Mad Scientist Journal – Winter 2020

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Han Adcock, C. R. Anderson, E.D.E. Bell, Maureen Bowden, Arnout Brokking, Andy Brown, Amanda Cherry, Sam Crane, James Cummins, Rain E. Day, Megan Dorei, Madison Estes, Judith Field, Lillie E Franks, Sean Frost, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Andrew K. Hoe, Joan Hudak, Blake Jessop, Michael M. Jones, Larry C. Kay, K. Kitts, Genevieve McCluer, Fiona Moore, Nick Morrish, Alexander Nachaj, George Nikolopoulos, Edward Garcia Punales, Mere Rain, Darren Ridgley, dave ring, J. Rohr, Angelica Rosenthal, Holly Saiki, Connor Sassmannshausen, Holly Schofield, Sophie Sparrow, Franko Stephens, Cory Swanson, Johnny Townsend, D. J. Tyrer, Alyssa N. Vaughn, Chris Walker, Cliff Winnig

Disaster photography, mental health assistance from unlikely sources, and talented velociraptors. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2020 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, Amanda Cherry, Sam Crane, Madison Estes, Larry C. Kay, K. Kitts, Fiona Moore, George Nikolopoulos, Mere Rain, Darren Ridgley, dave ring, J. Rohr, Holly Saiki, Connor Sassmannshausen, Alyssa N. Vaughn, Chris Walker, and Cliff Winnig. 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 Joachim Heijndermans, Genevieve McCluer, Nick Morrish, Cory Swanson, Arnout Brokking, Franko Stephens, Megan Dorei, Judith Field, Rain E. Day, Holly Schofield, Blake Jessop, Michael M. Jones, Andrew K. Hoe, Han Adcock, C. R. Anderson, E.D.E. Bell, Andy Brown, James Cummins, Lillie Franks, Joan Hudak, Alexander Nachaj, Edward Punales, Angelica Rosenthal, Sophie Sparrow, Johnny Townsend, DJ Tyrer, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art provided by Leigh Legler, Luke Spooner, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, America Jones, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Han Adcock

Han Adcock is a writer of short stories, short long stories and poetry ranging from the humorous to the bizarre. His work has appeared in print, online and in podcasts, e.g., Tales to Terrify, Expanded Horizons, and the Siren's Call ezine. He has a novelette available on Amazon ("Damian's Dream"), is an amateur book reviewer and artist, and is the editor-illustrator of Once Upon A Crocodile ezine. Find him at www.facebook.com/wyrdstories.


C. R. Anderson

C. R. Anderson was born and resides by the lake in the City of Milwaukee. He earned a bachelor’s in Business Management from Western Governors University and works as a Health Unit Coordinator and Telemetry Tech at a metropolitan hospital. In the past, he played the lead role in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors and performed with a Milwaukee Conservatory Choir. Recently he was published in cement on the city sidewalks, having one of his poems win a local contest for that honor.


E.D.E. Bell

E. D. E. Bell was born in the year of the fire dragon during a Cleveland blizzard. After a youth in the mitten, an MSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, three wonderful children, and nearly two decades in Northern Virginia and Southwest Ohio developing technical intelligence strategy, she now applies her magic to the creation of genre-bending fantasy fiction in Ferndale, Michigan, where she is proud to be part of the Detroit arts community. A passionate vegan and enthusiastic denier of gender rules, she feels strongly about issues related to human equality and animal compassion. She revels in garlic. She loves cats and trees. You can follow her adventures at edebell.com.


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.


Arnout Brokking

Arnout Brokking (1983) is a Dutch writer of SF, fantasy and horror fiction. Arnout believes in the power of story to amaze and inspire, to terrify and delight, and to teach and question. Stories shape both our world and ourselves. He lives in the Netherlands together with his beloved Camilla and Olga and their three children. You can check out his work at www.arnoutbrokking.com, or follow him on Twitter: @arnoutbrokking.


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.


Sam Crane

Sam Crane enjoys writing science fiction and dark fantasy stories. A History major and an IT professional, she draws considerable influence from both history and technology, as well as from New England, where she lives with two very mischievous black cats. You can find her online at sam-crane-writes.blogspot.com.


James Cummins

James Cummins received the 2009 Canadian Authors Association-BookTelevision prize winner for his history of rave music, Ambrosia: About a Culture, one of his nine books. He is also a poet, fashion reporter, and novelist. His upcoming books include Elixir: Our Oldest Bars and Why They Matter, a history of the oldest bars in the world, and Also and as well … What Day is it Again? - Overbooking the Year with a Few Thousand Too Many Days, the story of his celebrating as many unofficial and official holidays as possible over the 365 days of 2018 (about 2,200 in all).


Rain E. Day

Princess Rain E. Day rules a small kingdom in Oaks, Pennsylvania. She is fond of naps, brushing, and chin bumps. She is opposed to the outdoors, her nemesis—black kitty who deigns to set foot in her kingdom—and children. She’s been known to hiss her displeasure at human females who choose to reproduce. Her hobbies include basking in the sun, pouncing her mousey, and guarding the house. This is her first publication.


Megan Dorei

Megan Dorei is a lover of all things horror and strange. She has been published in such works as Sirens Call Publications' Bellows of the Bone Box, Dark Moon Digest #14, Flame Tree Publishing's Gothic Fantasy: Dystopia Utopia, and Transmundane Press' On Fire anthology. She lives in Lawrence, KS, with her fiancée and probably several ghosts.


Madison Estes

Madison Estes has had work featured in Texas Road Kill Vol. 3 (HellBound Books), Transcendent (Transmundane Press), Enter the Aftermath (TANSTAAFL Press) and Mojave Heart Review. Her work is forthcoming in Tales from Gehenna (Gehenna & Hinnom), Strange Girls (Twisted Wing Productions), The Toilet Zone (HellBound Books) and Unexpected Heroines (Grimbold Books). She lives in southeast Texas with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, sculpting, drawing, and reading. Find her on Twitter @madisonestes or Instagram @madisonpaigeestes


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.


Lillie E Franks

Lillie E Franks is a trans author and playwright from Chicago, Illinois. You can follow her on Twitter at @onyxaminedlife. She writes about things that could never happen because she can’t think of anything more honest.


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.


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.


Andrew K. Hoe

Andrew K. Hoe is an associate professor of English and speculative fiction author based in Southern California. He is also an assistant editor and narrator for Cast of Wonders. Though he is excited to appear in Mad Scientist Journal, he is actually not a mad scientist—but insists that nobody can be perfect.

Twitter: @andrewk_hoe

Web: andrewkhoe.wordpress.com


Joan Hudak

Joan Hudak has studied geology through the graduate level. Her favorite mineral is kyanite and her favorite Cambrian fauna is Opabinia regalis.


Blake Jessop

Blake Jessop is a Canadian author of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories with a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Adelaide. You can read more of his speculative fiction in DreamForge Magazine or follow him on Twitter @everydayjisei.


Michael M. Jones

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

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

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


Larry C. Kay

Larry C. Kay fights mosquitoes and evades Florida Man with his mysterious wife, who only uses her sorcery for good, and a daughter who wishes she was a wolf made of stars. Find more of the products of his succulent skull meat at GoodReads, or slide over to Amazon and search for Welcome to San Cicaro, an anthology about a city that is a "mecca for the misbegotten" where "rumors of the bizarre and the miraculous abound, magic baked into the very streets by the scorching sun."


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.


Genevieve McCluer

Genevieve McCluer was born in California and grew up in numerous cities across the country. She studied criminal justice in college, but after a few years of that, moved her focus to writing. Her whole life, she’s been obsessed with mythology and past cultures, and she bases her stories in those.

She now lives in Arizona with her partner and cats, working away at far too many novels. In her free time, she pesters the cats, plays video games, and attempts to be better at archery.


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.


Alexander Nachaj

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


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.


Edward Garcia Punales

Edward Garcia Punales is a writer, poet, filmmaker, and lover of mythology, science fiction, art, and cheeseburgers. He’s self-published three short story collections, written and/or directed a handful of short films, regularly publishes new work on his Medium page, and has spent way too much time on the internet watching old vine compilations.

He used to write under the pen name Edward Lange, but switched to his real name in 2015.

He lives in South Florida, and you can find him online at medium.com/@edwardpgames


Mere Rain

Mere Rain is an international nonentity of mystery whose library resides in California.

Mere likes reading, travel, food, art, and you.

No, really! Feel free to contact Mere at mererainwriting@gmail.com


Darren Ridgley

Darren Ridgley is a journalist and speculative fiction writer residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His work has previously appeared in the Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures anthology published by Mad Scientist Journal, as well as magazines including Polar Borealis, Fantasia Divinity, and Empyreome.


dave ring

dave ring is the chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He has stories featured or forthcoming in Speculative City, GlitterShip, and A Punk Rock Future. He is the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press. More info at www.dave-ring.com. Follow him on Twitter at @slickhop.


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.


Angelica Rosenthal

Angelica "Angie" Rosenthal is a college student from Northern Michigan. She loves reading graphic novels, laughing too much, and being a film snob. Her dream in life is to write for television; pray for her.

She can be contacted on Instagram @your_favorite_angie and on Twitter @thatoneangie.


Holly Saiki

Holly Saiki is a part-time retail worker living in Kapolei, HI, on the Island of Oahu. Her work has appeared in Café Irreal, The Stray Branch, Ink Stains Anthology, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Siren's Call, TANSTAAFL Press' Enter the Rebirth and is forthcoming in Black Hare Press' Monsters, Pure Slush's The Shitlist, and Words and Brushes Volume One. She is currently at work on a superhero novel, Serendipity City Adventures: Shotgun Annie and Blood Gun vs. The Mediators.


Connor Sassmannshausen

Connor Sassmannshausen is an Australian based American author and filmmaker. Her works can be found is Daily Science Fiction, Fantasia Divinity, Enchanted Conversation, Servicescape, Challenge Accepted, and Like a Woman. When not writing, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and cross-stitching. She enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction in this universe or someplace new.


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.


Sophie Sparrow

Sophie Sparrow has published short fiction in a variety of venues, including here at Mad Scientist Journal. She lives and works in Birmingham, England, with her partner and not enough cats. Visit her online at www.writersophiesparrow.com or on Twitter @_sophiesparrow.


Franko Stephens

Franko Stephens lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children. In addition to the multitude of stories told to his kids just before bedtime, he has a novel, The Crooner, currently on Amazon Kindle. His short story, "The Werner and Chalsky Event," was published by Mad Scientist Journal in 2016. He hopes to one day find a home for his new novel, That’s My Little Death God.


Cory Swanson

Cory Swanson lives in Northern Colorado with his wife, two daughters, and an old blind dog named Kirby. When he’s not working himself to the bone teaching tweens how to play band and orchestra instruments, he can be seen camping with his family in his tiny trailer or traveling to strange worlds in his head in order to write about them.
If you would like to witness a nearly middle aged man attempt to navigate the perils of social media, you can find Cory on Facebook under the handle @speculativemeculative, on Instagram @coryswansonauthor, or at his website, coryswansonauthor.wordpress.com


Johnny Townsend

Johnny Townsend has published stories and essays in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Humanist, The Progressive, in the anthologies The Kindness of Strangers, Queer Fish, and Latter-Gay Saints, and in many other publications. His books include Mormon Underwear, Zombies for Jesus, Gayrabian Nights, and Human Compassion for Beginners. He was also an associate producer for the documentary Upstairs Inferno. His books have been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. His latest collection of essays on climate change, Dead Mankind Walking, was published in March 2019.


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/


Alyssa N. Vaughn

Alyssa N. Vaughn lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a former software developer, a current high school teacher, a part-time writer and a full-time geek. When she's not reviewing comics for NerdSpan.com or video games for ThatVideoGameBlog, she's working on her own science fiction projects. More accurately, she's procrastinating working on them and tweeting about her baby's farts and the weird things her mom says when they watch the Food network. You can read these tweets @msalyssaenvy or see pictures of her kid on Instagram @alyssaenvy.


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.


Cliff Winnig

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

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


Mad Scientist Journal – Summer 2019

by Alan Bennington, Amanda Cherry, Faith Consiglio, Dave D'Alessio, Jonathan Danz, Deborah L. Davitt, A. M. H. Devine, Judith Field, Catherine Ann Fox, Sean Frost, Paul Alex Gray, Lucinda Gunnin, David Harrison, Joachim Heijndermans, Andrew Jensen, Cecilia Kennedy, Steve Neiman, Wendy Nikel, Alex Pickens, David Reynolds, Shana Ross, F. J. Speredelozzi, Paul Stansbury, Johanna B. Stumpf, Kathryn Yelinek

Longevity and inspiration through music, super-human abilities, and alternative educational methods. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2019 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from A. M. H. Devine, Andrew Jensen, and Wendy Nikel. 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, Kathryn Yelinek, Paul Stansbury, Shana Ross, Johanna Beate Stumpf, Judith Field, Alan Bennington, Deborah L. Davitt, Faith Consiglio, David Harrison, Jonathan Danz, Dave D'Alessio, Paul Alex Gray, Cecilia Kennedy, Alex Pickens, Catherine Ann Fox, David Reynolds, F. J. Speredelozzi, Joachim Heijndermans, Steve Neiman, Sean Frost, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art provided by Ariel Alian Wilson, America Jones, Leigh Legler, Justine McGreevy, Luke Spooner, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Errow Collins.

About the Authors

Alan Bennington

Alan Bennington is a retired IT consultant who now teaches a few bits of English and mathematics. This is his first attempt at writing prose fiction.


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.


Faith Consiglio

Bio for Faith Consiglio:

I grew up in Rockland County, NY before completing college and medical school at Stony Brook in Long Island. I am currently a psychiatry resident physician in Westchester and have a passion for studying and creating characters.


Dave D'Alessio

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


Jonathan Danz

Jonathan Danz is a speculative fiction writer living in West Virginia with his wife, daughter, and cat, all of whom are artists in their own right. He attended Viable Paradise 21 and narrates for various science fiction, fantasy and horror podcasts. He likes books, bikes and beer.


Deborah L. Davitt

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son.  Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, and Pseudopod. For more about her work, including her Edda-Earth novels and her forthcoming poetry collection, The Gates of Never, please see www.edda-earth.com.


A. M. H. Devine

A. M. H. Devine is a recent graduate of Kenyon College, where they earned a degree in English, and is currently residing in a current state of flux. You can find them bouncing from city to city, collecting stories and drinking hot chocolate. This is their first publication.


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.


Catherine Ann Fox

After rigorous experimentation, Catherine Ann Fox has discovered that wearing lab goggles when chopping onions is 95% effective in protecting the eyes from noxious fumes. Though today people laugh when they see her, soon they will recognize her genius, just as soon as she figures out how to weaponize onion fumes. Catherine’s work has appeared in 50 Word Stories and Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit. She lives in Mooresville, Indiana with her husband.


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.


David Harrison

David Harrison is a speculative fiction and mythology writer from Wellington, New Zealand. He graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with majors in Classical Studies, Religious Studies, and Latin and now divides his free time between writing and visiting the zoo too often (feeding giraffes helps with writer's block). He can be found on Twitter @DavidSHarrison.


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.


Andrew Jensen

Andrew Jensen lives in the Ottawa Valley near Canada's capital city. In addition to writing speculative fiction, he plays trumpet, impersonates Kermit the Frog, has a black belt in Karate, and is a United Church minister. Some of his recent publications have been in DreamforgeAbyss & Apex magazine, Tales from the Fluffy Bunny, Well Said, O Toothless One, and Futuristic Canada.


Cecilia Kennedy

Cecilia Kennedy: Earned a doctorate in Spanish and taught in Ohio before moving with her husband, teenage son, and cat to the greater Seattle area. Together, they own a Google Home Mini, which is a delightful innovation, as long as it’s locked away whenever anyone wants to tell a story about their day. She writes horror stories that have appeared in Headway Quarterly, Gathering Storm Literary Magazine, Coffin Bell, Sirens Call, Maudlin House, and Open Minds Quarterly. However, she reserves her "scariest" writing for her DIY blog, Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks (https://fixinleaksnleeksdiy.blog/), where she describes her attempts at cooking and home repair.


Steve Neiman

Steve Neiman is actually a bit of a mad scientist who has his Ph.D. in non-Abelian Gauge Theory. He writes words to celebrate Team Human’s wins and foibles. He writes equations to figure things out.


Wendy Nikel

Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and is forthcoming from Analog. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com.


Alex Pickens

Alex Pickens grew up in Appalachia, where he spent his time hiking, reading the Classics, and fingerpicking the blues. His work has recently been accepted by The Inkwell Journal, Maudlin House, Silver Blade Poetry, Mad Scientist Journal, Gone Lawn, Pretty Owl Poetry, Eastern Iowa Review, Jersey Devil Press, Crack the Spine, and Moonpark Review, while his flash fiction has been nominated for a Best Microfiction, 2018 anthology.


David Reynolds

David Reynolds is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. He is 60% water.


Shana Ross

Shana Ross bought her first computer working the graveyard shift in a wind chime factory, a beloved HP whose hard drive resides in her basement with a number of early works. Her writing career has been dormant for 18 years for reasons both practical and best discussed in therapy, but she has been making a respectable living as a consultant, executive coach, and global leadership expert.  In 2018 she dyed her hair purple and is starting to turn that all around.  This is her first published fiction.


F. J. Speredelozzi

F. J. Speredelozzi is a recent graduate from UMASS Boston where she studied English Literature. She has been previously published in The Watermark and The Mass Media. In her spare time, you can find her writing, drawing, reading, or going on adventures. faithsaysstuff.wordpress.com


Paul Stansbury

Paul Stansbury is a life long native of Kentucky. He is the author of Inversion - Not Your Ordinary Stories, Inversion II - Creatures, Fairies, and Haints, Oh My!, and Down By the Creek – Ripples and Reflections as well as a novelette: Little Green Men? His speculative fiction stories have appeared in a number of print anthologies as well as a variety of online publications. Now retired, he lives in Danville, Kentucky.
Email: paulsstansbury@gmail.com
Website: www.paulstansbury.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulstansbury


Johanna B. Stumpf

Johanna B. Stumpf is a German millennial, living and working in Norway. She is fairly new to fiction writing, but she did enough academic writing to earn a PhD in computer science from the University of Oslo.


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 2019

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Andy Brown, Curtis C. Chen, Ashlyn Churchill, Sam Crane, Paul Crenshaw, Willow Croft, Robert Dawson, Sabrina Eads, Jonathan Ficke, Kiyomi Appleton Gaines, Boris Glikman, Lucinda Gunnin, Soramimi Hanarejima, Liz Hufford, River Knight, Hamilton Kohl, Anna Kriegel, John A. McColley, Alex Pickens, Torrey Podmajersky, Tais Teng, Steve Toase

Inexplicable archaeological discoveries, fascinating scientific logs of experiments gone awry, and alternative solutions to a variety of problems. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2019 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Jameson Currier, Soramimi Hanarejima, and River Knight. 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 John A. McColley, Hamilton Kohl, Steve Toase, Willow Croft, Robert Dawson, Liz Hufford, Ashlyn Churchill, Tais Teng, Sam Crane, Jonathan Ficke, Boris Glikman, Curtis C. Chen, Paul Crenshaw, Kiyomi Appleton Gaines, Anna Kriegel, Sabrina Eads, Andy Brown, Alex Pickens, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art provided by Justine McGreevy, America Jones, Leigh Legler, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Luke Spooner, and Errow Collins.

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.


Curtis C. Chen

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, CURTIS C. CHEN (陳致宇) now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist) is a science fiction spy thriller about a superpowered secret agent facing his toughest mission yet: vacation.

Curtis’ short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and OREGON READS ALOUD. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers’ workshops.

You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of most every month.

Visit him online: https://curtiscchen.com


Ashlyn Churchill

Ashlyn Churchill is a literary studies student and the proud mom of a rabbit named Molly who doesn’t enjoy watching The Twilight Zone reruns as much as mom would hope. Ashlyn is an avid Dostoyevsky fan and spent too many of her teenage years reading H. G. Wells, but she would give absolutely anything for a conversation over cucumber sandwiches with Oscar Wilde.


Sam Crane

Sam Crane enjoys writing science fiction and dark fantasy stories. A History major and an IT professional, she draws considerable influence from both history and technology, as well as from New England, where she lives with two very mischievous black cats. You can find her online at sam-crane-writes.blogspot.com.


Paul Crenshaw

Paul Crenshaw’s essay collection This One Will Hurt You is forthcoming from The Ohio State University Press. Other work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Pushcart Prize, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, Interzone, Oxford American, Glimmer Train, North American Review, and Brevity, among others.


Willow Croft

Willow Croft is a writer and poet currently living in high desert, though she has dreams of moving to green Scotland. She has a BA in writing and literature and a MA in history. She recently published a book of poetry, Quantum Singularity: A Poetic Voyage through Time and Space, and is editing a mystery manuscript for publication.


Robert Dawson

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


Sabrina Eads

Sabrina Eads works and lives in Houston, Texas. A fellow writer categorized her writing as “whimsical and creepy.” Her work has been published in Houston Writers’ House’s Tales of Texas anthology and Story Seed Vault, among others. Contact her on Twitter @sabbysteg, on Goodreads, or on the web at sabrinaeads.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.


Kiyomi Appleton Gaines

Kiyomi Appleton Gaines is a writer of fairy tales and other fantastical things. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, a one-eyed cat, and a snake. Her writing can be found at workofheartkag.wordpress.com.


Boris Glikman

Boris Glikman is a writer, poet, and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia. The biggest influences on his writing are dreams, Kafka, and Borges. His stories, poems, and non-fiction articles have been published in various online and print publications, as well as being featured on national radio and other radio programs.


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.


Liz Hufford

Liz Hufford is a lapsed people-pleaser and a competitive reader. She has on occasion doodled Yoda and created otherworldly ceramics. In 2017, she finalled in the Roswell Award for Short Science Fiction. Some previously published stories were reprinted in best-of-the-year anthologies. Her sundry work history includes (but is not limited to) stints as an editorial cartoonist, an oral historian, and a professor. Her sometime passions include tennis, miniatures, and travel. Her favorite new word and practice is fika.


River Knight

River Knight was raised by a family of nerds, and grew up as a child of Pern, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, and a galaxy far far away. A lover of all things Disney, River enjoys showtunes and snuggling every cat humanly possible. Like all writers, River’s love language is good, strong coffee.


Hamilton Kohl

Hamilton Kohl discovered his love of the mad (or alternate) sciences at an early age, when he was introduced to the Hilarious House of Frankenstein. He now spends his days writing while chained to his office cubicle. At night, and most weekends, he enjoys a slight reprieve from the insanity of corporate mad scientists to spend time with his wife and children where they live just outside of Toronto, Canada. You can find him on twitter @Hamilton_Kohl.


Anna Kriegel

Anna Kriegel is a 25-year-old writer, who feels at home in airports and train stations, and has a head full of witty crocodiles and compassionate octopuses. Born in Paris of a Central European Jew and a Catholic Mexican mom, she has started her exploration of the world by living in New York, Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles. Find out more about her screenplays, novels, and short stories, on her website www.annakriegel.com.


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.


Alex Pickens

Alex Pickens grew up in Appalachia, where he spent his time hiking, reading the Classics, and fingerpicking the blues. His work has recently been accepted by The Inkwell Journal, Maudlin House, Silver Blade Poetry, Mad Scientist Journal, Gone Lawn, Pretty Owl Poetry, Eastern Iowa Review, Jersey Devil Press, Crack the Spine, and Moonpark Review, while his flash fiction has been nominated for a Best Microfiction, 2018 anthology.


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.


Tais Teng

Tais Teng is a Dutch writer, illustrator, and sculptor. In his own language, he has written everything from radio-plays to hefty fantasy trilogies. He just finished his first English science fiction novel Phaedera: Alastor 824, set in the universe of Jack Vance, which will be published by Spatterlight Press. His greatest wish is a Star Wars laser cannon to carve mountains or the lesser Jupiter moons. He owns no cats or even a pet boa constrictor, but has to do with a wife and three kids. For his writing go to http://taisteng.atspace.com/, for his art to https://taisteng.deviantart.com/


Steve Toase

Archaeologist and writer Steve Toase lives in North Yorkshire, England, and Munich, Germany.

His work has appeared in Scheherezade's Bequest, Not One Of Us, and Cafe Irreal, amongst others. In 2014, "Call Out" (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year. He is also a regular Fortean Times reviewer.

Recently, Steve worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on Haunt, about Harrogate's haunting presence in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the town.

stevetoase.wordpress.com


Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Anne Breen, Andy Brown, Veronica Brush, Tara Campbell, Denzell Cooper, Matthew R. Davis, Thomas Diehl, Lucinda Gunnin, J. Harper, Joachim Heijndermans, James Jensen, Richard Krepski, Jamie Lackey, John A. McColley, Julia K. Patt, LaVa Payne, Torrey Podmajersky, Melanie Rees, Rachel Rodman, Sophie Sparrow, Nicole Tanquary, Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., Alyssa N. Vaughn, Sarah Yasin

Cutting-edge experimentation, endangered species, and restaurant franchise opportunities. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018 collects fourteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Anne Breen, James Jensen, and Jamie Lackey. 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 Veronica Brush, Tara Campbell, Julia K. Patt, Alyssa N. Vaughn, Nicole Tanquary, Matthew R. Davis, J. Harper, Thomas Diehl, Joachim Heijndermans, Denzell Cooper, Sarah Yasin, Rachel Rodman, Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., Melanie Rees, Richard Krepski, Andy Brown, John McColley, LaVa Payne, Sophia Sparrow, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Features art by A. Jones, Luke Spooner, Leigh Legler, Scarlett O’Hairdye, and Errow Collins.

About the Authors

Anne Breen

Anne Breen is a newly published writer, but she’s had fun writing for over a decade. She lives in Perth, Western Australia, and has a bachelor degree in philosophy and economics. Her page is at annebreen.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.


Veronica Brush

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


Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell [www.taracampbell.com] is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and a fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong QuarterlyLitbreakMasters Reviewb(OINK)Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Mad Scientist Journal. Her novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, was published in spring 2018. 


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.


Matthew R. Davis

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


Thomas Diehl

Thomas Diehl is a writer of speculative fiction and nonfiction in both English and German. He hails from a German city with a name barely made for human tongues (Moenchengladbach). His exploits are regularly documented at en.thomasdiehl.eu (or just thomasdiehl.eu for German readers).


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.


J. Harper

J. Harper is a 26-year-old queer and introverted witch from the North Bay Area in Northern California, with a B.S. in Forensic Psychology. She was recently accepted into the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program at Mills College, focusing on her love of horror and sci-fi in her short stories and novels. When not writing about horror, she is often found reading or watching it, painting, or sometimes playing horror video games rather badly.


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.


James Jensen

James Jensen is very pleased to have been chosen for publication with MadScientistJournal.org. He’s been writing for several years, and his fingers are really tired! He has been (and continues to be) a visual and performance artist, entertainer, and successful humorist, although his wife and daughter might disagree with him on that last bit. In addition to his family, he loves his dogs and his cat, the creative process, composing stories in his head on his drive to work, and referring to himself in the third person.


Richard Krepski

Richard Krepski is retired from a 30-year career as research scientist and educator. He currently resides in the twilight zone between scientific rationalism and poetic lunacy. His work has appeared in Braided Way, Soul-LitOberon, Mobius, Bolts of Silk, Fickle Muses, Jesus Radicals, Parody, Still Crazy, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Tiferet—A Journal of Spiritual Literature. Krepski's essay “Center of the Universe” was awarded the Tiferet writing prize for 2009. Information on all his writing can be found at substance-to-spirit.com.


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.


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.


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.


LaVa Payne

LaVa Payne lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas where she writes stories and explores old sawmill towns.


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.


Melanie Rees

Melanie Rees is a South Australian speculative fiction writer. She has published over 70 stories and poems in markets such as Apex, Aurealis, Daily Science Fiction, and Persistent Visions. More information on her work can be found at www.flexirees.wordpress.com or on Twitter @FlexiRees.


Rachel Rodman

Rachel Rodman (www.rachelrodman.com) is a writer and a former scientist.


Sophie Sparrow

Sophie Sparrow has published short fiction in a variety of venues, including here at Mad Scientist Journal. She lives and works in Birmingham, England, with her partner and not enough cats. Visit her online at www.writersophiesparrow.com or on Twitter @_sophiesparrow.


Nicole Tanquary

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


Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr., is Associate Professor and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. He is co-editor and Creative Editor for Transmotion (an on-line journal of postmodern indigenous studies). His short story collection about sort of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, will be published Summer 2018 by the University of New Mexico Press, who also published his edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones. His fiction and photography have been published in Entropy, The Rumpus, The Raven Chronicles, High Desert Journal, and Yellow Medicine Review, among others.


Alyssa N. Vaughn

Alyssa N. Vaughn lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, and two dogs. She is a former software developer, a current high school teacher, a part-time writer and a full-time geek. When she's not reviewing comics for NerdSpan.com or video games for ThatVideoGameBlog, she's working on her own science fiction projects. More accurately, she's procrastinating working on them and tweeting about her baby's farts and the weird things her mom says when they watch the Food network. You can read these tweets @msalyssaenvy or see pictures of her kid on Instagram @alyssaenvy.


Sarah Yasin

Originally from the idyllic coast of Maine, Sarah Yasin presently lives inland where she studies world literature in translation using the public library. Year-round she works at the checkout counter of a convenience store, and seasonally she facilitates writing retreats. Her stories and poems can be found in Truancy, The Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase, and Lovecraft Me. Learn more about her forthcoming books at www.sarahyasin.com.


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 2018

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Stewart C. Baker, Zach Bartlett, Maureen Bowden, Catherine L. Brooke, Andy Brown, Robert Dawson, E. B. Fischadler, Sean Frost, J. A. Grier, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, J. A. Psoras, H. Pueyo, Rebecca Siân Pyne, Darren Ridgley, Tamoha Sengupta, Sophie Sparrow, David J. Wing

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: 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 Laura Arciniega, Judith Field, and Alexander Forbes. 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 E. B. Fischadler, Zach Bartlett, Catherine L. Brooke, Tamoha Sengupta, Darren Ridgley, Maureen Bowden, H. Pueyo, J. A. Psoras, Robert Dawson, J. A. Grier, Stewart C. Baker, Rebecca Siân Pyne, Joachim Heijndermans, Sophie Sparrow, David Wing, Andy Brown, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art provided by Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Shannon Legler, Luke Spooner, Amanda Jones, Justine McGreevy, and Liz Argall.

About the Authors

Stewart C. Baker

Stewart C Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer, and occasional haikuist. His fiction has appeared in Writers of the Future, Nature, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places. Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family--although if anyone asks, he'll say he's from the Internet.


Zach Bartlett

Zach Bartlett is an editor and former Masshole living in New Orleans. His fiction has appeared in Gallery of Curiosities, The J.J. Outre Review, and Mad Scientist Journal, and is performed regularly at the local reading series Esoterotica. A collection of his comedic stage work, Northern Dandy, was published in 2016. You can find more of him online at http://zachbistall.wordpress.com.


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.


Catherine L. Brooke

Catherine L. Brooke is a thirty-something from Yorkshire in North England. She has been writing fiction since she was eight years old and has always loved stories of the weird and wonderful. She has an academic background in Egyptology and a passionate interest in the oral traditions of story telling. Her other interests include video games, collecting the oddest romance novels she can find, and an obsession with foreign soap operas.


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.


Robert Dawson

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


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.


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.


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.


J. A. Psoras

J. A. Psoras is earning a master's in marriage and family therapy while working full-time as a development associate. Her fiction has been featured in Issue 160, Volume 16 of Aphelion. Another short story received an honorable mention in Allegory, Volume 16/43. Her urban fantasy novel, A Dark Corner, is available via Amazon.com. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, a photojournalist.


H. Pueyo

H. Pueyo is an Argentine-Brazilian writer, storyboarder, and occasional comic artist. Her work has been published before in English and Portuguese by venues like Bourbon Penn, Secrets of the Goat People, and Revista Trasgo, as well as a couple of others. Find her on Twitter @argiopidae.


Rebecca Siân Pyne

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


Darren Ridgley

Darren Ridgley is a journalist and speculative fiction writer residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His work has previously appeared in the Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures anthology published by Mad Scientist Journal, as well as magazines including Polar Borealis, Fantasia Divinity, and Empyreome.


Tamoha Sengupta

Tamoha Sengupta lives in India. Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, and elsewhere. She sometimes tweets @sengupta_tamoha.


Sophie Sparrow

Sophie Sparrow has published short fiction in a variety of venues, including here at Mad Scientist Journal. She lives and works in Birmingham, England, with her partner and not enough cats. Visit her online at www.writersophiesparrow.com or on Twitter @_sophiesparrow.


David J. Wing

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


Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Elizabeth Booth, Maureen Bowden, Kate B. Brokaw, Sean Buckley, Tara Campbell, Christa Carmen, Sarah Cavar, Amanda Cherry, Judith Field, E. B. Fischadler, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Jessie Kwak, John A. McColley, Charlie Neuner, Jule Owen, Torrey Podmajersky, Cathleen Kivett Smith, J. Lee Strickland, Isaac Teile, Steve Toase, Emma Whitehall

Smart toasters, zombie offboarding, and innovations in 3-D printing. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Sean Buckley, Jule Owen, and Steve Toase. 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, Sarah Cavar, Charlie Neuner, E. B. Fischadler, Christa Carmen, Tara Campbell, Judith Field, Emma Whitehall, Maureen Bowden, Isaac Teile, J. Lee Strickland, John A. McColley, Kate B. Brokaw, Jessie Kwak, Elizabeth Booth, Joachim Heijndermans, Cathleen Kivett Smith, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art by Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, and Amanda Jones.

About the Authors

Elizabeth Booth

Elizabeth Booth is a young writer primarily interested in writing fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other strange things. When not writing, she enjoys reading what other people have written, growing vegetables, and cooking with said vegetables. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel. This is her first published piece.


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.


Kate B. Brokaw

Kate B. Brokaw graduated from Furman University with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She is an aspiring science fiction writer and scientist. Currently, she lives in northern Virginia where she is working on completing her first novel.


Sean Buckley

Sean Buckley is a 25-year-old novelist and screenwriter from Secaucus, New Jersey. He graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from Fairfield University in 2016 for fiction and screenwriting. His screenplays have reached the quarterfinals of the Austin Film Festival and the PAGE International Screenwriting Contest, the semifinals of the Cynosure Screenwriting Contest, and most recently won the Iconic Character Fellowship Award. You can contact him at sean.a.buckley09@gmail.com.


Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell [www.taracampbell.com] is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and a fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong QuarterlyLitbreakMasters Reviewb(OINK)Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Mad Scientist Journal. Her novel, TreeVolution, was released in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, was published in spring 2018. 


Christa Carmen

Christa Carmen's short fiction has appeared in Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2, WolfSinger Publications' Just Desserts, the DreamFusion Press anthology, The Book of the Macabre, Devolution Z Horror Magazine, The J.J. Outré Review, Jitter Press, Literally Stories, Fiction on the Web, Corner Bar Magazine, pennyshorts, and Dark Fire Fiction. Four Souls of Eve is available through Frith Books as a standalone eBook, and is soon to appear in their All Hallows anthology, and "The One Who Answers the Door" took Best in Genre for Thriller/Horror in wordhaus' Trick or Treat Fall Story Contest. Additional work is forthcoming from Anotherealm.


Sarah Cavar

Sarah is an 18-year-old undergraduate student living and studying in New England. They are agender and use they/them/theirs pronouns, and are very interested in incorporating gender-nonconforming/trans characters into their work. They study critical social thought, Mandarin Chinese, and journalism. In their spare time, they enjoy reading, writing, astrology, giving great hugs, and consuming more coffee than is medically advisable.


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.


Judith Field

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


E. B. Fischadler

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


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.


Jessie Kwak

Jessie Kwak is a B2B marketing copywriter and novelist who sometimes amuses herself by imagining how much more lively corporate communications would be during the time of the zombie apocalypse. Her short fiction has appeared in Bikes in Space vols 1-4, and you can find her paranormal and gangster sci-fi novels on her website, jessiekwak.com.


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.


Charlie Neuner

Charlie Neuner is a young writer in Los Angeles, CA. He got his start way back in middle school and hasn't let up since! Currently, he works as a TV comedy writer; most recently he was in the writer's room for Nickelodeon's Emmy-nominated series School of Rock! He still finds time to write his own prose, both fiction and nonfiction. He's read his pieces in storytelling shows all over the city and his writing has appeared on humor websites like The Higgs Weldon. You can follow him at his Twitter handle, @charzooka, or y'know, you could just Google him and learn about him that way, too.


Jule Owen

Jule Owen was born in the north of England in a little place nestled between Snowdonia, the Irish Sea and the Pennines, and now lives in London. She has spent many years working in online technology, including in the video games industry. By day she is a practising digital technologist, working on products that involve machine learning and automation. By night and weekend, Jule is a science fiction author with a passion for science and a terror of climate change. She's the author of three published science fiction novels and the writer of short stories about the near future.


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.


Cathleen Kivett Smith

Cathleen Kivett Smith is a seventh-grade student who lives in Florida. In the summer, she works as a freelance writer. She's been writing her entire life and enjoys it as a hobby and possible career.


J. Lee Strickland

J. Lee Strickland is a freelance writer living in upstate New York. In addition to fiction, he has written on the subjects of rural living, modern homesteading and voluntary simplicity. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sixfold, Atticus Review, Icarus Down Review, Latchkey Tales, Scarlet Leaf Review, Workers Write!, Pure Slush, Small Farm Journal, and others. He served as a judge for the 2015 and 2016 storySouth Million Writers Awards. He is at work on a collection of connected short stories vaguely similar in format to the long-defunct American television series, Naked City, but without the salacious title.


Isaac Teile

Isaac Teile wrote Resting in Peace: How the Restless Dead of Tira-no-gortha Finally Learned to Cope with Their Curse and edited A Man of Stature: Edmund Teile’s collected essays. He lives near the Blackened Sea and feeds a lot of stray cats. Follow him on Facebook.


Steve Toase

Archaeologist and writer Steve Toase lives in North Yorkshire, England, and Munich, Germany.

His work has appeared in Scheherezade's Bequest, Not One Of Us, and Cafe Irreal, amongst others. In 2014, "Call Out" (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year. He is also a regular Fortean Times reviewer.

Recently, Steve worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on Haunt, about Harrogate's haunting presence in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the town.

stevetoase.wordpress.com


Emma Whitehall

Emma Whitehall is a writer and spoken word performer based in the North East of England. Her work has been published in the United Kingdom, America, and Mexico. She also writes articles about writing, as well as genre fiction reviews. Find out more at emmawhitehallwrites.weebly.com.


Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2017

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Melanie Atherton Allen, H. E. Bergeron, Maureen Bowden, Andy Brown, Wesley O. Cohen, Domenic diCiacca, Megan Dorei, Rhonda Eikamp, Sean Frost, Darrell Z. Grizzle, Lucinda Gunnin, Joachim Heijndermans, Sam Jowett, S. Qiouyi Lu, Kaitlin Moore, Allison Spector, Candida Spillard, Isaac Teile, Steve Toase, Darci Vogel, Dylan Vogel, E. R. Zhang

Phantom limb surgery, dimensional windows, and sentient androids. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book.

Mad Scientist Journal: Summer 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Rhonda Eikamp, Darrell Z. Grizzle, and Joachim Heijndermans. 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 Isaac Teile, H. E. Bergeron, S. Qiouyu Lu, Candida Spillard, Steve Toase, E. R. Zhang, Kaitlin Moore, Maureen Bowden, Wesley O. Cohen, Megan Dorei, Allison Spector, Sam Jowett, Domenic diCiacca, Melanie Atherton Allen, Andy Brown, Darci Vogel, Dawn Vogel, Dylan Vogel, Lucinda Gunnin, and Sean Frost. Art by Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, and Justine McGreevy.

About the Authors

Melanie Atherton Allen

Melanie Atherton Allen writes fiction, primarily mystery, horror, and comedy (as well as combinations of any two of these, and sometimes of all three).  A story of hers will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Occult Detective Quarterly.  When she is not writing fiction she hopes to publish, she is often engaged in some strange project for her blog (she spells it blaugh), www.athertonsmagicvapour.com. This "blaugh" is the home of many works of fiction too dependent on images to be readily publishable, as well as other freaks and oddities.


H. E. Bergeron

H. E. Bergeron, in addition to writing, is partial to calligraphy pens, dragons, and tabletop roleplaying, but has found some time in between all that to create prose, other examples of which can be found in the anthology Once & Now and the magazine Vitality. @HEBergeron also exists on Twitter, but mostly posts opinions on books and pictures of tea.


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.


Wesley O. Cohen

Wesley O. Cohen is a San Francisco writer who specializes in short stories. As a journalist, she has fiercely advocated for cyborg and android rights. Her work appears in Matchbox Magazine, Star 82 Review, Potluck Mag, and Prized Writing. She graduated from University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior before attending the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. You can find more of her work at wesleyocohen.wordpress.com.


Domenic diCiacca

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


Megan Dorei

Megan Dorei is a lover of all things horror and strange. She has been published in such works as Sirens Call Publications' Bellows of the Bone Box, Dark Moon Digest #14, Flame Tree Publishing's Gothic Fantasy: Dystopia Utopia, and Transmundane Press' On Fire anthology. She lives in Lawrence, KS, with her fiancée and probably several ghosts.


Rhonda Eikamp

Rhonda Eikamp is originally from Texas and lives in Germany. Stories of hers have appeared in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Lackington's, The Journal of Unlikely Observances, and Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction". Find more stories at writinginthestrangeloop.wordpress.com. When not writing fiction, she translates for a German law firm.


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.


Darrell Z. Grizzle

Darrell Z. Grizzle is a former parole officer who now works as a counselor in private practice. He writes horror and crime fiction in shadow-haunted Marietta, Georgia, where he lives with two cats and way too many books. His fiction publications include "The Bag in the Corner" (Shotgun Honey, May 2016), "The Last Confession" (Near to the Knuckle, February 2017), and "Under the Blood" (Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy, Number 4).


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.


Sam Jowett

Sam Jowett currently lives and studies law in Toronto, Ontario. While he should perhaps focus on writing more "academic things," he can’t help but procrastinate and write "fiction things" instead. You can find his stories at Fickle Muses and Storyshack.


S. Qiouyi Lu

S. Qiouyi Lu is a writer, artist, narrator, and translator; their stories have appeared in Strange Horizons and Daily Science Fiction. A dread member of the Queer Asian SFFH Illuminati, S. currently lives in Columbus, OH, with a tiny black cat named Thin Mint. Visit their site at s.qiouyi.lu or follow them on Twitter as @sqiouyilu.


Kaitlin Moore

Kaitlin Moore is a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying creative writing and physics and how the two disciplines have anything remotely to do with each other. Her works of short fiction and poetry have appeared in Tinge Magazine, Blue Door Quarterly, Supplement v.1, Stylus, and more. She believes Schrödinger's cat is still alive and to never trust a person not carrying a pen, a book, or an abacus.


Allison Spector

Allison is a New Jersey ex-pat who lives for moments of beautiful whimsy. Their work has been featured in The Cost of Paper, Molotov Cocktail Magazine, & Five2One Magazine, among others. Allison is the author of Let's Stalk Rex Jupiter! Check out their work at allisonspector.com.


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.


Isaac Teile

Isaac Teile wrote Resting in Peace: How the Restless Dead of Tira-no-gortha Finally Learned to Cope with Their Curse and edited A Man of Stature: Edmund Teile’s collected essays. He lives near the Blackened Sea and feeds a lot of stray cats. Follow him on Facebook.


Steve Toase

Archaeologist and writer Steve Toase lives in North Yorkshire, England, and Munich, Germany.

His work has appeared in Scheherezade's Bequest, Not One Of Us, and Cafe Irreal, amongst others. In 2014, "Call Out" (first published in Innsmouth Magazine) was reprinted in The Best Horror Of The Year. He is also a regular Fortean Times reviewer.

Recently, Steve worked with Becky Cherriman and Imove on Haunt, about Harrogate's haunting presence in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the town.

stevetoase.wordpress.com


Darci Vogel

Darci Vogel is a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Lockport, Illinois, with her younger brother and parents. When she’s not learning at her school, Vine Academy, she likes to read, philosophize, dance, bike, and most importantly, write. She dreams of becoming a professional author, but for now she writes as a hobby.


Dylan Vogel

Dylan Vogel is a cute almost-seven-year-old boy. He loves maps, math, and animals, as well as dancing, Legos, and American Ninja Warrior. He lives in Lockport, Illinois, with his family and two cats, Domino and Tag.


E. R. Zhang

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


Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

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Pages: 355

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

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

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

About the Authors

Ali Abbas

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


Nyri Bakkalian

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


S. E. Casey

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


M. Lopes da Silva

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


Julian Dexter

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


Evan Dicken

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


Carolyn A. Drake

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


Dorian Graves

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


Diana Hauer

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


Georgie Hinojosa

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


Michael M. Jones

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

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

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


Gwendolyn Kiste

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


Christine Lucas

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

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


Lyndsie Manusos

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


Alanna McFall

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


Alexander Nachaj

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


Timothy Nakayama

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


Betty Rocksteady

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


Ian M. Smith

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

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


Kathryn Yelinek

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


E. R. Zhang

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