Mad Hatters' Review
 
Working Stiffs
Carol Novack, Editor and Publisher
Michelle Watson, Associate Editor
Bob Arter, Editor
Donia Carey, Editor
Stan Crocker, Editor
Ben Cunningham, Editor
Marcel DeClercq, Editor
Marja Hagborg
Steve Kane, Editor
Julie Ann Shapiro, Editor
Paul A. Toth, Editor
Daphne Buter, Contributing Artist
Allison Gibbons, Contributing Artist
Didi S. Gilson, Contributing Artist
Paul Slapion, Contributing Artist
Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress
Kane
 
 
Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor
Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor
photo composite by Marcel DeClercq
Carol is a re-emerging, angst-ridden writer of sociopolitical neuroerotic rants and raves, comic emails, and image drenched, lyrical whatnots. In her yute, she actually managed to get someone to publish a book of her poems, Living Alone without a Dictionary. She also prevailed on the Arts Council of Australia, where she lived for several years, to give her a writer’s grant. Eventually, Carol returned to her native NYC, where she became a people’s lawyer, representing all sorts of alleged miscreants, including street artists arrested for selling their works without a vendor’s license (she fought City Hall and won the case on First Amendment grounds). Recently, Carol pursued a Masters degree in social work and managed to trap it. Needless to say, she’s doing absolutely nothing with it. Allegedly, she’s working on a novel.

Carol’s frequently enigmatic and totally misunderstood writings have appeared in anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets. Her alien creatures have been sprouting all over the place; see her website, http://carolnovack.bravehost.com. Carol founded and hosts a flash fiction, prose poetry and experimental forms reading series at The Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village.

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Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor
Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor
Alla Michelle Watson is an artist and writer who was born and raised in Odessa (Ukraine, not Texas), and now resides in Saint Louis, Missouri, in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes, she writes directly in English. Other times, she starts out in Russian. Or even Ukrainian. She isn't picky. When the muse shoves words and stories her way, she writes them down. While her English-language musings have not appeared in print, they have trickled into respectable e-zines. She is currently working on her first novel, about Russian immigrants.
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Bob Arter, Editor
Bob Arter lives in California and is afflicted with both the sniffles and a nasty addiction to codeine-laced Robitussin. His work has appeared in Zoetrope All-Story Extra, the Absinthe Literary Review, Gator Springs Gazette, Ink Pot, Opium, Pindeldyboz, Smokelong Quarterly, and most recently, Night Train. He’s a kindly old geezer, but rife with perversity.
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Donia Carey, Editor
Donia Carey, Editor
Donia Carey has always loved listening to stories, telling them, and writing them down. But she has a degree in music and was a professional singer, teacher, music director and organist for most of her life. She also spent five years as editor of a scholarly journal.

Once she sang for e.e. cummings. It was a private command performance of settings of his poems, and Mr. Cummings hummed some snatches of the songs as he left to bail a friend out of jail. That was long ago, and now she's singing less and writing more.
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Stan Crocker, Editor
Stan Crocker, Editor
Stan has been described as a “progressive revelation” or as others have put it “a 50 year old man doing a strip tease”. Peel the layers and you will find an artisan who sold his first work at the tender age of 14; about the time he began playing with mercury and other heavy metals. His poetry has been published in church bulletins for funeral services and his short stories have appeared in the Urban Hiker. And last but certainly not least, because he has “opinions”, the Raleigh News and Observer has chosen to publish them in their storied pages. He wears his mad hat proudly and with eleemosynary aplomb.
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Ben Cunningham, Editor
Ben Cunningham is a former rodeo cowboy, reporter, combat journalist, big city cop and hostage negotiator. He has published a number of short stories, a novel, and once made his living working in the blighted film industry. Ben lives in Austin, Texas, supporting his junky writing habit with a day job resolving human disputes both silly and sublime. He claims to know where he’s going but doesn’t have any idea where he’s been. For a brief period of time (in the middle of the 1960’s) he thought the world might change for the better. His latest completed novel, “The Avatar’s Song,” has yet to fly its nest. Ben spends hours each day watching his sea monkeys breed and marveling at how long it takes a novel to grow wings.
 
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Marcel DeClercq, Editor Babycot, official MHR Mascot
Marcel DeClercq, Editor Babycot, Marcel DeClercq's grandson!

Marcel DeClercq is a freelance writer who hangs his mad chapeau on a rare rack of lamb near the shores of Lake St. Clair in the quaint peninsula of Michigan, Land of the Free, home of the Braves, Tigers, Lions, and Pistons. His brilliant romantic-comedy “Bloodsuit” (Dracula comes back as an attorney) was a recent semi-finalist in the American Accolades Screenwriting Competition and is destined for grapeness.

Marcel is of Belgian-Choctaw extraction. He is as old as the Oklahoma hills and as crazy as a shit house rat. Like Henry Miller, he aspires to be “Always merry and bright!” and yet paradoxically believes as Cervantes did that “all comparisons are odious.” An inveterate cinema buff, Marcel is a connoisseur of good wine, fast women, and Sloe Gin. His philosophy is gleaned from the Bhagavad-Gita, "Tropic of Cancer", Jerome K. Jerome’s “Three Men in a Boat” and the collected works of Walt Kelly. In a recent interview published in The Fort Mudge Daily, Marcel’s bipolar Aunt Polly said, “He’ll be President some day, if they don’t hang him first.”

 
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Marja Hagborg

Marja is a slacker and procrastinator from the Scandinavian woods where she might have been raised by wolves.

She has been living in Chicago since 1985 where she writes very short fiction, mostly because of her short attention span and poor vocabulary. If she is lucky, she may now and then manage to write a screenplay or an essay.

When she can't keep her English, Swedish and Finnish apart, she calms herself down by painting, illustrating and drawing cartoons.

She is currently working on a picture book about six Japanese cats.

 
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Steve Kane, Editor
Steve Kane, Editor
Steve Kane is a writer and composer from the UK of questionable talent and unequalled idleness. He employs many a cunning ploy to avoid doing anything remotely productive such as harvesting organs from the homeless to sell to Turkish sailors and hunting geography teachers for sport. He was once elected President of Azerbaijan by mistake. Although only in power for twenty minutes, he made peep-hole bras mandatory attire for all men under the age of forty-seven. He is currently serving a two year prison sentence for buggering a haddock. Visit www.steve-kane.co.uk for more gibberish.
 
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Julie Ann Shapiro, Editor
Julie Ann Shapiro, Editor

At the age of nine Julie sprouted wings and became a lady bug on paper. It’s her first recorded morphing that we know about. The lady bug followed her to college and afterwards got a bit lost in her career in marketing communications.

One day the lady bug sat on her windshield for a two hour drive. Julie wrote about the lady bug in a poem, poems grew to stories, and flying flashes and bending reality became a way of life.

Julie works now as a freelance writer. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune, Mega Era Magazine, Millennium Shift, Orgease Journal, Alternate Species, Story South, Science Fiction and Fantasy World, Seven Seas Magazine, Word Riot, Green Tricycle, All Things Girl, Ultimate Hallucination, The Glut, Somewhat, Dovetail Journal, Uber, Moon Dance, The Quarterly Staple, Opium Magazine, Journal of Modern Post, Rumble, Cellar Door Magazine, Edifice Wrecked, and The Beat. Julie is working on a novel.

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Paul A. Toth, Editor
Paul A. Toth, Editor

Paul A. Toth lives in Michigan. His novel Fizz is available from Bleak House Books. Fishnet, his second
novel, will be published in July 2005. Toth's short fiction has appeared or will soon appear in Night
Train, Iowa Review Web, Antigonish Review, Barcelona Review, Mississippi Review Online and many others.

For more information, see www.netpt.tv or his blog
TothWorld at http://www.xanga.com/tothnews2.

 
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Contributing Artists
 
 
 
Daphne Buter, Contributing Artist
Daphne Buter, Contributing Artist

Daphne Buter was born and raised in Amsterdam. She published two books by De Bezige Bij & Thomas Rap publishers. Translated from the Dutch stories are published in Snow Monkey [print] and in Cadenza (UK) [print]. Stories she wrote direct in English are published in FRiGG Magazine, Edifice Wrecked, Dicey Brown, SmokeLong Quarterly, Sleeping Fish and The Beat.

Forthcoming: One of her translated short stories is accepted by Night Train. A translated short story is accepted by Inkstains for their webzine, and a short she wrote directly in English for Inkstains print magazine.

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Allison Gibbons, Contributing Artist
Allison Gibbons, Contributing Artist
Allison Gibbons was born in Scotland after WW2; the child of former political prisoners of a Japanese Prision Camp in Shanghai. Allison lives in Californian whine country these days. Enchanted by “world making” since childhood, she often transformed shoe-boxes into tiny cottages for very small bears. She manipulated photography in art school in the 1960’s by enlarging images onto Kodalith film, airbrushing fantastic colors and mixing medias before it was popular. She created “sculptural photography” by applying liquid emulsion onto cut out Plexiglas and wood, and then spraying developer onto projected imagery. She enjoyed two shows at Focus Gallery in San Francisco and several shows throughout the city and Marin County. She was featured in the online magazine, Intrigue, in May, 2004.

Allison is fascinated with multi-dimensional worlds made possible through manipulated digital imagery. She takes the photographs herself, manipulates them with PhotoShop and Painter, and combines story telling and various visual techniques, such as fading,transitions, and layering. Allison’s images are also rooted in her short story and novel writing; often the same characters appear in both works, as well as oil paintings. Her website/journal, My Cartoon Life, is at http://www.terminallysane.com/.

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Didi S. Gilson, Contributing Artist
Didi S. Gilson, Contributing Artist
Didi S. Gilson (aka Didi S. DubelyeW) is an award-winning creative photographer, writer and artist who prefers the whatchamacallit of the word: ECLECTIC to the more neurotic-sounding label: erratic. Her works have been exhibited, purchased, published, commissioned, (bent, spindled and mutilated), performed, recorded, broadcast and more. Although a New York City native, for the last four years she has made her home at the coastal beach of Anna Bay, New South Wales, Australia. After a short decompression from hanging chads, classic film cameras, and traditional exposure techniques/darkroom procedures, she has resumed exploring her fresh personal vision in our Digi-(R)Evolution... Concurrently, Didi co-writes screenplays for Hollywood, and other offbeat hamlets, in cahoots with her Aussie partner, Phil Gilson. Her website is: http://home.kooee.com.au/gaterooze_ink/whirrdz/index.htm.
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Paul Slapion, Contributing Artist
Paul Slapion, Editor
As far back as I can remember I’ve been involved in creative pursuits. Photography has been at the core of most of it, and it’s been a real journey of expansion. I grew up in New York City, the Bronx, to be exact, went to college in Washington D.C. ( GWU BA psychology ), returned to live in Manhattan for a few years before moving across the Hudson River to New Jersey, where I’ve lived for many years, way too many to count ‘em all. Straight photography was my primary creative outlet in the beginning until a friend taught me the silkscreen process, and that process changed my work in a major way. I did screen prints, and multi-media pieces based on my photographs, and earned a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship on the merits of that work. I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in a few museum and gallery shows, both group and one person. I’ve shown at the OK Harris gallery in NYC and at the Noyes and Jersey City museums in New Jersey as well as a few other galleries in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and California.

While photography still remains as the primary source of all my work, for the past three or four years I've turned to the computer as a tool for working with my images. See http://paulslapion.com.

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Webmaestress
 
 
Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress

Shirley’s a crazy Canadian, developed into a full-blown nut-head to survive her surrounding insanity. She’s a Gemini and that’s her excuse for everything pretty much. It was my TWIN! She likes writing poetry but has little time for honing those skills since taking up the creative thrills of web designing…but will one day finish her book for young adults. Married with three daughters, ages 19, 14 and 2, might also contribute to her nut-headedness, eh? It’s probably a good thing she doesn’t have much idle time, ‘cause when she does she tends to engage in strange debates with committees of wildly diverse persons…all within her own head.

She’s also a fabulously talented web designer (she didn’t write this about herself…really).
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