First audio-drama episode of Apsinthion Protocol

I am pleased to announce the beginning of a new experiment here at Erotic Mad Science. Together with the people at Quiver and Arch I have been adapting the Tales of Gnosis College material into audio drama versions. It is a project I find particularly gratifying, given that I have loved radio drama since childhood.

Of course, the project wouldn’t be complete without some metafictional promotional art from Lon Ryden, in which our heroines play themselves in an old-time radio context.

You can click on the image to listen to the episode (or right-click and save to get the mp3), or you can listen online by heading over to Nobilis Erotica and listening there.

The cast for the episode was as follows:

Nanetta Rector………………Siouxie Q

Moira Weir…………………..Ellen Pike

Professor Joseph Corwin……Josh Roseman

Li Anwei……………………..Kris Bays

Narrator……………………..Nobilis Reed

Additional voices were provided by Robin Sounder, Dee Reed, Addison Butts, and Nitrolad. The Gnosis College March “We Raise Our Cups” was composed and performed by Kevin MacLeod at, based on my original lyrics.

I hope you enjoy this new venture in content-creation, and that we shall have a second episode in the series for you soon.

Gnosis Dreamscapes: Chapter Six, Page Thirty-Three

Desperation time in the lab. Before setting out on any truly mad science project, it’s generally a good idea to have satisfactory quantities of necessary materials on hand.

Aloysius mixes the liquid remains of Maureen and Jill.

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Gnosis Dreamscapes: Chapter Six, Page One written and commissioned by Dr. Faustus of and drawn by Lon Ryden is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.)

Two new Apsinthion Protocol pieces by digitalmake

I am working with the artist digitalmake to create a series of at least a dozen works of thaumatophile bespoke art that work as paired commissions, the first involving an “ecstatic woman” and the second a “distressed damsel” version of a common mad science theme. Here is the first pair, harking back to that good old friend of mine, the “Apsinthion Protocol” in which a tube girl is dissolved to her liquid essence. Good version first:

A orgasmic woman is dissolved away in a tube under the watch of a mad scientist

And the “distressed damsel” version, which is perhaps a little more classically tube-girl:

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Apsinthion Protocol, Ecstatic Woman and Distressed Damsel versions commissioned by Dr. Faustus of and drawn by digitalmake are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.)

Happy new year, everybody.

Silverghost Mad Science Pulp Gallery added to blogroll

If you look in the links bar off to the right, you’ll find a new link to a gallery of mad science pulp art at Silverghost, which contains some very fine examples of the genre.

Like this, for instance.  Mad scientist, pretty girl apparently dissolving in a vat.  Could this be an early example of the Apsinthion Protocol meme?

Chasing the provenance on this one was a little tricky.  It seems to have been the cover art for a pulp magazine called Fantastic Adventures, which according to Wikipedia was published between 1939 and 1953.

I was able to find a scan of the cover online, but it’s a thumbnail so unfortunately I can’s read the date.  However cross-checking the novel The Involuntary Immortals on Rog Phillips’s entry in the Internet Science Fiction Database would seem to place the publication date in 1949.  I would welcome additional provenance in the comments.

New Apsinthion Protocol art by Niceman

It’s very gratifying, just after having run a ten-post series “on making your own,” to be able to demonstrate a little bit of practicing what I’ve preached, by posting some new art I was able to commission from Niceman.

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Apsinthion Dissolve by by Niceman, commissioned by Dr. Faustus at is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.   (Click on image to see full-size.)

The scene should be familiar — Li Anwei and Professor Corwin providing Nanetta Rector with a very convincing demonstration of the viability of a functionalist theory of mind in action, via the apsinthion protocol.   If you’ve read the script, you might recall:

The rise of the fluid continues to the point where it has reached Anwei’s abdomen. She has disappeared up to her mid thigh.


What is going on here? What is happening to Anwei?



What is going on here is perfectly safe.

The fluid has reached up to Anwei’s breasts, and Anwei has vanished up to her crotch.

Sound of a loud CRY from Anwei, muffled by the tube.


She is in pain!


Cries like that might indicate…something rather the opposite of pain.


This is insane! Stop this! Stop this right now?


But My dear Miss Rector, didn’t you hear? To stop this now would risk death to Anwei.

Nanetta rushes up to the tube and pounds on its sides with her fists.


Anwei! Anwei!

What is left of Anwei pays no attention to Nanetta.

That was fun to write, but even so, the gratification was considerably heightened by being able to see it in an explicit visual realization.  Niceman may modestly describe himself as “just a farmboy nerd” over at Deviant Art, but he has a deft hand with rendering software and very much the right sort of vision for thaumatophile art, as the result above shows.  So if you like what you see, by all means pay him a visit over at Deviant Art or, if you’re a subscriber, at Renderotica.  You’ll be glad you did.

Weird Science anticipates me

…in the matter of the whole Apsinthion Protocol/liquid girl thing.

Time I guess for another one of my melancholy Dr.-Fausuts-has-no-original-ideas posts.

A word first on how we might have gotten to the strange situation depicted in the panel above, and the provenance of the art.  It’s a panel from Weird Science #7, not a comix-format of the 1985 John Hughes movie, but an actual series put out in by famous EC Comics.  EC’s publisher William Gaines is an underacknowledged hero of American culture.  His comics lines broke new ground in many areas including horror and science fiction.  He acted defiant in front of a persecuting congressional committee.  He put an African-American character in a position of high competence and responsibility at a time when they were largely confined to menial or comic relief roles in mainstream fiction.  And when it became impossible to sustain his comics-making enterprise in the face of cultural backlash, he founded Mad magazine, which I’ll bet did more to train the satirical intelligence of generations of young Americans than any other publication — a latter-day American Mercury for the adolescent set.  A great story, which you can find entertainingly told in David Hajdu‘s The Ten-Cent Plague:  The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America (click on image to the left).

But before Mad and all that, EC had Weird Science, a pioneer of science-fiction comics.  The stories were largely written by Gaines and Al Feldstein, and drawn by a remarkable set of comics artists the included Harvey Kurtzman, Joe Orlando, and the great Wally Wood.   Though the story of this post, “Something Missing!” was written by Feldstein and drawn by Jack Kamen.

Submitted for your consideration:  Professor Roger Lawrence is miserably married to Hannah, a shrewish middle-aged woman who rides him hard to give up his experiments and teach more classes so that they can have more money.  It’s not his fault:  Professor Lawrence’s life is the way it is because he lives in the EC Comics fictional universe, where bitterly unhappy marriages are the norm.  They drive plots forward, you see.  Lawrence finds comfort in two things:  the laboratory in which he has just perfected an amazing machine he calls the “Physio-Chemical Decomposer and Re-aligner,” and his pretty blond undergraduate research assistant, Sally Chadwick.

Lawrence and Sally successfully test the machine on a mouse, which they decompose into slime, then recompose into — a piece of cheese.  Sally’s explanation:  “…that’s what it was thinking about when the machine dissolved it.”  They reverse the process, restoring the mouse.  Then, of course, they fall in love.

Well, Hannah is not pleased at all when she sniffs out this turn of events.  She marches to the laboratory and demands admission.  Sally is trapped:  there will be scandal, ruin, unless she can improvise a method of escape.  And, being a brilliant as well as a beautiful girl, she quickly improvises one — leaping into Lawrence’s amazing machine and melting herself into something else!  (Thus the panel above.  For the fetishist, the detail of Sally’s abandoned dress and shoes on the edge of the machine really makes the scene.)

However, this does not work out quite as well as one might have hoped once Hannah storms in.

Doubtless an “oh shit” moment for Professor Lawrence.  For Dr. Faustus, though, it was a moment of marvel, because not only has Feldstein anticipated the whole “liquid girl” scenario, but in having Sally turn herself into a statue, he’s also anticipated the whole A.S.F.R. thing.   I mean, damn!  (And don’t get me started on the whole professor-scientist/student experimentee thing.)  Probably the deepest thrill, though, comes from the willingness of the girl to jump into the machine.

All is not lost, though, because Lawrence still has his machine.  Or…

I’ve omitted the last panel, because your imaginations may be better than fiction.  But if you really must you can, with some effort, find a reprint of the story.