Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

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

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

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

About the Authors

S.R. Algernon

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


D. M. Allan

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


Juan Angel

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


Andy Brown

Andy Brown is a musician and entertainer living near Edinburgh in Scotland. (He doesn't currently own a kilt but does play bagpipes a little.) He is a pleasant enough fellow with a healthy interest in many things and an obsessive interest in many others. (Music, computers, astronomy, reading, writing…) He plays a wide variety of instruments to a wide variety of standards. His greatest happiness is his family and the fact that he wakes every morning still breathing. His greatest sadness is that he might die before warp travel, teleportation, and Klingons are discovered.


Denzell Cooper

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


Jim Doering

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


Finale Doshi-Velez

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


David Ferris

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


Heather Frederick

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


Sean Frost

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


Seth Frost

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


Carl Grafe

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


Dan Hart

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


JC Hemphill

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

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

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


Jamie Lackey

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


Zee Martin

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


Parker McKenzie

Parker McKenzie is a hobby writer and archeology student living in the backwoods of British Columbia, Canada.

Between time spent sleeping and studying, he manages to squeeze in time to write, draw, and play video games into the wee hours of the morning.

He also has an alarming tendency to spend more time inside his own head than is likely healthy. A condition not helped by his love of fantasy and sci-fi.


Adam Millard

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


J. Rohr

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


Adam Sear

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


R.G. Summers

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


Anne Toole

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


Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2013

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

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

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

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

About the Authors

David Taub Bancroft

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


Franz Bidinger III

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


Andi Blija

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


Andy Brown

Andy Brown is a musician and entertainer living near Edinburgh in Scotland. (He doesn't currently own a kilt but does play bagpipes a little.) He is a pleasant enough fellow with a healthy interest in many things and an obsessive interest in many others. (Music, computers, astronomy, reading, writing…) He plays a wide variety of instruments to a wide variety of standards. His greatest happiness is his family and the fact that he wakes every morning still breathing. His greatest sadness is that he might die before warp travel, teleportation, and Klingons are discovered.


Mark Carpenter

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


Jeremiah Cheney

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


Mike Dominguez

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


Kate Elizabeth

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


Sean Frost

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


A.W. Gifford

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

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

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


Eric J. Guignard

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


Jesse Heindl

Jesse Heindl defies words.


Alexis A. Hunter

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


Pôl Jackson

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


Nicholas Knight

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


Antoinette McCormick

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


Parker McKenzie

Parker McKenzie is a hobby writer and archeology student living in the backwoods of British Columbia, Canada.

Between time spent sleeping and studying, he manages to squeeze in time to write, draw, and play video games into the wee hours of the morning.

He also has an alarming tendency to spend more time inside his own head than is likely healthy. A condition not helped by his love of fantasy and sci-fi.


Nicholas P. Oakley

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

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


Conor Powers-Smith

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


James Rowland

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


Cameron Suey

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


Mark Wardecker

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


Richard Zwicker

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


Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2012

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Darrell Albert, Adam Aresty, Keith Baldwin, Folly Blaine, Andy Brown, Rebecca L. Brown, Gary Cuba, Sylvia Cullinan, K. Esta, Sean Frost, Caren Gussoff, Jon Arthur Kitson, James Kowalczyk, Laura Littlejohn, Parker McKenzie, Diana Parparita, Roger Pattison, Torrey Podmajersky, Eryk Pruitt, James Rowland, Kenneth Schneyer, Justin Short, R.G. Summers, Tamara Zachary, Richard Zwicker

Life on Mars, self cloning, military reports on the supernatural, turkeys brought back from the dead. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2012 collects three months worth of essays from the fictional worlds of mad science. Included are four new pieces of fiction written for the discerning mad scientist readers written by Sean Frost, Caren Gussoff, Jon Arthur Kitson, and Diana Parparita. 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 Darrell Albert, Adam Aresty, Keith Baldwin, Folly Blaine, Andy Brown, Rebecca L. Brown, Gary Cuba, Sylvia Cullinan, K. Esta, James Kowalczyk, Laura Littlejohn, Parker McKenzie, Roger Pattison, Torrey Podmajersky, Eryk Pruitt, James Rowland, Kenneth Schneyer, Justin Short, R.G. Summers, Tamara Zachary, and Richard Zwicker. Illustrations are provided by Justine McGreevy, Katie Nyborg, and Eleanor Leonne Bennett.

About the Authors

Darrell Albert

Darrell Albert enjoys writing alternative music with his identical twin brother Darrin, who is also a published writer. Darrell loves to write science fiction stories. For enjoyment, he immerses himself in music, comics, anime, science fiction, cooking and poetry. He was recently published in Metahuman Press and The Lorelei Signal. He is married and is currently working on another short story.


Adam Aresty

Adam Aresty is an award-winning screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.


Keith Baldwin

Keith Baldwin is a writer and student living deep inside the comforting warmth of his own head somewhere in Brooklyn. He is currently studying Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, and exploring every permutation of the robot uprising at story-bot.com.


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.


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.


Rebecca L. Brown

Rebecca L. Brown is a British writer. She specialises in horror, SF, humour, surreal and experimental fiction, although her writing often wanders off into other genres and gets horribly lost.


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.


Sylvia Cullinan

Sylvia Cullinan likes writing stories about giant mantises, virgin sacrifices, and, occasionally, mummies. She also likes making friends rather a lot, so follow her on Twitter @SylviaCullinan if you enjoy reading about bizarre creatures, discussing speculative fiction, or viewing pictures of the writer's cat.


K. Esta

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


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.


Caren Gussoff

Caren Gussoff lives in Seattle, WA. The author of Homecoming, a novel (2000), and The Wave and Other Stories (2003), Gussoff's work has also been published in anthologies by Seal Press, Prime, and Hadley Rille, as well as in Abyss & Apex, Cabinet des Fées and Fantasy Magazine. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, and in 2008, wasthe Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar to Clarion West. Her new novel, set in post-pandemic Puget Sound, is due in 2014. She is spitkitten everywhere online, especially at spitkitten.com.


Jon Arthur Kitson

Jon's stories have appeared at FreeFlashFiction.com and DailyLove.net. His story "Something in the Dark" recently won Free Flash Fiction's 'Christmas to Remember' contest. You can find links to Jon's other work at http://jonarthurkitson.wordpress.com


James Kowalczyk

James Kowalczyk was born and raised in Brooklyn and now lives in Northern California with his wife and two daughters. His work has appeared in over a dozen print and online publications. He holds fast to the fact that ice cream has no bones.


Laura Littlejohn

Laura Littlejohn lives in New York. She is an avid reader, mostly of the horror genre. She laughs a lot and enjoys going for long walks in the rain with her pet armadillo Francis - who only she can see ...


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.


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.


Roger Pattison

Brief bio for Roger Pattison.
Musician, teacher, electronics engineer, writer on bad days. Retired on good days.
Interests/obsessions:- keeping away from things (e.g. Hot air balloons, moving stairways, stationary stairways, stairways of alien origin, all stairways called Allen).
Ambitions:- to fail at aqua ballooning. To fail at failing. To fail at black belt cake decorating. To have a cake named after me. To spell my name right, To spell anything right without the aid smoke signals.


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.


Eryk Pruitt

Eryk Pruitt is a writer, screenwriter, and former restaurant professional living in Durham, NC. His short dark comedy "Foodie" has won awards at screenings in film festivals across the United States.


James Rowland

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


Kenneth Schneyer

Kenneth Schneyer's stories have appeared in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clockwork Phoenix 3, Abyss & Apex, GUD, Daily Science Fiction, Ideomancer, The Drabblecast, and that disquieting note you found in your mailbox yesterday. He attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2009 and joined the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop in 2010. In his other life, Ken is a college professor who teaches business law and science fiction literature. Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island with one singer, one dancer, one actor, and something striped and fanged that he sometimes glimpses out of the corner of his eye.


Justin Short

Justin Short lives in the Midwest. His fiction has previously appeared in 365 Tomorrows.


R.G. Summers

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


Tamara Zachary

Tamara Zachary's hobbies include humorous science fiction, revolutionary agit-prop, competitive hitchhiking and knitting funny hats. She does decent cute cat ears and has a good line in bobbles, even if she does say so herself.


Richard Zwicker

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


Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2012

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by S.R. Algernon, M. Bennardo, Andy Brown, Rebecca L. Brown, Christos Callow, Jr., Gary Cuba, Darren Goossens, Adam Israel, Ash Krafton, Django Mathijsen, Nathaniel K. Miller, Virginia M. Mohlere, Jeffery Scott Sims, Emily C. Skaftun, R.G. Summers, Jack N. Waddell, Paul Williams, Kyle Yadlosky

A collection of tales from the world of mad science, combined in a handy portable edition. This issue includes exclusive fiction by Emily C. Skaftun and flash fiction in the form of classified ads.

This anthology collects the first three months of Mad Scientist Journal in one book. In addition to new exclusive fiction by Emily C. Skaftun and flash fiction classified ads, this book includes tales by Jeffery Scott Sims, Adam Israel, Ash Krafton, M. Bennardo, Gary Cuba, Christos Callow, Jr., Darren Goossens, Paul Williams, Jack N. Waddell, Kyle Yadlosky, Nathaniel K. Miller, Django Mathijsen, Andy Brown, Rebecca L. Brown, R.G. Summers, and Virginia M. Mohlere. Art by Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Justine McGreevy, and Katie Nyborg.

About the Authors

S.R. Algernon

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


M. Bennardo

M. Bennardo's short fiction appears in Redstone Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and other markets. He is editor of the best-selling Machine of Death series of anthologies. He is also a contributor to The Time Traveler's Pocket Guide, which is how he knows so much about time travel. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, but people everywhere can find him online at http://www.mbennardo.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.


Rebecca L. Brown

Rebecca L. Brown is a British writer. She specialises in horror, SF, humour, surreal and experimental fiction, although her writing often wanders off into other genres and gets horribly lost.


Christos Callow, Jr.

Christos Callow Jr. has a BA in Acting, an MA in Playwriting and is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln (UK), for which he is researching Utopian/Dystopian fiction and is writing a collection of short stories, exploring utopias of perception such as the Buddhist Nirvana, the Christian "Kingdom Within" and the Lovecraftian Dreamlands."


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.


Darren Goossens

Apart from interpreting Professor Wergenergener's writings and presenting them to the public, Darren has published fiction in Aurealis and Andromeda Spaceways, amongst other magazines, and some allegedly humorous drawings in NFG magazine.


Adam Israel

Adam Israel was born with one foot on the road and a book in his back pocket. Having lived in Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles, he's expatriated to Ontario, Canada with his wife, three dogs and three cats. With his nomadic lifestyle a thing of the past, he spends his days working as a software developer and writing.
He can be found at http://www.adamisrael.com and on Twitter @adamisrael.


Ash Krafton

Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer whose work has appeared in Absent Willow Review, Expanded Horizons, and Silver Blade. Ms. Krafton resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region, where she keeps the book jacket for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in a frame over her desk. Visit www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com for news about her debut urban fantasy novel, Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press, 2012)


Django Mathijsen

Dutchman Django Mathijsen (www.djangomathijsen.nl) is the only author who's won the Unleash Award, the most prestigious Dutch SF-story award, three times.

As a son of professional musicians, he was a jazz-organist while graduating as an engineer at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He was technical consultant on the award winning British TV-programs Robot Wars and TechnoGames. And as a science journalist he's written over three hundred articles for English and Dutch magazines.

Now, he concentrates on writing music and fiction. His first novel, a science fiction techno-thriller published in Dutch in March 2010, was based on Mando's story.


Nathaniel K. Miller

Nathaniel K. Miller is a writer and psychologist-in-training living in the Philadelphia area. His fiction can be found in at Mad Scientist Journal and is forthcoming at Apocrypha and Abstractions and Theurgy Magazine.


Virginia M. Mohlere

Virginia M. Mohlere (http://virginiamohlere.com) was born on one solstice, and her sister was born on the other. Her chronic writing disorder stems from early childhood. She is an assistant editor of Scheherezade's Bequest. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Cabinet des Fées, The Chiaroscuro, Mythic Delirium, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, and Everyday Weirdness, among others. She can usually be found with ink stains on her fingers and tea stains on her shirt.


Jeffery Scott Sims

Jeffery Scott Sims is an author specializing in the weird and the fantastic. He resides in Arizona, his home of many years, which has formed the setting for several of his strange and frightful tales. A life-long student of anthropology, his hobbies include photography, star-gazing, and wilderness travel. Among his numerous published works, his most successful creations to date are the cycles of stories starring Professor Anton Vorchek, scientific investigator of the lurid unknown, and Jacob Bleek, medieval wizard and adventurer in search of forbidden lore. The latter character appears in the recently published novel, The Journey of Jacob Bleek.


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.


R.G. Summers

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


Jack N. Waddell

Jack N. Waddell is a Southern writer, physicist, and educator. He and his wife live in Arkansas, where he enriches young minds, but only to reactor-grade levels. He is immortal so far.


Paul Williams

Paul Williams is a writer best known for his study of the wolf in England, Howls of Imagination, published by Heart of Albion in 2007. He also wrote The Mystery Animals of Great Britain: Gloucestershire and Worcestershire and has contributed articles to magazines such as BBC History and Ripperologist. 44 of his short stories have been published, including the following contributions to anthologies, "To Kill a Nandi Bear" in Doctor Who Short Trips Past Tense, and "Song Ji and the Wolf" in The Blackness Within.


Kyle Yadlosky

Voodoo, sideshows, and a good ghost story—if it's outside of the everyday, Kyle Yadlosky revels in it. He lives in-between corn fields in Pennsylvania and has been published on Dorkly.com and in Shoofly and Essence literary magazines.


Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2012

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by S.R. Algernon, Folly Blaine, Kathryn Board, Mike Bryant, Pete Butler, Thomas Canfield, Jetse de Vries, Mark Andrew Edwards, James Ford, Chrissa Gerard, J. A. Grier, Jimmy Grist, Wayne Helge, Katherine Indovina, Davin Ireland, Rosemary Jones, Brandon Ketchum, Jamie Lackey, Susan Urbanek Linville, Nathaniel K. Miller, Rum Moreau, Torrey Podmajersky, Suzanne van Rooyen, D.K. Snape

A collection of tales from the world of mad science, combined in a handy portable edition. This issue includes exclusive fiction by Jamie Lackey and flash fiction in the form of classified ads.

This anthology collects the first three months of Mad Scientist Journal in one book. In addition to new fiction by Jamie Lackey, this book includes tales by S.R. Algernon, Folly Blaine, Kathryn Board, Mike Bryant, Pete Butler, Thomas Canfield, Jetse de Vries, Mark Andrew Edwards, James Ford, C. Gerard, J.A. Grier, Jimmy Grist, Wayne Helge, Katherine Indovina, Davin Ireland, Rosemary Jones, Brandon Ketchum, Susan Urbanek Linville, Nathaniel K. Miller, Rum Moreau, Torrey Podmajersky, D.K. Snape, and Suzanne van Rooyen. Art by Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Katie Nyborg, and Andi Pace.

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About the Authors

S.R. Algernon

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


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.


Kathryn Board

Kathryn Board has published short fiction with the speculative fiction anthology Triangulation: Dark Glass. She has also recently had writing accepted to Electric Spec and Kazka press. During the day, she works as a lab safety specialist; at night she writes works of odd fiction. It's a left brain/right brain mess.


Mike Bryant

Mike Bryant was once ejected from a Karaoke bar for performing the Weird Al Yankovic classic "Yoda", instead of taking things seriously.

He has released a spoken word CD entitled "Chicken Noodle Pants" and two novellas, "Shaolin Rock Star" and "Operation Dickhead".

Mike likes Science Fiction and Heavy Metal, which is sure to make him a hit with the ladies.


Pete Butler

Pete Butler lives in an above-ground microfortress in Pittsburgh, PA, where he, his girlfriend, and their birds and fishes are plotting their eventual conquest of western Pennsylvania's frozen treats industry. Baby steps, man.  He also writes kids' stories about a well-intentioned dragon named Squonk.


Thomas Canfield

Thomas Canfield aspires to worry less, for which purpose he has taken up the study of children, and to laugh more, for which purpose he has taken up the study of politicians.


Jetse de Vries

Jetse de Vries is a technical specialist for a propulsion company by day, and a science fiction reader, editor and writer by night. He was part of the Interzone team from 2004 to 2008, and recently edited the Shine anthology of near-future, optimistic SF. His stories have appeared in Clarkesworld MagazineEscape Pod and Flurb, amongst others. He's also an avid bicyclist, total solar eclipse chaser, beer/wine/single malt aficionado, metalhead and intelligent optimist. Sometimes, after fighting the good fight, he sleeps.


Mark Andrew Edwards

Mark Andrew Edwards resides in Monroe, WA, occasionally downwind from farm country. He enjoys reading, writing and amateur cat taming. He does not perform amateur organ transplants in his basement. This is his first publication in any form.


James Ford

James Ford

Ottawa, Canada.

Author of many (forty and counting) online and print Fantasy, Sci Fi, and Horror short stories. Husband, father and (he thinks) all around nice guy.


Chrissa Gerard

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


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.


Jimmy Grist

Jimmy Grist is a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He used to eat science for breakfast, but then all of his teeth fell out and his tongue decided it would only exist when unobserved. A short (but complete) list of other publications is available at jimmygrist.net (because .nets are cool, and .org didn't make sense).


Wayne Helge

Wayne Helge was in the Coast Guard for a dozen years before wading ashore, and now works and writes in Virginia.  He graduated from the Viable Paradise writing workshop in 2011 and recently sold his story, "Gone Rogue" to Damnation Press, for the Corrupts Absolutely? anthology, edited by Lincoln Crisler. Lately, his favorite hobby seems to be clicking the "refresh" button on duotrope.com.


Katherine Indovina

Katherine Indovina writes because she cannot work an honest job. This is because she has narcolepsy. She has an upcoming book with Pro Se Press, and short stories soon to be published with Jukepop Serials, Dark Moon Books, Shotgun Honey, Good Guy Publishing, and other projects coming soon.


Davin Ireland

Davin Ireland was born and bred in the south of England, but currently resides in the Netherlands. His fiction credits include stories published in over sixty print magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, including AeonUnderworldsThe Horror ExpressZahirComets & CriminalsRogue WorldsStoryteller Magazine and Something Wicked. You can visit his site at http://www.davinireland.com


Rosemary Jones

Rosemary Jones writes adventures set in shared worlds like the Forgotten Realms and Cobalt City. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. She loves mad science in all its weird and wonderful forms, and many mad scientists both historical and fictional dwell in the numerous books that share living space with her. Current writing projects can be found at www.rosemaryjones.com.


Brandon Ketchum

Brandon Ketchum is a writer currently seeking to break into the markets of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. His preferred sub-genres to write include dark horror and fantasy, weird horror and fantasy, historical fantasy and sci-fi, fantasy and sci-fi together, and comedic fantasy, horror, and Sci-fi. He has already published a Monster Byte story on the website http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com, and is being published in the Mad Scientist Journal as well. Brandon has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, two post-graduate degrees in Shakespeare and Acting, and is returning to the University of Pittsburgh for further post-graduate study in Social Work.


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.


Susan Urbanek Linville

Susan Urbanek Linville has a PhD in Biology. In the last several years she has published over a dozen short fiction pieces in magazines, anthologies and on-line venues in the U.S. and Canada. She has worked as a freelance writer for newspapers and has published articles in encyclopedias. She presently freelances scripts for Indiana University's PODcast program, A Moment of Science. Her co-written memoir, A School for My Village, published by Viking-Penguin is available in book stores.


Nathaniel K. Miller

Nathaniel K. Miller is a writer and psychologist-in-training living in the Philadelphia area. His fiction can be found in at Mad Scientist Journal and is forthcoming at Apocrypha and Abstractions and Theurgy Magazine.


Rum Moreau

Rum Moreau is a history and creative writing student from Louisville, Kentucky. This is her first published fiction. When she is not exploring the past with the help of history books and Doctor Who episodes, she enjoys reading, collecting odd songs and information about life, the universe, and everything; and making peoples' days a little more surreal with her writing. Her fondness for mad science stems from a fascination with general strangeness fueled by travel, horror movies, and Gothic novels and their ilk. Doc Brown, Griffin the Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo are a few of her favorite mad scientists.


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.


Suzanne van Rooyen

Suzanne van Rooyen is a freelance writer and author, born in South Africa and currently living in Finland. Her publishing credits include the cyberpunk novel 'Dragon's Teeth' published by Divertir Publishing, LLC, short stories published by Golden Visions Magazine amongst others, and numerous non-fiction articles published across the globe. Although she has a Master's degree in music, she prefers writing strange tales across the many sub-genres of speculative fiction and playing in the snow with her rambunctious shiba inu. She can be found at suzannevanrooyen.com


D.K. Snape

D.K. (Dekes to friends) has been scribbling tales since age three. Why stick with the on-so-boring truth when good fiction can make it so much better? Rich imagination resulted in many spankings for telling ‘untruths' Dekes writes to depict world events in a way that appeals to imagination. Dekes will take any humdrum media explanation and add a spin to create a real tale. Write on Dekes!