Protocol 3.1

An essay by K. S. O’Neill
Art by Luke Spooner/Carrion House

Web Alpha: Access not granted.

Protocol 2 not available.

Protocol 3.0 not available.

Protocol 3.1 engaged. Contact with web Alpha via temporal sheer bounce attempted via local web access.

Access code: 6584641519687864163160684


You will all have noticed that I did not attend the multiverse peace negotiations, which I suppose must have surprised most of you since I was the primary planner and instigator.

As a result, I have no idea what final form the treaty took. I suppose sectors A0 to B98 are still in some flux. I have great hopes that my allies in sectors H76 to J88 were able to maintain our position along the tau-8 reality lines.

But I do not know, because I was not there. And I was not there because someone sabotaged my transport. And that someone who sabotaged my transport was one of you.

Protocol 3.1

To read the rest of this story, check out the Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2013 collection.

K. S. O’Neill is a math professor and fencing coach at a small college. He wishes certain people reading this to know that his patience is not infinite.

Luke Spooner a.k.a. ‘Carrion House’ currently lives and works in the South of England. Having recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class degree he is now a full time illustrator for just about any project that piques his interest. Despite regular forays into children’s books and fairy tales his true love lies in anything macabre, melancholy or dark in nature and essence. He believes that the job of putting someone else’s words into a visual form, to accompany and support their text, is a massive responsibility as well as being something he truly treasures. You can visit his web site at

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