Posts in: Flash Fiction

Exciting "Kettle" news!

I just found out that my flash fiction story “The Kettle and I” has been selected for inclusion in Bewildering Stories’ First Quarterly Review, 2012. I am also honoured to receive their Order of Merit for the most highly-rated flash fiction story in this review.


"The Kettle and I" - a story by Halsted M. Bernard

I am pleased to announce the publication of my story "The Kettle and I" in Bewildering Stories, issue 471. Here is an excerpt: We enter the three-story Victorian and stand at the wooden counter. A thick pane of bulletproof glass separates us from the innkeeper. My not-mother holds her palm up to the glass and the innkeeper scans the chip inside. He shows her down a long hallway, waving me off to the waiting room.

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Tiger-eyed and Tinytown.

I rediscovered this wonderful literary community online called Fictionaut, and posted an older bit of flash fiction called “Tiger-eyed”. An excerpt: The tiger-eye beads around her neck would wink at me like a nervous uncle sharing a secret with a child. They roll on her sternum like marbles. At night, on her nightstand, they whisper my secret to the patchouli-scented room. How long have they known? Also, the first draft of my short story “Tinytown” is 28% complete.

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