorraine Schein, and Sylvia Heike. Illustrations are provided by Bill Richardson, Steve Maschuck, Luke Spooner, Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Dawn Vogel, Justine McGreevy, and Scarlett O'Hairdye.

About the Authors

Marla L. Anderson

Marla Anderson loves to read and write science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream. She has authored four science fiction novels and a collection of short stories in a wide range of genres. She currently lives on a hill overlooking the Cleveland National Forest with her husband, her mother, two dogs, and a cat.


Jaime Babb

Terminally indecisive, Jaime Babb could never decide whether she wanted to be a physicist, an historian, or a writer, so she simply became all three. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Canada, where she makes her living editing scientific manuscripts and tutoring mathematics. You can read her thoughts about writing, science, transgender issues, and whatever else occurs to her on her blog at voxcorvegis.wordpress.com. Jaime also volunteers as editor of the popular science blog, theamateurrealist.com.


Russ Bickerstaff

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


Rob Brooks

Rob Brooks has been a lab rat for several semi-respected geniuses who are no longer allowed to practice their "science." A barrage of tests have left him partially brain dead. The part of his brain that still works spews out random works which occasionally form complete thoughts, which he then writes down.


Loria Chaddon

Loria Chaddon is a 40-year-old photographer and writer, with delusions of responsible adulthood. Due to her regular use of Madame Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream, (which she introduced to her husband, as well) she is often mistake for a much younger 30.

A gentle soul with a heart of murderous darkness, she accompanies her beloved husband in their shared travels through a dubious reality (accompanied by four hyperactive Hell Hounds disguised as dachshunds), both dreading, and anticipating, the day the monsters buried beneath their kindly masks might burst forth, to the dismay of all. Or she might bake some cookies.


Scott Chaddon

Scott Chaddon is a 25-year-old man in a 48-year-old body that looks 35 (possibly due to Madam Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream). Condemned to exile from his beloved home in the far north, he strives to carry on in his strange new environment. He brings forth news from distant places and times, different realities and parallel universes to any who find interest and amusement in them. He’s at home in the surreal, buddies with the bizarre, and teases the twisted things creeping in the darkness (how else can he get the stubborn things out from under your bed?).


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.


Kate Elizabeth

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


James Fadeley

James Fadeley is a short story author/skjald and crazy software engineer living in Bethesda, MD. He writes horror, fantasy, sci-fi, crime, and psychology and historical fiction, and frequently blends these genres together. Always busy with one mad scheme or another, it was either going to be writing or world domination. If spotted, approach cautiously and offer a drink. His biography can be viewed at http://he2etic.wordpress.com/bio-bibliography/.


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/


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.


MJ Gardner

MJ Gardner writes to explore the dark corners of the soul. Evelyn’s Journal, her first novel, is available on Amazon and at other e-retailers. Other short stories can be found Plan B Vol IV, Luna Station Quarterly and on Wattpad and her website.  See more at http://www.mjgardner.com.


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.


J. A. Grier

Dr. J. A. Grier is a planetary scientist, poet, fiction writer, and wine lover. Her stories and poems have appeared in venues such as Mad Scientist Journal, Eye to the Telescope, Liquid Imagination, and Mirror Dance. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Dr. Grier spends her time penning odd articles, reading strange stories, comparing vintages, and looking at impact craters on other worlds. She throws a fabulous Halloween party every year where one room is decorated entirely in eyeballs. Her babblings can be found at jagrier.com and @grierja on Twitter.


Liz Hedgecock

Liz Hedgecock lives in the north of England and appears to lead a normal life, dividing her time between work, childrearing, and running. However, by night she retreats to her secret writing lab where she mixes metaphors and splits infinitives, usually with disastrous consequences. She usually writes short stories but is currently attempting a longer one; her cruel experiments on the English language make the hapless specimens in the writing lab quake in horror. Her reign of terror can be followed on Twitter at @lizhedgecock or at http://lizhedgecock.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.


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.


Fred Lubnow

Fred Lubnow received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Susquehanna University, PA (1988), his Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences (1992) and his Ph.D. in Limnology (1994) from the University of California Davis, CA. During his day job, he is the Director of the Aquatic Programs at Princeton Hydro, LLC, specializing in managing lakes. Late into the evening, he enjoys reading and writing horror fiction, particularly Lovecraftian fiction. He gave a talk at the 2013 Necronomicon conference on the Biology and Evolution of the Old Ones. In addition, he hosts a blog site on Lovecraft and science located at www.lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com.


Chelsea McClellan

Chelsea McClellan lives in the barren wilds of the Midwest with two cats and way too many dogs.


John A. McColley

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


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.


J. M. Perkins

J. M. Perkins is a San Diego based genre fiction writer and former survivalist with over a dozen of his short stories sold, published, printed and adapted: on the web, in print anthologies, and on Public Radio International. He used a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish his first novel, and cohosts the podcast 'John vs Patrick.'


Lorraine Schein

Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, Space & Time, and the anthologies Phantom Drift and Alice Redux. Her poetry book, The Futurist's Mistress, is available from mayapplepress.com. She has a story forthcoming in Gigantic Worlds and is working on a graphic novel.


Dan Stout

Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio where he writes about the things which terrify and inspire him. His fiction draws on his travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, as well as an employment history which spans everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. In his free time, he tries to convince himself that match-3 games are somehow educational.


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.


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.


Jeannie Warner

Jeannie Warner spent her formative years in Colorado and Southern California, and is not afraid to abandon the most luxurious domestic environs for travel anywhere. She has a useless degree in musicology, a checkered career in computer security, and aspirations of world domination. Her writing credits include blogs of random musings, thriller novel manuscripts, and publications in Tightbeam online magazine, as well as KnightBridge's Rom Zom Com anthology, several police statements, and a collection of snarky notes to a former upstairs neighbor. She lives in the Bay Area with several of her best friends whom she refers to as "minions."


Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2014

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Eric Aren, Rob Butler, Loria Chaddon, Gary Cuba, Robert Dawson, Christopher DiCicco, Kate Elizabeth, Judith Field, Liz Hedgecock, Sylvia Heike, Michael Hudson, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Samantha Lienhard, Christopher Lynch, Andrew May, Nick Nafpliotis, George Nikolopoulos, Christopher Holmes Nixon, Rob Oxley, Diana Parparita, Torrey Podmajersky, Steve Ruskin, Lorraine Schein, Sam Slaughter, Dennis Staples, Megan Vogel, Sylvia Wrigley

Nonhuman religions, clones of classical composers, and the mating habits of socks. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2014 collects three month's worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are four new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist reader by Rob Butler, Gary Cuba, Christopher DiCicco, and Sylvia Wrigley. 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 Michael Hudson, Nick Nafpliotis, George Nikolopoulos, Dennis Staples, Andrew May, Judith Field, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Robert Dawson, Christopher Holmes Nixon, Samantha Lienhard, Christopher Lynch, Rob Oxley, Diana Parparita, Kate Elizabeth, Torrey Podmajersky, Megan Vogel, Lorraine Schein, Eric Aren, Loria Chaddon, Steve Ruskin, Liz Hedgecock, Sylvia Heike, and Sam Slaughter. Illustrations are provided by Matt Youngmark, Dawn Vogel, Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Luke Spooner, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Eric Aren

Eric Aren investigates the fringes of Victorian science, ever curious as to what unusual phenomena might arise.


Rob Butler

Rob Butler lives in Reading in the UK. He mostly writes short speculative fiction with stories appearing in places such as Lakeside Circus and Daily Science Fiction. He sometimes gets story ideas while out cycling. This can be dangerous if a good thought pops up in the middle of heavy traffic.


Loria Chaddon

Loria Chaddon is a 40-year-old photographer and writer, with delusions of responsible adulthood. Due to her regular use of Madame Mortencia’s Anti-aging Cream, (which she introduced to her husband, as well) she is often mistake for a much younger 30.

A gentle soul with a heart of murderous darkness, she accompanies her beloved husband in their shared travels through a dubious reality (accompanied by four hyperactive Hell Hounds disguised as dachshunds), both dreading, and anticipating, the day the monsters buried beneath their kindly masks might burst forth, to the dismay of all. Or she might bake some cookies.


Gary Cuba

Gary Cuba, a frequent contributor to Mad Science Journal, has seen his fiction published in more than ninety magazines and anthologies, including Baen's Universe, Nature Futures, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. His lives with his wife in South Carolina, dangerously close to the Congaree National Swamp. He sometimes sees things that cannot possibly exist.


Robert Dawson

Robert Dawson has a Ph.D., teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian University, and writes science fiction.


Christopher DiCicco

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


Kate Elizabeth

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


Judith Field

Judith Field lives in London, UK. She is the daughter of writers, and learned how to agonise over fiction submissions at her mother's (and father's) knee. She's a pharmacist working in emergency medicine, a medical writer, editor, and indexer. She started writing in 2009. She mainly writes speculative fiction, a welcome antidote from the world she lives in. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the USA, UK, and Australia. When she's not working or writing, she studies English, knits, sings, and swims, not always at the same time.


Liz Hedgecock

Liz Hedgecock lives in the north of England and appears to lead a normal life, dividing her time between work, childrearing, and running. However, by night she retreats to her secret writing lab where she mixes metaphors and splits infinitives, usually with disastrous consequences. She usually writes short stories but is currently attempting a longer one; her cruel experiments on the English language make the hapless specimens in the writing lab quake in horror. Her reign of terror can be followed on Twitter at @lizhedgecock or at http://lizhedgecock.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.


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.


Samantha Lienhard

Samantha Lienhard decided she wanted to be an author when she was in second grade, and she has been writing ever since. Her prior publications include a zombie serial called Sacreya’s Legacy, a horror/comedy novella called The Accidental Zombie, and a Lovecraftian horror serial called The Book at Dernier. When she isn’t writing, she can probably be found reading a book or playing a video game. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. You can find her at http://www.samanthalienhard.com/ or follow @SamLienhard on Twitter.


Christopher Lynch

Chris Lynch lives and works in Cardiff with his wife, two sons, and no cats. He would have fewer cats if this were mathematically possible.

Chris wrote "The Dark" for AAM/Markosia, a graphic novel, and co-created the seminal UK horror anthology Monkeys with Machineguns. Chris also edited the Red Cross genre-fiction charity anthology Hammer of Time.

Chris has also written for a number of UK and US publications including work for The Judge Dredd Megazine, Arcana, Metaverse, The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel, 2026 Books, Accent UK, Something Wicked, The Sorrow, and Insomnia Publications.


Andrew May

Andrew May is a science consultant and freelance author writing on subjects as diverse as quantum physics, astronomy, history, military technology, pulp magazines, the paranormal, and New Age beliefs. He keeps trying to write fiction, too.


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.


George Nikolopoulos

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


Christopher Holmes Nixon

Christopher Holmes Nixon is originally from Alberta, Canada, and has degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Calgary.

He has served as an Infantry Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces for the last nine years, with one operational tour to Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is currently employed as the Training Officer for the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, Alberta.

He enjoys all types of fiction, and he can’t stop writing.


Rob Oxley

Rob Oxley recently relocated to a faraway enchanted land of lore and beauty—Montana. When he can escape conventional work, Rob perfects his fish-charming technique (with lots of colorful language and rod-throwing), speaks regularly on the modern medical advantages of cheap Scotches, and writes fiction that matches his unique perception of existence. His story "Party at the Phaedrus 5 Galleria" appears in The Glass Parachute, Villipede Publications' SF anthology, and his gritty chempunk story "Cyborg Pajamas" can be found in Villipede's Double Feature.


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 Ruskin

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


Lorraine Schein

Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, Space & Time, and the anthologies Phantom Drift and Alice Redux. Her poetry book, The Futurist's Mistress, is available from mayapplepress.com. She has a story forthcoming in Gigantic Worlds and is working on a graphic novel.


Sam Slaughter

Sam Slaughter is a beer brewer and the Atticus Review Book Review Editor based in DeLand, Florida. He's had fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews published in places such as McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Heavy Feather Review, Atticus Review, South85, Drafthorse, and elsewhere. He can be found on Twitter @slaughterwrites and www.samslaughterthewriter.com.


Dennis Staples

Dennis Staples was born in 1992 in Minnesota. He is currently an undergraduate student at Bemidji State University with a major in creative and professional writing. He enjoys writing fantasy, science fiction, and creative nonfiction. His work has appeared in the BSU literary magazine, CRE8here.com.


Megan Vogel

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


Sylvia Wrigley

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


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.