Fiction, &c.

I’m Halsted, and I write and perform short fiction in Portland, Oregon and Edinburgh, Scotland.

When I was four years old, I wrote a story about a giant rabbit with no eyes or mouth that haunted my dreams.

The rabbit went away, but I kept writing.

On the Page

Short Stories


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.


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

On the Stage

Festivals and Conventions

Jura Unbound presents Illicit Ink‘s Happily Never After, Edinburgh International Book Festival 25 August 2015 [ More photos ]

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

Planet Scotland, Satellite 4 (Eastercon), 20 April 2014 [ More photos ]

Writers’ Bloc presents The Culture Collider, Edinburgh International Science Festival, 13 April 2014 [ More photos ]

Jura Unbound presents John Lemke and Poppy Ackroyd with Writers’ Bloc at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 14 August 2013

Other Appearances

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

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 [ More photos ]

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

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 [ More photos ]

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 [ More photos ]

In Phonic

Original Work

Here are some recordings of me reading my poetry.


I also enjoy collaborating with other writers and musicians on their work.

In Training

Slush Reading

I was a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine from October 2011 to June 2013. It was an astounding learning experience, and one I recommend highly.