Halsted M. Bernard

Published work and ephemera.

Short Stories

“Leftovers” in Story Shop at Edinburgh International Book Festival

“Paper Turtles” in Innsmouth Magazine

“Your Hands” in Map Literary

“The Kettle and I” in Bewildering Stories

“Sternum and Coccyx” in Impetus!

Interactive Fiction

Departures is a brief interactive story about the ways we leave. This was my entry in the April 2015 Twiny Jam, for which I could only write 300 words or less. I wrote a bit more about it here.

Nonfiction (about Fiction)

I wrote a guest post for Cat Rambo’s website “The World Remains Mysterious”: Critiques, Counts, and Quests: Motivational Tools for Writers.

I was interviewed by Frank Degenaar for the Workflowy blog about how I use Workflowy to outline novels.


Recordings of my original poetry and my collaborations are on Soundcloud.


Blind Poetics was a monthly spoken word event co-hosted by Alec Beattie and Roddy Shippin that ran from 2011 to 2017. I was the featured reader on 14 December 2015.

Captain’s Bar presents Tribute to William Topaz McGonagall with Gavin Inglis and others, 29 September 2015

Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents Venus in Orbit at the White Horse Bar, 19 September 2015

Jura Unbound presents Illicit Ink‘s Happily Never After, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 25 August 2015 📷

Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents Venus: The Lost Tapes at the White Horse Bar, 24 April 2015

Edinburgh City of Literature presents #RLSDay 2014: Stevenson Unbound, 13 November 2014 (a special guest of Andrew C. Ferguson)

Illicit Ink presents Technobabble, 5 October 2014 📷

City of Literature Trust’s Story Shop 2014, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 13 August 2014

Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents Venus Returns, 10 August 2014, Cortado Café, Edinburgh

Planet Scotland, Satellite 4 (Eastercon), 20 April 2014 📷

Writers’ Bloc presents The Culture Collider, Edinburgh International Science Festival, 13 April 2014 📷

Writers’ Bloc presents The Year of Unnatural Scotland, 30 October 2013

Illicit Ink presents This Side of Paradise: A spoken-word utopia in honour of Iain M. Banks, 7 July 2013 📷

Illicit Ink, Inky Fingers, and Writers’ Bloc present Size IS Everything: National Flash Fiction Day 2013, 22 June 2013

Writers’ Bloc presents Séance Fiction, 31 October 2012

Underword presents National Flash Fiction Day 2012, 16 May 2012 📷