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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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Fake Meat

Published Feb 20, 2021 · 2,671 words (10 minutes) · 101 views

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Welly On A Plate is Wellington city’s annual food festival that everyone enjoys. But when mysterious new vegan burgers are added to the menu, they find this tasty delicacy has a hidden and terrifying secret.

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Dear Erica

Published Jan 22, 2021 · 1,595 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 148 views

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Flash fiction - a message in a bottle holds a deeper meaning for Erica's ex-husband when he is given the chance to share with her his final thoughts.

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Breathing Room

Published Jan 22, 2021 · 591 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 132 views

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Choices

Published Jan 22, 2021 · 8,595 words (32 minutes) · 116 views

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Death comes to everyone, but when she came to Wellington she came with a choice. A story of loss, grief and finding new beginnings. Content warning: Cancer. Suicide. Mental illness.

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From the Deep

Published Jan 22, 2021 · 4,247 words (16 minutes) · 110 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 ever believe him?

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A Regular, Normal Christmas

Published Dec 23, 2020 · 4,998 words (19 minutes) · 171 views

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DIE HARD meets Hallmark (kinda) in this crazy, tongue-in-cheek holiday mashup.

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Merry Christmas, Other You

Published Dec 14, 2020 · 4,082 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 141 views

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A weird, seasonal horror story for anyone who has ever wished they had a second pair of hands or more time to get everything done over the holiday period.

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LAST CHAPTER

Published Dec 11, 2020 · 4,187 words (16 minutes) · 3 likes · 514 views

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Maurice is a prolific author with a long and successful career. But when he tries to kill off his most beloved character, the man he thought lived only in his imagination might just fight back.

Author Tabatha Wood lives in Wellington, New Zealand, and writes strange dark fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, and her debut collection “Dark Winds Over Wellington” was nominated for a Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Collected Fiction in 2020.

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Nightwatchers

Published Dec 10, 2020 · 5,838 words (22 minutes) · 1 like · 393 views

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Chris has a secret, in fact, she has a few, but when she meets a young girl in trouble in the park one night, she must decide how much of her unknown past she will share. A tale of revenge, strange powers and three unusual women who must work together to survive the night.

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Becoming

Published Jul 2, 2020 · 2,400 words (9 minutes) · 2 likes · 268 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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