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Tabatha Wood lives in Wellington, New Zealand and writes weird, dark fiction and uplifting poetry. A former English teacher and library manager, Tabatha’s first published books were non-fiction guides aimed at people working in education. She now teaches from home while writing in her spare time.
Her debut collection, “Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange” was released in March 2019, and nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Collected Fiction in 2020. Since then, she has had stories published in numerous Things In The Well anthologies, plus two antipodean horror/SpecFic magazines: Midnight Echo and Breach.
She frequently writes reviews and essays for other blogs, and her essay “Who is Ellen Ripley?” featured as the lead story for The Digital Dead magazine #16.
Tabatha was the lead editor in a team of twelve for the recently-completed charity anthology, “Black Dogs, Black Tales,” which aims to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
Published Jul 2, 2020 · 2,400 words (9 minutes) · 1 like · 21 views
Skye has worked hard to let go of her past, to forget the trauma she has experienced at her old school. When a chance encounter with a popular girl leads to some old feelings returning, Skye must make a choice. Embrace her true self or stay hidden.
Published Jun 30, 2020 · 5,836 words (22 minutes) · 101 views
Chris has a secret, but it's not what you think; her police officer ex-girlfriend Linda has powers. When she stumbles across Anita in her local park one night, the three women must work together to dispense their own methods of justice. Content warnings: Alludes to sexual assault as a motivating factor for revenge. No overly graphic descriptions. Uses curse words, especially in dialogue.
Published Apr 5, 2020 · 1,527 words (6 minutes) · 86 views
“Red-Eye” is about journeys, both literal and emotional. The main character is whatever you want them to be, perhaps affected by your beliefs or philosophies. Who they are and what they do is essential to the journeys we take in our lives and the paths we choose to discover. Yet wherever we go and whatever choices we make, our final destination is inevitable.
Published Apr 2, 2020 · 3,835 words (14 minutes) · 87 views
Earthquakes are caused by monsters under the earth, a giant squid advances on Wellington, and a young boy knows the magic words to keep the city safe. But will his grieving father believe him?