I Didn’t Break the Lamp – Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by E.D.E. Bell, Jade Black, Die Booth, Maureen Bowden, Veronica Brush, Jacob Budenz, Sam Crane, M. Lopes da Silva, Matthew R. Davis, Julian Dexter, Sam Fleming, Troy H. Gardner, Kiki Gonglewski, Lucinda Gunnin, Neil James Hudson, Blake Jessop, Vivian Li, Tucker Lieberman, Christine Lucas, Ville Meriläinen, Jennifer R. Povey, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, Kayleigh Taylor, Jieyan Wang, E. R. Zhang

"When I was little, I didn't have an imaginary friend, I had an imaginary bully. She was a little girl of my age, who looked just like me, and took great delight in being cruel. This included doing things to make my parents furious, like punching my little brother. One day, when I was about thirteen, Ludwig showed up and wrapped all two hundred of his copper-bladed arms around this evil version of me. There was a warm light, like a camera flash made of lava, and then she was gone."
-- Sam Fleming, "Ludwig"

Are they in our imagination, or are we in theirs? Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-six tales of people with uncertain existence. These accounts range from cheerful to dark, stopping off at frequent points between. Imaginary friends share space with witches, monsters, nightmares, and maybe a few things that have not yet been dreamed.

Included in this collection are stories from E.D.E. Bell, Jade Black, Die Booth, Maureen Bowden, Veronica Brush, Jacob Budenz, Sam Crane, Matthew R. Davis, Julian Dexter, Sam Fleming, Troy H. Gardner, Kiki Gonglewski, Lucinda Gunnin, Neil James Hudson, Blake Jessop, Vivian Li, Tucker Lieberman, K. K. Llamas, Christine Lucas, M. Lopes da Silva, Ville Meriläinen, Jennifer R. Povey, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, Kayleigh Taylor, Jieyan Wang, and E. R. Zhang. Interior art is provided by Errow Collins, America Jones, Leigh Legler, and Ariel Alian Wilson. Cover art by Luke Spooner.

About the Authors

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.


Jade Black

Jade Black is an American author whose career in law enforcement is used to fund a profound penchant for all things macabre. Prior to beginning her law enforcement career she worked as an archaeologist.


Die Booth

Die Booth lives in Chester, England and enjoys making monsters and exploring dark corners. When not writing wild lies, he chairs a writing group, and DJs at goth nights. You can read his stories in places like The Fiction Desk, Shoreline of Infinity, and The Cheshire Prize for Literature anthologies. His books Spirit Houses, 365 Lies, and My Glass is Runn, are available online, and he’s currently working on a collection of spooky short stories featuring transgender protagonists. http://diebooth.wordpress.com/ @diebooth


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.


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.


Jacob Budenz

Jacob Budenz is a writer, multi-disciplinary performer, and witch with an MFA in Creative Writing from University of New Orleans. The author of Pastel Witcheries (Seven Kitchens Press 2018), Jacob has recent work in journals such as Pussy Magic, Liminality, and Slipstream, as well as anthologies published by Mason Jar Press and Lycan Valley Press. For links to additional publications, as well as photos and videos of performances, visit http://jakebeearts.com/


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sam Fleming

Sam Fleming lives in the north east of Scotland with an artistic spouse, an opinionated husky, a number of bicycles most people would consider abnormal, and several invisible friends. When not writing various flavours of speculative fiction focused on unconventional characters, Sam is an environmental scientist being paid to save the world (it's not as glamorous as it sounds). Their work has been published in Black Static, Apex Magazine, and Clockwork Phoenix 5, and is forthcoming in the Not All Monsters anthology from Rooster Republic Press. Find more at www.ravenbait.com.


Troy H. Gardner

Troy H. Gardner was born in Florida. He grew up and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in New England before returning to the Sunshine State just in time for Hurricane Irma.

He started writing stories on his Tandy Personal Computer in the ’90s after devouring the works of Stephen King in elementary school.

Red is his favorite color, but blue hasn’t gotten the memo yet. When Troy isn’t writing, or talking about writing, he enjoys killing hours on his PlayStation or watching horror movies (both really great and incredibly bad are his jam). You can find him on Twitter @TroyHGardner.


Kiki Gonglewski

Kiki Gonglewski is a senior at Albuquerque Academy high school. She was a finalist in the 2017 and 2019 state-wide "NM Girls Make Movies" screenplay contest, has won a National Gold Medal for Scholastic Art and Writing, and 17 gold keys in their Southwest Regional levels. She has also been published in literary magazines Gypsum Sound, Madness Heart, and Unfading Daydream, as well as Third Flatiron’s recent anthology, Terra, Tara, Terror! Her former childhood imaginary friend Luna Hepburn (who has since left on sabbatical) shares Kiki’s love of art, obscure movies, long naps, and Korean Barbecue.


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.


Neil James Hudson

Neil James Hudson is a UK-based writer who has published over forty stories. His collection The End of the World: A User's Guide can be obtained from his website at neiljameshudson.net, and his paranormal romance On Wings of Pity is available on Amazon. He lives in the North York Moors, but spends much of his time in York, where he works as a charity shop manager, and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at York St John University.


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.


Vivian Li

Vivian Li is a writer, musician, and inventor. She is currently studying at the University of Toronto, and has been awarded Gold and Silver Keys from Scholastic Awards for her poetry, and Silver Keys for her fiction. Her creative works have been published in journals or magazines such as The Window, ellipsis…literature & art, Young Voices Magazine, and the UC Review. Most recently, she has received a Book Prize for Ted Chamberlin’s Poetry Prize, and Honourable Mentions in Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize. She is currently editing her fantasy novel. She can be reached @eliktherain.


Tucker Lieberman

Tucker Lieberman is the author of Flip the Finger at Despair, Bad Fire, and Painting Dragons. His short fiction is in Owl Canyon's No Bars and a Dead Battery and Elly Blue's forthcoming The Great Trans-Universal Bike Ride. His superpower is listening to a Top 40 song over and over until a story emerges. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he lives in Bogotá, Colombia. www.tuckerlieberman.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/
https://www.facebook.com/Werecat99


Ville Meriläinen

Ville Meriläinen is a Finnish university student, award-winning author of speculative fiction, and death metal vocalist. His short fiction has appeared in various venues online and in print, including IGMS, Cast of Wonders, and Pseudopod. His musical fantasy novel, Ghost Notes, is available now.


Jennifer R. Povey

Jennifer R. Povey lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Third Flatiron, and written RPG supplements for several companies. Her most recent novel is the urban fantasy Daughter of Fire.


Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi

Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi is an author and screenwriter, a lover of the frightening, and a purchaser of clothing much more suited to a younger person. Though originally a Texan, she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two children, and two guinea pigs.


Kayleigh Taylor

Kayleigh is a seventeen-year-old high school student living in the Northwest. Despite having pretty significant cognitive delays, she works very hard at her school work and, after seven tries, does have her learner’s permit for driving! Getting her driver’s license is a bit tricky since she has trouble with spatial orientation and has recently had a few seizures. Still, she continues to try!

Inspired by her mother’s love of writing, Kayleigh has been writing her own stories since she was twelve. She likes to write about her life, and her cats, and her favorite activities. She’s currently working on an illustrated story about a taxi company where cats and dogs drive taxis along with their human friends.

Kayleigh believes that people can do anything they want, so long as they try hard enough. She wants her readers to know that they shouldn’t let anything stop them from making their dreams happen.


Jieyan Wang

Jieyan Wang is a fiction writer from northern Idaho. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, The Blue Nib, Canvas Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Although her reading tastes are broad, she is especially inspired by the works of Emily Brontë, Gabriel García Márquez, and Lewis Carroll.


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.


Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Elisa A. Bonnin, L. Chan, Nathan Crowder, Lin Darrow, A. J. Fitzwater, G. Scott Huggins, Patrick Hurley, Blake Jessop, Alisha A. Knaff, Aimee Kuzenski, Christine Lucas, Matt Moran, Mathew Murakami, Jennifer R. Povey, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Frances Sharp, D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Leora Spitzer, Priya Sridhar, Tais Teng, Shirley Vogel

"I am a woman between worlds. Civilian and military. Seamstress and soldier. The Grande Armée I serve stands between tradition and merit. France itself between republic and monarchy. I stand between comfort and a wall of iron. Between progress and the world of dragons. Between grief and freedom."
--Blake Jessop, "Cuirassiere"

No one understands leadership like those who have led. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-one tales of otherworldly women leaders. Some are born to power, while others find the spark of power within themselves. Their leadership crosses the boundaries between the military and political world, while also making stops in music, the boardroom, and civil movements.

Included in this collection are stories from Elisa A. Bonnin, L. Chan, Nathan Crowder, Lin Darrow, A. J. Fitzwater, G. Scott Huggins, Patrick Hurley, Blake Jessop, Alisha A. Knaff, Aimee Kuzenski, Christine Lucas, Matt Moran, Mathew Murakami, Jennifer R. Povey, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Frances Sharp, D. A. Xiaolin Spires, Leora Spitzer, Priya Sridhar, Tais Teng, and Shirley Vogel. Includes art by Rhaega Ailani, Errow Collins, A. Jones, Leigh Legler, Justine McGreevy, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

About the Authors

Elisa A. Bonnin

Elisa Bonnin was born in the Philippines, where she lived until the age of sixteen. Growing up, she enjoyed reading fantasy, writing, and going to the beach. Now, Elisa is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, studying oceanography. She still enjoys reading and writing, and can be found working on pieces of creative fiction from time to time.


L. Chan

L. Chan hails from Singapore, where he alternates being walked by his dog and writing speculative fiction after work. His work has appeared in places like Liminal Stories, Arsenika, Podcastle, and The Dark. He tweets occasionally @lchanwrites.


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."


Lin Darrow

Lin is a professional Victorianist by day and a noir writer by night. She’s written several short works, both prose and comic, for anthologies such as Valor 2, Tabula Idem, Planetside, QueerScifi’s Renewal anthology, Malaise: A Horror Anthology, and others. Her first novel, Pyre at the Eyreholme Trust, is an adventure story that marries magic, noir, casino heists, and queer romance, and was published by Less Than Three Press in July of 2018. She currently writes the Hiveworks webcomic Shaderunners, a queer 1920s adventure/romance comic about bottled colour and bootleggers, at www.shaderunners.com.


A. J. Fitzwater

A. J. Fitzwater is a meat-suit wearing dragon living between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Their work has appeared in venues of repute such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer Magazine, Glittership, and many more. They sit on their pointy golden horde of two Sir Julius Vogel Awards. And they emerged triumphant from the trial by word-fire of Clarion 2014.


G. Scott Huggins

G. Scott Huggins grew up in the American Midwest and has lived there all his life, except for interludes in Germany and Russia. He is responsible for securing America’s future by teaching its past to high school students, many of whom learn things before going to college. He loves to read high fantasy, space opera, and parodies of the same. He wants to be a hybrid of G.K. Chesterton and Terry Pratchett when he counteracts the effects of having grown up. You can read his ramblings and rants at The Logoccentric Orbit and you can follow him on Facebook.


Patrick Hurley

Patrick Hurley lives, writes, and edits in Seattle. He's had fiction published in Galaxy's Edge, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, Flame Tree Publishing's Murder Mayhem anthology, Hy Bender's forthcoming anthology Ghosts on Drugs, Myriad Paradigm's Mindy Candy anthology, Abyss & Apex, Penumbra, Big Pulp, and The Drabblecast. In 2017, he attended the Taos Toolbox Writer's Workshop taught by Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams. He is a member of SFWA and Codex.


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.


Alisha A. Knaff

Alisha A. Knaff lives in Seattle with her cats, Hal and Odin. After inventing the time machine, she was president of the Jane Austen Fan Club from 1800-1806, and helped stop the Martian Invasion of 3003. One of her favorite hobbies is feeding pigeons with Nikola Tesla. Her novel, School of Sight, is available with Razorgirl Press, and you can find out more about her and her writing at alishaaknaff.com.


Aimee Kuzenski

Aimee Kuzenski is the woman your martial arts teacher warned you about. Her cat was not born hairless; Aimee once shaved her with a single knife stroke and the fur was too scared to grow back. A graduate of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop, Aimee has also narrated audiobooks for indie authors and for the SFF short fiction podcast PodCastle. Aimee lives in Minnesota with her girlfriend and not enough Filipino weapons. You can find more information about Aimee’s work at her website, akuzenski.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/
https://www.facebook.com/Werecat99


Matt Moran

Matt Moran doesn’t talk about himself in public that much, but in private he plays guitar, collects and paints models, cooks, and bakes. As a freelancer, he translates French and writes games, articles, and stories in English. Amongst many other things he has survived a hernia, crucifixion, and being thrown head-first from a horse. He likes sitcoms, sci-fi, spies, and fantasy, and is delighted his fiancée loves him nonetheless.


Mathew Murakami

Mathew Murakami is a writer, gamer, and technology consultant living in Washington State. He has worked as a technical writer, editor, car salesperson, caterer, temp bartender, overnight hotel desk person, landscaper, sandwich artist, and fake job maker-upper (but only once). When he is not writing--and sometimes when he is--he enjoys tea and puns.


Jennifer R. Povey

Jennifer R. Povey lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Third Flatiron, and written RPG supplements for several companies. Her most recent novel is the urban fantasy Daughter of Fire.


Jennifer Lee Rossman

Jennifer Lee Rossman is a disabled science fiction geek who knows the right words can do magic. She hopes she used the right words in Anachronism, her debut novella available from Kristell Ink, a imprint of Grimbold Books. She blogs at jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com and tweets @JenLRossman.


Frances Sharp

Frances Sharp is a biracial writer from Houston, Texas, who is extremely proud of her Mexican heritage, diverse upbringing, and the Astros. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughters, who she is also very proud of.


D. A. Xiaolin Spires

D.A. Xiaolin Spires counts stars and sand, residing currently in Hawaiʻi. She practices eskrima/arnis/kali (Filipino martial arts)--and, like Carmel, owns a tenegre sword, but (un?)fortunately, her weaponry doesn’t weep. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Nature: Futures, Grievous Angel, Fireside, Terraform, Reckoning, Galaxy's Edge, Issues in Earth Science, LONTAR, Andromeda Spaceways (Year's Best issue), Mithila Review, Star*line, Liminality, ETTT, Outlook Springs, Polu Texni, and Story Seed Vault; as well as anthologies of the strange and delightful: Sharp & Sugar Tooth, Broad Knowledge, Future Visions, and Ride the Star Wind. Website: daxiaolinspires.wordpress.com Twitter: @spireswriter


Leora Spitzer

Leora Spitzer is a queer Jewish bibliophile living in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Urban Studies and a minor in Drama. Leora likes waterfalls, feminism, stuffed animals, economic justice, and learning about badass historical women.


Priya Sridhar

A 2016 MBA graduate and published author, Priya Sridhar has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years and counting. One of her stories made the Top Ten Amazon Kindle Download list, and Alban Lake published her works Carousel and Neo-Mecha Mayhem. Priya lives in Miami, Florida, with her family.


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/


Shirley Vogel

Shirley Vogel is a new author from St. Charles, MO. In fact, at 68 years young, this is her first published work--joining several other published writers in her family. She likes reading mysteries, staying active with bicycling and walking, and loves drinking wine.


Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

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

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

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

About the Authors

Ali Abbas

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


Nyri Bakkalian

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


S. E. Casey

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


M. Lopes da Silva

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


Julian Dexter

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


Evan Dicken

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


Carolyn A. Drake

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


Dorian Graves

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


Diana Hauer

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


Georgie Hinojosa

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


Michael M. Jones

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

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

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


Gwendolyn Kiste

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


Christine Lucas

Christine Lucas lives in Greece with her husband and a horde of spoiled animals. A retired Air Force officer and mostly self-taught in English, has had her work appear in several print and online magazines, including Daily Science Fiction, Pseudopod/Artemis Rising 4, and Nature: Futures. She was a finalist for the 2017 WSFA award and is currently working on her first novel. Visit her at: http://werecat99.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Werecat99


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.


Selfies from the End of the World: Historical Accounts of the Apocalypse

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Rhoads Brazos, Samantha Bryant, Garrett Croker, Nathan Crowder, Matthew R. Davis, Kate Elizabeth, Mathew Allan Garcia, Sylvia Heike, B. T. Joy, Herb N. Legend, Samuel Marzioli, Mary Mascari, Nick Nafpliotis, Shivangi Narain, Brandon Nolta, Alexis J. Reed, Natalie Satakovski, J. C. Stearns, Charity Tahmaseb, Nicole Tanquary, Kristopher Triana, Dusty Wallace, MJ Wesolowski, Caroline M. Yoachim

Cover Art for Selfies from the End of the World
Editions:Paperback - Print Edition: $ 11.30 USD
ISBN: 978-0692514702
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 306
Kindle - Amazon Edition: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: B013MUS13W
ePub - Smashwords Edition: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: 9781311426710

"It would be our duty, as citizens on this earth
to document its end the best way we know
and if that means a second by second update
of the world going up in flames, or down in rain, or crushed under the feet of invading monsters
so be it."
-- Shivangi Narain

No one understands an apocalypse like the people who have experienced it. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-three tales of people who have seen the world end. These accounts range from irreverent to surreal to heartbreaking. Zombies share space with global wars, superviruses, canned peaches, and the death of the sun.

Included in this collection are Rhoads Brazos, Samantha Bryant, Garrett Croker, Nathan Crowder, Matthew R. Davis, Kate Elizabeth, Mathew Allan Garcia, Sylvia Heike, B. T. Joy, Herb N. Legend, Samuel Marzioli, Mary Mascari, Nick Nafpliotis, Shivangi Narain, Brandon Nolta, Alexis J. Reed, Natalie Satakovski, J. C. Stearns, Charity Tahmaseb, Nicole Tanquary, Kristopher Triana, Dusty Wallace, MJ Wesolowski, and Caroline M. Yoachim. Includes art by Errow Collins, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, and Luke Spooner.

About the Authors

Rhoads Brazos

Rhoads has written stories across the entire spectrum of speculative fiction, from light fantasy to the most decrepit tales of horror to quirky sci-fi. His works can be found in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 7; Apex Magazine; Death’s Realm by Grey Matter Press; Pantheon Magazine’s Gaia: Shadow and Breath, Vols. 1 & 2; and a dozen other magazines and collections. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife and son.


Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant believes in love, magic, and unexplainable connections between people. She is a middle school teacher by day and a novelist by night. She also raises two kids, a dog, and a husband in a small town in North Carolina. That makes her a superhero all the time. You can find her online at samanthabryant.com and on Twitter @mirymom1. Her debut novel Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, with Curiosity Quills Press, features another mad scientist.


Garrett Croker

Garrett Croker studied writing at UC Berkeley and received his MFA in creative writing from Mills College. He is a monster of the genus Homo Scriptorus, a much feared species known for subsisting on caffeine-based nutrients and possessing a particularly thick epidermal layer. Find him online at garrettcroker.com and on Twitter at @garrettcroker.


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."


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.


Kate Elizabeth

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


Mathew Allan Garcia

Mathew Allan Garcia is the fiction editor of Pantheon Magazine. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Mad Scientist Journal, Kasma SF, NewMyths.com, and the Suspended In Dusk anthology from Books of the Dead Press. You can find his complete bibliography on www.mathewallangarcia.wordpress.com


Sylvia Heike

Sylvia Heike lives in Finland and loves her pet rabbits even when they nibble on her books. She writes short fiction, poetry, and is working on her novel. Her work has appeared recently in Flash Fiction Magazine and is forthcoming in three anthologies: Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction 2014, Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, and Selfies from the End of the World. Check out her website at www.sylviaheike.com.


B. T. Joy

B. T. Joy is a British horror writer whose short fiction has appeared within the printed pages, internet presences, and podcasts of markets such as Static Movement, Surreal Grotesque, James Ward Kirk Fiction, Human Echoes, MicroHorror, Flashes in the Dark, SQ Magazine, Forgotten Tomb Press, and Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, among others. He is also a practicing poet and his poetry can be found in magazines and anthologies produced worldwide. He is currently working as a high school English teacher in Heilongjiang, China. He can be reached through his website: http://btj0005uk.wix.com/btjoypoet or on Tumblr: http://btj0005uk.tumblr.com/.


Herb N. Legend

Herb is a budding, twenty-year-old African-American wordsmith from Chicago with a penchant for fiction, poetry, music, and trees. Perhaps you’ve seen him—a skinny red-eyed kid sipping a scalding cup of tea, completely engrossed in a paperback or tarnished notebook. Or maybe you’ve read some of his previously published works, which include a self-published collection of poems--but let’s be honest--you probably haven’t. One thing’s for sure, whether or not you’ve heard of Herb or not, he’s an author to keep your eyes on.


Samuel Marzioli

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


Mary Mascari

Mary first fell in love with Science Fiction when Luke turned on his lightsaber.

After getting a highly impractical degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Mary has held a variety of careers ranging from programmer to clown. Now she's pursuing her MFA at Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction.

She and her husband are raising their two boys to be geeks, and proudly display their life-size replica of Han Solo in Carbonite in their family room. You can follow Mary on Twitter at @geekyMary.


Nick Nafpliotis

Nick Nafpliotis is a music teacher and writer from Charleston, South Carolina. During the day, he instructs students from the ages of 11-14 on how to play band instruments. At night, he writes about weird crime, bizarre history, pop culture, and humorous classroom experiences on his blog, RamblingBeachCat.com. He is also a television, novel, and comic book reviewer for AdventuresinPoorTaste.com. You can follow Nick on Twitter, where he brings shame to his family on a daily basis.


Shivangi Narain

Shivangi Narain is a young adult running wild on the internet, with dreams of working in either AV production or journalism. She is a student by day, and a writer by night. Her first published works can be found in So You Think You Can Write, a collection of works by the OCE future author's program. She was raised in Florida, but currently lives in Bangalore, India, with her parents, brother, and dog.


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.


Alexis J. Reed

Alexis J. Reed is a UK-based writer who self-published her first novel, Searching For You, in 2012. Two of her plays were performed in festivals in London and Cambridge. She has also had two stories shortlisted for the International Aeon Award for speculative fiction as well as having short fiction published both in the UK and abroad.


Natalie Satakovski

Natalie is an ex-English teacher who's turned to copywriting to support her fiction habit. Her fictional work has appeared in Infernal Ink and AntipodeanSF, and is upcoming in the anthology In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep. She loves reading all things creepy, from southern gothic to the new weird.


J. C. Stearns

After a long and failed career in alchemy yielded nothing but a time consuming and expensive formula for turning gold into lead, J. C. Stearns was forced into freelance writing to make ends meet. Currently he dwells with his wife, child, and menagerie of animals in the swamps of Southern Illinois, where he seethes with resentment against the world that has denied him the fame and glory he feels is rightfully his, and gleefully plots his revenge. His work has previously been published in Under the Bed and Selfies from the End of the World, and he is a regular contributor to Quoth the Raven.


Charity Tahmaseb

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She’s worn both Girl Scout and Army green. These days, she writes fiction (short and long) and works as a technical writer.


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.


Kristopher Triana

Kristopher Triana is the author of Growing Dark, and his novel The Ruin Season will be published in 2016. His work has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. He is also a professional dog trainer and runs the popular horror webpage Tavern of Terror, where he rambles on and on about how much he loves 80s horror and forgotten VHS treasures. He lives in North Carolina with his wife.


Dusty Wallace

Dusty Wallace lives in the Appalachians of Virginia with his wife and two sons. He enjoys reading, writing, and the occasional fine cigar. Find him on Twitter: @CosmicDustMite


MJ Wesolowski

Matthew John Wesolowski is a writer from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. His first ever book, written and illustrated by himself at age 11 was entitled Attack of the Killer Flytraps and whilst his writing style has possibly matured since then, his themes and content almost certainly haven't.

His short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, The Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology (May December Publications), the 22 More Quick Shivers anthology (Cosmonomic Multimedia), the Short Not Sweet anthology (Iron Press), the Kitchen Sink Gothic anthology (Parallel Universe Publications), the Selfies from the End of the World anthology (Mad Scientist Journal), and the Play Things & Past Times anthology (Great British Horror)

His debut novella, The Black Land,a horror set in the Northumberland countryside was published by Blood Bound Books in 2013.

You can find Matt on twitter: @ConcreteKraken

He blogs about horror, books and strange things here: https://mjwesolowskiauthor.wordpress.com


Caroline M. Yoachim

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold, cloudy weather. She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Lightspeed, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places. She likes avocados in burgers or sandwiches, but not in smoothies. For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com.


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

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

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

Cover Art for That Ain't Right
Editions:Paperback - Print Edition: $ 10.99 USD
ISBN: 978-0692270219
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 278
Kindle - Amazon Edition: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: B00MQDI6FA
ePub - Smashwords Edition: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: 9781310995378

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

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

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

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About the Authors

Sanford Allen

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

www.sanfordallen.com


Brandon Barrows

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

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

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


Folly Blaine

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


Darin M. Bush

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


Kelda Crich

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


Nathan Crowder

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


Erik Scott de Bie

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

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

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

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

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


Sean Frost

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


Phil Gonzales

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


Brian Hamilton

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


Samuel Marzioli

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


Erick Mertz

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

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


Craig D. B. Patton

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


Jenna M. Pitman

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


Evan Purcell

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


Damir Salkovic

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


Emily C. Skaftun

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


Cliff Winnig

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

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


Fitting In: Historical Accounts of Paranormal Subcultures

Edited by Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman

by Ali Abbas, Marina Belli, Jimmy Bernard, Elisa A. Bonnin, Maureen Bowden, Darin M. Bush, Garrett Croker, Jordan Davies, Laura Duerr, Amelia Fisher, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Lucinda Gunnin, Rhiannon Held, Valjeanne Jeffers, Michael M. Jones, S. Qiouyi Lu, John A. McColley, Ville Meriläinen, Timothy Nakayama, Adam Petrash, Jennifer R. Povey, Darren Ridgley, Erin Sneath, J. C. Stearns, Stuart Webb

Cover for Fitting In
Editions:Paperback - Print Edition: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 978-0997793628
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 370
Kindle - Amazon Edition: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: B01MPYH4XB
ePub - Smashwords Edition: $ 4.99 USD
ISBN: 9781370336906

"Once we were all just people. Our culture was only an element of our complex being. Now, we are reduced to our origins." -- Amelia Fisher, "The Children of Echidna"

No one understands being an outsider like the people who have experienced it. Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-eight tales of people who have lived in a world that doesn't accept them. Some face their situation with humor, others less so. Vampires, werewolves, and changelings share space in these pages with gorgons, natukkong, jiangshi, and rokurokubi.

Included in this collection are stories from Ali Abbas, Marina Belli, Jimmy Bernard, Elisa A. Bonnin, Maureen Bowden, Darin M. Bush, Garrett Croker, Jordan Davies, Laura Duerr, Amelia Fisher, Sean Frost, Mathew Allan Garcia, Lucinda Gunnin, Rhiannon Held, Valjeanne Jeffers, Michael M. Jones, S. Qiouyi Lu, John A. McColley, Ville Meriläinen, Timothy Nakayama, Adam Petrash, Jennifer R. Povey, Darren Ridgley, Erin Sneath, J. C. Stearns, and Stuart Webb. Interior art is provided by Errow Collins, GryphonShifter, Amanda Jones, Shannon Legler, and Ariel Alian Wilson.

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.


Marina Belli

It was love at first sight between Marina Belli and books. Then, when she was eleven, she used to skip catechism classes to go to the local library, read great stories, and try her hand with this "writing" thing. She's been a librarian, an English teacher for entry level students, an editor, a roleplayer, and a clerk for the Town Hall. She lives in a small town in northern Italy and mainly writes and self-publishes in Italian, her mother tongue, but she's forcing herself to write in English too. You can find her at https://spaceofentropy.wordpress.com/.


Jimmy Bernard

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


Elisa A. Bonnin

Elisa Bonnin was born in the Philippines, where she lived until the age of sixteen. Growing up, she enjoyed reading fantasy, writing, and going to the beach. Now, Elisa is a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, studying oceanography. She still enjoys reading and writing, and can be found working on pieces of creative fiction from time to time.


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.


Darin M. Bush

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


Garrett Croker

Garrett Croker studied writing at UC Berkeley and received his MFA in creative writing from Mills College. He is a monster of the genus Homo Scriptorus, a much feared species known for subsisting on caffeine-based nutrients and possessing a particularly thick epidermal layer. Find him online at garrettcroker.com and on Twitter at @garrettcroker.


Jordan Davies

Jordan Davies is 23-year-old writer from Canada's capital. When he's not typing away or with his head buried in a book, he can be found at the local skatepark, playing guitar, or walking his god Leeroy Jenkins through the woods. He's always felt like an outside observer of life more than a participant in it, like a reader to a book: one foot planted in this world and the other firmly in the realms of fantasy, but never belonging to either.


Laura Duerr

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


Amelia Fisher

Amelia Fisher graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015 with a BA in Creative Writing. She also received her school's MFA award for her fiction. She is currently a recurring book reviewer with The Literary Review, and spends most of her waking hours writing, reading, and living speculative fiction. In her un-waking hours, she dreams it. She has lived in Egypt, Russia, Turkey, and the USA; these days she can most often be found in the haunted basement of her family home in Vienna, Virginia, when she isn't living out of a minivan in the woods. One day soon she hopes to embrace the minivan life full-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.


Mathew Allan Garcia

Mathew Allan Garcia is the fiction editor of Pantheon Magazine. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Mad Scientist Journal, Kasma SF, NewMyths.com, and the Suspended In Dusk anthology from Books of the Dead Press. You can find his complete bibliography on www.mathewallangarcia.wordpress.com


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.


Rhiannon Held

Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels. She lives in Seattle, where she works as an archaeologist for an environmental compliance firm. Working in both archaeology and writing, she's "lucky" enough to have two sexy careers that don't make her much money. In her proverbial copious free time, she sings in a community choir, games online, and occasionally enjoys betting on the ponies.


Valjeanne Jeffers

Valjeanne Jeffers is a graduate of Spelman College, and the author of The Immortal series; The Switch II: Clockwork; Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective; and Colony: Ascension.

Valjeanne was featured in 60 Black Women in Horror Fiction. Her stories have been published in Steamfunk!, Genesis Science Fiction Magazine, Griots II: Sisters of the Spear, and The City. The Switch II: Clockwork was nominated best ebook novella of 2013 (eFestival of Words). Her short story "Awakening" was published as a podcast by Far Fetched Fables. She is also one of the screenwriters for 7Magpies, a film anthology. Purchase Valjeanne's novels at: www.vjeffersandqveal.com


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.


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.


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.


Ville Meriläinen

Ville Meriläinen is a Finnish university student, award-winning author of speculative fiction, and death metal vocalist. His short fiction has appeared in various venues online and in print, including IGMS, Cast of Wonders, and Pseudopod. His musical fantasy novel, Ghost Notes, is available now.


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.


Adam Petrash

Adam Petrash is a writer, poet, and journalist. He’s the author of the novella, The Ones to Make it Through (Phantom Paper Press 2015), and his work has appeared in places such as After the Pause, CHEAP POP, Devolution Z, Lemon Hound, Luna Luna Magazine, Spacecraft Press, and WhiskeyPaper. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.


Jennifer R. Povey

Jennifer R. Povey lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, whilst following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Third Flatiron, and written RPG supplements for several companies. Her most recent novel is the urban fantasy Daughter of Fire.


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.


Erin Sneath

Erin Sneath grew up on a lake in rural Ontario. She studied film at Ryerson University, and dabbled in animation before her love of screenwriting took over. She has been a freelance video editor, a barista, a luggage salesperson, and a nanny. She once sang on tour in northern Europe with her choir. Now she lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she still writes screenplays but also horror novels and short stories. You may find her in summer tent camping with her wonderfully supportive husband, friends, acquaintances, and musical instruments in the middle of a prairie ghost town.


J. C. Stearns

After a long and failed career in alchemy yielded nothing but a time consuming and expensive formula for turning gold into lead, J. C. Stearns was forced into freelance writing to make ends meet. Currently he dwells with his wife, child, and menagerie of animals in the swamps of Southern Illinois, where he seethes with resentment against the world that has denied him the fame and glory he feels is rightfully his, and gleefully plots his revenge. His work has previously been published in Under the Bed and Selfies from the End of the World, and he is a regular contributor to Quoth the Raven.


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.