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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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A Regular, Normal Christmas

Published Dec 23, 2020 · 4,998 words (19 minutes) · 106 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 · 81 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 · 394 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 · 98 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 · 220 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) · 1 like · 349 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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Red-Eye

Published Apr 5, 2020 · 1,527 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 307 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.