From The Deep

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Pastiche Poetry

Do you ever revisit things you’ve written in the past and turn them into something new? Snippets and thoughts that started life as something else, only to be repurposed. I do. Especially with my poetry. In fact, most of my poems are curious little Frankenstein’s Monsters of lines and ideas I’ve pasted together — stealing

Kendall Reviews #promotehorror Reviewer

It is my absolute greatest pleasure to announce that I am an official member of the  Kendall Reviews #promotehorror team as a reviewer/contributor. Kendall Reviews is a UK-based horror and dark fiction blog dedicated to the darker genres. From reviews and interviews, to accepting guest posts and book excerpts, the blog is a trusted source for

I Pressed Submit, and I Liked It

You get a story! And you get a story! And you get a story! I’m not exactly the Oprah of submissions, but it’s felt a little like it recently. Mostly, I’ve been inspired, and inspired means writing! So I tipped my head over to one side and let the words fall out. And it’s been

My Contributory Verse

My brain is being an asshole. I don’t mind admitting that at all. Sometimes it does this, and I know it will pass, but while I’m floundering in that deep, dark hole, everything pretty much sucks. On the positive side, I’ve used it as a catalyst for some extremely dark new stories, which I absolutely

Why Write Horror?

“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.” My nana, a small and quiet yet resilient Scottish woman, used to regularly say this phrase to me. My mother often echoed the sentiment as she got older. I’ve been told it’s a Scottish proverb of sorts. Regardless of where it comes from, it

Future Imperfect

* < 400 word Flash fiction written for Dion’s Flashes of Inspiration at The Fine Toothed Comb. Inspired in part by the last message from the Mars Rover. Where were you when the red rains came? When the first flames rippled through the forests, with hot, bright fingers of pain. Did you turn to watch

Busy Bee, Busy Being Me

These past few weeks have been extraordinarily busy. I’ve spent a lot of time hunched, (apologies to my physiotherapist,) over my keyboard and churning out a steady stream of short stories. I’ve sent out six submissions in two weeks and I’m currently working on two more. I know these massive spurts of inspiration are likely

Flash Fiction 2

Playmates by Tabatha Wood ©️ 2019 I picked up the ball and threw it towards them and flashed a big, goofy smile. It narrowly missed hitting the back of Sally’s legs. She whirled around and saw me, her features darkened to a scowl. I grinned wider and waved. “Hi!” I watched her eyes roll and

Finding My Way Back

My regular readers and followers will know that I frequently write for mental health. I’m also aware that this often turns people off too. “Oh great, she’s going on about depression again.” “Why does she always focus on the serious stuff?” “She must be pretty unstable if she has to keep focusing on all that.”