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Tabatha Wood

Tabatha Wood lives in Wellington, New Zealand and writes weird, dark, horror fiction and the occasional uplifting poem.

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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. 

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Published Aug 6, 2020 · 701 words (3 minutes) · 60 views

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When perpetually bad-tempered courier driver Kevin, accidentally damages a posh sports car, he finds that the owner might want more than his money as compensation.

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

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Becoming

Published Jul 2, 2020 · 2,400 words (9 minutes) · 1 like · 119 views

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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.

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Go Troy!

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Butterfly

Published Jun 24, 2020 · 1,998 words (8 minutes) · 250 views

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A terrible accident. A family changed forever. How far will one father go to try to put things right?

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Spent a good twenty minutes dancing with these butterflies, following them through the flowers between a busy street and a chevron gas station in Grover Beach, Ca. Very grateful they allowed me to get as close as they did!

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Dear Erica

Published Apr 15, 2020 · 1,588 words (6 minutes) · 156 views

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Love. And letting go.

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Secret in a bottle.

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Dog-Meat

Published Apr 7, 2020 · 2,143 words (8 minutes) · 260 views

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Two men living out in the bush are stalked every night by a giant, black hound. What does it want, and who is the thin stranger at their gate?

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Red-Eye

Published Apr 5, 2020 · 1,527 words (6 minutes) · 189 views

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“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.

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One of the best reasons why I love to travel is watching sunsets and sunrises from a plane’s window. Cruising with a speed of 852km/h from NRT to CEB at 10,360m entering Philippines with this perfect red and orange hues.

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From the Deep

Published Apr 2, 2020 · 3,835 words (14 minutes) · 247 views

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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?

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We added two mystery snails to our betta fish tank and they're quite fascinating to watch. This one was making its way across the tank eating the trace amounts of algae forming on the glass. I followed it around with the macro lens and took this photo while it had its mouth open.